Hunt is on to find York’s golden ticket

Chocs away… will there be a tasty surprise in your bar?
13 Aug 2013 @ 5.34 pm
| Food & drink
Chocs away… will there be a tasty surprise in your bar?
Chocs away… will there be a tasty surprise in your bar? Picture shows James O’Neill (left) and his son Jack with soldier Marc Thompson and Catherine Lyth. Photograph: John R Saunders

Calling all Violet Beauregardes and Augustus Gloops – York is launching its own version of the great Golden Ticket hunt.

Just as in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, a special chocolate bar has been created with a small number bearing the fabled golden ticket hidden inside the wrapper.

In this case the bar has been created by York Cocoa House, rather than Willy Wonka. And while the prize is not a lifetime’s supply of confectionery, it is well worth having – VIP theatre tickets, a glass of champagne and chocolate goodies from York Cocoa House.

The sugar-coated treasure hunt marks the launch of Blood + Chocolate, a major community theatre production which takes to the streets of York this October.

The show will tell the inspiring stories of the workers and owners of York’s chocolate factories during the First World War alongside those of the young men involved in the terrible conflict.

Audiences who go to see the play will follow the actors as they take the performance to various locations in the city centre.

Pilot Theatre, Slung Low and York Theatre Royal teamed up with York Cocoa House to create a very special Chocolate bar to celebrate the October production.

The hand made Blood + Chocolate Bars will be on sale until the end of October.

Each one will feature the image of a York landmark featured as a backdrop to the production. They are on sale at the Cocoa House, Visit York Information Centre, York Minster, York’s Chocolate Story, Boyes and York Theatre Royal.

Proceeds will go towards staging the community production.

As well as the VIP tickets to Blood + Chocolate and other prizes, winners of the two golden tickets will get the chance to meet the creative team behind the show.


  • Blood + Chocolate is a promenade production starting from York Theatre Royal and running from Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 20
  • Tickets are on sale at the York Theatre Royal website or via the box office on 01904 623568