I like the idea of light festivals which are increasing in popularity but had never visited any. Being outdoors in winter is highly problematic for me! I was born south of the equator and wouldn’t consciously go out in the cold when I could be in indoors.
This week a number of Christmas festivities open and what a better time to go. My daughter is old enough to appreciate the lights, tall enough for some fun fair rides and loved the adventure of walking in the dark with light installations, music, theatre, and allowed sugary treats. Our very first was Christmas at Kew and what a delightful evening.
I love Kew Gardens and highly recommend a visit during the day especially in spring, the Orchid Festival is wonderful if you have ever tried to keep any alive you’ll find many with decades on you.
Seeing it lit up at night was a real treat. You can tell they have experience running this, this is the sixth year it has taken place and what a slick operation it is. The trail is 2km long and a treat for the eyes.
NB: The pictures and videos won’t do it justice.
I recommend you have at least 3 layers on, thermals (top and bottom) included, a thick coat, hat, gloves, thick socks and a good pair of shoes. Carry an extra scarf or jacket should you need it, the worst feeling is being cold as you can’t enjoy the experience. The same for children.
We used her main stroller (Upperbaby) with a foot muff but she wanted to walk the entire route. We packed two flasks, one with hot milk and another with mac n cheese warmed up – she only had the milk and churros during the walk.
There are several stalls dotted around serving typical street food fare (think mulled wine, hot chocolate, burgers, hot dogs, marshmallows, churros etc. over priced but hey it’s that festive cheer right).
We had great fun at the mini amusement park with a few rides suitable for toddlers so this was a real treat and being opening night hardly any queues to get on the rides. The highlight had to be the light show set against the Palm House Pond and the Fire Garden.
If you are able to visit please do it will make for a rather memorable evening with plenty to see and tire the little ones out.