This weekend we were invited up to Kew Gardens to see their fabulous production of Alice in Wonderland, which is set in the beautiful gardens themselves.
It is a 10 minute walk from the entrance at Victoria Gate to the show’s venue and although they provide mats to sit on, I would recommend you take a picnic blanket, especially if it has been raining.
The show sees Lewis Carroll’s classic story cleverly brought to life in Glenn Elston’s highly acclaimed production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
There’s a wildly curious assortment of characters and some very quick costume changes, for the observant. Bump into the constantly late White Rabbit, sing along with the Dodo and other birds in the Caucus Race and meet the pepper obsessed Duchess and her extremely crazy cook – beware if you have a picnic with you, he may steal some food..
There also appearances from the Cheshire Cat, the hilarious Humpty Dumpty and Tweedledum and Tweedledee as they tell the tale of the Walrus and the Carpenter.
What might seem slightly silly then becomes downright absurd as the Mad Hatter arrives with the March Hare and the Dormouse to have a grand old time with Alice at the tea party. Be careful if you sit at the front, as the Hatter is very generous with his tea!
It was the magnificent finale that the kids enjoyed the most, as they joined the Queen of Hearts and her parade of cards. Us parents became the parade of cards and helped the kids play a spot of human croquet!
The performance is best suited children under the age of 10 and once finished, you are free to explore the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew at your leisure.
The kids loved spotting the huge Koi Carp and the Cygnets on the lake, before heading up to enjoy the tree top walk, 18m above the ground.
It is a really beautiful place to explore, and if travelling with teens, the gardens are full of “Poke Stops” and Isaac managed to catch some rare Pokemon whilst we were there.
What surprised me was just how huge the gardens are and despite exploring for around 3 hours, we didn’t see it all.
As well as the gardens outdoors, there are huge greenhouses dedicated to plants from around the world.
As well as plants, there are magnificent glass sculptures to admire too.
Our only disappointment was that we didn’t get to see the Children’s Garden because you have to book your time slot to visit in advance.
It didn’t spoil the fun though, as there is plenty to see and do, with lots of space to run and play.
Eliza and Sebby did there very best to rescue a caterpillar who had strayed onto a busy pathway.
Alice in Wonderland is at Kew Gardens until 27th August and a family ticket costs £70.00 , or individual prices are: Adult £22.90 Child £17.90
Please visit the website for more information: theatreonkew.co.uk
Disclaimer: We were invited to Kew Gardens for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own