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‘Chocolate & Candy’ fortnight at Powderham

PUBLISHED: 12:19 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:19 03 April 2014

benjamin j borley

Powderham Castle opens its doors for the 2014 season with ‘Chocolate & Candy’ fortnight from Sunday 6th April to Monday 21st April

Powderham Castle, the 600 year old home of the Earl and Countess of Devon near Exeter, opens its doors tomorrow for the start of the new 2014 season.

After months of preparation throughout the winter, the Castle & grounds will be open again to visitors from 1st April until 30th October 2014 from Sunday to Friday from 11:00 am to 4.30 pm.

‘Behind the scenes we’ve all been busy over the winter months getting ready for a fun-packed year,’ says Communication Manager Catherine Crowe. ‘As well as a brand new collection of wedding packages, we have a whole range of special events and activities planned right through from the 1st April until 30th October.’

To kick-start the new season, the Powderham team are announcing the return of their ever-popular Chocolate and Candy fortnight by Jonty Depp and the Pocketwatch Theatre Company.

‘We have a whole host of fun activities for all the family at Powderham Castle. From Sunday 6th April to Monday 21st April, excluding Saturday 12th April’ adds Catherine. ‘Come and meet our famous chocolatier and his team and learn about the science of confectionary in the ‘imagination room’. Children will also get the chance to design a wrapper and invent their own type of sweets on the day.’

‘We will be running two sessions each day in the afternoon,’ adds Catherine. ‘Visitors will meet in the Castle courtyard then have an hour session to look round the imagination room, taste, smell and identify sweet related things, understand the science of confectionary and name a candy box, bag or wrapper. Children and adults alike love chocolate and our special Chocolatier loves the opportunity to teach people about it!’

In addition, Powderham Castle will also be running a special Easter Trail for children to follow around the grounds to win a prize. Sessions take place at set times throughout the day and families can pick up their session ticket on arrival. Both the ‘Chocolate and Candy’ fortnight and Easter trail are included in a child’s standard admission.

Powderham Castle and grounds, one of the oldest Castles in Devon, makes an ideal place to visit for people of all ages during the Easter holiday. Families are invited to come and marvel at the spring flowers in the grounds, enjoy a guided tour of the Castle and lunch in the Courtenay Cafe.

‘The flowers at the moment are just stunning,” says Catherine. ‘We have deer wondering around our glades of daffodils and the woodland garden is looking particularly stunning at the moment - spring has definitely sprung at Powderham Castle.’

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