Kew Science festival at Wakehurst

Kew Science festival at Wakehurst


Selsfield Road
RH17 6TN

Date(s) - 21-July-2018 to 22-July-2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst:

Wriggle into a crisp white lab coat and pop on some protective specs as you prepare to take part in the Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst!
This is a rare chance to experience vital plant and fungal science and find out what Kew scientists are doing to protect rare and threatened species.

Venue: Wakehurst (around the Millennium Seed Bank and out into the wider landscape)
• 10am – 4.30pm
• Price: Included with entry to the gardens (adult ticket: £12.95).
• Children 16 and under are FREE.
• Suitable for all ages.

Kew Science Festival Highlights include:

Pop-up science:
Chat to real scientists as they run hands-on experiments for budding botanists in the lab and in the field. Discover why we save seeds, how they carry out cryopreservation, and exactly what DNA looks like.

Walk on the ‘wild side’ of science:
Explore the wilder side of Wakehurst and uncover how we carry out science in the gardens and in the wild, including a look at some of the rare plants and trees we seek to conserve.

Exclusive behind the scenes science tours:
Go deep underground for a tour of the vaults in the Millennium Seed Bank to see where we store over two billion individual seeds from more than 38,000 species. Glimpse inside our glasshouses where some of the world’s rarest plants live (book on the day).

Science café:
Hang out with TV science presenter Simon Watt and take part in family games and quizzes.

Award-winning theatre shows:
Talented actors will make sure science has you both spellbound and howling with laughter.

Check-in to the Botanical studio:
Unearth some fun and lively plant science – perfect for budding botanists. Try for yourself the techniques our scientists use to identify, draw, press and photograph plants. Watch botanical illustrators from Kew’s best-selling book, Botanicum, at work, and dip into block printing and dye workshops.

A great array of workshops including Foods of the future, Cartoon drawing, Film making, Plant evolution and Botanical drawing.


Freshly prepared, stone baked pizzas & BBQ, including a vegan plant burger, chicken burgers and locally sourced hot dogs.

Real diary ice cream and sorbets, craft beers and ales, refreshing soft drinks and Kew botanical gin.

For more information please see website.