Glow Wild 2021

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

Multi-colour lanterns at Glow Wild


Selected evenings, Thursday 25 November 2021 – Sunday 2 January 2022


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

On select evenings we are offering quiet sessions starting at 4.15pm for visitors with disabilities, such as autism.

Gardens close at 10pm.



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


Wakehurst or Kew member - Adult: £14

Wakehurst or Kew member - Family (2 adults & 2 children): £46

Adult: £16

Children (4 – 16): £10

Infants (under 4) and carers: Free

Family (2 adults & 2 children): £50

On site car parking: Free

Pre-bookable lantern making kit: £4.75  


Wakehurst or Kew members ticket sale from 10am on Tuesday 20 July 2021

General ticket sale from 10am on Tuesday 27 July 2021

Let the magic begin...

Our enchanting winter lantern trail is back for its eighth year, and it's packed full of surprises.

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

Join us for an unmissable evening of winter wonder and marvel at our record-breaking installations, from the UK's largest natural screen, to the tallest living Christmas tree adorned with 1,800 lights.

This year's Glow Wild trail reflects on the beauty of nature that has blossomed during the pause of the past year. It reminds us to continue to tread lightly on the Earth, allowing nature to unfurl around us.

Along the winding trail, enjoy the beauty of Kew's wild botanic garden in the dark; its landscape, plants and wildlife. 

Don't miss our brand-new installations for Glow Wild 2021, including magical projections in the trees, dazzling lanterns of nightlife over the Mansion Pond, a secluded garden of glow worms and much, much more!

People looking at colourful lanterns at Glow Wild
Lanterns at Glow Wild, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Festive food and winter warmers

Let the festive fun continue with our two new dining experiences:

  • Enjoy family-friendly dishes at our Seeds Café before or after your visit to the trail.
  • Treat yourself to an evening of luxury and escape to our Winter Lodge in the Mansion where you can enjoy festive fizz on arrival and an unlimited selection of winter warmers, petit fours, and light bites.

Eating and drinking at Glow Wild

Quiet sessions

We are offering a limited number of 'quiet session' tickets. These are suitable for visitors with hidden 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 on selected evenings from Thursday 25 November 2021 to Sunday 2 January 2022 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

Colourful bamboo installations at Glow Wild
Bamboo installations at Glow Wild, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

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.

Colourful rhododendrons in spring at Wakehurst

Become a Wakehurst member

Enjoy priority booking and discounted tickets to Glow Wild as a Wakehurst member.