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Kew Gardens' Autumn Festival

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WHATEVER the season, Kew Gardens is beautiful. But with autumn upon us, it’s all set to look its very best. So, from October 7 to October 29, 2006, Kew’s Autumn Festival will not only offer visitors 300 acres of stunning autumn foliage but also a visual feast of other autumnal delights.

These will include a spectacular display of over 5.3 million cranberries floating on the Palm House Pond. A sight seen for the first time in the UK, it demonstrates how cranberries are harvested in New England.

The festival will also explore the cultivation and harvesting techniques of many of the fruits on display; apples (literally hundreds of them) and pumpkins, for example. And what on earth are Sheep’s Snouts, Brown Cockles and Slack-my-girdles?

And for children, there are a host of activities, some relating to the ghostly side of Kew which will be revealed over the Halloween weekend. Children will also love the giant 20 foot pumpkin man.

The Gardens open at 9.30am and close at 6pm (last admission is at 5.30pm).

Tickets: Adult – £11.75, concessions – £8.75, children under 17 – free.

For more information call 020 8332 5655 or visit the website.