Kew Gardens Lights Up For Enchanting After-Hours Late Chihuly Nights

Kew Gardens Lights Up For Enchanting After-Hours Late Chihuly Nights
People standing in front of Summer Sun by Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Summer Sun by Dale Chihuly

A special series of late night openings at Kew Gardens invites visitors to see Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures in a whole new light (or lack thereof).

Sapphire Star by Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Sapphire Star by Dale Chihuly

Chihuly at Kew is an open-air exhibition of Dale Chihuly's colourful, eye-catching glass sculptures. The 30+ photogenic works have been in situ in the botanical gardens since April, and have proved popular with visitors.

Someone taking a photo of Summer Sun by Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Summer Sun by Dale Chihuly

But they haven't been seen by the public at night... until now. Chihuly Nights see Kew Gardens staying open late, and the sculptures illuminated under the evening sky to showcase their dazzling colours.

Someone taking a photo of Sapphire Star by Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Sapphire Star by Dale Chihuly

Wander around the gardens and conservatories as darkness falls, to a specially commissioned soundtrack featuring wind instruments and vocals to reflect Chihuly’s use of glass and breath.

Four people taking a selfie in front of Sapphire Star by Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Sapphire Star by Dale Chihuly

Food and drink is available to buy at Kew's new Pavilion Bar and Grill throughout, and it's recommended that you bring a torch — and dress for the weather, as it's an open-air event.

Sounds like a magical night out to us.

Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 15 August-26 October 2019. Tickets are £18 (£12 members) and should be booked in advance.

Last Updated 12 August 2019

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