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24/06/2015

News Release - Issued by York's Chocolate Story

Sweet Summer Sensation at York’s Chocolate Story

20th July – 30th September

Summer has finally arrived in the beautiful city of York and there are plenty of sweet reasons to pay a visit to York’s Chocolate Story.

Creating an exciting piece of social artwork, visitors will also be invited to contribute to the building of a GIANT mural made entirely of Smarties! Designed by a competition winning local child to commemorate the history of chocolate in York, the mural will be constructed over the summer months, one sweet at a time. All proceeds from the construction will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. It’s just up to you to choose your favourite colour and get sticking!

Inside the fully air-conditioned attraction visitors can discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take guests on a journey through the city where chocolate made history. Currently featuring our ‘Brilliant Brands’ exhibition, guests will take a journey through York’s much-loved confectionary and discover which world famous chocolate bar was once called Chocolate Crisp, and which multi-coloured treats were formerly known as Chocolate Beans.

Visitors can cool off in the café which will be stocked with fresh fruit smoothies, milkshakes and local Ryeburn ice cream as well as the usual selection of deliciously indulgent treats and freshly made chocolates.
Younger guests can enjoy summer trails, chocolate themed activity packs and even try to break a world record Kit Kat stacking or with a Smarties chop stick challenge.

To celebrate the great British Summer time our master chocolatiers will be experimenting with a whole range of flavours including all things strawberry during Wimbledon (29th June – 12th July) and a selection of Yorkshire themed chocolates for Yorkshire Day (1st August). Yorkshire is a county known for its culinary heritage and creations such as our Wensleydale blue cheese truffle and parkin chocolates are a unique and (tasty!) way to pay homage to this this summer.

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For PR enquiries, please contact Jenni Shepherd on 01904 527722 or email  jshepherd@yorkschocolatestory.com

Notes to Editors:

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

The journey begins thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America and continues through the history of chocolate’s founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations. Visitors can learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate, and take a look at the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands. Then master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it.

We advise booking your tour online in advance at www.yorkschocolatestory.com

Opening Times:
• The attraction is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last tour is at 5pm).
• Closed on 25th December, 26th December and 1st January.

Admission prices:
• Adult £10.50
• Concession £9.50
• Child £8.50
• Family of four £32.50
• Family of five £39.50

For more information on Continuum Attractions, please visit http://www.continuumattractions.com

For corporate PR enquiries, please contact Laura Good on 01904 527721 or email lgood@continuumattractions.com

About Continuum Attractions:
• Continuum Attractions lead the way in creating immersive and cultural heritage experiences that engage visitors with fascinating stories, brought to life in unforgettable and imaginative ways.
• Continuum Attractions own, operate and manage seven cultural attractions across the UK:
o Continuum Heritage Attractions
- The Real Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh
- The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury
- Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford
- York's Chocolate Story, York
o Continuum Icon Attractions
- Coronation Street the Tour, Manchester
- Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
o Continuum Explore Attractions
- Kent Life