14 October 2022
Best things to do at Wakehurst this autumn
As the trees begin to transform into a tapestry of autumn colour, make the most of the season at Wakehurst.
Whether you’re looking to perfect your photography, enjoy a fun day out with the family, or have already started planning for Christmas, there’s something for everyone at Wakehurst this autumn.
Go on a whirlwind adventure
This October half term, join Witch and her friends as we bring the tale of Room on the Broom to Wakehurst.
Follow the Witch’s trail, and don’t forget to watch out for Dragon on your journey!
From the 15 to 31 October, you must pre-book a timeslot to enter the gardens. Members’ early opening and quiet sessions are available.
Go on a fungi hunt
Whilst you’re roaming our wild landscape, look down onto the forest floor and keep an eye out for our fungi friends.
These organisms are exceptionally important to life on Earth, keeping the natural world in balance through symbiotic relationships with plants and animals, and helping to break down dead and decaying matter.
Shelter from the weather in the most biodiverse place in the world
Don’t let the rain dampen your plans! There is plenty to do and see at Wakehurst, even on a rainy day.
The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst houses an underground collection of over 2.4 billion seeds, making it a Noah’s Ark for plants from across the globe.
Stop by the MSB to discover our specially-curated exhibition Surviving or Thriving, or spy on scientists at work in the laboratories.
Capture autumn colour
There’s no doubt that autumn is one of the most spectacular seasons. Wakehurst’s gardens come to life in vibrant reds, burnt orange and stunning gold, making it the perfect time to whip out the camera.
Did you know? Leaves turn a different colour in the autumn due to hormonal changes in the tree, triggered by longer nights as the summer comes to an end.
Keep an eye out for the contrasting colours in the gardens, especially if it’s overcast. A bright red tree against a rainy backdrop can really make that photo pop.
If you need a bit of guidance on how to make the most of your camera, join our fun and informative Digital Photography Workshop.
Roam wild through woodlands of the world
Delve into Wakehurst’s woodlands, exploring wild pathways and discovering new corners of the biodiverse site
Why not head into Westwood Valley, a steep ravine running from the Water Gardens to peaceful Westwood Lake, representing the landscape of the eastern Himalaya.
Warm up with tasty treats
If your adventures work up an appetite, head to Stables Kitchen where new Head Chef Simon will be cooking up a seasonal storm of delicious dishes.
From energy-boosting snacks to heartwarming hot meals, take a pit stop at one of our onsite restaurants or cafés.
Be a Wakehurst explorer
Enhance any child’s visit to Wakehurst with our Explorer Backpacks, packed with creative activities and tools for young visitors.
Prepare for an intrepid journey through Wakehurst and see how many colours, patterns and textures you can find.
Take a guided tour
Not sure where to start when you visit Wakehurst? Our expert guides can take you on a walk around the gardens, pointing out seasonal highlights and current works taking place across our 535 acres.
Get creative with willow
Weave your own stunning willow deer for your garden, with our fun and easy-to-follow workshop
Our workshop leaders will show you the secrets of the traditional art of willow weaving, taking you through the process step-by-step.
Get ahead with your Christmas shopping
Find the perfect gift for your loved ones, with our range of homeware, clothing and plants, all inspired by our world-class collections.
Our Visitor Centre Shop and Plant Centre are open to the general public every day, if you’re just looking to browse, you don’t need a ticket to enter the gardens!
Experience the magic of Glow Wild
Our spellbinding winter lantern trail returns this November, featuring a brand-new route packed full of surprises.
This year, Glow Wild celebrates the spectrum of colours in nature, inviting you to explore how we see colour and the role it plays in our daily lives.
Become a member
If you enjoy autumn at Wakehurst, then you’ll love our year-round seasonal highlights.
A Wakehurst membership is a great way of discovering all 535 acres of our wild botanic gardens and guaranteeing yourself a year of affordable adventure and discovery.
As well as unlimited visits and free parking, members can make the most of a free visit to Kew Gardens, discounted entry to partner gardens around the UK, and discounts on events, in our shop and Plant Centre.
As kids go free, that’s a year of family days out sorted from £31.50 a year per adult.