Escape London's winter winds and immerse yourself in a colourful celebration inspired by Thailand's beautiful fauna. This year, Kew has partnered with Thailand’s UK Embassy to pay tribute to the country's vibrant vegetation, as the Princess of Wales Conservatory transforms into a tropical oasis for the occasion.
Travel through the bright Vanda tunnel – a whirlwind of artfully displayed orchid flowers in all different shades and hanging orchid bouquets – before following the floating, handcrafted umbrellas that guide guests to the opulent Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace. A rice paddy, traditional Thai cart, and typical bucolic scene will feature alongside the blossom bonanza.
The 23rd annual Orchid Festival will play host to a week-long series of activities to keep the children occupied over the half-term holidays, with everything from dance performances to talks from Kew's orchid experts.
Meanwhile, adults can participate in cocktail making, learn cooking tips, and indulge in spa treatments. A vast selection of authentic Thai cuisine will be available to sample, so prepare for a festival that will truly be a treat for the senses.
Escape the crowds and enjoy an intimate evening examining the beautiful blooms at Kew's Orchid Festival after hours. Themed cocktails and edible insects will be available, and planned activities involve traditional Thai massages, lectures from perfumers, and vegetable carving demonstrations.
Avoid bracing the February weather and step into a flourishing paradise that celebrates the gorgeous flora and fauna of Thailand, in what promises to be a memorable cultural and botanical experience.
|What||Orchids at Kew Gardens: Half Term Activities|
Kew, Richmond, , Surrey, TW9 3AB | MAP
|Nearest tube||Kew Gardens (underground)|
10 Feb 18 – 11 Mar 18, Times TBD
|Price||£To Be Confirmed|
|Website||Click here to book and for more information from Kew|