Blooms & Wonder: Unveiling the Magic of the Kew Orchid Festival

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Start this spring with a trip to Kew Gardens for a beautiful floral display like no other. The Kew Orchid Festival is back for another year, showcasing incredible biodiversity and horticultural displays of the orchid family.

We know it’ll be a magical day out for families and a festival that will surely brighten up your winter.

Let’s get into it!

What is the Kew Orchid Festival?

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Imagine stepping into a vibrant landscape where the air is fragrant with the sweet aroma of hundreds of colourful orchids. The Kew Orchid Festival is set to transform the Princess of Wales Conservatory into a tropical paradise, showcasing an awe-inspiring array of Madagascan orchid displays.

It’s a must-see event this year, with a huge focus on the natural beauty of Madagascar.

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Where is Kew Gardens?

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The world famous AND UNESCO World Heritage Site is in Sussex. Not too far from London.

The sprawling gardens span over 300 acres, offering visitors a tranquil escape from the bustling city life. It’s the biodiversity hotspot!

Shape Location Get directions

Kew,
Richmond,
London,
TW9 3AE

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Orchid Festival 3rd February to 3rd March 2024

Pricing

Adult from £20.00
Child (4-15) from £5.00
Child (under 4) free

The Orchid Festival is included in your entry ticket!

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The Kew Orchid Festival Experience

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At Kew Gardens, nature lovers can immerse themselves in the beauty of diverse plant species from all corners of the globe. But this annual orchid festival is something special. It’s a celebration of the orchid species and their beautiful and vibrant display of flora.

Set in the heart of the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this festival is not just a day out; it’s an exploration of nature’s wonders that will captivate both the young and the young at heart!

A Floral Wonderland

This year, the annual event is deep-diving into the stunning diversity of tropical plants and outstanding collections of flora from Madagascar.

From its spiny forests and succulent woodlands to even installations of now-extinct species! Did you know that Madagascar is home to some of the world’s rarest plant species? There’s over 14,000 plant species found here and nowhere else in the world!

At the heart of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, you can spot all sorts of orchids on display. Like the Malagasy orchids! There’s a whole breathtaking display there to discover. With orchids of all dazzling colours and heights, you can truly immerse yourself in these living installations. There will also be a recreation of one of the most iconic symbols of the island, Lovers Baobab! It’s on display on the waterlily pond.

Not only that, but you can discover floral sculptures of Madagascar’s native species. Like ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, the aye-eye (the world’s largest nocturnal primate!) and so much more!

As you wander around, your ears will be filled with the music of Malagasy, composed by the Boriza Brothers. You’ll discover beautiful photography captured by Malagasy photographer Tina Waibel and taste Malagasy delicacies by chef Lilia Andrianovy! Lastly, you can enjoy an artistic short film about the dense rainforests, grasslands and the large coastlines of Madagascar. The collections of plants and animals that are found there.

Psst…there’s even an Orchids After Hours event. Where you can enjoy after-dark access to the Conservatory. 

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Food & Drink

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Thinking you’re going to be hungry? Think again!

At the Kew Orchid Festival, you can sample and savour the taste of traditional dishes from Malagasy. From coconut chicken and slow-braised beef to butternut squash stew, samosas and watercress soup!

Then afterwards, you can head to the pop-up gift shop and purchase some beautiful products. From tote bags, scarves and umbrellas to stunning orchid earrings and more.

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Why It’s a Great Day Out for Families

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The festival is not just a visual spectacle; it’s an immersive sensory experience. The vibrant colours, diverse textures, and exotic fragrances of the orchids provide a unique opportunity to connect with nature on a deeper level!

Kew Gardens is also a treasure trove of learning opportunities, and the Orchid Festival is no exception. With interactive displays, the kids can discover the intriguing lifecycle of orchids, and wild plants, their importance in ecosystems, and conservation efforts to protect them! It’s a hands-on way to foster a love for nature and science, making learning fun and engaging.

Beyond the breathtaking orchids, Kew offers a myriad of experiences. The Treetop Walkway presents a bird’s-eye view of the gardens, while the Children’s Garden is designed to encourage play and exploration. Each corner of Kew is a new adventure, ensuring that every family member finds something to marvel at!

For families who love capturing moments, the Orchid Festival offers endless photo opportunities. Whether it’s a family selfie against a backdrop of colourful blooms or a close-up of an exotic orchid, the photographs taken here are sure to be cherished for years to come.

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So, why not add the Kew Orchid Festival to your family’s calendar? It’s a beautiful experience that offers something for everyone, making sure that your day out is filled with wonder, learning, and fun!

Looking for more naturistic adventures? Explore nature reserves, head to a garden centre to pick some flowers, enjoy some winter walks with the family or discover the beauty of the night sky.

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