Orchids Festival 2018

Orchids Festival

Join us for a celebration of Thailand's vibrant plant life and culture at Kew's Orchids Festival. 10 February to 11 March 2018.

Event details

Saturday 10 February to Sunday 11 March 2018. (Please note: Monday 26 February the conservatory will close at 3.30pm for a private event)

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens


Included with entry to the Gardens.
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A tropical paradise

Plan your winter escape with a visit to Kew’s 23rd annual Orchids Festival, where you can bask in the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

  • Immerse yourself in a celebration of Thailand’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life. 
  • Admire handcrafted Thai umbrellas, an exquisite Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace and a special Thai cart on loan from Thailand’s embassy in London.
  • Learn about the significance of orchids in Thai cuisine, medicine and culture.

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Festival highlights

Floral displays

Enjoy our colourful floral displays, including a bright Vanda tunnel and arches decorated with orchids.

Orchids Festival at Kew


Experience our soundscapes depicting different aspects of Thai life, from tranquil temples to lively forests.

Handcrafted Thai umbrellas at Kew's Orchids Festival 2018

Thai-themed products

Visit our pop-up shop to browse an exclusive range of Thai-themed products.

Thai-themed products in Kew's shop

Thai orchids display

  • Enjoy our specially curated display of Thai orchid species.
  • Find out how Kew scientists are involved in describing and naming orchids, as well as helping to save endangered plant species.
Dendrobium formosum (Image: Andre Schuiteman)

Weekends - meet Kew's experts

24, 25 February and 3, 4, 10, 11 March
12 noon and 2pm

  • Discover more about Thailand and orchids with a series of talks by Kew's horticulturists and scientists.
  • Hear about botanical adventures in Thailand, and get top tips for looking after your orchids at home.
Kew horticulturist installing the Orchids Festival

Weekends - live music and authentic Thai food

Saturdays and Sundays

  • Treat yourself to some authentic street food such as chicken or tofu pad thai, and red chicken curry with coriander and jasmine rice.
  • Relax and enjoy our live Thai music performances at 1pm and 3pm.
Capsicum annuum (chilli pepper)

Thai afternoon tea

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Thai afternoon tea - available exclusively during the Orchids Festival.

With savoury dishes such as king prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet, and sweet options like pina colada panna cotta, there is sure to be something to spice up your winter.

Thai afternoon tea menu

Make an online reservation for The Botanical (third party booking service) or call on 020 8332 5155.

From Kew's online shop

The Book of Orchids

A life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world. Learn more about the remarkable and unexpected diversity and complexity of these beguiling plants.

Buy The Book of Orchids

The Book of Orchids

Orchid paperweight

A stylish domed glass paperweight with an attractive orchid design - presented in a gift box.

Buy orchid paperweight

Orchid paperweight

Growing Windowsill Orchids: Second edition

From elegant moth orchids to exquisite slipper orchids, discover all you need to know about successful orchid growing.

Buy Growing Windowsill Orchids

Growing Windowsill Orchids