We took Henry to Cadbury World today. It’s his 7th birthday on Friday, so it was an early birthday treat for him. It’s half term this week, so we were expecting it to be busy, and it was. Obviously a popular attraction for families, it ticks a lot of the boxes, but I have some friendly advice and money saving tips, for people who are planning a trip of their own.

We arrived at 10am after the lady on the phone had told us there was plenty to do before our reservation on the actual tour at 1.10pm. Tickets prices are currently £16.25 for adults, £11.95 for kids under 15 and under 4s go free. If you’re a student or over 60 you can get in for £12.25. My first money saving tip is to book

We arrived at 10am after the lady on the phone had told us there was plenty to do before our reservation on the actual tour at 1.10pm. Tickets prices are currently £16.25 for adults, £11.95 for kids under 15 and under 4s go free. If you’re a student or over 60 you can get in for £12.25. My first money saving tip is to book online, as they offer discounts for booking that way – and they do offer a couple of family ticket combinations, which also save you a few pounds.

We started with a visit to the 4d cinema experience. Because it hadn’t opened much before we arrived, there wasn’t really a queue – we simply waited for the previous showing to end before we went in. Henry thoroughly enjoyed the experience! We all wore 3D glasses and watched the film (approx 5 mins) as our seats shook, and we were taken on chocolate-based adventure.

 There was an outdoor play area, but it was still a little icy from the cold weather, so Henry didn’t fancy a go on it at that time. We walked around and saw there was a show on every hour from 12.30pm, which we liked the look of, in a marquee.

There was an outdoor play area, but it was still a little icy from the cold weather, so Henry didn’t fancy a go on it at that time. We walked around and saw there was a show on every hour from 12.30pm, which we liked the look of, in a marquee.

We ambled into the museum area, and spent a few minutes reading the display – but after that, we didn’t really know what to do with ourselves. We still had an hour and a half to fill before our time slot on the tour, so other than going to the cafe and shop, the only thing left to do was to walk around the outside of the factory. On one of the leaflets we were given, there was a map you could follow, so that’s what we did. Thankfully, the sun was out, and we were able to do the walk around the buildings in the sunshine  – however, it would have been far nicer if they had put on a “talk and tour” with a guide who could give you nuggets of information as you went round. There were a handful of silver signs around, but it wasn’t particularly clear where we could and couldn’t go, or indeed where you should go next. Bournville village itself is beautiful, so my idea of a tour guide could easily cover the ‘Factory in a Garden’ history the Cadbury family created. I certainly would like appreciated more information about it, and it would have filled out our day a bit more.

After our walk, we went to the cafe for lunch. I’m not going to lie, I thought it was expensive for what we got. I’m sure there are lots of other attractions which are more expensive, and I realise that’s how they make a lot of their money, but it didn’t sit well with me that an adults meal of sausage, chips and beans cost £6.95 for 2 small sausages, 8 chips and a spoon of beans on a tea plate. I had a jacket potato with cheese which was £5.95. It was acceptable – but basic. Henry had the children’s selection whereby he could choose any 5 items for £4.95. Henry enjoyed his food too, but again, it was basic and nothing special about any of it. The cafe was busy, as you’d expect, and we ended up sharing a table with another family. If you’re working on a budget, consider bringing a packed lunch. There are lots of seating areas outside that you could use, and indeed, the car parks are only a short walk away from the main building so you wouldn’t have to carry it around with you all day.

At 12.30pm we went to see the show. It was an entertainer who did a bit of magic, ventriloquism and comedy, called Kimmo. He was brilliant, and certainly the highlight of our visit. Henry and all of the other children were captivated with the magic tricks, and the adults happily laughed along. We all said that we would love to come and watch him again later in the afternoon.


When it was time for the tour, we queued up and were each given 3 bars of chocolate as we entered the ‘Aztec Jungle’ which was the first part of the tour. I can remember it from a previous visit 20 years ago, and it didn’t appear to have changed all that much, to be honest. You follow the tour around various different sections and travel back in time to learn about how the Cadbury family brought it to the masses. It was interesting to us, but Henry wasn’t bothered about stopping to read any of the signage.


Part of the tour is to have your pictures taken against a giant green screen, which they use to add a Cadbury themed backdrop. Unsurprisingly they try to sell you various versions of your photo later down the line… it’s a bit of fun, and Henry enjoyed it. I didn’t think the price was acceptable, though, so Henry was left disappointed when I refused to spend £20 on a selection of prints, key rings etc.

We queued for just over 40 minutes to go on the Cadabra ride. It wasn’t worth the time we queued, and I’d suggest it is really only suited to younger children. It appeared old-fashioned to me, and the way technology has moved forwards made the display feel all the more dated.

Watching a demonstrator show us how chocolates were made before everything was done by machine was interesting, and held Henry’s attention too. It was probably the most interesting part of the tour for me. Henry’s favourite part was the interactive area which worked well for kids of all ages.

After the tour, you’re automatically in the shop. They sell a range of merchandise at a range of different prices – if your kids have a bit of pocket money they’re sure to find a little something. My advice is that these prices aren’t heavily discounted, so don’t expect to pick up a bargain.

So, to end our day we went back to see Kimmo for his final show of the day. It was hilarious and made all the funnier to us since my husband was called up on stage and made a part of his act. It was very funny, the whole audience was in stitches, and was a wonderful way to end our day.


Overall, we enjoyed the experience. It was made all the better due to the Kimmo shows, and without them, I think it would have fallen a bit flat. My advice for other families would be to visit over a weekend when they have entertainers, or over the school holidays. Apart from feeling that these days are better value for money due to the added entertainment, the nature of them lift the whole day from the serious tone of the tour.

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I’m a Mum, first and foremost. Henry is now 8 years old. I can’t believe where the time has gone… I’ve learnt a lot along the way, and I hope some of the experiences I choose to write about may be useful to you. I write about things that are going on in my life – a lifestyle blog, if you like. I like money saving and helping people to save money here and there, I also do a lot of honest reviews, so I shall be posting some of those on here too. I love photography – Henry is my most favourite subject – but I do love taking pictures of anything really. Children’s portraits are what I think I’m best at. I enter a lot of competitions – I admit it! It’s a great hobby to have and has brought many an experience our way which we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do. A great example to give you was when I won a spa holiday to Kuala Lumpur – we flew business class and lived a life of luxury for 10 whole days. It was bliss and something we would have NEVER have been able to have treated ourselves to otherwise… and all because I sent my name and address on a postcard to the Times newspaper. I feel that I am fairly successful at comping because I put a lot of effort in – AND I have a positive attitude. I run a little business selling costume jewellery, and I also work 4 days a week in a digital library, so – what with all that – I’m a pretty busy person! I wouldn’t change any of it, mind… I hope you’ll find my posts interesting enough to stick around, follow me, share some of my pages etc. Anna x

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