Kew Gardens

A big day out with Peter Rabbit™ at Kew Gardens


Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April 2018

Join Peter Rabbit and all his furry friends on a botanical bunny adventure this Easter at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Visitors can expect an exciting activity-packed day out with games, crafts and storytelling inspired by Beatrix Potter’s iconic tales.

• First Peter Rabbit themed Easter festival at Kew Gardens
• Activity workshops, games, and crafts
• An interactive trail inspiring children to connect with nature

Children will be delighted by the exquisite illustrated world of Peter Rabbit set against the stunning landscape of Kew Gardens. Spring will be well and truly underway and the Gardens will be filled with the dazzling colour of blooming crocuses, daffodils and magnolias. The Easter extravaganza will celebrate the beauty of nature at Kew and encourage visitors of all ages to explore the wonderful world of fruit, vegetables and other edible plants, whilst learning about how they are grown.

From Kew’s beautiful Secluded Garden, visitors will follow a Peter Rabbit trail to find activity pop-ups for all ages. A trip to Mr McGregor’s potting shed will encourage visitors plant their very own seeds to take home and nurture. Elsewhere, youngsters can choose which Peter Rabbit character they’d like to be for the day and make some fuzzy bunny ears to match.

Around the festival hub, children and adults will also be able to get stuck into all sorts of giant food card games, while the hilarious veggie consequences workshop will offer the chance to create incredible monster vegetables. Special Peter Rabbit selfie boards will offer the chance to take fun souvenir snaps of the day out.

Visitors can also pop into Kew’s incredible Kitchen Garden nearby, to admire the amazing display of colourful fruit and veg grown by Kew’s very own kitchen gardeners.

What’s more, there will be a variety of delicious Easter culinary offerings available at the festival hub, as well as Peter Rabbit gifts and goodies available in the Kew shop.

Gina Koutsika, Head of Visitor Programmes, Events and Exhibitions says: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Penguin Ventures to produce a brand new and truly magical Peter Rabbit™ themed festival at Kew Gardens. I am sure our interactive trail and activities will delight visitors of all ages and will encourage families to learn more about the science behind the fruit and veg that Peter Rabbit so loves to eat.”

Thomas Merrington, Creative Director, Penguin Ventures says: “Peter Rabbit is synonymous with mischief and garden adventures and will be perfectly at home in the beautiful setting of Kew Gardens. We can’t wait to see young fans and their families enjoy the fantastic activities that Kew has planned with Peter this Easter.”

Admission to the festival is included in the general entrance ticket to the Gardens (Adult - £17.00, child - £5.00).
Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in West Sussex, will also be hosting its own Easter festival, Peter Rabbit™ Goes Wild.

Visit and watch out for more information in the coming months.

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A Literary Festival in Kew Gardens, 24-28 September 2015

Kew Gardens is to launch its first ever literary festival this autumn. From Thursday 24th to Monday 28th September 2015, the Gardens will welcome a host of world famous authors and writers from all genres for a series of scintillating talks and events. Festival highlights include Margaret Atwood, Mel Giedroyc, Michael Morpurgo, Esther Freud, Neel Mukherjee, Bill Bryson, Iain Sinclair and Ella Woodward.

Stunning surrounds, breath-taking architecture and over 250 years of science and history make Kew Gardens a perfect location for a new London literary festival. Each ticket includes full access to the Gardens for the day, and many of the talks will take place in Kew’s listed buildings, including the Nash Conservatory and Museum Number 1, overlooking the iconic Palm House.
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Visitors will immerse themselves in the rich world of books as beauty, creativity and knowledge come together at the festival. Come and soak in the landscape in between thought-provoking talks, as the season moves into the mellow hues of autumn.

Richard Deverell, Director of Kew Gardens says: “We are delighted to be launching a new London literary festival. Kew is so much more than just a botanic garden, and as an organisation with over 250 years of knowledge, creativity and burning scientific passion behind it, I am thrilled to be welcoming some of the world’s best writers and thinkers.”
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The Festival’s programming directors Anne Elletson and Tanya Burgess say: “Books and nature both stimulate the imagination and take us to new and unexpected places; and what better place than Kew Gardens, a science institution and botanic garden to provide a new London platform for debate, discovery, creativity and a flow of ideas.”

For more information and for tickets, please visit
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