Orchids Festival 2019
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Orchids: celebrate the colour of Colombia

Celebrate the incredible biodiversity of Colombia through Kew's spectacularly colourful orchid display. 9 February until 10 March 2019.

Event details

9 February to 10 March 2019

The Princess of Wales Conservatory (north entrance only)


A carnival of orchids

Escape the dreary winter with Kew's annual festival of orchids. 

This year, we are celebrating Colombia, the world's most biodiverse country, through a spectacular ensemble of orchid-laden displays along a curated route.

Our flagship display is a carnival of animals, depicting a toucan in flight, a hanging sloth and a swimming turtle.

We will bring to life the breath-taking rainbow river Caño Cristales and Colombia's incredible forests - complete with life-sized jaguar!

A surprise around every corner, you'll spot hundreds of colourful butterflies suspended from the glass ceiling and a floating golden-yellow display to honour the legend of El Dorado. 

Colombia has 4,270 species of orchids alone. Together with its sprawling landscape of tropical beaches to snow-capped mountains, Colombia is the perfect inspiration for our vibrant festival. 

Discover Colombia

February half-term

18 February-24 February Daily 10.30- 4pm

Bring your family to our very own Batalla de Flores!

Inspired by the Barranquilla Carnival, we have a host of workshops on:

  • flower costume-making 
  • drumming
  • dancing 
  • and the chance to take part in our hourly parade!
Children's activities in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Night life at Kew

Selected dates 

For the perfect evening treat, enjoy exclusive access to our tropical paradise after dark and wander amongst the vibrant displays once the crowds have gone.

With a live Latin big band, local dancers, craft activities, expert talks on Colombian coffee and Kew's experts, this truly is an extra special After Hours event.

A sure sell-out, get your tickets fast!

Get your Orchids: After Hours ticket


Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Tour the Tropical Nursery

Orchids Nursery: Thursdays 9 February-10 March, 12.45pm, 1.30pm & 2.15pm

Tropical Nursery: Saturdays 9 February-10 March, 12.45pm, 1.30pm & 2.15pm

A rare chance to go behind the scenes in our Tropical Nursery, where thousands of rare and exotic plants from 25 climatic zones are cultivated and nurtured.

This nursery supplies the glasshouse displays and helps our vital conservation and scientific research. 

Book your place on Tropical or Orchids Nursery tour now.

Tropical Nursery at Kew