Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
and the Orchid Festival 2023
Sunday 26th February 2023
£55 per person
Join us on our day trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Kew contains the most diverse collection of living plants of any botanic garden in the world. The collection contains plants from tropical, temperate, arid and alpine climates, which are grown out in the gardens and in controlled conditions within glasshouses and nurseries. We shall visit when The Orchid Festival will be taking place - a truly amazing spectacle.
Every year, visitors can join in a celebration of vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life inside the tropical paradise of Kew Gardens’ Princess of Wales Conservatory. Each year, Kew brings a new theme to this magnificent Orchid festival. Its theme for 2023 is The Cameroons.
In additional to the Orchid Festival, take time to visit the gardens and many other exhibits.
Travel to the depths of the rainforest inside the Palm House, where the air is heavy and dense with lush vegetation. Wander through and you’ll discover rainforest treasures like the oldest pot plant in the world or the disease-fighting periwinkle. Many plants in this collection are endangered in the wild, some even extinct. Others – like the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), or cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao) – are a source of huge value to societies around the world for the fruit, timber, spices or medicine they produce.
Travel the world in this glittering cathedral – home to 1,500 species of plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Following a major five-year renovation process, the Temperate House re-opened in 2018 to showcase the splendour of the world’s temperate zones. As temperate plants, all the species contained within its walls need to live in conditions above 10oC to survive.
The Temperate House tells the story of how Kew and partners all around the world are working to rescue plants that are rare or already extinct in the wild.
Filled with 10,000 individual plants, this vast collection may help us find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, from climate change to loss of biodiversity or food security.
Enriched by over 250 years of plant expertise, the freshly restored Temperate House has once again become the beating heart of Kew – an iconic landmark and a beacon of the future for plant science.
On site there are four restaurants/cafes in the gardens offering everything from a cup of tea and a piece of cake, to full meals so there will be the opportunity to purchase lunch during your visit.
The price includes :
Executive coach travel to Kew Gardens
Departures from Braintree, Witham, Chelmsford & Ingatestone
Entrance to Kew Gardens
Entrance to the Orchid Festival, Palm House and Temperate House