30 September 2023
Best things to do at Kew this autumn
From woodland walks to our Queer Nature festival, there's plenty to do at Kew Gardens this autumn.
The Gardens have come alive with the rich colours of autumn.
Get outside this season, breathe in the fresh air and spot our autumnal highlights.
Revel in the change of colours
Enjoy the sensual delight of autumn, with vibrant colours, crisp leaves, petrichor and other seasonal smells.
There are many places to enjoy the dramatic changes that take place in our Gardens, but the best spots for blazes of colour are the Treetop Walkway and the Arboretum (which has 14,000 trees to discover).
Mat Collishaw: Petrichor is an exciting exploration of the relationship between art and nature.
Featuring several debut pieces alongside existing works from one of the UK's leading contemporary artists, this brand new exhibition uses pioneering techniques including laser scanning, genetic algorithms and carefully deployed AI – combined with 17th century still-lifes and 800 year old oak trees.
Petrichor runs from 20 October 2023 to 7 April 2024 at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical art. Entry is included with your ticket to Kew Gardens.
Whilst at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, don't miss the Young Botanical Artist competition.
Running from 20 October 2023 to 7 April 2024, we're showcasing the world's most talented botanical artists aged 16-25.
Let children run wild at our Children’s Garden. Find bouncy pads, run rings around an ancient oak, and slide to your heart’s content.
Go on a wander through our Gardens to find the log trail, fun for children big and small. On the way, look out for fungi nestled in fallen leaves, bright autumnal berries, and Kew’s resident foxes and badgers.
Adults can challenge themselves to walk the perimeter of Kew. With the Gardens measuring a whopping 300 acres, you're sure to slam your step count this week!
Head to Wakehurst and explore our gardens in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
Our sister site is home to beautiful woodlands, rolling hills and rare plants like the Wollemi pine.
Jump through muddy puddles, or see what wildlife you can spot in our peaceful landscape.
Horticultural highlights at Wakehurst
- Smell the brown leaves of the candyfloss tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) for that sweet, fairground smell.
- Meet our incredible redwoods in Horsebridge Wood. These resilient giants have fire resistant bark and live for thousands of years.
- Spot the golden larch (Pseudolarix amabilis), also known as the 'Halloween tree’ because the flame-coloured branches turn the colour of pumpkins.
Feed your mind
Head back to school this autumn with our new range of short courses.
Try your hand at metalwork or stone carving, learn to make ink and mix paints from the plants around you, discover how to grow your own mushrooms or create your own delicate papercut lightbox to bring a touch of cosiness to your home as the nights draw in.
Moments of calm
Kew has some ideal spots for quiet contemplation, where you can immerse yourself in the landscape and notice small details.
The Lake Crossing is the perfect pause for autumnal reflections on the water.
A stroll through the Rock Garden will reward you with late-flowering sedums, autumn crocuses and silver vegetation.
Bask in peak tranquility in the Japanese Landscape, brimming with fiery foliage.