31 May 2022
Best things to do at Wakehurst this summer
As the days get longer, brighter and warmer, join us at Wakehurst to make the most of summer!
Explore new corners of our 535-acre site, discover the groundbreaking science behind our biodiverse landscape and choose from our fantastic selection of events and workshops.
1. Feed your senses
Join us for an exciting summer programme: Nourish.
Embark on a captivating journey through impressive artworks, all inspired by our world-leading science projects.
Kicking off from Friday 8 July 2022, Nourish promises to feed your senses and unveil the future of plants and food.
There is also plenty for curious young minds, with our children's trail and family-friendly workshops. From Banana Science to a Family Forest Adventure, uncover the secrets of our favourite foods or learn forest skills with your family.
Want to see Wakehurst come alive in the evening?
Book Nourish After Hours to travel through the Wakehurst landscapes and immerse yourself in live performances. Refuel at our catering hub, with global cuisine and locally sourced drinks, all inspired by the art around you.
2. Take a tour with a difference
Experience Wakehurst on two wheels, with your canine friend or racing alongside others.
Secure your spot now!
3. Find out more about our living laboratory
Nature Unlocked, the Landscape Ecology Programme at Wakehurst, has transformed our stunning landscape into a living laboratory.
Our scientists are researching four key areas: Carbon, Pollination, Hydrology and Wellbeing, all exploring nature-based solutions to biodiversity loss and climate change.
For our Wellbeing research, we’re asking some visitors if they would like to take part. We are using Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitors and questionnaires to discover how they connect with nature.
Keep an eye out for research taking place across the site - perhaps you could be contributing to a ground-breaking study on your next visit!
4. Take a trip across the pond
Exciting changes are taking place at Wakehurst — you can travel across the Atlantic by walking through our six-acre American Prairie, evoking the vast and iconic North American wild plant communities.
Speak to our expert guides to find out how we’re contributing to the conservation of these endangered habitats and hear about the next steps we’ll be taking to help our vibrant prairie flourish.
5. Try something new
Connect with nature, get hands-on or experience a moment of calm with our summer workshops.
Venture out into our Loder Valley Nature Reserve at twilight to join Conservation Supervisor Steven Robinson and enjoy a rare glimpse of badgers in their natural habitat.
Our Badger Watching Evenings run every Tuesday throughout the summer and spaces fill up quickly!
Take your pick from our exciting range of workshops.
6. Soak up the season’s showstoppers
Our gardens burst into life throughout the summer months and are a true celebration of colour, scent and sound.
Venture onto the newly constructed boardwalks that weave a path through the Water Gardens and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings, accompanied by the gentle trickling sounds of water through the landscape.
Our Pollination Garden is a hive of life in the summer months and plays a key part in Nature Unlocked, as our scientists investigate how biodiverse environments help vital bees, wasps and hoverflies to thrive.
The research continues at Coronation Meadow, where we’re measuring carbon storage across different Wakehurst landscapes. You might even see some of our high-tech equipment nestled amongst the wildflowers!
With the knowledge that world-leading research is taking place underfoot, stroll through the meadow, taking in the beauty and importance of this naturally-managed meadow.
7. Savour our summer menu
Refuel at Stables Kitchen and Pantry and enjoy our delicious seasonal menu, including a selection of freshly-baked goods, light bites, and hearty meals.
There’s something for everyone as we cater to all dietary requirements.
Up at the Visitor Centre, grab a drink or tasty treat from our Seeds Café, before perusing our wide selection of horticultural gifts and home decorations in the shop.
8. Have fun with all the family
There are plenty of hidden corners for young adventurers to explore, and don’t forget, children under 16 can roam for free at Wakehurst.
Our Labyrinth is a great space to run wild, whilst our Tree Trunk Trek in the cool shade of Coates Wood has a natural log trail to conquer.
Our Explorer Rucksacks are packed with goodies and are a great addition to any Wakehurst visit. Children of all ages can take on the role of a wildlife detective and discover the landscape’s hidden residents.
For children wanting to get a little more stuck in, our recently reopened Children’s Heritage Garden is home to the Mud Kitchen, complete with pots, pans and teapots, ready for children to get their hands dirty.
9. Get behind the scenes insights
Enhance your visit to Wakehurst with the expertise of our knowledgeable guides.
Our experts will take you around areas that are looking great this season, explaining the current conservation work underway.
Whether it’s your first time visiting, or you’re a regular wanting to find out more, a guided tour is the best way to make the most out of your time at Wakehurst.
10. Take a piece of Wakehurst home
If you’ve been inspired whilst walking around the gardens, take a little piece of Wakehurst home with you by visiting our Plant Centre.
Open daily, our Centre houses seasonal plants inspired by our world-class collections.
If you’re a Wakehurst or Kew member, you get 10% off all items. Happy shopping!
11. Bring a guest for free!
Make the most of the summer by becoming a Wakehurst member. Benefit from unlimited entry to the grounds all year round and bring a free guest to the gardens every time you visit until 4 September 2022.
You’ll also be kept up to date with all the latest Wakehurst news and will get priority booking to selected events.
Become a member today, or on your next visit to Wakehurst.