Kew Gardens, on a bank holiday, in the rain. Looking back it’s doesn’t sound such a good idea. Our visit on this particular Good Friday coincided with the opening of the Peter Rabbit trail at Kew Gardens for its ‘big day out with Peter Rabbit’. Beatrix Potter’s mischievous rabbit is rather popular at the moment with a new film in cinemas starring James Corden. Little surprise then that Kew Gardens was even more popular than usual.

Peter Rabbit trail at Kew GardensAs I’m a member of Kew Gardens, I thought I’d become a pro at missing the crowds. We usually get there when it opens at 10am and can enjoy at least an hour before most people arrive. Not on this particular morning. Like-minded parents were clearly thinking the same and, with rain forecast for the afternoon, were getting their Good Friday fun in quickly.

As we walked into the gardens we were given a booklet of ‘Mr McGregor’s Garden Notebook’. We also got a leaflet about the dragon trail which is on at the same time. Unfortunately the booklets got soggy rather quickly as the rain decided to show up early. We only needed to follow the rest of the crowds however to find out where we were going.

After doing the Famous Five trail at Wisley Gardens last summer, my daughter knew the drill and was very good at spotting the life-sized characters.

First we spied Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail. Cheeky enjoyed playing peekaboo behind them while my eldest, Mrs T, was delighted to have found not one but three of Beatrix Potter characters!

Peter Rabbit trail at Kew Gardens

As the rain started drizzling we headed into the humid warmth of Kew’s Victorian conservatory, the Palm House, where we climbed the steep spiral staircase to the top (quite a workout holding a toddler). From there we looked down at the tropical plants from above.

Palm House at Kew Gardens

Heading back outside we found Mr Jeremy Fisher.

Peter Rabbit trail at Kew Gardens, London

And Jemima Puddle-duck.

Peter Rabbit trail Kew Gardens Jemima Puddle-duck

I haven’t read the books in a while so naming the characters on the trail were a test for my memory!

There was no issue remembering this one though. Mrs T’s namesake, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. I had to get a photo of the two of them.

Peter Rabbit trail at Kew Gardens, London

We happened upon one of the colourful sculptures from the dragon trail, brightening this drizzly morning. There are six to discover in the dragon trail – five of them designed by winners of a Blue Peter competition. An exhibition ‘Here Be Dragons’ is on next to Kew Palace. The trail and exhibition are on until 30 September. Kew Gardens dragon trail

With the rain turning heavier we went into the Princess of Wales conservatory. On our last visit it had been turned into a scene from Thailand for its Orchid Festival.

This time there were no water dragons or temple displays but lots of cacti, carnivorous plants and a fair few people too. We didn’t stay too long and soon headed outside where a tent was set up with bunting.

Arts and craft activities such as make-your-own bunny ears were available and some hot cross buns to eat too. On the grass were large vegetables you’d find in Mr McGregor’s garden which we could touch and learn about. Everyday there’s the opportunity to sow your own seeds and listen to some of Beatrix Potter’s tales too.

The staff were keeping everyone’s spirits up in spite of the rain but we didn’t get to participate as much as we’d have liked due to the weather. We helped build a warren using some branches and Cheeky enjoyed walking through the tunnel, oblivious to the pouring rain.

Kew Gardens Peter Rabbit trail

Due to the rain, I didn’t have much time to linger and read the placards next to the characters. Most of them had botanical references, designed to educate.

I managed to find Squirrel Nutkin set in front of The Hive.

Peter Rabbit trail Kew Gardens

It was time to warm up and get something to eat so we went to the Orangery (along with the rest of the families) to eat some food before going home. We didn’t find Peter Rabbit himself – but there’s still time. The Peter trail is on until 15 April. No doubt the excitement (and hopefully the rain) will have subsided for the remainder of event.

Peter Rabbit Trail at Kew Gardens

– The Peter Rabbit trail is included in the price of entry to Kew Gardens. Online prices range from £17.75 for adults £4 for children and under 4s are free.
– Most of the activities are on daily from 10.30- 3.30pm.
– Beatrix Peter storytelling is on weekends and bank holidays  in the Princess of Wales conservatory. 30 minute performances at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm.
– For more information on the Peter Rabbit trail take a look at the website.

Location

– Kew Gardens is located in southwest London. It opens at 10am and closes at 5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm). Parking is limited.
– Kew Gardens tube station (district line to Richmond) is a 5 minute walk away.
– Kew Bridge railway station is around a 5 minute walk. Trains run regularly from London Waterloo. The 65 bus stops by the Victoria and Lion Gate of the Gardens.

