We don't go to many shows as a family. I either go with my 9-year old daughter or my husband. My son is quite fidgety and cannot sit for more than an hour. I can't tell you how many shows we've endured with me silently screaming at him to stop kicking the seat in front. So when we were invited to view The Wind in the Willows at Kew Gardens, I was excited to see a show with no proper seats.
Once you arrive at Kew Gardens (Victoria Gate), there is a 10-minute walk to the beginning of the show. We spread out our picnic blanket, and waited for the first part of the show. Husband is not a fan of sitting on the ground, so he sat at the back on a camping chair we had brought. I let the kids eat half of their sandwiches, because it is obviously very tough not to start eating lunch at 10.30am.
As we waited, there appeared a very tall rabbit, playing the guitar, who turned us all into little rabbits. We then met most of the characters from the show. There was singing, dancing, and even some boating. Half an hour later, the delightful Head Chief Rabbit took us all on a five minute walk to Toad Hall for the remaining 60 minutes of the show. There was plenty of silliness to be had. And near the end, the actors took the kids off for a 5-10 minute adventure. This meant that Dubz has plenty of walking around time, and was able to properly pay attention to the story.
Sometimes, childrens' shows can be a bit boring. But this was not the case. The Wind in the Willows was full of humour, music and silliness. And the actors were all outstanding. We would happily book tickets to see the show again. I have never seen a show in such a wonderful outdoor setting. The Wind in the Willows will be at Kew Gardens until the 28th August 2017, but I hope they return. The show is aimed for children three and over, but there were some babies sitting and crawling around as their bigger siblings enjoyed the merriment.
At the end of the show, the actors were happy to take photos with the children. My two were very excited to take a photo with Badger. My son has always loved badgers, plus they both loved the character. Husband and I both raved about the cast, but we thought that Badger stole the show.
If you're not far from Kew, I really think you should book tickets to see The Wind in the Willows. A family ticket costs £67, which also gives you entrance to Kew Gardens. We had over three hours at Kew after the show, and had a great family day. If you go at the weekend, there is loads of free street parking near Victoria Gate (more on a Sunday). And if you pack a picnic, you will save even more money and you can eat during the show, which will give you more time for exploring afterwards. And then you can save your money for ice cream and the gift shop (my two favourite things!).
We were invited to view the show for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.