It’s midway through half term, and we promise not to judge if you are already running out of ideas for what to do with the kids (particularly since the weather seems to be conspiring against the entire British population!) And because everyone from the smallest toddler to the grumpiest teenager loves food of some description, we have compiled our top 10 suggestions for foodie festivities this week- accepting no responsibility for weight gained in the process.
Fingers are licked at your own peril during family workshops from Chocolart. Here, you will learn the skill of moulding, piping and decorating your own chocolate, as well as taking home the creations to show off to your family. Whilst the Chocolart team promise that their workshops are also suitable for big kids (i.e. fully grown adults), they do offer additional child parties specifically for those aged 8-21.
One for the older kids or those with particularly sophisticated tastes, afternoon tea for two is a civilised way to spend a weekday afternoon in half term. Depending on your budget you could indulge in finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones, not forgetting the tea itself (or even a glass of chilled champagne!) Virgin offers great deals on Afternoon Tea- click here to see our range of offers.
Including the world’s biggest Cadbury shop, chocolate themed pantomimes and a massive adventure play area. Need we say more?
Italian chain Carluccio’s offers a range of classes for both adults and children, but our personal favourite has to be traditional focaccia making- designed for kids aged 6-12. In the hour long session your little baker will learn to make their own dough, and then have fun adding their favourite toppings. These classes also teach the art of making a crushed meringue dessert- ideal for those with a bit of a sweet tooth!
Chocolate factory treats and pizza aside, with child obesity a hot topic in the UK, it is important to also educate kids on eating healthy food. And what better place to teach children about good diet habits than at a market, where they can actually meet the farmers? Depending on age, give your kids a tenner and tell them to buy their own food to bring home- later that evening you can use the ingredients to create a meal for the family.