The Wind in the Willows

20 July – 1 September 2024

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Main Lake (northern end)

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Please note that performances will go ahead in light to medium rain and a show may be paused while the rain passes.

Cancellations will only take place in heavy and unsafe conditions. If a performance is to be cancelled, patrons will be notified via a text message and an email. Earliest notification of a cancelled performance will be on the day of the scheduled performance.

If a performance goes ahead in such conditions but you are concerned about attending during inclement weather, we are more than happy to exchange your tickets in advance to an alternate date. We definitely don't want you to have an unpleasant experience! Please FILL OUT THIS FORM to send us a request for a date change.

About the show

"You'll love this production, no matter what age you are!"

The Herald

This critically acclaimed, outdoor theatre production set against the magical backdrop of Kew Gardens’ lake, is packed with much-loved colourful characters, music, song and laughter. There is fun for young and old alike as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms your young ones into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. The young rabbits then join in the riverbank adventure with fun-filled laughs and surprises along the way. A favourite of children everywhere, this is interactive theatre at its very best. Come along and be part of the adventure! Suitable for adults and children of all ages.

At a glance

Performance Times

Running time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


Wednesday & Sunday: 11am

Thursday - Saturday: 11am & 2:30pm


This performance takes place across two locations.

Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show start time, to allow enough time to process tickets and walk from the gate to the performance site.


Worried about the weather?

CLICK HERE for information in our F.A.Qs

Patrons affected by a cancelled performance are invited to exchange their tickets for an alternative performance date/time or receive a full refund via their booking agent.


Suddenly can't attend? CLICK HERE to exchange your tickets.

Getting Here

Download a map of the Gardens

Performance located at the northern end of the main lake

By Tube:
Kew Gardens station (500m to Victoria Gate)

By Train:
Kew Bridge station (800m to Elizabeth Gate)

By Bus:
Route 65 stops at Victoria Gate

By Bike:
Racks are available at all gates

By Car:
Parking is available at Kew Gardens carpark (TW9 3AF) near Brentford Gate.

Free Accessible Parking: Blue Badge Holder spaces available at Kew’s car park on Ferry Lane, (TW9 3AF). Blue Badge Holder's street parking available on Lichfield Road, Leyborne Park, Burlington Avenue. Spaces are limited.

CLICK HERE for more information on accessible parking.

Ticket Prices

Adult / Kew Member: £23.75 | £18.90

Concession: £18.90

Child (1-15) / Kew Member: £17.90 | £13.90

Group of 4 / Kew Member: £70.00 | £64.00
(Any combination of guests)

Children aged 12-months and over must have a ticket.

Prices include on-the-day, daytime admission to the Gardens

Essential Companion of ticket-holder's with accessibility needs are admitted FREE.
Please select an additional Essential Companion ticket when making your ticket selection. Proof of disability and Carers Card ID will be required upon entry.

Concession tickets are for visitors with a disability, senior citizens (65+) and visitors with pension benefits. This includes jobseekers receiving benefits, high school and tertiary students. ID will need to be shown on entry.  

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Important Information

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 TheatreOnKew 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, this performance of The Wind in the Willows takes place at the northern 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.

The performance takes place in multiple locations, arriving early will ensure you do not lose the performance as it moves through the gardens.

If you are a Kew Member, please click here for discounted tickets. You will be prompted to enter your Kew Membership number before proceeding with the booking.

The performance runs for 1 Hour 30 Minutes and take place across two locations, with a stroll between each.

Performance Location

Please arrive at Kew Gardens through the Victoria Gate entrance only, this is where the box office will be located.

TheatreOnKew staff will then direct you to the performance site at the northern end of the main lake.

If you arrive to Kew Gardens through a Gate other than Victoria Gate, please make your way to Victoria Gate for ticket validation. In this instance, you will need to allow extra time to make your way to the performance site.

This performance is moving and takes place across two locations.

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Wherever possible, please use public transport to the Gardens. For transport information, please see our FAQ.

FAQ

Am I eligible for an essential carers ticket? (Free Ticket)

You are eligible for an essential carers ticket if you have one of the following:

  • Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 or DLA/Personal Independent Payments (PIP) for those aged 16-64, either in the form of a letter stating that the benefit has been awarded, or the actual Allowance book.
  • Attendance Allowance or Carer's Allowance letter of award.
  • Incapacity Benefit books, or a letter notifying the recipient that the benefit has been awarded Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance (ESA). Disability Student's Allowance (DSA) or DID card (UK Disabled ID Card)
  • A valid Blue Badge.
  • In the case of visual impairment, a registration card known as the BD8 or a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI).
  • Credibility’s Access Card with the Essential Companion/companion symbol.

Are the performances accessible?

We do our best to accomodate most accessibility requirements. CLICK HERE for more information on accessibility and your visit.

Who qualifies for a concession priced ticket?

We follow the Kew Garden's admission criteria for those eligible for concession tickets.

Concession tickets are for visitors with a disability, senior citizens 65+ and visitors with pension benefits. This also includes jobseekers receiving benefits, high school and tertiary students. ID will need to be shown on entry.

Does my ticket provide access to the Gardens? (Family Theatre)

Yes, entry to the Gardens is included in the ticket. Please show your theatre ticket to the gate staff when arriving at the Gardens entrance gates.

If you are attending The Wind in the Willows or The Dream Fairies Adventure to Bubble Land, you may wander through the Gardens before or after the show.

Food & Beverage (Family Theatre)

We encourage guests to pack a picnic to enjoy during the show.

Food and beverages will also be available for purchase before and after the show at a number of cafes and restaurants within the Gardens.

Please note, knives and picnic tables are prohibited.

Car Parking - Day Time Performances Only

Parking is available near the Brentford Gate at (TW9 3AF)

This carpark can be reached via Ferry Lane, a narrow turning off Kew Green.

Please note that parking is limited: the car park takes 300 cars. The parking fee is £7.00 for the day. There is no charge for motorcycles and mopeds.

The car park closes half an hour after the Gardens close.

There are 12 designated accessible parking spaces in the car park and a further 3 accessible spaces next to Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green.

If these are full, drivers displaying their blue badge are welcome to park elsewhere in the carpark free of charge.

Blue Badge Holder's street parking available on Lichfield Road, Leyborne Park, Burlington Avenue. Spaces are limited.

Click Here for more information on accessible parking.

Are there chairs to sit on?

Chairs are not supplied either by the Production Company or Venue; however you are welcome to bring your own picnic chairs.

We recommend bringing a low-rise camping chair, no more than approximately 15cm elevated from the ground. However, if you wish to bring a standard height chair, we ask you sit towards the back or side so you do not obstruct the view of other patron’s. Staff on site will be able to assist you.

What should I bring? (Family Theatre)

It is not essential to bring anything with you, but there are a few things that may make your visit more pleasant...

  • Dressing up is always encouraged at our family productions - wear your best fairy, elf, pirate, superhero or Jedi ensemble!
  • A raincoat in case of inclement weather. (Umbrella's cannot be used during the performance)
  • A picnic blanket to sit on. We advise using one with a waterproof base in case of damp ground.
  • A portable camping chair if you prefer. Chairs over 15cm in height will be positioned to the back of the seating area so the view of other guests is not obstructed.
  • A picnic to enjoy during the show.

What if it has been raining and the ground is too wet to sit on?

If it's safe to do so, the show will go on! We hope that if it has been raining, you will still join us for some fun.

It it's a little muddy, we suggest bringing portable chair or blanket to sit on - one with a waterproof lining is ideal.

Guests are also encouraged to wear comfortable all weather clothing and shoes.

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