Shaun and his friends spring into Kew this growing season
28th March ? 12th April 2015
Celebrate spring at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with Shaun the Sheep in 2015. Aardman?s much loved sheep star is bouncing into Kew Gardens with a flock-full of family fun for all ages. Shaun, who jumped into his first lead role in a film in February 2015, will be bringing a host of friends to revel in the Gardens this growing season.
This Shaun the Sheep themed spring salute will celebrate the beauty of nature, encouraging everyone to value and celebrate the British countryside and its wonderful array of wildflowers. Kew is working with partners across the UK to protect and restore wildflower meadows.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt…
(Locations :The Madcap Meadow, White Peaks & Nash Conservatory)
On Sunday 05th April 2015 join Shaun and his friends for Kew?s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will take place from 9.30am to Midday (or whenever the eggs run out!). Easter egg hunters will need to find 3 of our Kew flock and collect a token / chocolate dropping from each one. Once they have 3 token / chocolate droppings they will find the Easter bunny and can claim their chocolate eggs supplied by Divine chocolate.
Live Sheep at Kew…
(Located along the Brentford riverside)
Kew?s own special flock of South Downs Sheep arrive from Wakehurst and will be taking up residence at Kew for the Easter Festival. We will have a lovely shepherdess cycling around and rounding up the flock of visitors going round the spring time trail.
Shaun?s Madcap Meadow…
(10am ? 5pm daily, located near Brentford Gate)
Why not Flock to the Madcap Meadow where a springtime meadow of British wildflowers, seasonal bulbs and grasses await adventurers. Daily activities include Welly Wanging, Sheep Hopping, interactive musical fun with the Vegetable Orchestra and if you are lucky, an appearance from Shaun himself.
- Wellie Wanging: Throw baby wellies at the scarecrow farmers to knock their melon heads off. Drop in experience but two people at one time.
- Sheep Hopper Maze: Bounce around a simple course made of hay bales. Drop in experience but three people play at one time
- Vegetable Orchestra: Musicians play their own comedy veggie instruments and vegetable themed instruments for guests to use, such as veggie shakers, gourds, seed shakers, maracas – Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn how some of the sound effects from the Shaun the Sheep movie were created
Outdoor activities include…
- Bitzer?s Sheepdog Trials: The meadow arena is transformed into a hive of games and activities, with visitors taking on the herding, bouncing and rolling of Shirley the Sheep back into her pen…Harder than you might think! This takes place every half hour throughout the day during the festival.
Baaa to Bean
(Chocolate workshops run by experts in where chocolate comes from and how it gets made)
Located in the Joseph Banks Building, these chocolate workshops will explore the Bean to Baaa story, while engaging visitors of all ages in the different stages of chocolate making process. You will get to take home your very own pack of delicious different types of Columbian chocolate. Just be careful Shirley does not nick it from you on the way out!
From 28 March ? 12 April daily, pre-booked 30 minute timed sessions (11am-1pm and 2pm ? 4.30pm, every half hour) ?5 adults, ?4 members and children, ?15 family (2 adults and 2 children) and ?13 family members
The Spring Lamb Springtime Trail…
Timmy the Sheep, Shaun?s younger cousin, is also bouncing around the Gardens this growing season. Spend a morning spotting him amongst the spring bulbs whilst collecting your stamps. Make sure to take advantage of the photo opportunities at each point, and why not show your friends what you have been up to using #shaun@kew. Head off to white Peaks after your adventure that will be offering a treat when you show them your trail leaflet.
This active trail is enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Be sure to see how many wild flowers you can identify along the way!
Spring Spectacular Tours…
1 March to 30 April (Daily 11am ? Midday)
Put a spring in your step with unguided tour of the very best of the wonderful bulbs and blossoms on display during the Easter period.
Indulge this Easter with freshly baked Peyton and Byrne hot cross buns and seasonal simnel cake across all of their venues. Their chefs have created delicious dishes such as Easter lamb stew with spring vegetables, borlotti beans and crispy lamb breast and a breakfast dish of baked organic eggs ?n? honey roast lamb with rye soldiers to celebrate Easter
(28 March to 12 April, 10.30am to 5pm, located near the madcap meadow and children?s play area )
From ?4 per face or 2 faces for ?7! Get your face painted with a traditional Easter design or a Shaun inspired design. Located near Climbers and creepers
Spring at Kew Gardens: The Biggest Display of Spring Colour in the Country
If all the Shaun the Sheep Easter fun on offer wasn?t enough, April sees Kew Gardens in full spring bloom.
Come and enjoy the stunning beauty of over five million bulbs. The swathes of snowdrops, crocuses, and daffodils are a riot of colour that is sure to melt away the winter blues.
The snowdrop collection on the Rock Garden is always worth looking forward to. Plants are often? in flower as early as December. At Victoria Gate (from mid February) you will be greeted with a sea of over two million blue, white, and mauve crocuses (Crocus vernus), which stretch beyond the Temple of Bellona and towards King William’s Temple. Daffodils can be seen around the Temple of Aeolus (from March).
For more unusual, exotic bulbs visit the Davies Alpine House, with changing displays from March to May. For updates on what is on display, visit the Alpine House and Rock Garden blog on kew.org. Peak time to view the species tulip collection is late March.
You will also be able to enjoy the sight of Kew?s trees as they awaken and burst with new life (keep an eye on the Arboretum team?s blog for updates on the many colourful and wonderfully scented spring flowering shrubs and blossom). Cherry Walk is a popular highlight from mid-March.
The 250 magnificent magnolias across the Gardens are a sight to behold in early April. The trees grouped together at Elizabeth Gate, with their large pink and white flowers, stand out as a special highlight for your visit.
Later in the season, thousands of deep blue, starry flowered Chionodoxa siehei carpet the lawns surrounding White Peaks. These delicate alpine plants are known as ?Glory of the Snow? in western Turkey as they emerge from the melting snow of the mountains. Lovely lilacs also flourish by White Peaks.
Keep up to date with Kew?s spring flowering and plan your visit on www.kew.org.