20 January 2023

Family things to do at Wakehurst this winter

Make the most of your visit with our handy tips.

By Jessica Hayne

A bird's eye view of Wakehurst Iris Dell in the snow

There’s plenty on offer for families across Wakehurst this season as you embark on a winter adventure, surrounded by botanical highlights across our wild landscape.  

Start the new year with woodland walks, stunning viewpoints and an exciting new mission for children.  

Take in the winter views  

Ever played ‘I Spy’ across 535 acres?  

Pick up our Arrival Guide from the Visitor Centre and follow our winter views guided route for the best viewpoints Wakehurst has to offer. Stop for a rest, a snack and see what you can spot across the horizon.  

Two children stand by a bench looking over trees
Looking out over Westwood Valley © RBG Kew

Become a Nature Hero 

We’ve launched our brand-new family programme – Nature Heroes! With a new mission every school holiday, gain a badge to wear proudly on your very own superhero cape.  

Learn practical skills to help protect our natural world, from the smallest creatures to the tallest trees. 

A child runs through a garden at Wakehurst wearing a superhero cap with a lightning bolt on it
Nature Heroes at Wakehurst, Visual Air © RBG Kew

Spread your wings

Your first mission? Become a Bird Buddy.  

Taking place over the February Half Term, our Bird Buddy quest is suitable for children of all ages. There’ll be the main mission to gain your Bird Buddy badge, a drop-in session to make bird feeders, and a pre-bookable birdsong workshop. To top it off, we’re welcoming Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre for some very special flying displays.  

Book now and get to know our feathered friends!

A bird chirps on a brand
Bird, © Unsplash

Treat your senses in the Winter Garden 

Our Winter Garden is at its peak in late winter. Weave through towering grasses and tune into the different colours, smells and sounds around you. 

Spot fiery red dogwood, listen out for the rustle of wind through swathes of towering grasses, and tune your nose to the delicious smell of witch hazel.  

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The Winter Garden at Wakehurst
Wakehurst Winter Garden, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Roam wild for free 

Kids aged 16 and under get free entry to the gardens, so kick off the year with a breath of fresh air.  

Brush off the Christmas cobwebs and take on our natural log trail Tree Trunk Trek, conquer the labyrinth or roam wild in our woodlands.  

Where will your adventure take you? 

A family walking at Wakehurst, Visual Air © RBG Kew
A family walking at Wakehurst, Visual Air © RBG Kew

Re-fuel with winter warmers  

No visit to Wakehurst is complete without a pit stop in one of our cafés. Grab a pastry and hot drink from Seeds Café to take on your walk, or stop by Stables Kitchen for a hearty meal.  

There are plenty of treats for little ones too! 

Pastries at Stables Kitchen at Wakehurst
Pastries at Stables Kitchen, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Explore pioneering science 

There’s plenty to do at Wakehurst on a rainy day, so step inside the Atrium of our Millennium Seed Bank.

Here you can discover the journey of a seed, from oversees collections to precise cleaning and finally being banked in our Noah’s Ark for plants. 

Drop by our specially curated exhibition, Surviving or Thriving, to discover the fascinating roles of plants and fungi. 

Wooden tree surrounded by glass exhibition
Millennium Seed Bank Surviving or Thriving Exhibition, Visual Air © RBG Kew

Try something new in 2023 

Spend leftover Christmas pocket money in the Wakehurst shop and treat yourself to a range of beautiful artisan and sustainable products to fuel your new year’s resolutions. 

Pick up a new bedtime story or some essential tools for your garden. 

Shelves of children's toys and books at the Wakehurst shop
Wakehurst retail, Visual Air © RBG Kew

Set yourself up for a year of adventures 

Experience Wakehurst through the changing seasons by becoming a member! Enjoy unlimited visits, early access to events and play a vital role in supporting Wakehurst’s wider mission.  

Become a member on your next visit and start exploring. 

A woman and two young girls walking through woodlands at Wakehurst
Visitors walking through Wakehurst, Visual Air © RBG Kew
Two people stand under a golden autumnal tree next to a pond

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