At the weekend we had a great day out at Cadbury World. My last visit to Cadbury World was a long time ago - in Freshers Week at University I joined ChocSoc and they organised a coach trip there during the year for a bargain price. I even dragged Ram along with me, I think he was the only man on the coach full of chocoholic girls! I had fond memories, so when Superbreak contacted me recently asking if I would like to review an attraction I thought it would be great to visit again, and this time take the little ones along.
We combined it with a visit to Ram's parents, who live in the Midlands (or Up North as I tend to call it). It's a good idea to book tickets to Cadbury World in advance, as they are only able to admit a certain number of visitors in a day. When you book you are given a time slot to visit the exhibition, which is the main part of the attraction. Our slot was quite late in the day, so we arrived earlier to visit the areas that are separate to the main exhibition. We went round the back of the building to the adventure playgrounds, which are very good and suitable even for little ones. At the moment there are also special events on at weekends, and there was a short children's entertainment show in a marquee in the grounds which they both enjoyed.
Then it was time for our tour. You begin in an Aztec Jungle, learning about the origins of chocolate, before following the Cadbury story through a series of displays and a couple of short shows. There is a chance to visit the production plant, although unfortunately they seemed to have finished for the day and there wasn't anything to see. There is a smaller area though where you can see some chocolates being made and try some delicious cups of melted chocolate with a choice of topping. There are also a few chocolate bars handed out on your way around which went down well.
The children enjoyed a little car ride through a little village of cheerful chocolate beans and I really liked the exhibitions focussing on Cadbury advertisements over the years. There are some green screen areas where you can have your photograph taken against some chocolatey backgrounds, but we kept it simple by just turning the children into Freddos.
We enjoyed our visit to Cadbury World. We perhaps would have got more out of the visit if our children had been a little older, as they didn't have enough patience for some of the exhibits and we did rather rush through, so that's worth thinking about if you are wondering whether to visit with the family.
Superbreak provided us with complimentary entry in exchange for this review. An adult ticket to Cadbury World costs £14.95 and a child ticket (4 and over) costs £10.95, a 5% discount is available if you book on-line, and you can also visit using Tesco Clubcard vouchers.