NEW at Wakehurst’s Glow Wild winter lantern trail – nocturnal soundscapes




Hundreds of glowing lanterns and torches of fire will bring trees, ponds and woodlands to life at what will be Wakehurst’s sixth Glow Wild. 21 November – 22 December 2019.


Among the NEW artists helping to create this year’s festive experience is ITHACA. This Brighton-based company has created a bespoke and immersive nocturnal soundscape based on the animals that call Wakehurst their home.


Iain Parkinson, Glow Wild’s creative lead, said: “These newly created soundscapes will be a truly magical experience and will make you feel that pleasurable, eerie feeling where the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Our visitors will feel completely drawn into the landscape - an experience you won’t forget in a hurry”




Visitors will become part of the Glow Wild trail by picking up a hand-held lantern at the start of their journey.  On the mile-long path there will be many magical installations that have been created by artists who have drawn their inspiration from the beautiful Wakehurst landscape.


Glow Wild highlights:


Tallest living Christmas tree in the UK

Glow Wild is also the perfect time to enjoy our giant redwood which will be twinkling with 1,800 lights.


Magical Mansion Pond

The dark waters will be illuminated with an array of floating lanterns. The glittering water reflecting the galaxy of stars that fill the night sky.




Fire along the redwoods

In the Pinetum rings of crackling fire will encircle iconic trees and highlight the undulating forest floors.


Moon and Stars

Gaze at the stunning moon and stars lanterns hanging among the trees around Black Pond.


Lantern making for children

Children will love the chance to get creative in the cosy Mansion after the trail where they can make their own festive dormouse lantern to take home and hang on the Christmas tree.




Festive food and drink

Keep the chills at bay with some delicious food and beverages at the start and end of the trail. Toasting marshmallows over our giant fire pits will make your evening a unique experience.


Christmas Shopping

The Wakehurst gift shop, offering a fabulous range of products, perfect for Christmas shopping. This will include homeware, gardening gifts, Kew gin and sparkling wine.


Dates and Prices:


Thurs-Sun, 21 Nov – 22 Dec, 4.30 – 8pm, with timed-entry tickets at half-hourly intervals.


Adults £15, children (4 – 16) £9, under 4’s and carers free. Discounts for families and Wakehurst or Kew members.


Lantern Making: £4


To book: or call See Tickets: 08442097359 (calls cost 7p per minute).


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