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Trees, tales and trails

Explore the incredible winter landscape at Kew and take part in family activities including storytelling, crafts, walks and creative writing. Discover the science behind winter-blooming flowers. 22 December to 2 January (except 24 and 25 December).

Event details

22 December 2017 to 2 January 2018 (not 24 or 25 December 2017)

Kew Gardens


Included with entry to the Gardens (additional charges apply for the vintage fairground). 
Save on the price of your ticket when you book online

Family activities

Morning storytime

Daily: 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 noon
Princess of Wales Conservatory Film Room

Step inside our flower-filled grotto to hear stories about plants that grow in cold places around the world, and learn about the science work Kew does globally.

Inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Winter flower making

Daily: 1pm to 3pm
Princess of Wales Conservatory Film Room

Make a winter flower to hang up in our grotto or take home with you. Learn about the snowdrop, snow trillium, and white hoop petticoat daffodil. Discover what plants get up to in winter.

Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop)

Fantastic firs and other conifers

Daily: 10.30am to 3pm
Princess of Wales Conservatory

Find out how to tell a spruce from a fir or a pine. What do they smell like, do they have cones, what kind of needles do they have? Go exploring and find conifers in the Gardens.

Conifer activities

Creative writing

Daily: 10.30am to 3pm
Princess of Wales Conservatory

  • Write winter diary entries as if you were a Kew gardener, or a winter flower pushing up through the frosty ground.
  • Make poetry petals by writing within the outlines of featured flowers.
  • Learn how to create a sonnet - and celebrate winter's beauty.

Have fun thinking up alternative names for winter flowers on Twitter and Instagram. #RenameTheFlower

Princess of Wales Conservatory Film Room

Winter wonder wanders

Daily: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Meet at the north end of the Princess of Wales Conservatory
30 people per session, on a first come basis

Explore the frosty landscape around the Princess of Wales Conservatory and discover the beauty and diversity of Kew’s conifer trees.

Step inside the Davies Alpine House and learn about the flowers living inside, and what they get up to in the winter.

The Davies Alpine House at Kew

Vintage fairground

Daily: 10am to 3.30pm
Outside White Peaks café and shop
Additional charges apply

Enjoy the thrills and spills of our vintage fairground, featuring some traditional favourites including a Victorian carousel, helter-skelter and swingboats.

Vintage fairground at Kew

Discover more

Winter treasures tour

Daily: 12 noon
Meet at Victoria Plaza Information Desk
Limited capacity, register from 15 minutes before the start

Hear the fascinating stories behind the plants in one of the glasshouses and see some of the prized plants that come into their own in winter.

Holly bushes near the Palm House


22, 29, 30, 31 December and 2 January
10.30am to 1pm

Victoria Gate and Princess of Wales Conservatory

This winter Kew's Explainers will help you find out about winter trees and flowers, and where you can see them in the Gardens.

Big-cone pine (Pinus coulteri)

Secret life of winter flowers

Daily: 10am to 3.30pm
Princess of Wales Conservatory

As you come in, take a look at our giant illustrations, which reveal more about the secret life of winter flowers and the work Kew does to conserve them.

Winter crocus


Victoria Plaza Shop (10am to 3.30pm)
White Peaks Shop (10am to 3.30pm)

Find perfect presents for friends and family from our exciting range of gifts, food, books, and children’s gifts as well as our fantastic range of plants and gardening products.

Shopping at Kew

Festive food

The Orangery, White Peaks Café and The Botanical restaurant (10am to 3pm)
Victoria Plaza Café (10am to 3.30pm)

Choose from our delicious seasonal range, including delectable breakfast pots, hot sausage rolls, winter salads, festive stews, seasonal cakes, fresh pastries, and hot and cold drinks.

Festive food at Kew

Christmas tree recycling

26 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 (10am to 3.30pm)
Brentford Gate

Once the festivities finish, bring your natural tree (minus decorations) for free recycling.

The trees will be put through our shredder and the material will be used as acidic mulch, which is ideal for any acid loving plants such as camellias, rhododendrons and ericas. The mulch is applied to help retain moisture in the soil and root area during dry and sunny weather, and to stop weed growth.