The Wind in the Willows
22 July – 28 August 2017 – Kew Gardens
Dates to be announced – Wakehurst
“Pure charm for adults and children alike” – The Age
So pack up the family and join Ratty, Mole, Mr Toad and all of their River Bank friends this summer! Sing, laugh and help save the day in this exciting family adventure.
Recommended Ages: 3 – 103 years old.
The Dream Fairies: an adventure through Bubble Land
29 July – 28 August 2017 – Kew Gardens
Dates to be announced – Wakehurst
“A sweet and fun show for the little ones” – Herald Sun
The Dream Fairies are on an adventure in Kew Gardens this summer! Sing and dance along with Peasblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed. Join in the fun and travel to Bubble Land to help the Fairies as they search for their lost fairy wings.
Recommended Ages: 3 – 8 years old
The Australian Shakespeare Company and Global Theatre presents exciting productions in Botanical Gardens and other beautiful locations around the world. This summer we are privileged to bring you two of our favourite family productions to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wakehurst.
Firstly, Glenn Elston's adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’, a production that has brought much joy and delight to audiences in various locations for over 30 years.
Our second production is an exciting performance inspired by four of the fairy characters from Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream – Peasblossom, Cobweb, Mustardseed and Moth. This is our newest production, designed to delight our smallest audience members who are encouraged to come along dressed as fairies or elves.
The Wind in the Willows
Pack the family and join Ratty, Mole, Mr Toad and all of their River Bank friends this summer! Sing, laugh and help save the day in this exciting family adventure.
This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs and laughs. Audience members are encouraged to get involved in the action, and are given every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the adventure. Set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, Kew Gardens will be home to Kenneth Grahame’s delightful and endearing characters this summer.
"A truly rare and beautiful experience for the whole family"
“Pure charm for adults and children alike”
“Willows is a robust and beguiling entertainment for children from three to 103”
“I cannot recommend this production enough!”
22nd July – 28th August 2017
Tuesday – Friday 10.30am performances
Saturday & Sunday 10.30am & 2:30pm performances
Monday 28th August 10am & 2:30pm - Extra Performances
Dates to be announced
Please purchase all tickets in advance as there is limited capacity to each performance. Please note that there is no box office at Kew gardens so it is crucial that you book in advance. If you arrive and require additional tickets, this can be done online via your telephone or tablet device. If you require assistance The Wind in the Willows Staff will be at Victoria Gate and the performance site 60 minutes prior to the performance start time to assist you with ticketing and direction enquiries.
Gates open at 10am. Please note, the Kew performance takes place at the southern end of the main lake, which is a 20 minute walk from Victoria Gate. Guests are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the show start time, to allow enough time to process tickets and walk from the gate to the performance site.
For Wakehurst performances, please arrive through the Visitors Centre entrance. We ask Wakehurst guests to arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance start time.
The performance takes place in two locations. 40 minutes into the production, patrons are asked to move from the first location, ‘The River Bank’, to the second and final location, ‘Toad Hall’. The locations are approximately a 5 to 10 minute walk apart.
Please arrive at Kew Gardens through the Victoria Gate entrance only. For Wakehurst performances, please arrive through the Visitors Centre entrance. The Wind in the Willows staff will then direct you to the performance site. Wherever possible, please use public transport to the Gardens. For transport information and Wakehurst Visitor Map, please see our FAQ.
If you arrive through a Gate other than Victoria Gate at Kew Gardens you will receive a map to the performance site. If you wish to enter through a different gate, please allow extra time to make your way to the site. Download Map here to see Kew Gardens location.
Recommended Age: 3 – 103
Approximately 90 minutes.
The Dream Fairies
An adventure through Bubble Land
The Dream Fairies are landing in Kew Gardens this summer! Join these magical fairies as they go on an exciting adventure.
This enchanting production is an interactive adventure full of activities, acrobatics and charm that will enthral the young ones these school holidays. Come dressed as a fairy or an elf and join in the performance. There is singing; dancing and a special adventure to ‘Bubble Land’ where audience members are asked to help the Fairies find their wings. This production is picnic style and perfect for ages 3 – 6. So pack a picnic and join in the magic!
"Couldn't rate it highly enough"
“A Sweet and fun show for the little ones”
“Plenty of acrobatics, singing and musical ensembles...a magical combination for the very young”
29nd July – 28th August 2017
Tuesday – Friday 11am performances
Saturday & Sunday 11am & 2pm performances
Monday 28th August 11am & 2:30pm - Extra Performances
Dates to be announced
Please purchase all tickets in advance as there is limited capacity to each performance. Tickets are only available online from See Tickets. Please note that there is no box office at Kew gardens so it is crucial that you book in advance. If you arrive and require additional tickets, this can be done online via your telephone or tablet device. If you require assistance the Dream Fairies Staff will be at Victoria Gate and the performance site 45 minutes prior to the performance start time to assist you with ticketing and direction enquiries.
