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A day out at York Chocolate Story

June 23, 2014 4 comments

Renowned for its chocolate, the city of York has embraced its rich chocolate background and opened an attraction dedicated to all things chocolate.

Set in the heart of the city centre in King’s Square, the York Chocolate Story is three floors of the sweet stuff.

Booked onto a tour, we met our tour guide at the entrance who took us up to the first floor where we were told about the history of the different chocolate houses (Terry’s, Rowntrees, and Cravens)  and how they came about.

The past was made to ‘come alive’ with a series of  paintings, which the tour guide interacted with which added a fun twist to things.

One of the best parts for the small one was the fact that there were regular tastings of chocolate – although he wasn’t so sure about some of the earlier versions of chocolate, as they were slightly bitter and not as sweet as the chocolate we get nowadays.

The Quality Street went down a lot better!

After learning about the history of the chocolate, and how the workers packed the chocolates with speed and skill, we headed to the ‘factory’ bit.

Here we were shown how chocolate was made by a series of graphics that showed each step of the chocolate making process.

 

This one portrays the adding and stirring of ingredients

stirring and adding chocolate

Another highlight of the trip was the chocolate tasting part. Usually, when you eat chocolate, I bet you just usually stuff it in your mouth. Don’t you?!

No. What you should be doing is putting it onto the back of your hand first. (You’ll find out why on the tour, as I don’t want to spoil the lesson!)

tasting chocolate

After the chocolate tasting session, we had the opportunity to make our own bars of chocolate which was great fun as we could choose our own sprinkles to put in.

Then it was across to the kitchen where we watched some amazingly talented chocolatiers sculpt.

When we were there, they were sculpting a footballer and the World Cup trophy out of chocolate.

Full of tasters, we also got to take home our chocolate bar creations we had made earlier home with us.

If you’re a fan of chocolate, you’ll find the York Chocolate Story interesting.

 

We were given a pass in order to do this review. All thoughts completely true and our honest opinion!

 

Pirate Island Adventure Golf, Castleford

June 18, 2014 2 comments

Sitting adjacent to the Xscape complex at Castleford, West Yorkshire, Pirate Island Adventure Golf is the latest attraction at the Junction 32 Outlet Shopping village.

Not like any other golf course, this one is completely pirate themed. On stepping into it, you’re transported into a world of pirates, treasure chests and ships, while ‘pirate music’ is piped through to add to the experience.

We were greeted by this fellow at the entrance:

jack sparrow!

On arriving, we collected our golf clubs and balls and entered Skull Cove, where skulls were lurking in the water as we played.

skull in rock

We were pleased to find that there were two different levels of play at each hole. If you were feeling confident your skills were up to the challenge, you could hit the ball through a harder route (such as through the rocks instead of straight over the grass  to make it extra tough!)

We soon gave that up though and went for the easier option. We’ll maybe do the harder one when we’re a bit more practised!

We did enjoy the different courses, and this one where we had to hit the ball over the bridge was one of our favourites.

over the bridge shot

Sea creatures lurking and watching your every move

octopus

Halfway around the course, we encountered a ‘problem’.  A mini river to cross before we could play our next hole. How were we supposed to get across without striding across and getting our feet wet?!

Then we twigged that we had to pull hard on the rope to pull the raft at the other side across to us.

Then came the fun bit – getting into the raft and pulling ourselves across to play the next hole.

This was definitely a highlight of the course, we all loved this bit!

bridge pulled across

If you want a go at adventure golf with a difference, Pirate Island Adventure Golf is a brilliantly fun activity that all ages and abilities can have a go at.

We’ll definitely be going back. I may even have another go at the ‘harder’ routes next time!

We were given a family pass in order to do this review. All opinions are completely truthful and our honest thoughts on our day out.

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