21 September 2022
Family things to do at Wakehurst this autumn
Take your pick from our autumn highlights.
Whether you’re looking for a fun event or natural play spaces in stunning surroundings, our wild botanic garden in Sussex has it all.
Come to Wakehurst this autumn to enjoy our range of brilliant family activities and attractions.
Embark on a wicked adventure
Join us at Room on the Broom for an adventure through our wild botanic garden.
Follow Witch’s trail, to see if you can find the items she’s lost along her way, and keep your eyes peeled for Dragon on your journey!
Why not pick up our sticker hunt activity to accompany you on our trail, and recreate Witch's truly magnificent broom to take home with you.
Experience the magic of Glow Wild
As darkness falls, enjoy our enchanting lantern trail. See the gardens brought to life with beautifully hand-crafted lanterns and captivating light installations created by leading artists.
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.
Kids big and small can marvel at playful animal lantern sculptures, be wowed by giant parading puppets, and discover a spectacle of bioluminescence.
Glow Wild sells out quickly, so be sure to book tickets!
Explore our gardens
Stretching across 500 acres, our beautiful gardens offer lots to discover and enjoy throughout autumn.
And don’t forget, children (16 and under) have free entry to the gardens.
Enjoy the fiery autumnal colours of our vast collection of deciduous trees, their leaves turning eye-catching shades of yellow, orange, gold and red.
Children will love crunching the fallen leaves underfoot as you roam through our woodlands of the world.
Look out for all the different berries, leaves, bark, nuts, fungi and flowers you can spot.
To sweeten up your day, don’t miss our katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) growing near the Mansion Pond.
Native to China and Japan, this special tree is also known as the candyfloss tree thanks to the sweet sugary smell of its autumn leaves.
If you and your family want to capture the autumn beauty at Wakehurst, follow our handy photography tips to get the best seasonal pictures.
Be wildlife explorers
It’s home to dormice, badgers, kingfishers, owls, and many more species. How many creatures can you spot?
Discover the Millennium Seed Bank
Take your kids to our Millennium Seed Bank Atrium to enjoy our Surviving or Thriving exhibition.
You’ll find out why some of the world’s plants are thriving while others are just surviving, through games, film, sound, models and a futuristic garden.
While you’re here, you can also uncover the seed bank’s underground secrets and see our scientists at work.
Have a bite to eat
Warm up in our Stables Kitchen this autumn and choose from our family-friendly menu, which includes fresh hot meals and children’s portions.
During half-term, we'll also be offering spooky picnics to takeaway. Plus, with plenty of plant-based options (our Seeds Café is 90% plant-based) and seasonal specialities on offer, there’s something for every taste.
Grab a table inside the restaurant or, if you prefer, make use of our takeaway service.
Toys, games, puzzles and books are just some of the great gifts we sell for children in our gift shop.
Wakehurst and Kew members can enjoy 10% off in our shop and Plant Centre.
Prefer to buy online? Then have a browse of the Kew online shop, stocked full of fantastic family-friendly gifts and items.