Wellbeing at Kew in 2022

Kew Gardens’ popular wellbeing programme returns for 2022

  • Forest Bathing in Kew’s spectacular arboretum
  • Yoga in the Temperate House, the world’s largest Victorian Glasshouse
  • Summer Cycle evenings across Kew’s 320-acre UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Seasonal short courses return

Throughout 2022, Kew Gardens’ popular programme of wellbeing events and workshops returns. Following a hugely successful series of activities during 2021, this year’s programme of events has been expanded, allowing visitors to connect with Kew’s stunning UNESCO World Heritage site and offering much-needed opportunities to encounter and engage with the restorative power of nature.

Forest Bathing

Beginning in March and running on selected dates through to October, Forest Bathing sessions at Kew Gardens allow visitors to take a slow, guided sensory walk across the arboretum, and are organised in partnership with the Forest Bathing Institute. Inspired by the Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku and led by an expert guide, these sessions offer the opportunity to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and explore new perspectives of Kew’s stunning tree collection as the seasons progress.

Yoga in the Temperate House

Early-morning yoga sessions in Kew’s iconic Temperate House allow visitors to beat the rush with these pre-opening classes. Running from March, each one-hour vinyasa flow session takes place surrounded by 10,000 rare and endangered plants, some of which are already extinct in the wild. Led by Kew’s own yoga instructor, Anil Yangi, these sessions offer a spectacular start to the day and can be followed by a relaxing walk around the gardens.

Summer Cycle

Kew’s popular Summer Cycle evenings return for 2022, allowing visitors a unique chance to explore the wonder of Kew Gardens on two wheels. From the vibrant Great Broad Walk Borders bursting into life with summer planting, to the stunning Rose Garden filled with fragrant blooms, these sessions are perfect for visitors of all ages to soak up Kew Gardens throughout the summer months. With plenty of picturesque picnicking spots, Kew’s Summer Cycle events offer the perfect opportunity to soak up summer evenings with friends.

Short Courses

After launching in 2021, Kew’s seasonal short courses return for 2022. Allowing participants to enrich their spare time with a range of specialist workshops delivered by a host of trained experts, courses for 2022 include gin discovery and tasting and botanical beauty, with more workshops for the year ahead to be confirmed shortly.

Sandra Botterell, Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprise at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our programme of popular wellbeing activities, allowing visitors to connect with the wonder of Kew Gardens in a host of new and exciting ways this year. Whether it’s taking an early-morning yoga class in the stunning surroundings of the Temperate House, enjoying a summer evening in the gardens on a Summer Cycle or learning a new skill on one of our short courses, there really is something for everyone on offer as part of the programme for 2022.”

From seeking mindful moments, looking to work up a sweat or learn something new, Kew’s wellbeing programme offers a range of bespoke sessions to suit all interests. Join us in 2022 to relax, re-energise and reconnect. To find out more and book tickets, visit kew.org.

What we are doing to keep visitors safe 

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of the utmost importance to us and we are continually monitoring and responding to the Covid-19 pandemic as it evolves. We are adhering to government advice in our planning to ensure visitors and staff remain safe while enjoying wellbeing activities. Safety measures will reflect government advice at the time of the exhibition run and will be clearly communicated across RBG Kew’s channels and onsite.