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CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Kew - The Royal Botanic Gardens
Till 21st April 2014
Roald Dahl, one of the world’s most imaginative storytellers, (his books have sold 200 million copies worldwide), infamous tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be brought to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014. Together with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, a unique cultural, literary and education hub in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works, various themed arts and crafts workshops based around the four main Chocolate Factory rooms featured in the book will be available for free. In the 'Chocolate Room' get creative with a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café to decorate your very own chocolatey creations.Join Willy Wonka and his head Oompa-Loompa in the 'Inventing Room' for songs, music and interactive performance. Colouring-in and drawing are the focus in the 'Nut Room'.In the 'Television-Chocolate Room' listen to Oompa-Loompa poems and Roald Dahl’s hilarious Revolting Rhymes, as told by storytellers from the Roald Dahl Museum, with lovely photo opportunities.
Also on offer is the chance to sit back and enjoy the animated introduction to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The New Musical, which uses the exuberant drawings of Roald Dahl’s principle illustrator, Quentin Blake and tells the story of how chocolate is made.
In addition to that there is the Whipple-Scrumptious Plant Hunt which is a discovery about the plant origins of some of the ingredients in favourite sweets and desserts. Such as annatto, which is used to give sweets the red and orange colour and vanilla orchid which flavours ice-cream.
Face painting will be available throughout the day and choose from a variety of other Charlie inspired designs and there will also be many delicious Willy Wonka inspired treats. The traditional Easter Egg Hunt will be on Sunday 20 April 2014 from 9.30am – 12.30pm with delicious Lindt chocolate eggs to find. The Georgian Kitchens in Kew Palace gives an opportunity to see who the Georgian cooks used chocolate in their cooking. The Kew Explorer land train gives an opportunity to hear a special narrated tour exploring the history of chocolate. April sees Kew Gardens in full spring bloom. Take in the full beauty of over five million bulbs with a guided ‘Spring Spectacular’ hour long tour and explore the very best of the wonderful bulbs and blossoms on display during the Easter period. These tours run daily from 12noon – 1pm and are free. The 250 magnificent magnolias across the Gardens are a sight to behold in early April. The trees grouped together at Elizabeth Gate, with their large pink and white flowers, stand out as a special highlight for your visit. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants. Kew Gardens has 132 hectares of landscaped gardens and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. A fun, enjoyable day out for the whole family. Make the most of the good weather and enjoy yourself outdoors eating lots of chocolate! Happy Easter!! For more details and to book tickets click here.
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