Last weekend we were invited to enjoy breakfast with a spot of chocolate at Cadbury World in Birmingham. Cadbury World are hosting character breakfasts throughout July and we were invited to enjoy breakfast in the company of four iconic Cadbury characters; Freddo (the frog), the Caramel Bunny, Mr Cadbury’s Parrot and Bertie Basset.
We arrived just before 9:30am eagerly awaiting for the doors to open. The character breakfasts are held in the conservatory just off the Cadbury Cafe at the entrance of Cadbury World. We were given our wristbands which also entitled us to fast track entry into the main attraction after the breakfasts, and then shown into the conservatory where, to Olly’s delight, Mr Cadbury’s Parrot was waiting to greet us.
The atmosphere in the conservatory was fun and energetic with pop music playing in the background and the entertainment from Mr Cadbury’s Parrot being fun to watch. He spent time with each family posing for selfies and photographs and encouraging the whole family to join him in a spot of dancing.
We were seated on a table of our own which had activity sheets for each of the party. A member of staff took our drinks order and as we had pre-booked our breakfasts they swiftly followed. The breakfasts on offer include Breakfast Muffins with bacon, sausage or egg, American Pancakes with Cadbury chocolate sauce, bananas and cream, American Waffle with Cadbury chocolate sauce, bananas and cream or the Full English Breakfast (Vegetarian English breakfasts are available too).
All breakfasts are served with a choice of orange juice, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Olly and I enjoyed the pancakes whilst Shilts enjoyed the Full English Breakfast.
As Mr Cadbury’s Parrot departed we were joined by Bertie Basset who was fun to watch. He came over to our table and entertained Freddie in his pushchair who was surprisingly calm despite the big colourful character towering above him. Next up, the Caramel Bunny joined us and she was fantastic. Bertie Basset and Caramel Bunny had a dance in the conservatory and again posed for photographs and spent time with each family. Last but not least, Freddo (the frog) came out and he was great fun. Each of the characters come out with a Breakfast Host so there are no awkward silences as the characters don’t speak but the Breakfast Hosts tell them about the room and who the guests were enjoying their breakfasts.
The breakfasts were enjoyed by all whilst posing for photographs with the characters and enjoying the entertainment. Even though, the breakfast session only last 50 minutes, it didn’t seem rushed and we got to spend some time with each of the characters whilst eating our breakfasts. Olly loved Freddo whilst Shilts enjoyed the company of the rather attractive Caramel Bunny!
Fast track entry into Cadbury World
Once we had eaten, we were then fast tracked through to the main attraction, Cadbury World. We were given a couple of chocolate bars each to enjoy and made our way through. The attraction details the origins of chocolate and the history of Cadbury. It is really fascinating to hear how Cadbury grew and how it is now one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of chocolate products. We took our pushchair around the attraction with us as Freddie slept but you are encouraged to leave pushchairs at the bottom of the stairs when moving up through the factory.
Getting hands on with chocolate was fun and we all had a go at writing our names in liquid chocolate. Olly loved this activity. You can also have a go at tempering the chocolate on the marble work surfaces and again, this is something that both Olly and Shilts really enjoyed doing.
Towards the end of the attraction is the Cadabra ride. Olly went on with his Daddy whilst I stayed with Freddie asleep in his pushchair. Photographs are taken and souvenirs can be purchased at an additional cost. Olly enjoyed the ride as it was a feast for the eyes and rather sedate which is great for him as he’s not much of a rides fan.
As you walk through the attraction, you’re given another chocolate bar to enjoy and then you get to see some of the chocolate gifts being made. They were making chocolate footballs to celebrate the World Cup and chocolate shoes. At this part of Cadbury World you’re also invited to enjoy a little cup of melted chocolate with a selection of your favourite toppings. Olly chose marshmallows, I chose chocolate buttons and honeycomb and Shilts chose malt balls. It was a lovely little treat and whilst it’s not a lot of melted chocolate, it’s very sickly and more than enough to keep you going.
We had a lovely day out at Cadbury World and really enjoyed the character breakfast. It would make a great treat for children and it’s something we all enjoyed. Prices start from £6.99 for the Character Breakfasts, plus your standard admission fare into Cadbury World. It’s worth noting that breakfasts need to to be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
Due to their popularity, the Character Breakfasts availability has been extended and are available to book until 2nd September.
Disclosure: We were invited to try out the Character Breakfasts with entry to Cadbury World in exchange for this post. All words and images are my own.