A Weekend in Birmingham for our Active Family Adventurers
Leaving the natural outdoor playground that is Pembrokeshire & Bluestone Wales, we’ve headed inland and back into England to see just what Birmingham has to offer our intrepid family adventurers. So where better to start in this city that’s famous for it’s chocolate heritage than at Cadburys World… But first we needed to burn off some of those eventual choices, so we headed for the brilliant climbing centre at Rock Up Birmingham.
But in truth, we’re just glad that they have found another method of exercise that they enjoying doing together.. So we’ll add it to the love for kayaking that inspired our trip, and hopefully they’ll be climbers for life!!! Most importantly, there’s a real ‘Can Do’ mentality developing which we love – just like the #THISGIRLCAN campaign
So after all that exercise, it was a choice… should we investigate the on site cafe with it’s fantastic menu (genuinely affordable & healthy too) OR should head for Cadbury’s World and hopefully find some chocolate??? I think you can probably guess the answer to that one!
So fully buckled in, we set off for a new experience… a chance to see Cadbury’s World and the site of the Quaker’s family factory that altered the way workers were treated across the UK. Birmingham is rightly famous for it’s central geographic location and series of canals.. so it’s no surprise that it became a hotbed of industrial activity… but the efforts of Cadburys to promote workers rights resonated with us…. so in truth, it was never really about the chocolate, but more a chance to keep ‘Road Schooling‘ our girls across the UK – this time focusing on social equality and the need to be community minded.
So what did we find out??? Well, there’s plenty of chocolate at Cadbury’s World… the girl’s trouser pockets were bulging before we’d even got to the main exhibits!!! Munching on Curly Wurlys to Crunchies, both girls were more than happy with this unexpected benefit!!!
We discovered yet again that children love attractions to offer something to fill in on the way round… having been in Lincoln last weekend, the free Lincolnshire Life Museum provided some brilliant puzzles. Each told through the eyes of two children.. it captivated both girls who love every second of that visit!
So how did Cadbury’s do? They passed with flying colours!! The ‘scratchable’ quiz was excellent, as too were the clear wall displays that really showcase the importance of chocolate in the Age of Discovery (a topic we’d loved covering when we visited Porto in Portugal)
It’s clearly developed the tour over it’s 20+ year existence and we were really impressed with the attention to detail in the interactive chocolate exhibits… they seemed to work just as well for our age of children, yet seemed to have as much for toddlers too.. .. which is a pretty decent effort if you ask us!
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