A Day Trip to Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham
Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree, which makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate is Salad – Bill Murray
Those of you following me on social media will know that a few weeks ago I was at Cadbury’s World with my mom and sister.
Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham is a 2 hour journey from London and the perfect day trip for any chocolate lover.
Located in Bournville, a community created mostly by the founders of Cadbury’s in 1879 is a working factory. The tour is in a section of the grounds that is purpose built for the general public. You know you have entered Cadbury land as all the lamp posts and signs are the famous purple colours.
While on the tour you learn the history of Cadbury’s, the background of the founders, the work life of the employees and the journey the company has travelled to be what it is today.
You book a time slot and this allows you to enter the self guided exhibition. It takes a total of 2 hours to complete and you can go at your own pace. It starts with the origins of cocoa, then onto the high street store of the founders to the relocation to its current home now. You learn about the packaging of the dairy milk buttons and the flake bars. They also reveal the secret of how they get the egg yolk inside the cream egg!
At different stages around the tour you pass members of staff handing out bars of chocolate. Bring a bag, by the end of it we had so many between us. The tour also includes marketing through the ages, from the Crunchie’s Rollercoaster to the Drum playing gorilla.
Calabra is another delight, a casual ride through a chocolate wonderland with magical creatures. 4 to a car and suitable for wheelchair users. A fun opportunity to have your picture taken with your group.
Our favourite experience was found in the Green Screen. A chance to dress up and get involved with the magic of Cadbury’s. You can purchase these photos after for reasonable prices. We got key rings and photo frames.
What is nice to let you know is that the whole experience was very reasonably priced. Online tickets are slightly cheaper, for one adult it is £15.91. There is a cafe on site offering hot drinks, cakes and basic warm meals. A cake and a hot drink can be purchased for £4.95. For a top notch tourist attraction we expected to pay so much more.
5 Top Tips for your Visit to Cadbury World
Book your ticket in advance, online. It’s slightly cheaper and means you avoid unnecessary queues
Arrive at least 1 hour before your time slot to check out the store, grounds and other experiences on the grounds
Stock up on the 860g Dairy Milk bars, yes you read that right! At £5 a piece, you won’t find a bar this size anywhere else
Pace yourself, take your time and enjoy the tour at a leisurely pace. It is a once in a lifetime experience
Parking is available on site but limited. Be prepared to hover around for a bit.
Have you ever been to a Chocolate Factory?