|My Birthday Boy!!|
|Traffic jam in the drive through!|
The next day we visited Cadbury World with free pre-booked tickets as part of our Groupon package. The place was incredibly busy so having our tickets pre-ordered was a godsend allowing us to jump the 2 hour long tour queue and go straight in. We were given Curly Wurlies, Crunchies, Dairy Milks and pots of molten chocolate on our way round so the kids were pretty impressed. We sat through various film shows, walked through parts of the plant, pressed buttons on machines, watched nostalgic adverts from my childhood (remember that smutty Flake in the bath ad or Frank Muir's Fruit and Nut case song??) and took a ride on a little car that drove through scenes of dancing cocoa beans which Freddy loved. We played in a cool play area and made our own concoctions in Essence with melted choccie and sweeties (which I couldn't eat due to the intense pain it gave my sensitive teeth!) It was a lovely few hours but had I paid full price and had to wait two hours and then queue up for everything inside, I don't think I would have been as impressed.
We ended the day with a trip to the Bullring, grabbing take out food to eat in the sunshine in the Cathedral Park. It was lovely. I hope Ian enjoyed his birthday outings...tomorrow we'll be going to Drayton Manor with my last freebie tickets of the Summer. The last six weeks have been non-stop and lots of fun! The kids going back to school will undoubtedly put me on a bit of a downer...we've loved having them around and have enjoyed their company so much.