Next week the delectable delights of the Harry Potter movies - Sweets & Treats - are the main event at Warner Bros Studio Tour London, just in time for the Summer holidays. Running from Monday 20th July until Sunday 6th September, you can find out about how all of the delicious film food - real and replica - was made by watching demonstrations in the Ministry Munchies kiosk by the expert prop makers from the movies, are you able to spot the difference between the real bakes and prop fakes?
We had a wonderful time at the Sweets & Treats preview trying out the delicious Butterbeer ice cream, available to purchase in the Backlot Café this Summer, along with frothy tankards of the drink from the movies - which as you can see is loved by E!
The children as well as their Grandmother (my mother, a huge Harry Potter fan and this also being her first studio tour visit) were enraptured by demonstrations of how certain things were made, such as the floating pudding from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (that Dobby drops on the Dursleys' guests) and to see the Gryffindor common room set decorated as it was for the Quidditch victory scenes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, complete with decorations, sweet wrappers & a barrel of Butterbeer.
The various special events that are staged throughout the year at the Warner Bros Studio Tour bring a whole new element of magic to each visit, and it doesn't matter how many times you have been there before as you will always find something you didn't notice on a previous visit, or learn something new at one of the demonstrations.
We were delighted to be able to see the new Hogwarts Express exhibit, as on our previous trip to the Studio Tour for the Bludgers & Broomsticks event last year it had yet to arrive, so the children had great fun exploring the carriages and walking down Platform 9¾. The Warner Bros Studio Tour experience is even more special on each occasion, there is so much to learn and enjoy that I don't think we will ever tire of it.
It wouldn't be a full Tour experience without the trip to the gift shop at the end, and if I ever made it out of there without a carrier bag full of Harry Potter themed sweets & treats I think that I would collapse from shock. It's almost become our own little tradition to bring home some peppermint toads, chocolate frogs and every flavour beans because after all - who doesn't love vomit & bogey flavour sweets? These small touches really bring the movies to life, it's simply a must visit for every Harry Potter fan.
Don't forget that during the Tour, children are invited to collect stamps on their own complimentary Activity Passport which includes a fun Golden Snitch hunt to make their visit even more unforgettable, there are six stamping stations placed throughout the Tour and Passports can be collected from a staff member on your arrival. Why not share your Tour experience on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram during your visit with the complimentary wi-fi, using hashtag #WBStudioTour.
Tickets for the Studio Tour must be purchased in advance and are not sold at the Tour. For full ticket information & prices and to book, visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour website. Warner Bros Studio Tour also offer one free carer ticket for each paying disabled visitor, which can be booked through their Visitor Services Team - for more information click here, proof of entitlement is required on entry to the Studio Tour.