Mr Balcombe’s Easter Chocolate Challenge at The Silver Mountain Experience

The Silver Mountain Experience visitor attraction, based at a silver-lead mine near Aberystwyth, is preparing for a choc-tastic new event this Easter.

Running from March 26 to April 11, this exciting experience will give visitors the chance to meet Mr Balcombe, the mine manager, who is diversifying into chocolate making!

The busy and somewhat eccentric businessman is just beginning this new venture and is inviting visitors to help him get his chocolate franchise fully up and running.

Included in the visit will be a tour with Mr Balcombe himself, as he explains how he is embarking on the challenge of making chocolate and shows visitors around the mine equipment he is repurposing into chocolate producing machines.

Visitors will also be able to undertake their own chocolate challenge, a quest to help Balcombe produce his ‘Balcombe Bar’ and sell it in his sweet shop. To win the reward, visitors will need to find all of the silver tickets to complete the challenge.

Rumour has it there will be some scrumptious surprises around too… maybe even a chocolate fountain and marshmallows in the onsite Miner’s Rest Café – a small extra charge applies.

As well as the Easter activities, visitors will be able to join a choice of guided and actor-led tours. Families with young explorers can enjoy the interactive ‘A Dragon’s Tale’ tour, an adventure to find Silver Mountain’s shy and secretive dragon, Grotty.

For those who are feeling brave, ‘The Black Chasm’ is a thrilling experience delving deep into the ancient myths, Welsh legends and gruesome mining history of Mid Wales.

‘A Miner’s Life’ guided tour is a must for those interested in a fascinating journey into the history of the mines.

There are also a variety of other attractions included within the price of the entry tickets. Children will love running wild in Woo Hoo Woods, having fun in the play areas and taking part in the various trails and puzzles.

For those wanting to learn more about the site’s history, the mining museum is packed full of fascinating facts and mining machinery, tools and ephemera.

There’s also Ultimate Xscape onsite, featuring two thrilling escape room experiences. Head to to find out more and book a slot.

The Miner’s Rest Café will be serving a delicious range of snacks, cakes, lunches, hot drinks and tasty Easter treats. The café is open to visitors even if they are not visiting any of the attractions and delicious, freshly prepared afternoon teas can be pre-booked.

The neighbouring Red Kite Café will also be open, serving delicious breakfasts and meals.

Find out more and book your tickets online at .More information about the Red Kite Café is available at: