I love to shop at Tesco because of their Tesco clubcard rewards. They help me to save a lot of money for activities. A few weeks ago, I exchanged £7.50 of vouchers for £30 Days Out Token. I received the voucher within a week and it gave me 6 months to use before it expired. There is free admission for under 4’s at Cadbury World.
One important pre-trip thing I almost forgot to do is phone ahead to book a time slot to ensure that they have tickets available. Luckily, my friend reminded me and I managed to book a 9.50 am slot.
According to my sat nav, it should take only 40 minutes to arrive. What the sat nav didn’t take into account is rush hour traffic! In the end it took us over an hour to get there and I was like an ant in a hot pot! The main car park was full when we got there and we had to park in the overflow car park. We had not paid for our tickets yet and with the huge queue, to get in, I was already so stressed!
However, the queue moved along quite quickly as some people were not suppose to be in the queue as they were too early for their time slot. We got our tickets checked and were each given a Curlywurly and a Crunchie. When we first got into the Journey to Europe exhibition, it was a scene of dark forest with trees, water and snakes! Ms C was so scared that she wanted me to hold her and she started to cry! Bless her! I had to quickly walk past everything as she was so scared. Soon we arrived at the Bull Street of Cadbury store, where we had to wait to get into the theatre.
When we were at the theatre, they talked about how the story of Cadbury came about. Then we moved on into another room, where was much more fun. We all sat in a row of seats and when they started talking about the process of making chocolate, the seat started to shake, air blew out from the seat and the heater will turned on. Ms C suddenly got so excited and said she loved the shaking seat and wanted more! We then followed the line to go into the manufacturing and packaging factory where we got to see boxes of chocolate get packed. The smell of chocolate was gorgeous! Really made us so hungry! Then we were greeted by an employee where we each got a bar of diary milk chocolate!
Due to the narrow stairway, they don’t recommend you take pushchairs onto the top level. There was more machinery to view and photos to be taken with the Cadbury World background. The interesting part of the tour is the Beanmobiles. It was a gentle ride through a chocolate wonderland full of familiar characters as you discover the magic of Cadbury.
After the ride, we went into the demonstration area where we get to taste warm liquid chocolate! Look at the smile on his face!
Then it was the Advertising Avenue and Purple Planets. We were having fun making ourselves out of chocolate electronically. Initially, I thought we could buy our chocolate self but later in the Cadbury shop I found out that it was just a photo of the chocolate image. We bought a lot of delicious chocolates and had our lunch before we went to the next part of the park.
African Adventure play area was a great place for different age groups of children to play. The play area was so busy that I had trouble to find my children. There was also a magic show and the Bournville Experience which we did not have time to attend. We did go into the Essence to discover the secret behind Cadbury Dairy Milk’s unique taste. We got to create our own Cadbury magic by choosing either rice crispies, marshmallows, biscuit pieces or another treat. Then warm liquid milk chocolate is added to our cup of treats! Sweet tooth heaven.
We all had a great day and wish we could have stayed a bit longer. Next time, if we go back again, I would plan on spending the whole day there and go for an earlier tour.