4 March 2024

Best things to do at Wakehurst this spring

Experience our wild botanic garden as it transforms into a tapestry of colour.

By Jessica Hayne

A magnolia tree over a winding boardwalk

Join us for brand-new family activities, stunning horticultural highlights, and exclusive deals for our members.  

1. Enjoy the ultimate day out with Bluey

From 27 March to 14 April, design your own Bluey adventure and have lots of fun with family and friends at Wakehurst.

With play zones across the landscape, choose from a host of different activities inspired by well-loved Bluey episodes.

There will be lots to do and see for children and memories to be made for the whole family.

Pre-booking essential - secure your slot

The bluey family on an illustrated background
Bluey © Ludo Studio Pty Ltd 2018

2. Take in a kaleidoscope of colours 

In the heart of the gardens, the Water Gardens are a sensational centrepiece in the spring.  

Step under bright magnolia arching over The Slips boardwalk, and head towards Black Pond, bordered by a luscious bed of overflowing colour.  

Enter the Iris Dell through a carpet of indigo irises, and marvel at the bold azalea shrub, towering over this peaceful glade. Stroll around our purpose-built boardwalk and rest on one of the benches to take it all in.  

Whilst rhododendrons adorn the landscape throughout spring, there’s one spot that really provides the best view. Our Westwood View Point overlooks Westwood Valley, where you can look out across a family of rhododendron shrubs, sporting a myriad of reds, pinks, and whites.  

With so many species to spot, and nearly 2000 different accessions, it’s no wonder our collection is globally significant.  

A grassy patch, covered in irises, with a pink azalea bush in the background.
Wakehurst Iris Dell, Visual Air © RBG Kew
A collection of rhododendron shrubs, with different coloured flowers.
Westwood Valley, James Ratchford © RBG Kew

3. Become a Plant Pal

This Easter, our Nature Heroes mission is all about discovering what a plant needs to survive and thrive. Head to the Millennium Seed Bank Parterres on your visit to pick up your mission pack, complete the quest and gain the next badge for your superhero cape! 

Become a Plant Pal

Hand holding up an embroidered badge reading "plant pal" with a smiling daisy, against a backdrop of spring blossom
© RBG Kew

4. Take part in a Wakehurst workshop 

Rediscover a connection with nature or tap into your creative side this spring by participating in one of our workshops.

Relax and escape the everyday stresses with forest bathing or tune into the harmonies of Wakehurst with a birdsong walk. New for 2024, explore our healing sound bath sessions and spring foraging courses. 

Click here to explore the variety of workshops.

The sun shines on a forest floor covered with ferns.
Forest bathing at Wakehurst © RBG Kew

5. Experience our dazzling carpet of bluebells

The breathtaking display of native wildflowers in the UK reaches its peak beauty during April and May. During this time, vast expanses of English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) adorn our woodland floors. These delicate, bell-shaped flowers, in shades of violet-blue, emerge from underground bulbs during the spring season. 

Journey to our prime bluebell viewing spots such as Bethlehem Wood, Westwood Valley, and Horsebridge Wood

A woodland with bluebells along the floor.
Bluebells at Wakehurst, Visual Air © RBG Kew
Two people stand with dogs in a woodland with bluebells.
Bluebells at Wakehurst, Visual Air © RBG Kew

6. Play a role in pioneering science studies  

Our scientists are using our diverse landscapes to uncover the secrets that nature holds in combatting biodiversity loss and climate change, whilst boosting our own wellbeing. 

This spring, you’re invited to play a part in ground-breaking new studies taking place in the gardens. On your next visit, take part in our Trees for bees study, helping our pollination experts identify which plants and trees provide the most benefits for our pollinating insects.  

Help us delve deeper into the role that green spaces play in boosting our mental wellbeing through our Noticing nature study. You’ll be asked to visit a few times over the coming months and reflect on what you were drawn to on your walks around the gardens.  

These studies form vital projects within our Nature Unlocked research programme, so discover the questions we’re asking and what we’ve uncovered so far.  

Bumblebees on an Allium plant
Wakehurst pollinators, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
A person takes a photo of a green shrub with their phone
Noticing Nature, Visual Air © RBG Kew

7. Picnic in nature 

As the temperatures rise, picnic season approaches.  

Enjoy a seasonal menu at our catering outlets and treat yourself to delicious options like indulgent sandwiches, mouth-watering sweet treats, and refreshing salads. For something hearty, join us for Sunday Roasts, Fish Fridays and Burger Tuesdays, to keep the whole family refuelled. 

There’s something for the four-legged family members! In our dog-friendly spaces, such as Seeds Cafe and Stables Pantry, pick up a doggy ice cream, ensuring your furry companion enjoys a delightful treat alongside you! 

Flatbread sandwiches filled with salad and cheese
Wakehurst catering, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

8. Wander through a woven grove  

Journey into Pearcelands Wood, and immerse yourself in our enchanting natural sculpture trail, Wild Wood.  

This 20-acre ancient woodland is now home to a collection of hand-woven sculptures, from oversized chairs and badger sets to hidden creatures in the trees.  

If you’re inspired by the creations, explore our willow weaving workshops, to make your very own natural sculpture.  

A fox made of woven willow sticks, behind some bluebells
Wild Wood at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
A young boy runs through a gate, with walls made from logs.
Wild Wood at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

9. Browse our world-class collections  

Explore vibrant blooms and new bulbs at our Plant Centre, where expert gardening advice awaits. Elevate your indoor space at the Visitor Centre Gift Shop with trendy terrariums, Bonsai, and plants for your conservatory including small lemon, lime and orange trees. 

Shop curated stationery products from Sea White Brighton, don't miss our highly anticipated Seasalt clothing range, and browse our selection of wines in partnership with Lathwaites. 

 Members enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases.

Laithwaites wines on a shelf at Wakehurst
Wakehurst retail, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

10. Become a member  

Unlock a world of botanical wonders by becoming a Wakehurst member!  

Enjoy exclusive benefits including unlimited garden access, discounts at our Plant Centre, and early booking for special events. Members also receive 50% off our Nature Heroes capes, and priority booking on our family trails, ensuring little ones are ready for a year of adventures too.  

Sign up online today 

Two adults run after a child, who is wearing a Nature Heroes cape. There is a large magnolia tree in the background.
Wakehurst Nature Heroes, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

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