Birmingham is such a vibrant city and we enjoyed our time here, there is lots for families to do and the people are so lovely and friendly, my favourite part of this trip was Cadbury’s world and the boys loved the Vortex gaming.
First things first, we travelled to Birmingham from London Marylebone which takes just under 2 hours. Train tickets cost £27 for 1 adult and 2 children return. Marylebone doesn’t have lift but an escalator. I didn’t feel comfortable bringing the buggy down the escalator so thankfully my partner picked us up from Marylebone station. There are different train station in Birmingham near the city centre but we travelled to Moor Street which is the closet station to Primark. To get to our hotel we got 1 bus and you can use contactless for a day saver. You can get single tickets but you must have the correct amount as you don’t get any change. We also travelled to Cadbury world via train from Birmingham New Street which is a 16 minute walk from our hotel. The train is sometimes higher than the platform which gave me a bit of anxiety when travelling with a buggy but the boys were very helpful.
We stayed at Novotel Birmingham centre and I paid £94 for two nights. Breakfast was £13.95 per adult and children ate for free which was perfect. The boys slept on the sofa bed which they found comfortable. Me and Kaon slept on the double bed and as you guys may know I bring my own travel cot which I put on the bed with me. The breakfast was plenty and there was lots to choose from, the staff were friendly, helpful and nothing was too much for them.
As Primark was opposite the train station it was only right we went straight in. The children had been on the train for just under 2 hours so we said if they let us shop then we would treat them to the Disney Cafe. Primark has 5 massive floors which includes two nail, brow and blow dry bars to barbers, T-shirt printers, cafés and restaurants. We waited about 20 minutes to enter the Disney Cafe. All the children were excited for the interactive tables. The boys got a apple and strawberry smoothie and Mickey mouse shaped pancakes with fruit. They enjoyed it and I think the price was reasonable, it was about £3. There is also hot food and adult sandwiches but nothing tickled my fancy.
If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my stories where I showed how I save extra coins on top of the already discounted deals on Groupon. I found a deal for two which was for one hour arcade gaming experience with bottomless soda. The original price was £36 and Groupon price was £15 I paid £12.75. The boys loved it, they love Namco and other arcade games but I hate wasting money on places like this so would usually give them £10 each and they probably end up winning something stupid like Haribos. With this you got a card which you would tap to play a game, this was just for fun and you wouldn’t win tickets but because the boys are still young they didn’t really care about winning tickets, they were more excited about being able to play unlimited games. Only certain games are included but it is clearly colour coded. The soda also includes juice which is great because I don’t allow the boys to drink fizzy drink, they are wild already they don’t need extra sugar.
Cadbury world is a fantastic day out for the whole family. We travelled by train which gave us 30% of ticket prices. You need to download the voucher from days out with the kids and travel by train, the train ticket must say Bournville adults are £12.25 and children are £9. You need to call to book your tour online and they book up quickly, we booked the day before and their was only a 3pm tour available.
There is so much for everyone to do, even little Kaion enjoyed himself. The live Freddo show was great and very interactive for children and adults. The jokes were funny and the entertainer had the adults standing up and joining in with the show.
The children’s favourite part of the day was the 4D show which was a rollercoaster type ride. There is also a museum which has plenty of information about the history of Bourneville and John Cadbury. There is also an outdoor adventure playground, the weather was great for us to enjoy. At 3pm we headed to the tour and the children were given treasure hunt sheets to find Freddo and his friends along the interactive tour.
The tour took about 2 hours but it was very interactive throughout so the children didn’t get bored, there were short films, there were animations, there was a ride which we all could go on, we saw old cadburys adverts, we got to make our own chocolate, write in chocolate and practice spreading chocolate. The tour blew the expectations I didn’t have away. I really feel like I got my money worth and more.
We had chocolate demonstrations and I have the say the chocolate I made with shortbread and oreo crumb was amazing, I cannot wait to get moulds out to make my own. The boys loved the treasure hunt which was good because it kept them focused throughout, they got a surprise toy at the end. I think this tour is best suited children aged 6 plus, Micaiah is almost 6 and he really enjoyed it but some parts went over his head and he got bored.
Cadburys world was fantastic, as soon as you get off the train you can smell the chocolate. I would defiantly recommend and we would 100% go back.
On the last day it was raining so we decided to go to the cinema to watch Lion King before our train home. This was the first time I took Kaion to an indoor cinema and I was a bit nervous because I thought the roar would be too loud for his ear drums. Fortunately because the film has been out for a few weeks the cinema wasn’t busy and it wasn’t too loud, he didn’t even flinch at the roars.
Overall we had a fantastic time in Bimininham and would go back. It was affordable, fun and a great experience.
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Until the next Nahdz adventure…..