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Easter at Kew Gardens

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by Catherine Stobbs (subscribe)
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This Easter, Kew Gardens is making every chocoholics dream come true, with their collection of Easter egg hunts, chocolate workshops and plenty of chocolate tasting.Throughout the school and bank holidays, chocolate lovers young and old can find out everything they need to know about chocolate, and take some home as well.

Easter Egg Hunt
Hidden in and around the Garden's are Kew's specialist characters, Busy Bee, Slipper and Venus. Find them and collect three tokens to claim your Easter Egg for the Kew Easter bunnies.

Chocolate Sculptures
As you continue around the gardens, you may find that some of the plants and flowers look a bit more chocolatey than usual - that is because they are! Through out the gardens you will find amazing sculptures made entirely out of chocolate. From Easter figures, bunnies, chicks and eggs, through to plants and flowers, recreated in chocolate. Not to be missed, but please do not eat the flowers.



Chocolate Workshops
For a more hands on approach why not try one of the chocolate workshops. With drop-in sessions running at different times everyday, you can learn how to sculpt and mold chocolates. The little ones will also be able to get stuck in making there own chocolate, and learning all about the different ingredients that can be used to make amazing chocolates.

Chocolate Trail: From Bean to Bar
Designed for children aged 6-10, (and adults too of course), this trail explains exactly were chocolate comes from, and explores the different types of plants involved. Proving to the little ones that chocolate does in fact grow on trees, just not already wrapped.
The trail map can be found at the chocolate workshops, and at the entrance to the gardens. You can also download the map directly from here.

Other activities include chocolate tasting sessions from real chocolate cake makers, and plenty more chocolate along the way. If you do get a bit sick of chocolate (and I am not sure that will happen) check the website for more information on other Easter activities, or spend some time browsing the Easter gifts in the shop. There are various cafes in and around Kew, so why not make a day of it, and eat something other than chocolate, if you can.

Most activities are free and work as drop-in sessions, check the website for times. Also be sure to plan your journey in advance via TFL, as many lines are closed over the bank holidays.
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Why? It is a chocolate lovers paradise.
When: From April 9th - May 2nd 9:30am - 6:30pm (7:30pm weekends and bank holidays)
Where: Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Cost: Free
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