The Kew Summer Cycle is the best way to see the gardens.
If a continent-spanning European cycle trail or a huge naked bike ride is a little daunting for you, there’s a more sedate option a lot closer to home this August. Kew Gardens will maintain their summer tradition of opening up the gardens for a handful of summer nights, inviting cyclists to explore the botanical wonders contained therein on two wheels. They’ve already hosted a couple of Summer Cycle sessions back in June, and the final two for 2021 fall on August 10 & 11. On yer bike, son!
Bicycles aren’t usually allowed in the gardens, so the Summer Cycle sessions are a rare opportunity to glide through the world-famous gardens with the wind in your hair. As you whizz by woodlands and blossoms (the Rose Gardens are reportedly a particular highlight), you’ll catch the floral scents on the evening air, and hopefully get some nice photos of your two-wheeled adventure. Oh, and there won’t be any temptation to cycle inside Kew’s glasshouses, since they’ll all be closed for the evening cycles.
Still, the alternative is just as enticing; there’ll be live music sessions taking place, and plenty of pop-up food spots for you to pick up some sustenance. You’re also encouraged to bring along a picnic for the evening, but do remember if you’re packing prosecco or champers that you’ll still need to cycle home once the evening is done. Summer Cycle sessions will run from 5-8:30pm on August 10 & 11, and tickets are still available for both sessions – you can find them here. Saddle up, and you’ll be in for a pretty magical evening amongst the plants!
Also published on Medium.