Disclosure: We were given free entry to Cadbury World for the purpose of this post.
On Saturday we headed to Cadbury World to check out their Christmas Celebration Weekends, and we all had a great day out at the chocolate factory. For Christmas, Cadbury World have a Santa Show and a Pantomime on, as well as a special festive menu.
Take a look at our video for an idea of how we got on and read on for our take on things & some photos of our day out!
The first thing you see when you walk into Cadbury World this time of year is their giant “chocolate” Christmas tree, where you can make a wish for Christmas. It’s all very festive and pretty in their lobby, with all of the staff dressed up for the occasion.
We started our day at Cadbury World with the main exhibition tour, which takes around an hour and a half. The girls really enjoyed this, and although the packaging plant isn’t open at the moment while they redo that area there was still a lot to see. It was lovely to see Georgie really watch and take in the information about the history of chocolate, Bournville, and the Cadbury company.
There were lovely Christmas decorations all around the main tour, with some beautiful classically decorated trees which the girls really enjoyed. In the chocolate making area, they had chocolate pumpkins, a carriage, and a chocolate show – a display to match their Cinderella panto. There was also a Christmas tree made from chocolate which the girls thought was fantastic.
The girls loved having their own melted chocolate creations, and loved the Purple Planet zone which is really interactive and fun for kids. The Cadabra ride full of chocolate beans dancing about is always good fun for children too.
Once our journey around the main exhibition was complete, we headed to the Outdoor Zones to have some festive fun. We had a little while before our Santa Show slot, so we headed into the 4D Chocolate Adventure which the kids really enjoyed, and then they had a great time clambering around the African Adventure Play Area. The 4D Chocolate Adventure is a 4D cinema with moving seats, that help you feel like you are really there having fun with Freddo and his mates.
Next up was the Santa Show, which was a lot of fun. Santa came out of the chimney and performed some magic, asked the children what they wanted for Christmas, and it was very entertaining. The stage was really nicely set with a big chair for him to sit in and a Christmas tree. The kids could sit down in front of the stage all together, and then when the show was over each child was given a soft toy by “Santa’s helpers” – Georgie and Lydia were both given a toy hippo.
I thought this way of doing a Santa experience, instead of one at a time, was a good way for lots of children to see Santa without too much boring queuing and waiting around. The kids still got to ask him for what they wanted (although all of them shouting at once made quite a noise!), and he had a magic box that suddenly produced some lego and a teddy bear – safe guesses for possible presents there, Lydia would have shouted out Lego for a start!
After the Santa Show it was time for the panto. This year they are doing Cinderella and it was brilliant. The Pantomime was funny, entertaining, complete with water pistols, foam snow, and of course a wicked step mother who loved to be boo-ed.
They had the audience laughing, shouting, and cheering along, with the classic “oh no you didn’t” and so on. Buttons came out to sing songs and perform some magic tricks which wowed the children, and Cinderella and Prince Charming got their happy ending. We weren’t allowed to film or take photos during the performance, so there aren’t any photos here to share, but I can assure you it was brilliant.
After we enjoyed these, we headed back inside the Cadbury World building to have lunch. They have a good cafe there with nice food at reasonable prices, including a special festive menu – we paid £24.95 for two adult meals, two children’s meals, and drinks for the four of us. James and I both had the roast turkey dinner and it was very tasty, while the kids had chicken nuggets – always a favourite of theirs.
Of course, you can’t go to Cadbury World without a visit to their shop. We stocked up on chocolate treats for Christmas, and bought some presents for a Secret Santa we are taking part in this month.
There are no additional costs for the Christmas entertainment at Cadbury World, and the Christmas Celebration programme is running on 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st & 22nd December. There are extra dates for the Panto on 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th December. Pre-booking is essential as their time slots fill up fast.