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3 Days Chocolate Weekends in Dorset, United Kingdom

3 Days Chocolate Weekends in Dorset, United Kingdom

  • The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, 5 Durley Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

Chocolate Workshops in UK

These laughter-filled chocolate weekends are the ultimate break for chocolate lovers. Whether you want to mark an anniversary, celebrate a birthday or simply indulge in chocolate to your hearts content, they have it all wrapped up. Learn about chocolate inside-out, from making, tasting, and even pairing it with wine. Stay in a cozy chocolate themed room, delicious daily chocolate and even chocolate pancakes for breakfast if you so desire.

Highlights

  • 2 chocolate classes
  • Chocolate tasting, matching with wine
  • Chocolate moulded shapes demonstration
  • Belgian chocolate truffles demonstration, packaging
  • Learn history of chocolate, create your own chocolate portrait painting
  • Learn with international master chocolatier Gerry Wilton
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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The Chocolate Boutique Hotel

The hotel's story began back in 2004, when the Wilton family were inspired to set up a chocolate business after seeing the first cascading chocolate fountain. They quickly snapped up the second and Chocolate Delight was soon hiring out fountains for film premieres and celebrity weddings, including Peter Andre and Katie Price’s. In 2006, the Wilton family saw an opportunity to expand and bought a beautiful but outdated 19 century grade II listed hotel. By Christmas 2007, restoration was complete and the world’s first chocolate themed hotel was born.

If you like chocolate, you’ll love our chocolate workshops! From chocolate truffle making and chocolate portrait painting to ‘bean to bar’ workshops and chocolate/wine pairing sessions, there’s something for everyone. You can even make a chocolate shoe with matching handbag. The chocolatier is often to be found in the kitchen conjuring up scrumdiddlyumptious treats, so if your visit doesn’t coincide with one of the regular workshops, don’t despair - they might be able to lay one on especially for you.

The weekend will begin with a special welcome party with a free glass of bubbly. Over the next two days, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of chocolate and the production process from bean to bar, take part in a tasting of exquisite chocolates from around the world and learn how to pair chocolate with wine. There’s even a chocolate portrait painting session, where you can immortalize yourself in milk, white and dark chocolate.

Discover too the art of tempering chocolate and Belgian chocolate truffle making and whisk up 30-40 truffles of your own before learning how to package them beautifully. We’ll also show you how molded chocolates are made (demo only). Later, you can relax with a delicious ‘choctail’ or two in our cozy Chocolate Bar (9 GBP per choctail).

Chocolate Boutique Hotel Chocolate Holidays Itinerary

Day 1, Friday - Arrival, welcome party, free time

  • 14:00 Check in to the Chocolate Boutique Hotel.
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Welcome party. Meet your fellow chocoholics over a glass of bubbly.
  • 20:00 Free time to explore the delights of Bournemouths Beach, thriving restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Day 2, Saturday - Chocolate workshop, free time

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast is served - chocolate pancakes are every chocolate lover’s ideal start to the day!
  • 11:00 - 13:30 The first tantalizing chocolate workshop begins and you will be welcomed by international master chocolatier Gerry Wilton! During the 2.5-hour session, Gerry will give you an informative, detailed history of chocolate, provide you with different chocolates to taste and also guide you through the indulgent process of matching chocolate with wine!
  • The session concludes with chocolate portrait painting, allowing you to immortalize yourself using milk, dark and white chocolate, resulting in a tasty framed masterpiece.
  • 13:30 - 18:30 The afternoon is yours to grab some lunch (we can recommend) and then enjoy the afternoon shopping in Bournemouth or walking along the beach.
  • 18:30 The Chocolate Bar will be open to serve up delicious hand-made chocolate cocktails, or "Choctails" as we like to call them! The Chocolate Bar is also home to the incredible Kis Cocktail machine – making fresh cocktails in matter of seconds - as well as a variety of beers, wines and spirits.

Day 3, Sunday - Chocolate workshop, departure

  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast is served - more chocolate pancakes or a full English is available.
  • 11:00 - 13:00 The second chocolate workshop of the weekend will commence. Using step-by-step demonstrations our chocolatier will teach you how to make superb Belgian Chocolate Truffles!
  • You will produce an amazing 30 to 40 truffles each, and we will show you how to beautifully package them. You will be amazed how professional your chocolates look - good enough to sell!
  • Next, a chocolate demonstration on how to make chocolate molded shapes.
  • Departure

The Chocolate Boutique Hotel is a superb 19th century Grade 2 listed building on Bournemouth’s very popular West Cliff. Located within a short walk of Bournemouth’s town center, miles of golden sandy beach and the Bournemouth International Centre, it’s perfectly located for all occasions.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf - driving range
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
Services
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shop nearby

Driving directions from the east

  • Head west bound on the M3
  • At the end of the M3 head west on the M27
  • At the end of the M27 continue straight on the A31
  • Take the A338 to Bournemouth (Wessex Way)
  • Coming into Bournemouth there is a 50mph speed limit and there are speed cameras
  • Continue straight over the first roundabout, 2nd Exit
  • At the next roundabout, first exit into Cambridge Road (B3066), stay in the left hand land
  • At the next roundabout, first exit into Poole Road
  • First right into West Hill Road
  • First right (crossroads) into Durley Road
  • Go past St Michaels School and we are the 2nd building on your right

Driving directions from the north

  • Head towards Oxford or the M4 and pick up the A34 southbound
  • Continue to the end of the A34
  • At the roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto the Westbound M3
  • Follow instructions as per From the East

Driving directions from the west

  • Keep heading east on the A35 and this will bring you into Bournemouth
  • When you see a large building in the middle of a roundabout, you will take a sharp left hand turn at traffic lights on a dual carridge way.
  • At the roundabout take the second exit into Cambridge Road (B3066). Stay in the left hand land
  • At the next roundabout, first exit into Poole Road
  • First right into West Hill Road
  • First right (crossroads) into Durley Road
  • Go past St Michaels School and we are the second building on your right

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (BOH).

Arrival by train

Nearest station is Bournemouth train station (BMH). There is a taxi rank outside the train station. It is a 5-minute taxi ride from the station to the hotel.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.