11 January 2022
Best things to do at Kew this winter
Breathe in the crisp air and enjoy seasonal highlights at Kew Gardens this winter.
Get outdoors for some fresh air and winter fun at Kew.
Get creative at one of our bespoke workshops, discover our new interactive food laboratory, and spot the seasonal delights in our Gardens.
Awaken your senses
This immersive eatery offers families a place to feast on delicious food from stone-baked pizza to artisan sandwiches and ice cream.
You will also find an interactive food laboratory here where children can discover the wonders of nature and origins of their favourite foods.
Journey through our Costa Rican paradise
Celebrate the richness of Costa Rica at our annual orchid festival in February.
For this carnival of colour, our Princess of Wales Conservatory will be adorned with vibrant horticultural displays and animated soundscapes, transporting you to the tropics of Central America.
Join Kew scientists, horticulturalists and local experts on our mission to understand Costa Rica's bountiful plant life.
Go wildlife watching
Our Gardens are full of wildlife, from herons and woodpeckers to badgers and hedgehogs. Our woodland areas provide great cover for our furry friends.
Look around our lakes and ponds to spot bird life. From stealthy grey herons (Ardea Cinerea) to noisy Canada geese (Branta canadensis), bird life can be seen on the water and by the water's edge.
Keep your eyes peeled for woodland birds like jays (Garrulus glandarius) and great spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major) in the Natural Area.
Spot seasonal heroes
It may be cold but the Gardens are still thriving with winter greenery.
Take a stroll down Holly Walk near the Temperate House to see one of Europe's most comprehensive holly collections, planted in 1874.
Spanning 40 acres, it's home to a diverse collection of trees including towering redwoods and rare treasures such as our Japanese Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga japonica).
This is the perfect time of year to admire them, particularly when dusted with winter frost on a chilly day.
Look out for signs of spring
From green shoots to suede-like buds on tree branches, there are a lot of small indications that more colourful days are ahead. Bright camellia blossoms offer some vibrancy in winter, but nothing speaks of this season as much as the first sight of snowdrops.
Head to the Rock Gardens to see some of our snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis). Although they don't rely on pollinators to reproduce, you may spot bees and other insects visiting them on warmer days.