Mmm chocolate .. we had a yummy day but you don't get as much chocolate as you did years ago. We didn't book and I think the man on the desk took pity on a heavily pregnant lady and said we could go straight in; which was good as the queue was really long. We were given a bag with a curly wurly and some chocolate buttons in then we toured the place which believe it or not was pretty much the same. There was a ride through a jungle on little cars, which the boys loved, plenty of places to have your photograph taken (we forgot the camera) and then to pay a fortune to have it printed onto a fridge magnet, key ring or mug. Of course nana had to have one on a fridge magnet and one on a mug. The packing plant was closed for refurbishment so we had an extra piece of chocolate but we could draw our names in runny chocolate squeezed through a paper bag cone with a hole snipped in the end, Ben loved this part and he didn't even try to eat the chocolate. There was a film show and the seats shook every now and again when machinery started up. Tom squealed with delight at that bit. We had a picnic lunch and there was a children's playground which the boys thoroughly enjoyed. We then went into another part, watched another film (all in all there were about 4 films) and then we got a cup full of runny chocolate with our own choice of sweet in it - liquorice allsorts do not go well in chocolate but jelly babies tasted OK. All in all it was a fab day, we laughed had fun, had chocolate mmm and more chocolate mmm. I bought a new crumble apricot biscuit type chocolate which is OK but I still prefer fruit and nut.
We had a 20% off voucher to get in and I felt sorry for anyone with a large family having to pay the full price, it does cost a lot especially if you buy chocolate and then key rings mugs etc.
Ooh Ben had his photo taken which then fills up the shape with chocolate and he looked yummy, ofcourse you can then buy it as a key ring.
We were all shattered by the end of the day, it's a long walk round. The boys were nearly asleep on the way home and nana was too.