Travel through time and discover the History of Chocolate at Kew Gardens in Easter 2013!
Fri 29 March 2013 to Sun 14 April 2013
Take a journey through time and discover the history of chocolate at Kew Gardens in Easter 2013! Learn where our passion for chocolate originated; from the ritualistic use of cacao in Ancient Maya and Aztec culture; to sailing across the seas to Europe with the Spanish Conquistadors; and finally arriving in 17th century London, where only high society could afford to indulge their sweet tooth in newly fashionable Chocolate Houses.
Get stuck into our chocolate workshops with arts and crafts activities, or join our traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 31 March 2013 and collect tokens from around the Gardens to pick up your prize ̶ a delicious chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny!
Lara Mistry, Festival Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew says, “Easter at Kew is all about fun, family, learning, and of course chocolate! Our hands-on sessions give youngsters the opportunity to explore the world of chocolate – from cocoa pods to delicious Easter eggs. And our traditional Easter Egg hunt is a fantastic way to start your Easter Sunday.”
Check www.kew.org/events for updates on Easter activities.
For more information about the delicious cocoa tree, which you will find in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, see http://www.kew.org/plants-fungi/Theobroma-cacao.htm
Notes to Editors
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Easter images are available to download from www.kew.org/press/images. Please contact the press office for the username and password.
Opening hours: Sat 2 Feb to Sat 23 March 2013 – 9.30am to 5.30pm. Sun 24 March to Tues 27 Aug 2013 – 9.30am to 6.30pm (on weekends and bank holidays we close an hour later). Last entry to the Gardens, the glasshouses, galleries and the Xstrata Treetop Walkway is 30 minutes before closing.
Admission: Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.00 (prices include £1.50 voluntary Gift Aid donation), free for children under 17 (with an adult).
Visitor information: 020 8332 5655 or see www.kew.org
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