Glow Wild 2020

Join us at Wakehurst on a spellbinding winter lantern trail for all ages.

Dandelion seeds, majestic owl, star lanterns and the UK's tallest Christmas tree


Selected evenings, Thursday 3 December 2020 – Sunday 3 January 2021

Additional dates: 31 December, 1 January, 2 January & 3 January


Entry time slots every 20 minutes between 4.30pm and 8.10pm.

Gardens close at 10pm.



Trail starts at The Oaks, an avenue of ancient oak trees


Wakehurst or Kew member - Adult: £13*

Wakehurst or Kew member - Family (2 adults & 2 children): £42*

Adult: £15*

Children (4 – 16): £9*

Infants (under 4) and carers: Free*

Family (2 adults & 2 children): £46*

*Car parking is included in ticket price

Book tickets

In light of the new Covid-19 restrictions running from 5 November to 2 December, we will be rescheduling the first four dates of Glow Wild. 

We have worked hard to ensure everyone who booked can still experience the magic of our lantern trail by adding additional dates this winter. 

See Tickets will be in touch if your Glow Wild tickets are affected to offer a new date and time.

Let the magic begin...

Now in its seventh year, our enchanting lantern trail is full of surprises and new installations.

As darkness falls, the gardens are brought to life with glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections, immersive soundscapes, and glistening torches of fire.

Marvel at the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree decorated with 1,800 lights and join us in a celebration of the hidden heroes of the plant and fungal world, from a grain of pollen or fungus spore to a seed on the wind. It is sure to be an unmissable evening of winter wonder.

New for 2020

New artists

Among familiar favourites, three brand-new artists are creating installations for Glow Wild 2020.

Don't miss:

  • From Amsterdam's canals to Wakehurst's Black Pond, OGE Group are bringing you their award-winning 'Light a Wish' installation; a series of delicately suspended, gently sparkling dandelion seed heads.
  • Wakehurst’s Winter Garden will be adorned with magical fungi-lanterns created by graphic artist and sculptor Sarah Hall-Baqai. Her fantastical fungal forms are inspired by Katie Scott’s spellbinding illustrations in the book Fungarium.
  • International digital design studio, The Colour Project, will cast their story-telling magic onto the giant canvas of Wakehurst’s Elizabethan Mansion, revealing the secret life of fungi, and will illuminate the Pinetum with majestic barn owls swooping between trees.

New dates

For the first time, Glow Wild 2020 will run closer to Christmas.

With dates between Christmas and New Year, Glow Wild will liven up this year's festivities.

Star lanterns at Glow Wild
Star lanterns at Glow Wild © Jim Holden

Quiet sessions

We are offering a limited number of 'quiet session' tickets. These are suitable for visitors with disabilities, such as autism, to make for a more comfortable visit whilst still experiencing the sensory benefits of Glow Wild.

Quiet sessions offer access before the general public and will be available on 3, 10, 12, 13 and 17 December at 4.15pm.

We ask that other visitors respect the quiet sessions and do not book during these limited time slots.

Everything you need to know for Glow Wild

Moon and stars over pond at Glow Wild
Moon and stars at Glow Wild © John White
Multi-colour lanterns at Glow Wild
Lanterns at Glow Wild © John White

COVID-19 (coronavirus) notice

You can book with confidence for Glow Wild. Come along knowing that the safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of the upmost importance to us. We are continually monitoring and responding to the Covid-19 pandemic situation as it evolves. Any updates will be communicated with you ahead of your visit.

To deliver a safe event for visitors:

  • We have revised our entry time slots and the queuing system to manage visitor flow
  • There will be additional cleaning across the route each night
  • The indoor catering facilities are under review
  • At present we do not plan to run the lantern-making activity in the Mansion, but lantern-making kits will be available for pre-purchase and collection at the event 

Please observe the onsite and government guidance on hygiene and social distancing. 

If Glow Wild is cancelled due to coronavirus, you will be notified and offered an alternative date, if available, or a full refund.

If you are unable to attend because of government restrictions in place due to coronavirus, please email quoting your booking reference number at the earliest opportunity to discuss further.