The Wind in the Willows at Kew Gardens

Abhijeet Modi
Feb 29, 2024 By Abhijeet Modi
Originally Published on Dec 02, 2021
Head to Kew Gardens to experience Kenneth Grahame's 1908 classic in a whole new way.
Age: 4+
Read time: 3.5 Min

  • Head to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for a delightfully immersive adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic.
  • Join friends Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter and Toad for a rollicking adventure filled with music, song and laughter.
  • This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production is set against the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens, making it brilliantly immersive.

Kenneth Grahame's classic story The Wind in the Willows was originally published in 1908 and has been a favourite of children everywhere ever since. Follow Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter and the mischievous Toad; animal friends who go on delightful adventures through the English countryside. And what better setting to perform it in than the lush green gardens of Kew?

You'll watch your Wind in the Willows performance in two settings; walking between the two in an immersive riverside experience. Expect all your favourite characters, tons of music and loads of laughter. Along with the classic characters and storylines there are also lots of special surprises in store. There's audience interaction too, as the Head Chief Rabbit turns your little ones into rabbits with just a waggle of the tail and a wiggle of the nose.

As you move along the river and through the wood you'll meet Wind in the Willows characters along the way, and you might even catch a glimpse of the famous Toad Hall. It'll be a fun-filled day of outdoor theatre for the whole family to enjoy.

This rollicking riverbank adventure with fun-filled laughs and surprises will be a hit for young and old alike. The Wind in the Willows is interactive theatre at its best, in the most perfect of settings.

What to know before you go

  • The Wind in the Willows (Kew)'s running time is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Your ticket includes admission to the Gardens, which you may explore after the show.
  • The performance is suitable for children of all ages. Children under 12 months do not require a ticket.
  • The Wind in the Willows takes place across two locations, and you will move between them during the performance.
  • The performance takes place outdoors, so bring a raincoat or other waterproof clothing. Umbrellas are not permitted as they will block the view of other audience members.
  • The show will go on regardless of the weather, including light to moderate rain. A performance may be cancelled if there are serious safety concerns for either cast or audience members linked to extreme weather such as thunderstorms.
  • There are no chairs so you will need to bring your own seating arrangements. We recommend bringing a blanket or mat with a waterproof back, in case the ground is damp.
  • If you decide to bring fold-up camping chairs over 15cm tall you will be moved to the sides or back of the crowd so that you don't block anyone else's view.
  • Kew Gardens Theatre is the perfect setting for dining al fresco, so why not pack a picnic? Please note that knives are prohibited.
  • Light refreshments will be available for purchase too.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is mostly flat and areas are connected via tarmac paths, but bear in mind all theatre performances take place on grass, which is more likely to be uneven.
  • Accessible toilets can be found by the Victoria Gate entrance. Other toilets are within easy reach of all gates.
  • Wheelchairs can be borrowed from this gate.

Getting there

  • The show takes place at the northern end of the Main Lake at Kew Gardens.
  • The best entrance of the Gardens to use is Victoria Gate on Kew Road.
  • From this entrance there is a 15-minute walk to the initial show location. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get there before the performance begins.
  • There are bicycle racks at Victoria Gate. Skateboards, scooters, roller skates and other similar items are not permitted in the Gardens.
  • Why not come by boat? Thames River Boats operate a route from Westminster Pier to Kew Pier, however, note that this takes you to Elizabeth Gate.
  • Kew Gardens station (District line and London Overground services) is 500 metres from Victoria Gate
  • Alternatively, Kew Bridge station is close to the Elizabeth Gate entrance via Kew Bridge and offers both National Rail and London Overground services. Richmond station is also close by.
  • The 65 bus route is your best best for Victoria Gate, though plenty other buses run in the area, including the 237, 267 and 391.

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Written by Abhijeet Modi

Master of Computer Science

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Abhijeet ModiMaster of Computer Science

An experienced and innovative entrepreneur and creative writer, Abhijeet holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Application from Birla Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He co-founded an e-commerce website while developing his skills in content writing, making him an expert in creating blog posts, website content, product descriptions, landing pages, and editing articles. Passionate about pushing his limits, Abhijeet brings both technical expertise and creative flair to his work.

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