Family travelers can step inside Wonka, which premiered in theaters on Dec. 15, on a trip through Britain, where the movie that tells the story of Willy Wonka’s early days as a chocolatier filmed. Based on the 1964 novel from British author Roald Dahl, the film stars Timothee Chalamet, Hugh Grant, Olivia Colman and Sally Hawkins.
First up on a family trip full of chocolate-themed experiences are visits to some of Wonka’s filming locations, like Oxford’s Hertford College and Radcliffe Camera, as well as Catte Street and Sheldonian Theatre. In Bath, visit Parade Gardens, The Colonnade overlooking Pulteney Bridge, Thermae Bath Spa and Bath Abbey. A large portion of filming took place at Warner Bros. Studio Leavesden, outside of London, with other outside locations including Ye Old Fighting Cocks pub, Veralumium Park, Eltham Palace and more.
Other tasty experiences for your family’s Wonka-esque vacation include visits to numerous chocolate shops, including Charbonnel et Walker, London’s oldest; Artisan du Chocolat, making its own treats from beans sourced from South America; and Dark Sugars, known for its hot chocolate. London institution Harrods soon opens its The Chocolaterie, while London’s only bean-to-bar factory experience can be had at London Chocolate.
Dr Choc’s Windsor Chocolate Factory, one of the smallest in the world, sits across from Windsor Castle and offers a tasting class. In Manchester, The Chocolate Factory Experience includes interactive workshops. Birmingham’s Cadbury World celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first Cadbury Shop opening in 2024.
Other can’t-miss stops include York’s Chocolate Story; a two-hour Chocolate Bar Workshop at Bath’s Mrs. Potts Chocolate House; sipping the Wonka– themed drink, hot chocolate with chocolate-coated popping candy, at Knoops; and the Fudge Making Experience at Fudge Kitchen’s various locations.
Spots around the United Kingdom join in on the fun, with Edinburgh’s Chocolatarium, where guests can create personalized Scottish-themed chocolates; a Chocolate and Whisky Tour at The Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow; a 45-minute tour and salt tasting (think sea-salted fudge) at Halen Mon in Anglesey, Wales; and workshops at Trehafod’s The Chocolate House, also in Wales.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.
Known for its clear, vibrantly blue-green waters and varied and historic ports of call, the Adriatic is the new Mediterranean for cruise enthusiasts and family travelers. An Adriatic cruise is especially suited to multigen family trips, since it appeals to all ages with its beautiful beaches, water sports, rich marine life, historic cities, ancient archaeological sites, colorful cultures and varied cuisines. There is truly something for every traveler.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Parents, it’s time to ditch family travel and embark on a romantic vacation at Solmar Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches and unparalleled hospitality, Los Cabos sets the stage for couples looking for a romantic escape away from the kids. At Solmar Hotels and Resorts, guests are invited to take advantage of the romantic accommodations, spa experiences, gastronomic delights and more.