A couple exploring Orchid Festival - After Hours 2019
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Orchids: After Hours

Join us for a celebration of Colombia's vibrant plant life and culture at Kew's Orchids: After Hours. Specific evenings from 14 February to 8 March 2019.

Event details

Thurs 14 Feb, Fri 15 Feb, Thurs 28 Feb, Fri 1 March, Thurs 7 March & Fri 8 March, 6pm and 7.30pm

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens



Book online now (booking in advance is essential, online booking only)

About Orchids After Hours

It's time to say Hola! Colombia as our Orchids After Hours events take you far away from the dark British winter and catapult you into a bright carnival of orchids!

Enjoy exclusive access to the tropical paradise of The Princess of Wales Conservatory after dark and wander amongst the vibrant displays of orchids after the crowds have left for the day.

It’ll feel like you’re in Colombia as you and your friends:

Feel the rhythm – the carnival atmosphere gets in full swing with live Latin big band and tropical fusion music raising the roof of the glasshouse.

Taste the buzz – sample authentic Colombian coffee, considered the best coffee in the world. Enjoy a multi-sensory journey through the tumultuous history of coffee in Colombia at these fun, interactive short talks.

An arch at Orchid Festival After Hours 2019

Get crafty – get ready for carnival as you make your own floral headdress or mask good enough to join a parade.

Move to the beat – see amazing Colombian dancers in dazzling costumes performing everything from traditional folkloric dance through to tango, salsa and street dance! Be inspired to learn the moves yourself.

Orchid Festival After Hours 2019 orchids

Be awed by the orchids – hear from Kew experts how the orchid festival was built and chat to Kew’s own intrepid scientists about how important orchids are to our ecosystem.

There will be classic Colombian street food for you to purchase and enjoy, and a themed bar serving Colombian-inspired cocktails.

Grab your friends and enjoy a night out like no other.

Orchid Festival After Hours 2019 cocktail making

Further information

  • No under 18s permitted. This event is strictly for adults only. If you are lucky enough to look under 25 please be prepared to show proof of age at this event.
  • Please note that your After Hours ticket does not permit you entry to the Gardens during the day.
  • Booking in advance is essential, online booking only.
  • Please note that access to the event is only through Jodrell Gate. This gate is not normally open to the public, and is accessed via Kew Road. It is equidistant from Kew Bridge station and Kew Gardens station.

Visitors at Kew's Orchid Festival After Hours

  • As a ticket holder you are consenting to photography and filming by Kew and their partners that may be used for promotional purposes.
  • There is no cash point on site. Additional refreshments can be purchased with cash or card at the bars.
  • The event takes place inside The Princess of Wales Conservatory, which is a very short walk through the Gardens from Jodrell Gate. The path will be lit and stewards will show you the way.
  • Regrettably, The Princess of Wales Conservatory is not fully accessible. Wheelchairs are permitted but mobility scooters are not. Kew has made every endeavour to ensure many of our events are accessible, while working within an architecturally complex building.
  • For the safety and security of everyone we will carry out full security checks at the entrance gate. Your belongings and your person may be searched. Please bring only what is essential to your evening. If you see anything suspicious or any persons acting suspiciously, please tell the nearest member of staff immediately. Please do not leave any belongings unattended at any time.
  • The event closes at 9.30pm. Last entry is 8.45pm.

Full list of dates for Orchids: After Hours 2019

Thursday 14 February, Friday 15 February, Thursday 28 February, Friday 1 March, Thursday 7 March & Friday 8 March 2019, timed slots of 6pm and 7.30pm (last entry 8.45pm)