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Food for thought; Welcome to the weekend!

Byline: Adrian Monti; Judy Yorke

If you're looking for a family activity that's both fun and educational, why not take a trip to see how our food and drink is made?

Whether it's bread or ice cream, sweets or cheese, there are loads of locations where you can discover how it's done. Although some factories are only open for tours during the working week or by prearrangement, others welcome visitors at weekends.

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm in Truro produces apple juice, chutney and jam as well as alcoholic beverages, so it's a good destination for all the family.

You can visit for free or pay to join a great 45-minute guided tour, which takes in the museum, distillery and underground cellars. There's a quiz to keep the kids amused plus a tractor tour through the orchards. See more at www.healeyscyder.co.uk.

The Penderyn Distillery in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, will show you how single malt whisky and other drinks are made.

The hour-long tour is suitable for kids who can handle the barley and smell the spices. Booking is d d 01685 810651 recommended on 01685 810651 or go to www.welsh-whisky.co.uk.

At Cadbury World in Birmingham, which reopens next Wednesday after the Christmas break, you learn how chocolate is made and, on most days, see it wrapped and packed.

There are demonstrations, a ride through a chocolate wonderland and play areas. Have a go at making your own creations and writing your name in Cadbury Dairy Milk. Go to www.cadburyworld.co.uk.

The city of York, once home to Rowntree's and Terry's, is famous for its chocolate and at a new visitor attraction called York's Chocolate Story, you can spend an indulgent hour finding out about the city's sweet history. There are plenty of chances for sampling, too! More at www.yorkschocolatestory.com.

If you prefer something savoury, you'll enjoy a trip to the home of Wallace & Gromit's favourite cheese - crumbly white Wensleydale.

At the Wensleydale Creamery near Hawes, North Yorkshire, you can watch the cheese being made the traditional way, by hand - but check before you go as it's not made every day. See www.wensleydale.co.uk.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 18, 2013
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