As it was still the summer holidays we booked in advance over the phone to ensure we could get in with it being such a popular attraction and having a limit for daily visitors. We were running a little late with the two little ones in tow so went straight to book in and start our tour. Once you start the tour you can walk around at your own pace which I prefer to guided tours as with kids sometimes it's nice to take a slow walk around and explain to them what is going on. Gracie didn't quite know what was going on walking around the factory but it is broken up a lot with things to see and do inbetween. There is a small cinema near the beginning telling the story of Bourneville and how Cadbury became the household name it is today. There is an interactive part where you can watch some of the most popular Cadbury adverts. Gracie's favourite was the Gorilla playing the drums, she had a little dance to it a few times!
After we had finished the tour we went through the factory store which is dangerous! (for your purse anyway) I spent so much money on sweets and chocolates as the prices were so good. We had a lovely dinner in the cafe. It was quite expensive for meals though so me and Andy had childrens meals which were more than big enough for an adult while the kids ate their packed lunches. We then made our way round to the 'Essence' which tells the story of the creation of Dairy Milk and lets visitors create their own marvellous creation. Me and Andy had wine gums in our tub of melted chocolate and Gracie opted for Jelly Babies although she refused to eat it as she doesn't like melted chocolate (Gracie turning down chocolate in any shape or form is a first!).
We were lucky enough to spot a tent where they were having a sooty show to celebrate Sooty's birthday! I remember watching Sooty when I was a child so it brought back lots of memories for me and all the kids had great fun watching them attempt to make a birthday cake. Our last stop of the day was in the massive outdoor play area. It is one of the best outdoor play areas we have ever seen with lots to do for kids of all ages. Gracie spent ages running around tiring herself out with all the other kids.
All in all it was a fantastic day out. I would definitely recommend Cadbury World as a day out for families although I would say book online or over the phone to avoid disappointment as if you don't book you can get turned away on busy days. We had some great fun as a family which is very important to us at the minute with work taking a lot of our time and I have my amazing friend Scarlett to thank for enabling us to do this.