John Bull Rock Factory
John Bull Rock Factory
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Monday
10:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:15 PM

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Kelliee83
Thirsk, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We had a great visit here today (May 2022)
2 Adults & 2 Children (both aged 10)
We read all the reviews just before going in and we were a little worried that we would be disappointed but honestly it was great.
They don’t let you in til right on opening time (as it’s a working factory) so a small queue formed outside. You can visit the gift shop next door if you have a little time to waste beforehand.
Once inside we watched a short video before going into the rock factory. They were boiling the sugar and showing how to spin it to get the colour, before rolling it all out and putting it together to form words inside - in our case it was ‘I Love Mum’. The rolls they made were massive! Then they rolled it round in a machine before cutting and forming it all the while telling us how they do it and why. To see it all being done right in front of you and mostly by hand is just brilliant.
Our children got to roll some rock with their initial inside too (extra £1.50 each payable when we booked). All in all for 4 of us it was £19 and we felt this was well worth it.
We got to watch the biscuit factory and sweet factory in operation and got tasters in each section.
Some of the reviews really made us think we would have a poor trip but we all really enjoyed it.
Written 30 May 2022
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Kathryn E
Sheffield, UK403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went with our son, daughter and two grandchildren. i remember taking our children when they were young, and thought the grandchildren would enjoy the experience. We went on a cold February day in half term. The tour was self guided, so you can spend as long as you like in each area watching the items being made. Everyone was fascinated by the letters in the rock and watching the rock being rolled. The grandchildren loved rolling their own rock. There is an extra charge of £1.50 per child to take part in this activity, and they are allowed to choose the letter that is put inside the rock. There are samples to eat on the way round, sweets, biscuits, fudge, etc. Then the factory shop where mis-shaped sweets, etc, can be bought at a cheap price. We had lots of fun.
Written 24 February 2020
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Clare M
Manchester, UK597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
If rating the factory tour n staff in the shop id say 5 out if 5,the staff had a giggle with us when mine n daughters rock went a bit bendy shape, but was so much fun and wasnt rough, i am celiac but the guy was very friendly in saying what i could n couldnt have and there was plenty of sweet n biscuit samples for people with no allergys(i enjoyed the sweets n rock!).the price of factory tour i felt was readonable.went in soft play could only stay an hour and thats with eating(you get 2hrs) it was most uncomfortable hour with all (but one member if staff who was lovely with long dark hair and wore cardigan and seemed older than others),very rude and spent the whole hour feeling like they were gawping at me,when i got food the bill seemed to b very cheap for what i had,deciding to be honest i said what price did u say,i think u under charged me there and thought id be honest for her to say its 9.75 and i said oh right ok juat didnt want to out pocket you,to which she barked at me again (bobbed hair n glasses) ,even my daughter whos 11 said that one of them got a,face like suki from eastenders!! All im all would definetly go back to shop and factory just not the soft play.
Written 3 June 2022
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GrandmaB5
Yorkshire, UK20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
On Monday 2nd August we paid £14 for a family ticket but not the extra £1.50 each for rock rolling and consider it a waste of time and money. We visited a couple of years ago and was delighted to be told how the rock was made how the letters are put in the rock and what all the machines and tables were for this time we were not told anything and just stood watching the other 15 or so folk in the tour, our grandchildren were extremely disappointed as we had told them how interesting it was going to be. After 25 mins we were moved along passing some information boards and into the biscuit making part again nothing to see then passed the chocolate making window and into the sweet packing part again nothing explained although we were offered a sweet from a packet, this was the only sample offered last time we were offered a couple of biscuits and a couple more sweets, you can imagine how disappointing it was to be a 10 & 7 year old expecting to learn more. You end up in the shop where you are expected to spend money on the biscuits, sweets and rock not even at discount. We had planned to go 2 more times this week with other grandchildren but will save our money. I know due to Covid things have been hard for businesses but it has also been hard for families too. Don't waste your hard earned money!!!
We popped into the cafe to get an ice cream but left empty handed as the 2 girls staff were sat one end doing nothing and didn't even acknowledge us.I did send John Bull Rock Factory an email but had no reply.
Written 6 August 2021
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N C Gould
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Great value for money, interesting tour, to see production, mainly of the rock (they also do chocolate, sweets and biscuits) and one can roll their own rock and a chocolate lolly. This was our third visit, the last was five years ago. In the past, we got to dip our own lolly, this time it was done for you; one just adds smarties/mini mallows on the surface.

A well-stocked shop and a café (we just had a coffee) tops off the visit. I know John Bull, active since 1911, was sold this year but I believe the factory will stay as John Bull, at least for public attraction purposes.
Written 24 August 2023
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Linda G
Leeds, UK45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Visited the cafe but only because the cafe we regularly visit further along the carnaby industrial estate was closed. We ordered 2 lattes and a sausages sandwich. The coffees were “ok” I’d give mine a 5/10. As for the sausage sandwich, it looked very unappetising and again was “just” edible, a 3/10.
We won’t be returning. It was a very uninviting place to be.
We then visited the shop. It was an enormous shop. Lots of choice. We bought several items. One was some chocolate brazils. I love chocolate brazils, well, I did. The chocolate was quite grainy, definitely not smooth & tasty like cadburys chocolate. Maybe it is just not for me?? We won’t be returning to the shop.
Written 24 March 2022
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MikeandLyndaC
Wigan, UK257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We went to this factory with our grand-kids, and we really enjoyed it, as it was really great fun and very informative. It was great to see rock being made by hand, by staff that were so experienced, and made the making of rock look easy. But after rolling some ourselves, it is obviously very difficult. They actually made rock with "Scarborough" in the middle, and it was fascinating to see how that made the letters. It is certainly not Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, buy it was well worth the money, and the shop sells the mis-shapes at ridiculously low prices.
Written 20 February 2023
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Margaret W
Nottingham, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A really good place to visit with grandchildren. Very informative and staff very friendly. We especially enjoyed rock rolling for an extra £1.50. It is a working factory which makes it all the better.
Three of the older children made a chocolate lolly which was great fun. I would highly recommend a visit at a reasonable price especially on a rainy day in Bridlington!
Written 9 April 2024
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LU K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Absolutely awful experience here today. Tours were only running on Wednesdays ( which is totally understandable) and there was no signage saying so, or saying the price. The shop itself was clean and had a great selection, but the woman working there was downright rude. Got very angry when we asked about the tours, and told us that tours would resume “when OUR children are on holiday” as we are Scottish. I have honestly never had such rude service in my life. She couldn’t even be bothered to reply when we thanked her after finishing our transaction. I’d also heard her being very rude to the customer before us so it wasn’t just us. Such a shame because the actual shop was lovely
Written 7 July 2022
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Kerri R
Stoke-on-Trent, UK9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Disappointing to be honest. The room where you see the rock being made has a very limited view to the action. If you are at the back of the queue where we were you cant see the letters being made at all, yet you are told to stay in your place to receive your rock for rolling.
The rock rolling is very hard. Our kids were 8 and 11 and they couldn't manage it at all.
Overpriced considering it's limitations.
Written 27 August 2023
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