Finding something new and exciting to do with Elodie over half term can be really difficult, filling seven days with fun activities can also really break the bank, but for a treat in the last holiday (which already feels like ages ago!) we decided to spend a few days in Birmingham so that we could visit Cadbury World.

It's a place I have been wanting to go to for as long as I can remember, and as a family of chocoholics, I had a feeling Elodie and Robbie would love it too!
We stayed in a hotel in the centre of town, and Cadbury World was only a five minute drive away and with the help of our sat nav, it was really easy to find.
We had booked our tickets in advance and selected the earliest tour time available. This was purely as the rest of the times were fully booked, but it actually worked in our favour as it was so much quieter first thing. As we were leaving, the amount of people arriving and the length of the queues were crazy, so if you can manage the earlier slots, I definitely think they're the best option.

Our tickets were checked and we were given a big handful of chocolate bars to take home (a Double Decker, Crunchie, Curly Wurly and Dairy Milk each). 
We were then taken through in groups to learn more about the history of Cadbury and chocolate itself, how the company grew and how it became what it is today.
The displays were all interactive and not too long winded, so even the children were kept interested. Elodie loved the little fake streets and shops we had to walk through, and pushing buttons on the video machines to watch the different chocolates being made in the factory was one of her favourite parts of the entire day.
I couldn't take my eyes off the display in the Sweet Delights shop which had chocolates from years gone by on display. The Spice Girls chocolate bars and 'Nobble' in particular really brought back memories! I just wish we were still able to buy them.

We then found ourselves walking through the Moulded Factory where we could see people decorating and working with tempered chocolate... Everyone's mouths were watering, and we were given a pot of melted chocolate with our choice of toppings to eat as we watched the workers... I'm not lying when I say, it's worth a visit to Cadbury World for this little pot of chocolate alone! 
One of the most anticipated parts of the day was visiting the shop at the end... The World's Biggest Cadbury Shop. There was so much to choose from, but I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't anything really special or exclusive other than the big bags of Miss-Shapes which are basically all of the squashed or unfilled Roses chocolates.
Elodie loved all of the displays though, and seeing everything all in one place really impressed her.
There were a few bargains to be had, including the huge bars of Dairy Milk which are for sale in Selfridges for £14.99 - they were only £5! We would have been tempted to stock up on our year's supply of chocolate with these, but as we visited on such a hot day, we couldn't take too many in the car as they just wouldn't have survived the heat.
What I did like was that you don't have to pay to go through the whole of Cadbury World to visit the shop, so if you're local you could pop in at any time.
We also made sure to stop off in the Cadbury Café, which was fairly expensive, but on such a warm day we couldn't avoid popping in for a drink. It was really good for choice though, with a big mixture of sweet and savoury treats and everything was really clean, which is always a bonus in places like this, I hate visiting places where the food areas are awful. The design of the cafe is lovely too, with clouds hanging from the ceiling and tent style areas.
Looking back I wish I had been a little hungrier so that I could have treated myself to one of the huge rocky roads... How delicious do they look?!
We went to the 4D cinema to watch a short film about the Cadbury's Caramel Bunny, where we wore 3d glasses and sat on the moving movie chairs... This was one of my favourite parts of the day, it was just a shame it only lasted a few minutes, because it really was very good.

After the film, Elodie got to make the most of the hot weather by enjoying some time in the adventure playground and having her photo taken with some of the Cadbury's characters who were walking around all day. 
Overall, it was a really fun day. We came away with lots of chocolate and a photo of ourselves which was superimposed into a Cadburys Caramel scene.

I was slightly disappointed that it isn't a working factory and that we didn't actually see anything being made, it was all just videos or stationary machinery to look at which gave it more of a museum feel. 
If you visit expecting something similar to Willy Wonka's factory, you will feel let down, however there was still quite a lot to see and do, and it managed to fill almost four hours of our day.

I'm glad we went and feel satisfied that it's something we can tick off the bucketlist (especially as I've been wanting to visit since I was a little girl!), but I don't think I'd hurry back. 

Have you been to Cadbury World before? I'd love to know your thoughts.
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