The Cocoabean Company Chocolate Factory
- Telephone 01557 860 608
- Opening times Mon–Sun 9am–5pm. Workshops term–time 10am–3pm; weekends and holidays 10am–4pm.
- Food served Mon–Sun 9am–5pm.
- Website www.thecocoabeancompany.com
Devoted to chocolate, family-run Cocoabean have made a children's paradise out of their factory. It's a win-win for kids and parents: chocolate workshops get little ones fired up on sugar, then free entry to the extensive play area with the ticket price gives them a chance to run it all off again. There are soft indoor play areas (with a separate area for under-fours) visible from the café, and outdoor activities including a 17-metre slide, giant dinosaur, pirate ship and adventure playground. Workshops are £14 per child (accompanying adults free) and are suitable for kids between 2–18 years. They run throughout the day so you can just drop in, booking is only necessary for parties of more than eight, and various birthday party packages can also be booked up. Adult evening truffle-making classes can be arranged too, with the option to include a two-course dinner. Finally, the shop has the whole Cocoabean range, including over 100 different loose chocolates to choose from (also sold online).