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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 (south entrance only)


Included with Garden entry

Buy online to save on the price of your ticket

Our orchid festival is very popular! We recommend planning your trip outside of peak times* to get the most out of your visit.

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. 

*Peak times includes weekends and half-term holidays. We expect high volumes of visitors, so queues are likely. Please note, the Princess of Wales Conservatory closes one hour before the Gardens.

Inspired by this years Orchid festival, treat yourself to the tastes of Colombia! Colombian cuisine is available at all catering outlets across the Gardens throughout the week, with street food available at weekends and during half-term. Find out more here.

Discover Colombia

February half-term

1624 February. Daily 10.304pm

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!

And a delicious selection of authentic street food on offer. 

Children's activities in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

After hours 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


A couple exploring Orchid Festival - After Hours 2019

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

Win a night at the Hilton

Win a one night stay at Hilton London Syon Park. 

To mark the launch of this year's festival, we've teamed up with GAIL's Bakery, who've created a delicious Colombia-inspired chocolate cookie available at selected stores*.

Celebrating this delectable treat, we've got an indulgent prize, courtesy of Hilton London Syon Park and GAIL's Bakery.

With a fantastic spa, delightful restaurant, luxurious rooms and a countryside feel within the city, it's the perfect place to stay before enjoying a wonderful day at Kew Gardens. You'll also win a hamper filled with delicious treats from GAIL's and a pair of tickets to visit Kew Gardens. 

Just submit your entry on this form to be in with a chance to win! 

Terms and Conditions apply

*Available only at GAIL's Bakery in Abbeville road, Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing, Fulham road, High Street Kensington, Hove, Neo Bankside, Northcote road, Parsons Green, Pimlico, Queen's Park, Richmond, Soho, Southbank and Wimbledon.