Kew Gardens in west London will run Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed art and craft workshops in the 2014 Easter holidays to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl’s children’s favourite.
The Gardens will open up four workshops based around the Chocolate Factory rooms in the book between 5 and 21 April 2014 in cooperation with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
In the Chocolate Room, next to Kew’s Climbers and Creepers, young visitors will be able come up with a name for a new chocolate bar and design the wrapper or decorate chocolatey creations with a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum.
Young inventors will want to head for the pop-up Inventing Room, by the Palm House, where they will be able to concoct recipes for new Wonka-inspired sweets and chocolates. Remember hair toffee from the book?
There will also be story-telling sessions, rhymes, singing and colouring-in workshops for younger kids.
Kew Gardens will also hold its traditional Easter Egg hunt on Sunday 20 April 2013.
Claire Field, director of the Roald Dahl Museum says, “We are so excited about sharing one of Roald Dahl’s best-known stories with visitors at Kew Gardens and can’t wait to bring a little bit of his magic to such glorious surroundings. We’re sure that visitors, young and old, will enjoy discovering more about Charlie Bucket (and friends!) through crafts, storytelling and, of course, a little bit of chocolate.”
At that time of year, Kew Gardens is a riot of colour thanks to the more than five million bulbs so there is something for plant lovers too. (Main photo: RBG Kew.)