Coca-Cola European Partners,

Kenmore Road, Wakefield Industrial Park,

Wakefield, WF2 OXR

Enquire about visiting Wakefield

Our Wakefield factory was established in 1989 and employs around 520 people, many of whom live in the local area. Wakefield is the biggest site by volume in Europe. The Education Centre has been open since 2002 and provides local schools with the knowledge and background they need to understand about working life within the manufacturing industry.

Need to know: Wakefield FAQS

MeetLucia Education Centre Manager Lucia Armitage

Hello, my name is Lucia Armitage and I've been the Education Centre Manager at Wakefield since April 2012. I am a qualified secondary school technology teacher, so I have a good understanding of how schools can use a visit to Wakefield in terms of learning outside the classroom and relating it to students' coursework. I like to share with the students just how diverse and exciting a career in manufacturing or engineering can be and it's great to be able to link much of what we do here to STEM subjects.

Frequently asked questions

How can I book a visit? +

Make a booking enquiry through this website and you will be contacted within 5 working days.

When can I come on a visit? +

We host visits at Wakefield on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. There are two slots available per day: 10am till 12 noon or 1:30pm to 3:30pm. We have limited availability for an earlier or later visit start, especially for those schools travelling from afar, so please do mention this in your booking enquiry if would like to check availability.

How many people can I bring? +

There is a maximum of 25 students per visit, and we insist on there being two members of school staff, regardless of the number of students.

Do I need to bring anything with me on the day? +

You will need to bring all the Health and Safety documentation required. The documents you will need will be sent to you in your confirmation packs when you book a visit.

Are there any Health and Safety issues I need to know about? +

Yes. Health and Safety is our number one priority on site. The information you need will be in your confirmation pack. Our rules and regulations must be adhered to at all times. Students also need to be aware of the rules BEFORE they come on site. Failure to abide by these rules will result in your group not being allowed on site.

What happens if I need to cancel my visit? +

If you need to cancel your visit, please contact the Education Centre Manager at least 2/3 weeks in advance as we have a waiting list of other schools who may be able to take your timeslot instead.

Will we get free Coca-Cola? +

No. We are not allowed to give out these drinks to students due to the government's Healthy Schools legislation. We do give out 100% pure juice drinks and water from our healthy drinks range.

Are we allowed to take photos on the visit? +

No. Cameras and video cameras are not allowed on the factory lines. However, you are permitted to take a photo inside the Education Room or near our Coca-Cola sign outside the main entrance if wished.

Are we allowed copies of your resources? +

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.

When is best to book for a visit? +

The earlier you enquire about booking the better as we are always booked up about three months in advance.

Where can I find a risk assessment? +

The Risk Assessment will be sent to you along with your booking confirmation; however this document is available from the 'Key documents' section on this page.

Are wheelchairs allowed on site? +

Yes, the Education Centre and factory tour are accessible to wheelchairs.  Please ensure you mention this on your booking form so we can make the appropriate arrangements in advance.

Is there an age limit for people who attend the visit? +

We can only accept bookings for visitors aged 12 years and over on the day of the visit.

Do we have to pay for the visit? +

No, the visit is completely free of charge.

Can we eat lunch in the Centre? +

No. External food, drink, sweets and chewing gum are banned from our site.

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Key documents

Wakefield EC Key Information, Safety Standards, and Behaviours document


Wakefield EC Risk Assessment


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