If you spent your childhood reading lots of literature, then you surely know the magical properties a garden can have. In The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, we discover how nature can have both physical and emotional healing powers, and in Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, powerful memories of an otherwise forgotten garden, brought a friendship between two people from different generations.
But magic doesn't just have to happen in books. Visit Kew After Dark, and you two can create memories that can be shared with all the family for years to come.
On selected evenings between the 28th November - 4th January, Kew will be keeping its doors open after hours, so you can take an evening stroll through their illuminated winter landscape.
Start at the Christmas Village for a warming mug of mulled wine. There you will be able to browse the market, where you will find beautiful hand crafted gifts and food.
Then leaving civilisation behind, start your mile long journey down Kew's illuminated trail, where you will meet delightful characters and interactive installations that will tell you all about Kew's history. As well as starry canopies and glittering lakes, highlights include the Mediterranean Garden, Garden of Fire, and the Palm House.
A family ticket is £38 (or £12.50 per adult and £8 per child), but there are additional paid for activities in Santa's Woodland Grotto, with family rides such as a Victorian carousel.