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.
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.
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.
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)