Calling all owners of a sweet tooth, gather round and get ready to enter a world dedicated to the ever-so-delicious – Cadbury’s chocolate.
When discussing our intention to visit this world famous chocolate factory, I was met with unwavering positive reviews. Boasting visitor numbers of over half-a-million every year, I am so pleased to report that our visit lived up to the hype.
After a short queue on arrival, we were given something amazing, free chocolate – ok for the cynics, it’s included within the entrance price – but there are numerous attractions where all you receive for your money is your entrance. So for me, this was a very welcome bonus.
From the ticket desk, you are transported back thousands of years to the ancient civilisations of Mexico and through a series of imaginative exhibits, are taken on a journey covering the history of chocolate. From a time when it was used as currency (still should be in my opinion) to its introduction within the upper echelons of London society, through to J Cadbury introducing it to the masses in his small Birmingham tea shop (God bless that man).
All areas are highly accessible to all. Each stop on your history of chocolate tour includes a video of somebody signing what is being spoken. There is a massive sense of inclusivity here.
Once you reach the present day, your next stop is the chocolate making zone. Here you will see demonstrations of traditional chocolate making skills and you can even try your hand at piping. Did I mention that you are also restocked with some more free chocolate at this point?
You might want to munch on this whilst you queue for a short period to enjoy the very family-friendly Cadabra – a gentle ride on a ‘beanmobile’ through a Cadbury cocoa bean wonderland. Again, this ride is accessible to all.
The rest of your time within the main building can be spent exploring different zones, reminiscing about iconic adverts and chocolate bars from years gone by, watching chocolatiers hand pipe on bespoke chocolate items (all available for purchase within the shop), letting the kids go wild within the interactive kid’s zone, having your picture taken on a giant chocolate bar in the green screen area, finding out how the heck a Creme Egg is made and also (and perhaps most importantly) enjoying a complimentary warm melted chocolate pot with your choice of toppings.
Inevitably you are led to the self-proclaimed, world’s biggest Cadbury shop, it also includes a factory-outlet for you to grab yourself some bargains. If you’re feeling parched, the Cadbury Cafe is conveniently located next to the shop. A re-fuel may be in-order as contrary to belief, you are not done here yet.
A short walk from the main building, yet more fun is to be had. Here you will find the throughly enjoyable 4D chocolate adventure cinema experience, complete with motion seats. I’m an absolute ride-wuss, but even I enjoyed this.
At set times throughout the day, your children have the opportunity to party with Freddo and enjoy story time with the Caramel bunny. These are held in the marque near the 4D cinema experience. My children loved meeting Freddo. There is also opportunity for a photo with the characters at the end of each session.
Finally, with a sugar-rush well and truly in full-swing, kids can let loose on the outdoor adventure park, which caters for all ages. You can also purchase food and beverages here too. My husband and I enjoyed a relaxing coffee, whilst the kids happily played.
Cadbury world is a great attraction no matter the weather. Only the outdoor adventure playground would be affected if raining. However, this for me, wouldn’t really be the main reason for visiting here, so it’s no real loss to cut it from your visit, it’s just an added bonus.
It’s also worth a visit even if you don’t have children. Whilst you might not want to ride a beanmobile without a child in tow, there is plenty of value to be had exploring the exhibits and (I’ll say it again) eating the chocolate.
Ok, so why wouldn’t you like Cadbury world? Well if you don’t like and have no interest in the heavenly substance referred to as chocolate – then this place really isn’t for you. Otherwise, book your tickets, relax the healthy eating for the day and get ready to have some fun – and fall just that bit more in love with chocolate.
Good to know:
Cadbury World is located in the model village of Bournville, on the south side of Birmingham.
If travelling by car, plenty of free parking is available at the attraction itself.
Cadbury World operates on a time slot basis, which is great to ensure that it’s never overcrowded.
Book your time slot online in advance. This is highly recommended and the only way to guarantee your entry on the day you want.
At the entrance desk you can purchase tote bags for around £1-£2 in which to store your chocolate haul.
There is a cafe and food and beverage kiosks onsite, but also numerous picnic tables by the adventure playground should you wish to bring your own food. Additionally, there are a small number of picnic tables available undercover should it be raining.
Our visit lasted around 4 hours, covering all of the areas.
If you wish to extend your visit, the model village of Bournville is worth spending some time in. You could walk the Cadbury Trail or visit the Selly Manor Museum, to name a few.
Everything mentioned above is included within your ticket price, apart from any photos taken on Cadabra or the green screen experience.
We visited on a Saturday and paid £48.44 for a family of four ticket.
For up-to-date ticket prices, events and further information, visit www.cadburyworld.co.uk
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