Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd,
Cray Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5DF
Our 26 acre factory at Sidcup, south east London, started production in 1961 and has remained at the heart of the local community ever since. 50 years later, in 2011, the site proudly opened its Education Centre to continue CCE's commitment to its CRS agenda, and welcomes visits from schools, colleges, universities, and learning groups.Need to know: Sidcup FAQS
Meet Caroline Education Centre Manager
My name is Caroline Mounter and I have been the Education Centre Manager at our Sidcup factory since May 2011. I am a qualified teacher and previously worked for five years as Education Officer at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. I love bringing learning to life for the students who visit Sidcup, and enjoy making manufacturing and engineering a fun and exciting topic to learn about.
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Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to visit? +
Visits to our Education Centres are completely free of charge.
When can we visit? +
Visits take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with session times of 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00.
Is there a gift shop? +
No. Our visits have a very strong educational and experiential focus, and we do not make money from visits, so it would not be appropriate to have a gift shop. There is therefore no need for the students to bring any spending money.
Is there a museum? +
No; visits take place in the purpose-built Education Centre within our factory. It's important that all visitors understand that we are not a tourist attraction or museum, but in fact a fully operational industrial site.
Can I bring my group on public transport? +
As the Education Centre at Sidcup is situated within the factory, for H&S reasons access is only permitted in a vehicle (such as a coach or minibus). It is not possible to enter or exit the site on foot and we cannot make any exceptions to this rule.
Can we park on site? +
There is a parking bay for one coach, or a maximum of two minibuses. Please advise the Education Centre Manager in advance if you are coming in more than one vehicle.
How many students can I bring? +
We can accommodate an absolute maximum of 25 students and two accompanying adults per visit. Please note that we insist on there being at least two accompanying adults on every visit, regardless of the number and age of the students.
I want to bring two groups on one day. Is this possible? +
We can host two visits on one day, with one visit at 10:00-12:00 and the other at 13:00-15:00. It is not possible to run two visits concurrently as there is only one Education Centre in which the visits take place, and one Education Centre Manager to run the visit.
Can we drop off the afternoon group when collecting the morning group? +
No. The times for visits are intentionally set with an hour-long break between the two. This is to allow our Education Centre Manager time to tidy up after the morning group and set up the Centre for the afternoon group. It's also time for the Manager to have an all-important comfort break and a chance to catch their breath! It is therefore not possible to run two visits without a break in between.
Can you host visits for those with physical disabilities? +
Unfortunately the Education Centre at Sidcup is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties as access to the centre requires negotiating a large number of stairs. Additionally, the factory tour follows a route which takes in several staircases. If you have students with restricted mobility we suggest you visit the Education Centre at our Edmonton factory instead.
Is there an age limit? +
Yes, all visitors must be aged 12 or over on the day of the visit. There is no upper age limit.
Can primary schools visit the Education Centre? +
Unfortunately, due to H&S regulations and the potential dangers onsite, it is not possible for primary schools to visit our site.
How long does a visit last? +
Two hours. Visit times are 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Due to our tight timetable of visits it is not possible for visits to last any longer than this.
Can we eat lunch in the Centre? +
No. Due to the site's strict H&S rules it is not possible to bring any food, drink, sweets or chewing gum onsite. It is therefore not possible to have your lunch at the factory.
Can we take photos? +
Photography/filming is not permitted at the factory; however we do allow teachers to photograph the students in the Education Centre before the factory tour if wished.
Do you have some resources you can send us before/after the visit? +
Unfortunately we are not able to send out the slides we use during the visit. We do not have pre- and post-visit resources but we recommend you prepare your students by briefly covering the topics of your chosen presentation before your visit so that the information we provide is more meaningful.