DISCOVER: Christmas At Kew
The mile-long route through the Royal Botanic Gardens is where fairy-tale meets fantasy in a world of singing trees, ribbons of light, giant baubles and even a flickering fire garden.
Yes, there are lots of people as you’d expect but the ticketed time-slot system means that it is never over-run. The pathways are nice and wide giving plenty of room, everyone goes their own pace and we never felt crowded or harangued.
In fact, be it the flowing mulled cider, Champagne hut, or just a sprinkling of Christmas cheer, everyone seems to enter fully into the festive spirit. We had no end of smiling passers-by offering to take photos of us as a family when they saw us struggling with selfies, and people were considerate about making room around the main attractions so that everyone got a turn to admire and take pictures.
Extra touches like vintage fairground rides, large illuminated frames for family photo opps, food stalls and special fire pits for marshmallow toasting means that literally every age is catered for whether you have kids or not.
We’re planning next year’s visit already.
If you plan on using public transport bear in mind that Kew Gate station has no lift access so you’ll need two people to tackle all the steps with a buggy. Those in a car will find little to no parking at Kew Gardens itself but we found lots of side roads with spaces aplenty (many will require permits during the week but are completely free if you go on a Sunday like us).
We also couldn’t find much by way of baby change facilities so when everyone finishes wandering around at the same time and descends on the Kew café / shop you might find there’s a bit of a wait. Having said that, the café itself is ideal for getting the little ones fed and happy before or after you take to the trail.
Christmas at Kew is on now until 1st January. Adult tickets from £16 - family tickets and VIP tickets also available. Advance booking recommended.
For more information and to book click here