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Sunday 25 September

Explore full listings for Sunday 25 September, running from 10.30am to 5.30pm

Speakers include David Baddiel, Fay Weldon, Alexander McCall Smith, Tony Robinson, Nadiya Hussain and many more.


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All Sunday’s events are listed below. You can also filter by genre. There is limited capacity for each event so book early to avoid disappointment.

Also on Sunday, Kew on a Page – free walking tour at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm
Visit places and plants in Kew Gardens with literary associations, from Alexander Pope to Virginia Woolf.
Tours start at the Festival Bookshop.

Top picks from Write on Kew

Sunday 25 September, 2.30pm

Joan Bakewell

Stop the Clocks

Join the inspirational writer and broadcaster, Joan Bakewell, as she looks back on her life and career

Event details

Genre: Fiction
Venue: Nash Conservatory

Sunday 25 September, 4.00pm

Antony Beevor

From Stalingrad to Syria: How Warfare has Changed

In this fascinating talk the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D Day examines the way that warfare has changed fundamentally in the 21st century.

Event details

Genre: History
Venue: Banks Building

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Sunday 25 September, 10.15am

Join the award-winning historian, broadcaster and author of Rubicon to hear about his captivating account of Rome's first Imperial Dynasty.

Event details

Genre: History
Venue: Jodrell Lecture Theatre

Sunday 25 September, 10.30am

Join the acclaimed comedian turned bestselling children's writer for an exclusive introduction to his new comic novel for young readers.

Event details

Genre: Children
Venue: Banks Building

Sunday 25 September, 10.30am

Vanessa Berridge tells the fascinating story of Princess Augusta and her lifelong association with Kew Gardens and the politically charged world of garden design.

Event details

Genre: Science / Nature
Venue: Cambridge Cottage

Sunday 25 September, 10.30am

Join Word Wizards Fiona Ross and Sara-Jane Arbury, as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl.

Event details

Genre: Children
Venue: Museum No.1

Sunday 25 September, 10.45am

Fay Weldon talks to Gillian Greenwood.
The brilliant Fay Weldon discusses her acclaimed new novel set in inter-war London.

Event details

Genre: Fiction
Venue: Nash Conservatory

Sunday 25 September, 12.00pm

Jessie Burton talks to Alex Clarke.
The bestselling author of The Miniaturist talks about her path to becoming a writer and introduces her eagerly awaited new novel. 

Event details

Genre: Fiction
Venue: Jodrell Lecture Theatre

Sunday 25 September, 12.00pm

Come along for a fun-filled hour of miniature den making and storytelling under the branches of one of Kew's oldest trees.

Event details

Genre: Children
Venue: Festival bookshop

Sunday 25 September, 12.00pm

Get to know your bones inside and out as Professor Winston provides astounding facts about the miracle that is the human skeleton.

Event details

Genre: Children
Venue: Museum No.1

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Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

Which gate to use

Before 5.30pm all four gates (Victoria, Elizabeth, Brentford and Lion) are open.

After 5.30pm, please use Elizabeth Gate.

Eating and drinking

We have four restaurants and cafés:

  • White Peaks café open until 5pm
  • Pavilion restaurant open until 5pm
  • Victoria Plaza café open until 5.30pm
  • Orangery restaurant open until 7pm

Getting here

By car

The Gardens are well signposted from all the major local roads.The South Circular (A205) passes the north-east corner of Kew Gardens. Kew Road (A307) forms the eastern border.

Car park

Brentford Gate car park is open 10am to 6.30pm. Access is via Ferry Lane (off Kew Green). Use TW9 3AF to find the car park.

Cost is £7 per day.
No charge for motorcycles and mopeds.

Other parking

Free parking is available on Kew Road (A307) after 10am every day.

Parking restrictions apply on most of residential streets around Kew and on parts of Kew Road.

By train

The nearest stations are:

  • Kew Gardens station (District and London Overground lines)
  • Kew Bridge station (South West Trains)
By bus

The most convenient bus routes are:

  • Route 65 (stops close to Lion Gate and Victoria Gate)
  • Route 391 (stops near Kew Gardens station)
  • Routes 237 and 267 (stop at Kew Bridge station)
By bicycle

Bicycle racks available at Victoria, Brentford and Elizabeth Gates.
Owners leave bikes at their own risk.


Venue access

All venues, cafés and shops have level access.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets at:

  • Victoria Gate
  • Brentford Gate
  • Welcome Centre
  • Orangery restaurant
  • White Peaks café
  • Cambridge Cottage
Guide and assistance dogs

Guide dogs or registered disability assistance dogs are welcome within the Gardens. Other dogs are not allowed.

Free carer tickets

Visitors with a disability who buy an event ticket are entitled to one free ticket for their carer or companion.

We will need evidence of DLA or Blue Badge on entry, without this we may withhold the free carer ticket.

Disabled parking

Parking in Brentford Gate car park is free to drivers with a disability and displaying the Blue Badge.

There are 12 extra wide disabled parking bays. If these are full, drivers with a disability are welcome to park elsewhere in the car park free of charge.

There are 3 disabled parking spaces on Kew Green near Elizabeth Gate.

There is more disabled parking within Brentford Gate for events that finish before 5.30pm.