On Sunday 22nd November we were invited*, as a family, to experience Christmas Magic at Cadbury World by attending the first of it’s Christmas Celebration Weekends.
We arrived just before 9:30am, there were plenty of parking spaces within minutes of the main entrance. There were a few groups already waiting for the doors to open but whilst we waited we explored around the sides of the building and my children noticed there were signs for a playground – day made already! The main entrance was very festive with staff buzzing around in Santa costumes and a beautiful, decorated chocolate Christmas tree.
Our first port of call was the Santa show, it was really magical. The kids sat on the floor in front of the stage, in awe of Santa as he spoke about his reindeer. Of course, no trip to see Santa is complete without a little present from the big man himself and my two certainly weren’t left disappointed after they were presented with a gift each by one of Santa’s little elves.
As you exit the Santa show you are greeted with the most amazing looking adventure playground – the kind that makes you wish you were 7 all over again! It was a little chilly on Sunday but had it been a nicer day we could have enjoyed a coffee and a snack whilst the kids burnt off some energy.
Situated right next to the playground is the 4D Chocolate Adventure experience. It was the first time we’d taken the children on anything like it and their faces were a picture. I wasn’t sure how Florence would find it, but she was laughing her socks off and reaching out for chocolate bars as though they were real. Being pregnant, I sat on a static chair but still experienced the 3D features of the experience which were amazing!
After a quick coffee break in the on site café, we headed for the exclusive Cadbury World pantomime, Sleeping Beauty and the Chuckle Bean Fairy’. Once again all the children congregated just in front of the stage and were enthralled from the moment the lights went down. Logan was booing and squealing and Florence was clinging on to my hand whenever the wicked witch came out! It was really well produced and even had my husband chuckling and singing away for the rest of the afternoon. He’s not usually a panto fan!
We’d already experienced so much and still had the exhibition to walk around and the factory itself. We watched a short show about the history of Cadbury’s and how milk chocolate is made from the raw product. I thought Florence would lose interest being unable to understand a lot of what’s said but she was good as gold and all the different things to look at within the shows made it for easy viewing. We headed off around the factory and were given samples galore – my favourite being the gooey, melted milk chocolate in which we got to choose two toppings to add! We saw chocolatiers busy making cute penguins for sale in The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop on site and experienced the Cadabra ride – we hopped into our Beanmobile and passed through a chocolate wonderland with lots of cute faces for the kids to spot, we even had our photo taken “cheeeeeese”!
Everything we did at Cadbury World is included in the admission price during the Christmas Celebration Weekends, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained for the day. We had a fab day at Cadbury World, it’s changed so much since I was younger. We left feeling festive and pockets stuffed with chocolate – what’s not to love! Tickets are available to book in advance by visiting the Cadbury World website.
*We would like to say thank you to Cadbury World for inviting us to experience their Christmas themed celebrations as a guest. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way biased.