When

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11.30-16.00

Important info

 14-16, 21-23, 26-28 August

Activities are aimed at children aged 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied at all times.

Separate fee (advanced booking required)

We’ve chosen the winning dragon in our Blue Peter ‘Design a Dragon’ competition

Historic Royal Palaces joined forces with CBBC’s Blue Peter to offer young art lovers the chance to dream up a dragon design that will be sculpted into a large statue on the Great Pagoda at Kew.

We’ve had thousands of magical, scaly, monstrous entries and the judging panel have finally reached their decision.  

And the winner is… Florence, age 8 from Hampshire.

Florence’s amazing dragon ‘Fargesia’ will take pride of place on the Great Pagoda alongside 79 other dragons being brought back to life by a team of historians, architects and designers.

Florence said her dragon (in the picture below) was inspired by Kew Gardens:

“My dragon is named after a Chinese Fargesia bamboo called “blue dragon”. I drew some of the leaves found on plants in Kew Gardens to make a blue and green dragon. In China blue symbolises healing and conserving, and green symbolises growth and sprouting, which is what Kew Gardens is about. So I’d like my dragon’s superpower to be protecting endangered plants”

The top five runners-up will also have their dragons made into giant models that will be part of an exciting Dragon Adventure Trail at Kew next summer. Lots more dragon drawings from the competition will feature in an exhibition, opening next Easter, at Kew Palace and there will be loads of great activities for kids running throughout the summer season. Check back here for more details soon.

They are Amar, age 6 from Hertfordshire, Freya, age 8 from Worcestershire, Hannah age 9 from Milton Keynes, Annie age 14 from London and Tia age 12 from Hampshire.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who sent in their design!

Visit Blue Peter’s website to see all the winning designs
Florence's winning Dragon design

Download

This Time Explorers learning pack ‘Here be Dragons’ is packed full of ideas to help families explore the history of the Great Pagoda at Kew and the stories of dragons from many cultures.

Here be dragons learning pack

Family activities at Kew Palace

Craft activities and games

Take part in exciting Georgian activities including hat and fan making and traditional garden games. Activities are free of charge and located in the Welcome Centre to the right of the palace and on the lawn in front of the palace.

Storytelling

Meet the princesses Augusta and Elizabeth and find out what life was like for the royal family living at Kew Palace.

Explore what's on

Behind the scenes of the Pagoda conservation project at Kew Palace.

25 July - 25 August 2017

10.30-11.30 and 14.00-15.00

An exclusive peek into the development of this unique project bringing the dragons back to Kew.

06 October - 06 June 2017

10.30-17.00

Come to Kew Palace out of hours and discover the hidden secrets of this intriguing palace.

15 June - 10 August 2017

2 hours