Gates open at 10am. Please note that the performance takes place within the gardens; please allow enough time to make your way from Victoria Gate to the performance site. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to the performance start time.
Please arrive at Kew Gardens through the Victoria Gate entrance only. Staff will then direct you to the performance site. Wherever possible, please use public transport to Kew Gardens. For transport information, please see our FAQ.
If you arrive through a Gate other than Victoria Gate you will receive a map to the performance site. If you wish to enter through a different gate, please allow extra time to make your way to the site. Download Map here to see location.
Recommended Age: Best enjoyed by children ages 3 – 6.
Approximately 60 minutes.
Weather, Cancellations and Refunds
How to get to Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens Station is 400 metres from the Victoria Gate entrance to the Gardens.
• Exit left from the station gates, down the steps and through the underpass, up more steps and through the ticket office
• Walk past the parade of shops, including Tesco and The Kew Greenhouse café
• Cross Sandycombe Road at the zebra crossing
• Walk down Lichfield Road (opposite) to reach Victoria Gate.
If you are a wheelchair user or find stairs difficult, there is no direct accessible exit to Kew Gardens from the westbound platform
• Continue your journey to Richmond (one stop) and catch a tube or train back to Kew Gardens
• The eastbound platform leads out via a level exit to the Kew village area.
From here it is a distance of approximately 400 metres to the Victoria Gate entrance to the Gardens on Kew Road.
Transport for London Journey Planner
The London Overground service from Stratford stops at Kew Gardens station.
Richmond station is served by National Rail and there is a lift to street level and level access to the pavement from the station concourse. The bus stop for the local bus route which travels in the direction of Kew Gardens (65, in the direction of Ealing Broadway) is on the opposite side of the street from Richmond station. The bus stops near two of the gates to the Gardens: Lion Gate and Victoria Gate.
For more information see the National Rail Journey planner
Transport for London Journey Planner
Please note that although Kew has no coach park coach parking is free on Kew Road (A307) after 10am. Visiting groups are advised to arrive at either Victoria Gate or Elizabeth Gate, but note that only Elizabeth Gate has a designated coach drop-off point.
From the West
• Take the M4 (exit Junction 2) or A4
• Upon reaching the Chiswick roundabout, follow signs to Kew Gardens to join the A205 and cross the River Thames at Kew Bridge
• Turn right immediately after the bridge along the side of Kew Green, and after 300 metres right down Ferry Lane to reach the Kew Gardens car park
From North London
• Follow the North Circular until you reach the Chiswick roundabout, then follow directions as above
From the South or West
• From the M3 continue on the A316
• Upon reaching the Richmond roundabout, fork left on to Kew Road (A307)
• You will then see the Pagoda to your left and then the long brick wall on your left which is the boundary to the Gardens
• There is limited parking along the section of Kew Road between Victoria Gate and Lion Gate after 10am
• Alternatively, to reach the car park (TW9 3AF), continue along Kew Road and upon reaching Kew Green turn left and follow the signs
From the South Circular Road
• Follow the South Circular Road past Kew Retail Park and under a railway bridge
• At the next traffic light junction, where the A307 joins from the left, go slowly through the junction and immediately turn left into Kew Green (NOT sharp left into the A307, as there is no left turn)
There are 12 designated disabled parking spaces in the car park and three further public spaces are available next to Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green. If these are full, disabled drivers displaying the blue badge are welcome to park elsewhere in the car park free of charge.
Free parking is also available on Kew Road (A307) after 10am every day. From here the nearest entrance is Victoria Gate. This road is congested at peak times, so it may be easier to come via public transport. Please note that parking restrictions apply on most of the residential streets around Kew and on parts of Kew Road; please check parking restrictions carefully.
Thames River Boats timetable
Please note: Bicycles / tricycles, roller skates, skateboards, and scooters are not permitted in the Gardens. Storage is provided for tricycles, roller skates and skateboards at Victoria and Elizabeth Gates only. Racks for bicycles and micro-scooters are available at all four gates.
What should I bring to the Show?
How to get to Wakehurst
• From London take the M25 and M23
• Leave the M23 at Junction 10, going left (east)
• On the A264 go straight over one roundabout then right (south) at the next on to the B2028
• Wakehurst is on the right after the village of Turners Hill, about 15 minutes from the M23
For all other visitors, cars are free for the first 30 minutes, £2 for the first hour and a half, £5 for two and a half hours, and £10 per day.
For more detailed information
Visit the National Rail Haywards Heath Station Webpage
Please note there are no buses on Sundays or bank holidays.
For further information, including timetables and route maps, visit the Metrobus website or call 01293 449191.
Visit the Metrobus timetable webpage