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News release - Issued by National Trust

Celebrate national chocolate week

Goddards House and Garden, the former home of the Terry family, will be holding special activities to mark national chocolate week on 12 – 16 October.

Join the National Trust team as they take part in the UK’s biggest chocolate celebration. Just a stone’s throw away from York city centre on the edge of the racecourse resides the former home of York chocolate makers, the Terry family. Where better to celebrate all things chocolate than in a home full of chocolate heritage? Activities will include bite-sized chocolate talks, blindfold taste tests, chocolate box making and a brand new chocolate trail.

The daily bite-sized talks tell a little more about the history of the family business. Find out how the Terry’s went from chemists to chocolatiers. Try nibbling some chocolate samples while you listen and uncover a little more about the factory, the people who worked there and the family home. Take in the new chocolate trail around the house. Wander from room to room and discover a piece of York’s chocolate story.

Over the five days there will be blindfold taste tests – see if you can tell the real chocolate orange from the imitators. There’s also the chance to get creative and have a go at making your own chocolate box. Why not tempt your taste buds further with some of the delicious chocolate inspired treats on offer? Dine like a Terry in the original arts and crafts style dining room. Delights include the popular chocolate orange cake - it’s not Terry’s anymore!

Clare Alton-Fletcher, head of site at Goddards said: “Chocolate week is such a special time for us. Year round, visitors say they enjoy the stories we tell giving a flavour of life as a Terry worker and as a member of the family. This week is fast becoming one of the most important in our calendar as a chance to showcase this popular confectionary and its place in York’s history. The various activities on offer are suitable for chocolate fans of all ages as chocolate is one of those rare products that transcend generations.”

Goddards House and Garden opens 10.30am – 5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays until 30 October. Chocolate week runs 12 – 16 October. Normal admission prices apply or free entry to National Trust members. For more information call 01904 771930, or visit


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For more information, or if you would like images supplied please contact:
Jo Parker
01904 472017 (direct) / 472027 (office) / 07917 174629 (mobile)

About Goddards House and Garden

Goddards is the former family home of Noel Terry, of the famous Terry’s of York chocolate firm. Built in 1927, the house was home to Noel, Kathleen, Peter, Betty and Richard Terry, until in the 1980’s it was bought as the National Trust regional office. In 2012, part of the house and the garden was opened with a tearoom to visitors who can now enjoy a mix of period rooms, beautiful gardens and exhibitions.

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