This crop of summer exhibitions by world-class artists in sculpture parks, gardens and beaches all make for a grand day out
Dale Chihuly, the celebrated US glass artist, exhibited at Kew Gardens 13 years ago. It was his most recent major outdoor show in Europe – and one of the most popular exhibitions ever held at Kew. Now he is back with Chihuly: Reflections on nature – 32 dazzling installations, including his Sapphire Star, the Seaforms series and a new work specially designed for the Temperate House, which recently reopened after £41m restoration. From August, the gardens will open late for selected Chihuly Nights, when the artworks will be illuminated and set to music. The Botanical and Pavilion restaurants will also stay open late, plus there will be ice-cream stands and prosecco bars.
• Included with entry to the gardens – from £16.50 adult, £4.50 child over four, until 27 October, kew.org