Community Open Week 2023

Get outdoors and be inspired at Kew from 10 to 14 May.

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Come and explore Kew Gardens and learn more about our important science and conservation work.

Enjoy a taste of our Community and Access Learning Programmes and discover our Gardens free of charge, during Community Open Week.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet Kew scientists and horticulturists, engage with artists and take part in a fantastic range of hands-on workshops, talks, tours and games suitable for all ages.

Immerse yourself in the theme of ‘people and plants’, connect with nature, and enhance your wellbeing through collaborative and inclusive activities.

No experience is needed for any of the activities – all ages and ability levels are welcome. 

Essential information about Community Open Week 2023

Plan your visit to Community Open Week 2023

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Register for Community Open Week 2023

Visit Kew Gardens and enjoy our amazing range of free activities. Let us know you're coming and pre-book relevant activities.


  • Group of people looking at plants in the Davies Alpine House

    Wednesday 10 May

    Learn about careers in horticulture, use your senses to learn about plants and join a dementia-friendly walk, among other fun activities.

  • A gathering of people practicing mindfulness

    Thursday 11 May

    Join Kew scientists to extract DNA from strawberries, enjoy a mindfulness session in the Gardens, and participate in other interactive sessions.

  • Two Kew volunteers laughing at Community Open Week

    Friday 12 May

    Create your own pop-up paper garden and take a trip on the Kew Explorer, along with a range of other fun activities for all ages.

  • Hands finger crocheting

    Saturday 13 May

    Craft your own shopping bag using recycled materials, meet Kew’s bonsai expert, and much more.

  • Young people partaking in a craft activity

    Sunday 14 May

    Enjoy a tai chi session in the Gardens, create an artwork using paint made from plants, and join in many other exciting activities.

Essential information


Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 May 2023 

Who can attend? 

The event is open to community groups that are new to Kew Gardens, as well as our existing Community Access Scheme members.

For more information about the groups we work with, please refer to the Community Access Scheme at Kew page. 


Entry to the Gardens and all Community Open Week activities are free of charge to participants. This will not affect your Community Access Scheme (CAS) ticket allocation if you are a Kew CAS member. 

How to register 

Register here to let us know you are coming

Most Community Open Week activities are drop-in or bookable on the day, however some activities are for specific audiences and require you to pre-book in advance of the event. You can find details about which activities need pre-booking in the daily programme.

How to get here 

Find out how to get here and more information about accessibility in the Gardens. You can view and download a map of the Gardens here

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee parking for this event. 

If you have any access questions about the event, please email us at

Contact us

If you have any queries about Community Open Week, or would like to request printed Community Open Week leaflets to distribute to your group, please email us at

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