Anyone who ever read Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a child would have dreamed of visiting Willy Wonka and his river of chocolate, jelly bean stalks and cream-spouting mushrooms. While Cadbury World doesn’t have a glass elevator or Oompa Loompas ready to take naughty children away, it is magical all the same, and is certainly worth a visit in the run up to the Halloween and Christmas seasons.
Aptly, Cadbury World is located in Bournville in Birmingham and allows visitors to discover the globe’s most famous chocolate makers.
From the full-scale replica of Bull Street, the street where John Cadbury opened his first shop in 1825, to the Bournville experience, an interactive exhibition of Bournville village, which was founded by Richard and George Cadbury, visitors can truly immerse themselves in the Cadbury history.
There are also many contemporary activities to keep young and old busy, with your chance to design packaging, see the factory in full swing, create your own chocolate treats and dance in virtual chocolate rain.
With 14 zones in total, including the world’s largest Cadbury’s store, it does make for an interesting day. Jurys Inn Birmingham Hotel knows a good trip when it sees one, and has created a remarkably affordable deal for families.
For just £124, two adults and two children can enjoy one night’s bed and breakfast inclusive of tickets to Cadbury World.
There’s a lot happening this Autumn in Birmingham – including Solihull Dining Week from 1 – 7 October, and Birmingham Book festival from 4-13 October. Other attractions for families include the National Sea Life Centre, forest adventure Go Ape, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and the National Paintball Fields (for the older kids), so there’ll be lots to do if you decide to make a weekend of it.