For chocolate lovers, Cadbury World at Bournville, Birmingham is a brilliant family day out. Learn all about how chocolate is made, watch some fun demonstrations – and eat loads of chocolate as you go round! There is a great playground, movie theatre and live shows too making it a great full day out for the whole family. We spent 3-4 hours doing the tour, going to the 4D movie theatre and playing in the play area outside after the tour.
Cadbury World Booking
Book ahead online to secure your place for a time slot in the attraction. As there are timed slots, this regulates the flow of people and it never feels too busy.
Chocolate Eating at Cadbury World
Rest assured that you’ll get more chocolate than you can eat during the tour! As you go in, you’ll be handed a selection of bars. As you walk around, there are some more places to pick up some more bars and you can have fun tasting melted chocolate in the chocolate making area.
Cadbury World Tours
The tours have a good balance of educational content and fun. There are different interactive stations, screen presentations and hands-on games which keep younger children fully engaged throughout the tour.
When you first go in, you can learn all about the history of chocolate. The first section is the Aztec Jungle with displays where you can read how the cocoa tree was central to the Mayan culture, and see the Aztec Emperor Montezuma whose favourite drink was ‘chocolatl’.
In the ‘Journey to Europe’ section there are mini theatre displays where you can learn how Hernán Cortéz brought the cocoa bean back to our continent and how chocolate quickly became the drink of choice in high society.
In the ‘Bull Street’ section you can see a full-scale replica of the original street where John Cadbury opened his shop in 1824.
The ‘Making Chocolate Story’ is all about the ingredients which go into chocolate. It’s in an interactive theatre with special effects.
The ‘Manufacturing’ section is all about how popular Cadbury brands are made. There are interactive video stations, perfect for little ones who like pressing buttons.
The Cadabra ride is fun for kids. Hop into a ‘Beanmobiles’ and enjoy a gentle ride around a track through a chocolate wonderland village. One of the Beanmobiles can accommodate wheelchairs.
The ‘Purple Planet’ has lots of interactive chocolate-themed games, perfect to let the kids have a run around.
The ‘Chocolate Making’ area is a highlight. Watch the chocolatiers demonstrate traditional chocolate-making skills. Then choose a favourite treat – from marshmallows to popping candy – to add to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk.
At the end of the tour you can go into the 4D cinema, 4D cinema experience, complete with motion seats. Dive into a bowl of liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk, ride the Crunchie Rollercoaster and take to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship piloted by the Caramel Bunny.
Outside, there is a great African themed play zone as well as other entertainment (a magic show on the day we went).
Cadbury World Costs
Check out the website (click here) for current costs. It’s worth booking online as there is a discount.