Kew Gardens Orchid Festival 2021
Includes entrance to Kew Gardens and the Orchid Festival
The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. A sight to behold at Kew Gardens.
Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fish and is more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).
The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus), and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species into cultivation in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.
Every February, become immersed 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 festival.
The theme for 2020 is Indonesia and will be a magnificent celebration of the Orchid.
For the 2020 festival, Rainforests and volcanoes will be brought to life inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory through an exotic array of vibrant orchid displays.
Over 5,000 species of orchids can be found in Indonesia, alongside the staggering wildlife found nowhere else on earth.
The 2020 festival is a celebration of the cultural and natural diversity that is scattered across the country’s archipelago of 17,504 islands, and the scientific discovery being made by Kew’s intrepid scientists.
The Theme for 2021 has yet to be set, but rest assured it will be a spectacular display.
The Kew Orchid Festival runs from the first week of February to the first week of March each year.
6th February 2021 - 7th March 2021
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to London and arrive at your hotel
On route to the hotel why not stop at one of the many attractions in the area, such as The Musical Museum, the Water & Steam Museum, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum or maybe Windsor and the Castle. We will be delighted to make the arrangements for you, or offer some alternative suggestions.
Continue to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Kew Gardens and the Orchid Festival
You will take breakfast in your hotel, then drive to Kew Gardens.
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. The Orchid Festival will be a marvellous spectacle to see – the theme is under wraps at the moment, but it’s bound to be something spectacular.
We have also included the Kew Gardens hop-on hop-off land train in the tour. This 72 seat vehicle (which will be shared with other guests), will take you on a 45 minute tour around the Gardens on the Kew Explorer land train. The knowledgeable drivers will give a commentary about Kew’s flora and fauna, historic buildings and vital conservation work.
You can get on and off at any stop on the route (seven stops in total) or stay on for a full circuit.
When you feel like a break, there are four restaurants/cafes in the gardens offering everything from a cup of tea and a piece of cake, to full meals. Don’t forget to visit one of the shops before you leave.
Return home in the afternoon.
We offer a selection of 3 and 4-star hotels in the area, including the Copthorne Hotel Slough/Windsor, Holiday Inn Shepperton, Crowne Plaza Hotel Heathrow and Holiday Inn London M4 J4, Ibis Hotel Heathrow and St Giles Feltham.
Time to spare?
This tour is also available on 3 day/2 night itinerary, visiting the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens for a full day and can be combined with other attractions in the area.
Prices start from £116.00 per person.
Please enquire for further details and information.
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Single room supplements apply – these vary by hotel – details on request.
Dinner is available at the hotels, with supplements starting from £17 per person