This week I had the pleasure of spending a fabulous family day at Cadbury World. One of the foremost family attractions in Birmingham, Cadbury World is a unique mix of history, heritage and fun attractions, all with the added attraction of chocolate, lots of chocolate. There really could only be one choice of topic for this week’s #FanDayFriday.
Cadbury World is great value for money in comparison to other theme parks and attractions, with a family ticket costing just under £60 for 2 adults and 3 children. On a beautiful day you are able to enjoy the rather wonderful adventure playground, which caters for all ages, with slides and rope bridges at different sizes and levels. You can also save your pennies by taking a picnic, with lots of picnic benches also outside. However, the food is also reasonable, with a child’s chicken nuggets meal coming in at less than £5 for decent sized, freshly cooked portions.
We started our day with the inside museum and trip around the factory. Cadbury World is gloriously interactive, with narrators on route who set the scene for Georgian London and Victorian Birmingham in turn, showing how the story of the Cadbury family unfolded. You are taken into different rooms, where the story of the Cadbury family and Bournville is told through holograms, and then continue through a fun, 4d experience that shows how chocolate is produced, complete with blasts of steam and moving benches.
Moving on through the factory, there are homages to advertising and packaging, as well as the chance to watch master chocolatiers decorating chocolate teapots and shoes. The chance to try some melted chocolate, complete with added ingredients like jelly babies and white chocolate buttons, is definitely not one to miss, and there were also some fabulous examples of chocolate masterpieces, including a model of Buckingham Palace created for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Cadabra was a real favourite with Joe and Renee, a trip in a special car through the world of the Cadbury’s chocolate beans. This is really magical, with the lovely scenes including a Christmas and hot air balloons really delighting children of every age (and by every age I of course mean adults!).
The 4D experience is brilliant, but the queues can be rather large, especially during the school holidays. We didn’t queue up this time, choosing instead to watch the very funny magician and ventriloquist Kimmo, who had the audience roaring with laughter. He was so good Joe decided we had to watch both shows, which is a definite seal of approval from a little boy who can be a tough audience.
Cadbury World is great fun for all ages and is an attraction that my family just love to visit.