The secret’s out! There’s a new family attraction in town and it’s magic! Tucked away at the back of The Potions Cauldron at 9¾ Shambles – one of York’s most famous streets – is a hidden chamber where potions experiences are now on offer, and we went along to try it before it opened. Read on for more, and enter our competition to win a family ticket.
We made our way through the busy apothecary racked with tinctures, tonics and magical items (take note, Christmas shoppers) and stepped behind the curtain into the potion chamber. Not only is this one of York’s newest attractions, but it’s also the smallest. So while there might not be enough room to swing a black cat, they’ve cleverly created a welcoming space with a sprinkle of sorcery.
At the invitation of Chief Wizard Kai, we took a pew (literally – there are three pews to choose from) and waited for the magic to begin. If we let too many spoilers out of the cauldron, we might find our toes being toasted by a dragon, so let’s just say that the 25-minute experience involves an introduction to potions, a bit of a show and a few surprises. It’s best suited to children who can sit still for long enough, listen to a story and don’t mind an unexpected loud noise or two (although it’s more silly than it is scary). Oh, and they’ll need to be happy to tuck into a potion (slushie), but that’s probably not going to be an issue for most kids! There’s even an option for ‘poisonous’ potions for the adults, which we were more than happy to tuck into after a long day’s work.
The Potions Experience runs every day from Saturday 9th October 2021 and you can pre-book a time slot online or in the shop itself. It’s £5.99 per person or £7.99 for the poisonous potion experience. Visit The Potions Cauldron website for more details or to book
Win a family ticket to a potions experience at The Potions Cauldron!
We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Potions Cauldron to offer one lucky family the chance to enjoy the potions experience for themselves. You can enter in any or all of the following ways:
– Follow us on Instagram, like our Potions Cauldron image (posted on 5th October) and comment ‘win’ below it. For an extra entry, share to your Stories (and tag us so we can see the story!)
– Visit our Facebook page, like the post about this competition and comment ‘win’ below (and be sure you’ve liked/followed our page too, or your entry won’t count as the competition is only open to followers)
– Visit our Facebook group and comment ‘win’ on the post about this competition
– Follow us on Twitter and retweet the tweet about this competition
The small print
The prize is one family ticket for five people on a date to be agreed between the winner and The Potions Cauldron (subject to availability). Potions can be standard or poisonous. The competition ends at midnight on 14th October 2021 and one winner will be chosen at random. No correspondence will be entered into.