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Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to transform Kew Gardens this Easter

PUBLISHED: 15:41 28 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:41 28 January 2014

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka with Jack Costello as Charlie and cast members

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka with Jack Costello as Charlie and cast members


Celebrate 50 Whipple-Scrumptious years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew this Easter as Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas help capture the flavour of Roald Dahl’s much loved tale.

In partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The New Musical, Kew Gardens will host the book’s four main chocolate factory rooms from April 5 to April 21.

“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,” says Claire Field, director of the Roald Dahl Museum.

“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.”

In the Chocolate Room, visitors will have the chance to create their own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar with a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café.

Then join Willy Wonka and his head Oompa-Loompa in the Inventing Room for everlasting gobstoppers and hair toffee.

Discover more about the plant origins of some of the ingredients in your favourite sweets and desserts by taking part in Kew’s Sweetie Trail in the Palm House.

Colouring-in and drawing are the focus in the Nut Room (aka the Waterlily House) – just beware of the mischievous squirrels!

After indulging in some chocolatey treats, explore the links between our favourite confectionary and the cacao plant from which it is made before striking a pose in the Great Glass Elevator.

Finally, all crafted (and possibly chocolated!) out, head to the Television Room in the Princess of Wales Conservatory film room to sink into some beanbags and listen to Oompa-Loompa poems and Roald Dahl’s hilarious Revolting Rhymes.

• The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB. More info @ kew.org

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