National Brewery Centre Review*

When I told my friends that I was invited to visit the National Brewery Centre for their Easter Family Fun Day Celebration they were surprised as many had not been there before and wondered what visitors could see. I hope my review on the place will be able to shed some light on what is being offered there especially for families thinking of new places to bring their kids during Easter and school term break holidays.

Situated in Burton-upon-Trent, it took us just about an hour to get to the Brewery which was situated in East Staffordshire. The Brewery houses a museum, outdoor play area for kids, beer boutique, cafe, vintage vehicles and a lovely souvenir shop.

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There was lots of carpark and parking was free, once we sorted our entry tickets, we opted to join in the Easter egg trail. It cost us £1 for each of the child, it kept them busy although finding the alphabets was tricky. They each received a chocolate treat at the end.

There was a demonstration on how a Shire horse was decorated. These horses were once used to pull the barley wagon. You will be able to see the scale of how tall they are to my kids and a shetland pony.

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With it starting to rain, we decided to head indoors to visit the museum. There was a lot of information about the brewery history, on how beer was made and the equipment, machines as well as transportation used to transport them.

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We soon headed to Worthington Suite to get acquainted with a small selection or creepy crawly animals. The kids enjoyed the session while I kept my distance.

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We next headed to the marquee to get some food and found more entertaining activities. The kids decided to get some baloons, opting for a sword and cat each. We also got the chance to see the magic show.

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There was also a brewery tap set up at the marquee, a food and drink stall offering pulled pork, burger as well as a selection of other entertainments such as the virtual reality game and link racer.

This was a good ideas as the weather was bad and it gave us parents a chance to sit down and grab a drink while the kids entertained themselves.

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The kids wanted their face painted and the team was located in the marquee. The que was relatively short but it cost us a whooping £3 for each kid which I thought was expensive as most places we had been to offered face painting as a free activity for the kids. Nevertheless, kids loved their scarry monster and butterfly face painting.

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We were lucky as the weather soon cleared up and we got a chance to continue out tour outside. We saw some stunning vintage cars and trucks which were used by the brewery and was part of its rich history. There was also an outdoor bouncy castle for older kids, horse & dray rides costing £1 as well as a football play area bit.

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Here’s a video of the Shire Horse which was heading back to its stable after a demonstration. It is really a magnificent animal and if you have never ever seen one, its worth heading to the Brewery just to get up close and personal with one. You can get your photos taken and even stroke the beautiful horse. I just loved listening to the sound of its hooves, as it walked past me.

All in all, the National Brewery Centre is worth a visit, there is a lot of tradition and history behind the place and kids will enjoy their visit while parents’ can grab a brew.
The National Brewery Centre has planned a lot of interesting events for the rest of the year including lots of tribute shows, Comedy Club Summer Gala & Supper, The Burton Real Ale & Jazz Festival Model Train Toy & Collectors Fair, Bank Holiday & Family Weekends (where ticket prices are reduced for adults and kids under 16 go free), Wedding Fair Open Day, Halloween Ghost Tours & Ball, Oktoberfest Beer Festival and Christmas Party Nights amongst others. So hopefully you will be able to make a trip to visit the place soon.
Where is the National Brewery Centre?
It is located in Buton-upon-Trent in East Staffordshire, here’s the full address:
The National Brewery Centre,
Horninglow Street,
Burton Upon Trent,
DE14 1NG
How much does it cost to get in the National Brewery Centre and what are their visiting hours?
The National Brewery Centre is open every day except Christmas and Boxing Days. The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve as well. From 1st April to 30th September our standard visitor opening hours are 10am – 5pm, with last entrance at 4.00pm and the daily Guided Tours are at 11am and 2pm. From 1st October to 31st March the hours are 10am – 4pm, with last entrance at 3.00pm and the Daily Guided Tours are at 11.00am and 1.30pm.
Entry tickets for adults cost £9.95 while tickets for children cost £5.95. Do check their website for group ticket pricing, consessions or discounted tickets during special events.

 

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