Glow Wild 2021

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

Moon and stars and lights in the trees at Glow Wild

Date

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

Time

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.

Location

Wakehurst

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

Price

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 shuttle bus from Haywards Heath train station: £3.05/£6.10 for a child/adult return

Pre-bookable lantern making kit: £4.75 

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.

New for 2021

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. 

Don't miss our brand-new installations:

  • Brighton-based light artists, Ithaca, will transform Wakehurst’s Walled Garden into a tranquil Twilight Garden, illuminated by dazzling glowworms.
  • Award-winning light designers OGE Group return with more spectacular seedheads, casting an ethereal light over the Black Pond. 
  • Digital display artists, The Colour Project, explore the journey of seeds in an animated projection onto natural screens among the trees.
  • There's so much more, including hand-made lanterns of nocturnal wonders, tropical flowers and wildlife; a magnificent sculpture of a willow tree throughout the seasons; and spiralling tendrils of fire on the Mansion Lawn.
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 Elizabethan Mansion where you can enjoy festive fizz on arrival and an unlimited selection of winter warmers, petit fours, and light bites.

Back by popular demand, the Carriage Ring food and drink stalls will be serving hot chocolate, sweet treats, and roasted chestnuts, and a range of hot dishes will be available at our Stables Kitchen.

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

The UK's tallest living Christmas tree at Wakehurst adorned with 1,800 lights
The UK's tallest living Christmas tree at Wakehurst, 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.

Artists at Glow Wild 2021

  • And Now
  • Ben Pacey
  • Brockman & Page
  • Colour Project
  • Ithaca
  • OGE group
  • Samesky
  • Sarah Hall Baqai
Colourful rhododendrons in spring at Wakehurst

Become a Wakehurst member

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