A santa show, a panto and plenty of chocolate. What a way to kick off the Christmas festivities this year! Cadbury’s World invited the children and me to come and see how they are making Christmas magical with their Christmas celebration weekends at Cadbury’s World. This weekend saw the launch of their festive offerings and we were pretty much first in the queue to experience the fun first hand. A Christmas tree sparkles in the entrance to let us know that they are truly in the Christmas spirit from now until the big day.
We headed to the Santa Show which was a 12 minute mini show where Santa demonstrated some of the magic of Christmas like how the reindeer’s can fly. Children were encouraged to call out their wishlist presents and Santa promised to see what he could do (well done to my tween asking for an X Box 1). I really liked this new show and it certainly beats long queues to see the man himself which has happened at many an attraction in the past. This way there are no long queues and children (and parents) don’t get bored and fractious waiting. Every child got a present from Santa on the way out – you can see Erin showing her’s. The older two passed on the teddies but were offered a stationery set including Cadbury pencils which they did gratefully accept.
After our visit the children were able to run and play on the amazing outside playground. Complete with slides, cargo nets and a climbing frame this is a great park where parents can then sit and have a cup of tea and warm up if it is cold. The outside area has plenty of seating and outside drinks huts, where you can purchase snacks of all sorts. You are able to bring your own snacks from home or purchase them (this frugal mum likes packing a sandwich). Next up was a trip into the 4D experience – this is a new feature since I was last there 18 months ago (as a teacher I have done many a school trip here). I do like that Cadbury’s World is continually developing and changing – this made it great for a return visit.
Along with the other bloggers we then headed into the Panto, which this year is Sleeping Beauty. We all giggled and got involved with the short story and thoroughly enjoyed the seasonal panto. Silly Billy was excellent in his role and had all the usual audience participation. As a special treat after the show were we able to meet the cast and have a quick photo shoot.
After the Christmas festivities, which are all included in the ticket price, we were then left to carry on with the Cadbury tour at our own leisure. The tour is always interesting and whilst the children enjoy the interactive zones and the watching how chocolate is made I am still fascinated with the social history of the area and the Cadbury Family themselves who were way ahead of their time in terms of how they treated their workforce and also their social attitudes.
As you go through the tour chocolate is handed out and every person got three standard bars of chocolate, one big bar and of course the melted chocolate with toppings of your sweet choice. Again all included in the ticket price. During the tour there is also the little ride which takes you on a magical journey through the lands.
I have always found Cadbury’s World to be a great day out and with the Christmas Experiences it really does make the season magical. There is plenty to do for all ages, we spent 4 and half hours there today and could easily have stayed longer if the teen didn’t have homework! The Christmas Celebration Weekends tickets are £16.25 for an adult, children 4-15 £11.95 and under 4’s are free. All children receive a free gift and admission to the santa show and panto. Booking is essential on these weekends and there are still some spaces left up to and including 22nd 23rd of December. We thoroughly recommend the trip and left feeling all festive for the next month ahead.
Disclosure: We would like to thank Cadbury’s world for having us as their guests.