Image above: Christmas at Kew
THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED AT 10.00AM ON FRIDAY 8 JANUARY
Kew Garden’s Christmas trail has been cancelled for the remainder of January, due to the national lockdown.
The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew have said that all ticket holders have been contacted. Christmas at Kew recommenced for just a few nights on the 30 December after closing from the 20 December. The evening event was close to being fully booked and was due to continue until 24 January.
Image above: Royal Botannical Gardens at Kew; photograph by Anne Marshall
Still open during the day
The Gardens remain open for people to enjoy during the day, available to book on a ticketed time slot, but the slots are quite booked up. The 320 acre site is popular at the best of times, now even more so when there are so few places to go and everyone is encouraged to take daily exercise.
Ciara O’Sullivan, told The Chiswick Calendar it is still possible to find a time slot:
“We have capacity for several thousand visitors on timed entries across the whole day and we have never sold these out completely. Member slots have been increased to accommodate local access in particular now that people are being encouraged not to travel outside their area, and this too has plenty of availability.
“We also continue to have a high no-show rate amongst members who book time slots but decide against visiting but do not cancel their reservation. The message to stay safe and follow all the rules is absolutely the right one but we don’t want local people, for whom the Gardens represents a vital open and safe space for exercise, to feel unsafe in any way in choosing to come here. It is their support which is keeping us going and which we value so very much.”
The Royal Botanical Gardens introduced timed ticket slots in March 2020 when they were concerned that despite the size of the Gardens, its popularity would make it too difficult to manage social distancing. All of the buildings which are usually open to the public, except for the toilets, have been closed during the pandemic.
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