Bat walk

Discover the secret world of bats at Wakehurst after hours with our resident wildlife experts.

Trees at night, Wakehurst


22, 24, 26, 29, and 31 August 2022   

2 September 2022  


7pm – 9pm


Meet at Wakehurst Visitor Centre



£16 for Wakehurst and Kew members

Includes car parking

Suitable for ages 10+

Explore Wakehurst after hours with our resident wildlife experts to discover the fascinating world of bats.

Choose from our woodland bat walk which takes you down to Westwood Lake, or the more accessible and shorter garden bat walk which is based around the Mansion Pond.

This evening walk and talk will start with our experienced Wakehurst Rangers, Steve Cook and Kari Winter, speaking about the different bat species that live in the gardens, their behaviours, habitat requirements and what Wakehurst has to offer them.

Using electronic detectors, we will try to pick up the ultrasonic calls of hunting bats as we walk. You will also learn about other animal species, birds and insects that call Wakehurst home.

Bats in a bat box
Bats, credit: Sussex Bat Society


Important information 

  • The woodland walk will be approximately 4km on a reasonable surface but is uphill all the way back. 
  • The garden walk on the 26th will be approximately 1km on predominantly flat paths. 
  • Please be aware that wildlife is unpredictable. We can't guarantee that you will see bats on the night and unfortunately, we are not able to refund you should this happen. 

Know somebody who would love this workshop? 

Gift them a place by making a booking and then emailing with your reference number to receive a gift certificate. 

15% discount off food and retail 

Treat yourself to something tasty, discover our range of prints, books and gifts, or take a piece of the gardens home from our Plant Centre (open till 5.30pm during opening hours). As a workshop attendee, you are entitled to a discount in the catering outlets, Visitor Centre shop and Plant Centre on the day of your event.

Cakes at Wakehurst
Cakes at Wakehurst © RBG Kew