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The Peter Rabbit trail at Kew Gardens: A Family Day Out

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28 Comments on Peter Rabbit Trail at Kew Gardens

  1. Sarah Stockley
    April 7, 2018 at 11:28 am (2 weeks ago)

    I have been wanting to visit Kew for ages – we pass it every time we visit my aunt so really it isn’t too far a drive. Must add this to my list. #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 7, 2018 at 10:58 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It’s a lovely place to visit! Definitely recommend

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  2. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One
    April 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm (2 weeks ago)

    What a great place to enjoy a trail. We visited Kew a few years ago with my son and I loved it as a child too. Wish we lived closer #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 15, 2018 at 6:54 am (7 days ago)

      Kew Garden is great and so much to explore. We’ve barely scratched the surface!

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  3. Keitha
    April 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Looks like you made the most of a soggy day. The kids smiles show how much they enjoyed it. #countrykids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 15, 2018 at 6:53 am (7 days ago)

      Very true! They’re not really bothered about the rain!

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  4. Cassie Mayers
    April 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm (2 weeks ago)

    This looks a fun trail and what a nice idea for Kew Gardens to put on. I used to live near there and never visited. Wish I had now. #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 15, 2018 at 6:52 am (7 days ago)

      I must admit I only explore after five years of living in the area! Glad I did.

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  5. JO
    April 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm (2 weeks ago)

    So sweet, what a lovely thing to do! I used to love doing things like this with my children now they love technology and shopping . Kew Gardens is always fabulous no matter what time of year. #CountryKids
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    • Wander Mum
      April 10, 2018 at 10:10 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Aww I shall have to make the most of it while they still enjoy doing this sort of thing! Kew is great!

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  6. Kara
    April 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I so want to do this with my kids and its in the plan for next week. You have whet my appetite now

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    • Wander Mum
      April 7, 2018 at 10:55 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Oh, enjoy!! Looks like you’ll get better weather!

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  7. Fiona Cambouropoulos
    April 7, 2018 at 6:32 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I used to love the Peter Rabbit books as a child. I hadn’t realised there was a film coming out, though we have just named our 3 new baby bunnies Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail. How wonderful to have a whole Peter Rabbit trail. No wonder it was busy even in the rain, I had forgotten some of the character names but it all came back to me reading this post.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 10, 2018 at 10:12 pm (2 weeks ago)

      I love how you called your new bunnies Floosy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail – you were so on trend with the resurgence intake popularity of Peter Rabbit…and you didn’t even realise it!

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  8. Kids of the Wild
    April 7, 2018 at 9:03 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Sounds like it was very popular on the day you were there – everyone loves Peter Rabbit! Kew sounds great for kids, I haven’t been since before kids so it’s one to add to the list! #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 10, 2018 at 10:09 pm (2 weeks ago)

      They certainly do! He’s an enduring character. Hope you get to Kew soon

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    • Wander Mum
      April 10, 2018 at 10:08 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you! Hope you enjoyed the movie!

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  9. Sonia
    April 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm (2 weeks ago)

    What a gorgeous trail, I love the photos #Countrykids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 10, 2018 at 10:06 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you. Was really fun – despite the rain!

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  10. lucy mackcracken
    April 8, 2018 at 8:44 pm (2 weeks ago)

    My brother lives in Kingston and keeps promising to take us to Kew when we visit. The Peter Rabbit trail looks like a lot of fun for the children to do and there seems plenty to keep them occupied there #countrykids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 10, 2018 at 10:08 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Yes, loads! I hope you get to Kew soon. It’s a great place to explore! X

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  11. Helena
    April 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm (2 weeks ago)

    It’s a pity that the rain was not in your favour. You never know what UK weather will do. #countrykids

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    • Wander Mum
      April 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm (2 weeks ago)

      I know! You really don’t!

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  12. Merlinda Little
    April 11, 2018 at 5:59 pm (1 week ago)

    My son was reading this with me. He loves Blue Peter and remembered that Dragon! It was a competition that he wanted to join before. We were late in submitting. It is such a lovely place and it’s nice that they have these events to offer their members so that’s its new every visit! #countrykids
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    • Wander Mum
      April 15, 2018 at 6:51 am (7 days ago)

      Oh, how great! Shame you missed the deadline. I bet he’d love seeing them all there though.

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    • Wander Mum
      April 15, 2018 at 6:50 am (7 days ago)

      It was really fun to do something different there.

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