Yes the title reads “Christmas at Kew” however we actually went on New Year’s Eve. We were in the rare situation where all 3 of us were off…yay…family trip!
The pictures of the Christmas trail were beautiful, see more on the website – Christmas at Kew
I’ll tell you a little about it and then tell you my thoughts.
The trail opened between 5pm and 10pm, with last entry being 8.35pm. You could book tickets online, or pick up at the gate, but knowing how popular the event was last year, I chose to book online. So tickets were £18 per adult and £10 for a child (4-16) for peak times. This allowed entry into the trail but didn’t include any rides. It also doesn’t include entry into Kew but with it being dark you couldn’t see much anyway. Parking was also extra, £7 and is only from the North gate, Brentford. However, we are closer to the South gate, Victoria so didn’t book parking.
I booked us into the 7pm time slot knowing that there was no parking and hoped less children would be there during this time, even though I was taking my own…i’ll explain later.
We gave ourselves plenty of time as we knew there was an unknown regarding parking. We drove to Victoria Gate and found a street where there was parking spaces, about a 3 minute walk from the gate. We got to the Entrance at 6.44pm and they were letting people in…phew…didn’t want to wait in the cold.
Now the trail is about a mile long, and it’s quite easy to follow. There are platforms to stop and take pictures at so that you don’t get in the way of others who wanted to stroll through. There were also Mulled Wine/Cyder and Roasted Nut stands along the way. We dutifully followed the trail ooo-ing and ahh-ing at the incredible displays and the obvious time and effort that had been put in.
All in All we were there about an hour and a half which got us home in time to watch Harry Potter 🙂
My Opinion – please bear this in mind this is my own opinion and not meant to cause offence.
I felt for the time spent, that £46, that it was a waste of time. Yes the lights were pretty and yes Kew is an expensive place but for 3 people…
I also had an issue with some of the people there…Kew is a respected and well-loved place…Do Not Let Your Children Abuse it. There were children running all over the gardens, not paying attention to littering or to the paths. This frustrates me. I would, in now way, allow my child to be this disrespectful. (Rant Over).
My final words…go and visit but I won’t worry about going again.
Hope you all had a Good New Year and here’s to a fabby 2017.
Over and Out
Close-up of a Christmas Tree