Join our scientists for fun-filled experiments, activities and more at Kew Science Festival
Weekend of 25 & 26 May 2019 10am – 5pm
- Meet Kew’s scientists as they bring their work out of the labs and into the beautiful Wakehurst landscape
- TV presenter Stephan Gates hosts Gastronaut: The Wildest Food Show on Earth
- Go behind the scenes and see the underground vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank
Hands-on experiments, activities, shows and demos
Wild Science – explore trails, immersive guided walks and field activities
Grab your goggles, slip on a lab coat and get stuck into the Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst.
This is the third Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst and is back by popular demand!
With over 350 scientists and work spanning over 100 countries, Kew is a global leader in plant and fungal science; from carrying out exciting plant discovery expeditions in Colombia, to vital conservation work in biodiversity hotspot Madagascar, and unearthing the fundamental impacts of plants on our daily lives.
This year’s scientific extravaganza will not only focus on the vital importance of conserving the world’s plant biodiversity, but will bring to life, for all ages, the crucial value of plant and fungal science.
The two-day festival is a rare chance to experience vital plant and fungal science first hand and find out what Kew scientists are doing to protect rare and threatened species.
Set in and around the world-renowned Millennium Seed Bank, the festival features marquees on the lawns and will house an extensive programme with something to intrigue everyone.
- It is also the perfect chance for adults to enjoy our NEW exhibition Surviving or Thriving – an exhibition on plants and us, in the atrium of the seed bank.
Prepare to be amazed at what’s happening inside the vats of billowing nitrogen! Discover how Kew scientists are pioneering new techniques to conserve seeds that can’t be banked in the normal way. Watch ice-cream being made with liquid nitrogen. Science doesn’t get much cooler!
What does DNA look like? Come and find out for yourself and try your hand at extracting DNA from a strawberry.
Gastronaut: The Wildest Food Show on Earth
TV presenter Stefan Gates’ extraordinary live show about food and science. A blend of bizarre plant biology with explosive chemistry, sensory perception and phenomenal physics to reveal the shocking secrets behind the food we eat every day.
Behind the Scenes Tours of the Millennium Seed Bank
A rare chance to go behind the scenes and uncover the subterranean secrets of the most biodiverse place in the world. Book early on the day as spaces are limited
More than a Mushroom
Do you want to be a part of the Wood Wide Web? Let our giant fungus introduce you to the wonders of Kingdom Fungi, help you communicate with each other and join the most extensive network ever imagined! A dynamic and interactive installation from Kew’s outreach project, Grow Wild.
Science Café, shows, workshops and more
A programme of inspirational workshops and award-winning shows will keep you enthralled. Drop in to the Science Café and hang out with TV presenter Simon Watt for a series of family games, quizzes and Q&As to get you thinking
Google Goggles – Virtual Field Trip
Experience for yourself what it feels like to be a scientist on a field trip. Step into a virtual landscape with the help of our 360-degree Google Goggles to follow in the footsteps of our conservation scientists.
Explore Wakehurst’s extraordinary wild landscape and uncover how we carry out science in the gardens and in the wild – from the crops grown on site for research, to the conservation of rare plants and seeds. Join a Pollinator Walk, go on a Fungi Quest, and find out how some of our most important, rare and threatened trees measure up for size.
Become a honey detective and match the honey to the plant it comes from – just why do different bees seek out certain plants? The best-tasting chemistry lesson you’ve ever had! Plus, take a peek inside a live bumblebee colony.
Food and drink will be available all weekend.