After a long time being closed to the public, John Bull World of Rock in Carnaby near Bridlington are open again for their tours. Their Factory Tour Experience is available Monday to Friday during the school holidays. The review below is based on a visit pre-covid. The review is to give you an idea of the tours although everything we mention below may not be quite the same. Prebooking online in advance is recommended so that you don’t miss out. There are 7-time slots each day.
John Bull World of Rock Tour Review
Located on the Carnaby Industrial Estate in the East Riding is one of the counties oldest manufacturers of sweets, notably that is sold in John Bull shops along the Yorkshire coast. They were first established in 1911 when a man named Ernest Hodgson opened an emporium of rock and seaside novelties on Prince Street in Bridlington.
The equipment they used to make their rock and other sweets was pretty basic but even back then the public were allowed to watch them make the rock which is what you can now do today on their factory tour.
Although you set off at the same time it is a self-guided tour. This means that you can walk around at your own pace. The tour starts with a video about John Bull Rock and you then enter the rock making room. Inside we were given a talk about the process of making rock and there were some samples of sweets set out for us to try. There were samples in a few of the other rooms we went in so keep your eye out.
For a charge of £1.50 you then get to roll your own rock. We were each handed our own warm roll to roll as thin as we could with your chosen initial inside it. It was quite a challenge to roll and stop it from sticking.
After rolling our rock we walked past some displays showing the old John Bull shop in Bridlington. Plus displays using mannequins of how the rock and sweets were once made.
Next we could view the factory room where they make biscuits. They even had some samples out for us to try. It was hard to resist as they smelt as good as they tasted.
When we turned around we could then see the room where they make their chocolate products. Before you reach this room there is another exhibition with more information on the history of John Bull.
In the final room we were fortunate enough to see some workers in action who were bagging and weighing out chocolates. There was a seperate room in here where we made a chocolate lolly. Their website states that this activity is not yet available again. For an extra £1.50 our son made his own chocolate lolly which he was more than pleased with.
At the end of the tour you exit via the sweet shop. This is often open to the public and you don’t need to have a tour booked to have a look around. I would be very impressed if you managed to walk out of here without buying anything as there are so many tempting treats. I especially loved their tubs of traditional sweets behind the counter.
There is also a cafe and a soft play centre next door (not tecnhically part of John Bull)
John Bull World of Rock FAQ & Further Information
Address: Carnaby Industrial Estate, Unit 1 Lancaster Rd, Bridlington YO15 3QY, East Yorkshire. Phone: 01262 678525
Category – Factory Tour – Indoors – Suitable for all ages, although more suited to children from the age of 4
What are the ticket prices?
Adults £4.25, children £3.25, under 4s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available. Rock rolling can be prebooked at £1.50 per person.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Indoor tour of a rock/sweet making factory with samples to try and rock rolling. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
They open during most school holidays, Monday to Friday.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is free on-site parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Pet dogs are not permitted. Please contact the venue regarding assistance dogs.
Are they accessible?
Please contact the venue.