A couple of weeks ago, we were invited as a family to Cadbury World to attend one of their Christmas Celebration weekends. I had not been to Cadbury World since I was in my early twenties when I took my godchildren for a visit. I was interested to see if it had changed since my last visit and the boys looked forward to seeing Santa for the first time this year.
We attended Cadbury World on their first Christmas Celebration weekend of the year (17th November) and they are on every weekend up to the 21st and 22nd December this year. Included in the normal ticket price these weekends is a Santa Show and a gift for each child, plus a pantomime called ‘Jack and the Cocoa-Bean stalk’. I was not able to get any good photos of the Santa Show and photos/video were not allowed during the pantomime so you will have to use your imagination as I describe them to you.
The Santa Show was good but it was not your usual visiting Santa experience. It is, as the name suggests a show where Santa comes out on a stage and does a magical act for the children. It lasts about 20 minutes and there was a large group of adults and children within our time slot. After Santa has gone back to the North Pole, the children are given a selection box as they leave the marquee. If you are expecting a personal visit with Santa, then you will be disappointed however the show itself and the selection box are both fine when you remember it is included in the normal ticket price.
The pantomime lasts about 20 minutes too and is a small performance with 4 actors and a couple of puppets. It is the tale of Jack and The Bean Stalk with a Cadbury’s twist. It was very entertaining. Thomas and Daniel both loved it. They do try and sell you flashing twisting things for the kids before the start so just be aware. We already have two of them in our house already so I was able to avoid it for my two. Also, water guns and silly string are sprayed into the audience, therefore, you might want to sit near the back if that is not your thing. Both the pantomime and the Santa Show take place outside near the play area in marques so do wrap up warm.
After the pantomime, it was time for our tour of the factory to begin. It starts with the journey of how chocolate was discovered in the Aztec period, then moves to Victorian Birmingham where John Cadbury set up his first shop selling drinking chocolate. The history of Cadbury’s is given via a video then you are moved to another room for another video to learn about how they make the chocolate. From here, you go to the chocolate writing and tempering area which Thomas and Daniel loved as they could get messy with chocolate. Next, we went to the Cadabra ride which Daniel loved as it is cocoa bean filled world with homes, shops and a mountain to watch them ski down.
Next, we moved to a chocolate tasting area where you could try some warm melted chocolate with a variety of toppings. This was Thomas’ favourite bit! We saw them making chocolate Christmas trees and saw a large chocolate model spider. Finally, there is a brief history of Cadbury advertising and then a fun zone where the kids can let off some steam.
Overall, we really enjoyed our visit to Cadbury World. The start of the tour is identical as how to it was years ago so I do not think I could visit there more than once every couple of years or so though as I did lose interest in the videos after a while. However, they are very generous with the free chocolate with everyone getting four bars each, plus the selection box from Santa for Thomas and Daniel and a bag of Snowball chocolates for each family. Thomas and Daniel loved the chocolate writing and tempering along with the ride and the play area is amazing too. We did not get a chance to visit the 4D Cinema, however, Thomas who went there on a school trip last year said it was awesome.
Have you been to the Christmas Celebration at Cadbury World? What did you think? What is your favourite Santa experience in Birmingham?
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We were invited as guests of Cadbury World. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review.