The Sweet Tooth Trail
Ideal for: sugar addicts and old fairground enthusiasts (that must be a thing)
Avoid if: you’re a dentist-phobe
Bring // You’ll need: a bus / train ticket. And Listerine.
Terrain: there will be (sugar) highs and lows
The start: The Black Country Living Museum
‘Why are we trekking out to Dudley?’ your companions may rightly ask. ‘I thought we’d be going to Cadbury World?’ It’s simple – Cadbury World doesn’t have the Brooklyn Cakewalk. Possibly the best fairground ride known to man - certainly the most underrated - the concept is deliciously simple and so much harder (and more fun) than it sounds. You have to walk from one end of a gangway to another...only the whole thing is furiously rattling. Nothing beats watching your Dad attempting to walk the plank, vibrating like he's been plugged into the mains. You'll be buzzing afterwards. Literally. Those Victorians knew how to let loose (the ride dates back to 1910).
Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ
Open daily, 10am-5pm
Take the train from Birmingham New Street Station (or, when it sheds its caterpillar status, Grand Central...) to Tipton. One mile walk to the museum.
The middle bit: Chitty’s Cake Classes – The Custard Factory, Digbeth
Who doesn't love sugarcraft? It seems as though we just can't get enough of cupcakes these days, luckily Chitty's Cakes are on hand to ensure our bakes don't disappoint. They have a teaching studio in, appropriately, the Custard Factory where they offer a whole host of classes in baking and decoration, all of which are suitable for beginners. There are short classes on a Saturday afternoon - best get practising as The Bake Off gets into full swing...
Studio 417-418, Scott House, Custard Factory B9 4AA
Classes run throughout the week
The Custard Factory is a short-ish walk (approx 15 mins) from New Street Station.
The end: The Jekyll and Hyde
You’ll probably never want to set eyes on icing again again. Time for a stiff drink – why not slump from your sugar comedown in a darkened room, fortified by a cocktail from the Jekyll and Hyde's Confectionary Corner. Lemon Bon Bon, anyone? Strawberry Laces? Make mine a Jelly Babies.
28 Steelhouse Lane, City Centre B4 6BJ
Open Mon - Sun, til late
The pub is another short-ish walk (20 mins) from the Custard Factory
While you’re in the Custard Factory it’s worth stopping by McTunneys Sweet Emporium. There’s 40 different lollipop flavours. Yes – 40.
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Photos kindly supplied by the venues.