Disclosure: we were provided with free tickets for the purpose of this post.
At the weekend we headed down the road to visit Cadbury World to check out what they have on offer this year for their Christmas Celebration Weekends. The girls really enjoy visiting Cadbury World – especially the chocolate making area!
This year, Cadbury World have a Santa Show and a Panto to entertain their visitors, with performances throughout the day. We started our visit with some time at the outdoor play area while we waited for our Santa Show slot (you choose a slot when you book / arrive) which is right next to the big climbing frame.
The Santa show is great fun with Santa taking some phone calls, doing a few magic tricks, leading the audience in a rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, and getting one of the kids from the audience up to help him out.
There is plenty of seating for adults and kids, including some space near the stage for children to sit down at the front to watch – thought it’s not mandatory! All kids who go to the Santa Show get a special treat from the elves as they leave the marquee – a yummy selection box!
Once the show was over we headed to the Chocolate Adventure 4D cinema which is always fun – although having had the same film since it was installed it might be time to switch it up a bit. Even though they’ve seen it before, the girls really enjoyed the experience.
Next up was the Panto and this year they are doing Jack and the Beanstalk. There are a handful of characters including a beautiful princess and a rather daft Buttons, and plenty of laughs for both the younger and the older members of the audience! Georgie and Lydia both laughed themselves silly, shouting along at the right bits and ducking wildly when the water pistol came out.
You aren’t allowed to take photos or video during the panto, and they guy next to me recorded the whole thing on his tablet so that was really rude – and annoying too, the huge screen was right in the corner of my eye and very distracting. It would be good if one of the Cadbury staff were able to peek in to check for that sort of thing as it wasn’t exactly subtle.
We headed into the main building next, and the girls enjoyed the giant ‘chocolate’ Christmas tree in the foyer, and they always enjoy the factory tour – and the chocolate bars they hand out too. They’ve recently expanded the demonstration area so you have more space to write your name with chocolate, and can have a go at tempering some too.
The girls absolute favourite part is where you get to choose your own chocolate creation, topping melted chocolate with two toppings of your choice. I went for jelly babies and fudge chunks – yum, yum!
At the moment they have a “Freddo and the Missing Hop” activity to take part in, where you have to spot the hidden creatures around the tour and fill in the activity sheet – hand it in at the Freddo desk on the way out of the tour and you get a special Freddo comic, and of course a Freddo chocolate bar to take home!
We popped in for a late lunch in the cafe – they have a meal deal that is pretty good value, so we all had a Christmas dinner and a drink for £24.95 – before having a good hunt around the shop and taking advantage of some special offers to buy some Christmas presents and treats. Spend over £20 and you get a free soft toy, too – which made Lydia a very happy girl indeed.
It was a lovely day out, and we recommend it as a fun & festive adventure this December – especially if you’re fans of the deliciousness that is Cadbury chocolate!