Wakehurst - Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden in Sussex

Wild Wood Festival at Wakehurst

26th 27th and 28th May

Event details

Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May 2018, 10am – 5pm (Gardens close at 6pm) Last entry for activities will vary.



Included with entry to the gardens.
Please note: There will be additional charges for some activities and crafts.
Book tickets for tree-climbing.

About the event

An action-packed bank holiday weekend of woodland activities for all the family. Join us in the heart of one of Wakehurst’s most magical spaces, Pearcelands Wood, as we celebrate the secrets of our wonderful ancient woodland.

Activities will fascinate all ages as we celebrate the traditions, ecology, folklore and beauty of our native woodlands.

Tune into trees with expert Alex Metcalf who will let you delight in a truly unique experience. His tree-listening microphones, developed alongside our Kew scientists, will allow you to hear beneath the bark. These extraordinary microphones were featured on BBC One in Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees.

Young adventurers will love letting off steam at Treetrunk Trek and exploring our tree trail and ‘have-a-go’ archery. A fire-lighting masterclass is a must for all those who love the outdoors, along with rolling up your sleeves and having a go at sword making and wood whittling.

The central arena will enable you to get up close to some fascinating birds of prey and to cheer along the Archers of Herstmonceux. Wakehurst’s woodsmen will be on hand to explain the work Kew do to protect our woodlands for future generations to enjoy.

Wild Wood Festival is the ideal day out in Wakehurst’s woodland, allowing you to enjoy delicious food whilst relaxing to live music and story-telling – perfect for this beautiful leafy setting.

Dormouse nest at Wakehurst

Festival highlights:

  • Woodland tree listening
  • Tree-climbing (Bookable in advance)
  • Birds of prey
  • Fire-lighting and have-a-go archery
  • Whittling demonstrations
  • Story-telling and live music
  • Treetrunk Trek outdoor play space

Please note children must be accompanied by an adult when taking part in activities.

Tree climbing

Instructors from the Big Tree Climbing Company will help you reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Wakehurst. Climb into the tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while being securely attached to a harness at all times.

Half hour climbs between 10am and 5pm (last climb 4.15pm).

£8 per person. From age 6, no upper limit.

Advance booking strongly recommended

Book your tree-climbing session in advance as places are limited

Experience the exhilaration of our aerial runway

Children will be hoisted up into the canopy to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the woodland before launching out of the tree along the aerial runway on a rapid descent.

£5 per person, pay on the day, for ages 4 – 7.

Festival highlights

Whittling Demonstrations

Get involved in wood craft with our wittling and sword making tasters

Whittling Wakehurst

Tree climbing

Reach new heights with tree climbing guided by the Big Tree Climbing Company

Tree climbing at Wakehurst

Aerial runway

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the woodland before soaring back to earth along the aerial runway

https://www.kew.org/wakehurst/whats-on/wild- wood-festival