Cadbury World - all you could possibly want to know about Cadbury. And the cocoa bean
Do you possess an unyielding inquisitiveness about the origins of chocolate? And, more
importantly, the Cadbury's variety of this commodity? Cadbury World in Birmingham
could be for you.
This is Cadbury World - our journey of discovery awaits
I say Birmingham, but Cadbury World is, in fact, in Bournville - just one of the many
facts we managed to pick up during our recent family visit to this attraction.
I wasn't too sure what to expect from Cadbury World; I'm not a great
chocolate lover, and have never lain awake at night wondering how a Curly-Wurly
came about. No matter, we were going.
Cadbury World, it is fair to say, is a very popular place to take the family. We'd
pre-booked our tickets, which was handy because all the tickets were sold out on the day we
were there. You book a time-slot to enter Cadbury World - and that's the time you go in. Fortunately
we had allowed plenty of time to get there, and after a hold up on the M6, got parked with 14 minutes
until our allotted entry time.
Jess trying one of the hands-on activities at Cadbury World
Upon entering we were each given a Crunchie and Curly-Wurly. Then we entered the exhibition. First up is a walk-through of the history of the
Cocoa bean. Followed by a 5 minute video of Cadbury's history. We were then herded into another room for another 5 minute history video. After that
we followed a route around the edge of the packing plant. I'm not sure whether this is a real packing plant, or
put on for us tourists - but there wasn't much going on during the Sunday we were there - just what looked like the same
five boxes going round (think that episode of Bagpus with the chocolate biscuit factory).
Next up on this chocolate themed extravaganza is the "Cadabra", a gentle ride round a cocoa-bean character based wonderland.
Chocolate being made at Cadbury World
The large playground outside seemed to be the most popular destination though. This area was teeming with youngsters; with our
two joining the throng. And with a cafe meaning me and Susan (my wife and mother of our children) being able to sit down with a coffee -
this was the best bit of the day.
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