Sunday 23rd June, 2013 at Bournville
We have been planning and anticipating a visit to Cadbury World in Bournville for months, and finally the day arrived! Hooray!
We were moored up opposite the factory.
We had booked tickets in advance, but on checking them we found to our horror that, probably due to finger trouble, R had booked them for Sunday 30th instead of 23rd. Aaargh! Panic!
So at ten o'clock, R walked round to Cadbury World to see if he could change them. It turned out not to be a problem as they were not very busy. You normally have to enter at a set time but today visitors were being let in regardless of the time on their ticket.
Back at MM, M was heartily relieved we could go today after all and we set off to walk back together. You can no longer actually go round or into the factory due to "Elf & Safety", so Cadbury have built a huge exhibition centre; however, the entrance is right round the other side of the factory, so it was quite a walk to get there.
The original entrance to the factory is now the Staff Shop.
Two presentations then showed how John Cadbury had experimented with adding sugar to cocoa and how in 1831, he opened a factory to manufacture a range of drinking chocolates.
Finally we ended up back at the main entrance hall, where there is a huge shop full of Cadbury's products. Needless to say, we did not leave empty handed.
After another visit to the cafe, we went outside to see the village itself and we also visited Selly Manor, which is a Tudor house full of contemporary objects. In each room there was a notice indicating all the sayings that originated from that time including: "Chairman of the Board", "On the Dole", "Cold Shoulder", "Upper Crust" etc.
Today: We didn't move MM. (we were too full of chocolate!)