Written by: Elmtree Press

The first time I visited a chocolate attraction was guiding a Law and Economics study trip to Brussels, renowned for the European Parliament and European Commission but as importantly chocolate.  The streets around the Grand-Place are literally paved with it, chocolate shops are everywhere offering all treats of delicious treats.  Just tucked away off the Grand-Place is the Museum of Chocolate, from the outside it is an inauspicious building and looks just like any other chocolate shop until you step inside and take their tour into the wonderful world of the cocoa bean.  For my law and economic students, it was a welcome break and a highlight of the trip as they learnt about the importance, economically, environmentally and commercially about this magic bean.

Today you don’t have to travel to Brussels to discover the history and wonder of chocolate as there are now many chocolatiers in England.  York was in the 18th and 19th century the most important centre of chocolate making in England with both Rowntree’s and Terry’s manufacturing chocolate in the city until Terry’s new owner’s Kraft finally closed its factory in 2005.  Learn about the history and importance that chocolate played in the development of York by visiting York’s Chocolate Story where your students will be taken on a guided tour being and entertained with lots of hands on activities.

Different workshops relate to history, English, science and design and IT and of course there are opportunities of making chocolate too!

Cadbury’s World near Birmingham is the world-famous brand that we have all grown up since our childhood. The founders of this iconic brand Mr Cadbury and Mr Fry sent their two sons to work as apprentices to Joseph Rowntree such was their esteem for his skills.  Today they are still thriving and have built the famous visitor centre to educate children about the importance of this esteemed food.  With over 26 years' experience and more than 2,000 school groups attending each year, Cadbury World offers a unique experience that gives fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the nation's favourite chocolate brand. A variety of zones showcase our history, chocolate making, and now include the 4D Chocolate Adventure cinema experience. So for a full day of chocolate discovery Cadbury World is the place to visit.