Some parts of the UK already have started their Easter Holidays whilst others are still waiting until friday before they break up for this glorious holiday.
Easter does not always have to be about chocolates however here are some fun facts about chocolate in the UK:
- Britons love chocolate. In world league tables of per capita consumption the UK comes joint 4thbehind Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
- On average, each person in Britain eats approx. 9.5 kg of chocolate per year.
- The first chocolate factory in Britain opened in 1657.
- J.S. Fry and Sons developed the first solid chocolate bar and it went on sale in 1847. Cadbury Brothers produced their first bar of chocolate in 1849. Both bars would have been made from dark chocolate as milk chocolate was not available until after 1875 when Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter developed the process for making the sweeter lighter version of chocolate.
- The Ivory Coast in West Africa is the world’s leading producer of cocoa – supplying 43 per cent.
- Make Chocolate Fair estimates there are 2 million children working on cocoa plantations in Ghana and Ivory Coast, 500,000 of them in exploitative conditions.
- Fairtrade Chocolate sales now make up almost 12 per cent of UK chocolate confectionary sales and is worth £542m.
- Thorntons made the world’s largest chocolate bar to celebrate their 100th birthday. It weighed 6 tonnes and was equivalent to 75,000 of their standard size bars.*
So what can you get up to this easter in london? Here are my recommendations
Join Shrek, Donkey & Their buddies on a magical adventure through the forest and you will come across Shrek’s “BOG”. There is a toilet and someone is inside. I will not give away any more. However be prepared to be amazed and meet some of the Movies Favorite pals.
There is so much fun and excitement.
The adventure begins when you board a magical 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus. With Donkey as your mischievous tour guide, calamity, chaos and endless fun are the name of the game.
Be part of the 10 live fairy-tale themed shows where you can visit Shrek’s swamp, find your fortune in the crystal ball, get lost in the Mirror maze and reveal your inner Ogre when needed!
At Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London visitors can marvel at an unbelievable collection of jaw dropping artefacts from across the globe – many of which were collected by the ultimate explorer Robert Ripley himself. With over 700 astonishing exhibits, galleries and interactive experiences spanning across 6 floors, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London celebrates the weird, wonderful and bizarre in all its forms, which are sure to excite, delight and thrill the whole family. Want to see how will you measure up to the world’s tallest man? Or come face to face with our rare collection of Amazonian shrunken heads? Will you dare to venture into Ripley’s Marvellous Mirror Maze and defeat the Impossible LaseRace? Its the one stop fun shop for the whole family and there is something for everyone!
River Thames Cruise
What better way for a family to see all the wonderful things London has to offer than on a cruise along the River Thames. See iconic sights including the London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich. Boats depart every 30 minutes whatever the weather and you can even hop on and off with a 24 our river pass.