With Stephen Spielberg’s BFG in cinemas tomorrow and the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth on 13th September, there are lots of scrumdiddlyumptious activities across the country this summer.
1. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Where? Great Missenden
When? Throughout 2016
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is in the Buckinghamshire village where he lived and wrote for 36 years. Aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds, it has three interactive galleries, free drop-in crafts every day and free storytelling at weekends and during the school holidays. There are special displays and activities planned in the run up to the Roald Dahl Day celebrations on 17 and 18 September, when Great Missenden is to be transformed into the Village of the Unexpected. Museum admission costs £6.60 for adults and £4.40 for children.
2. Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park
When? Until 30 October
In the grounds of Tatton Park in Cheshire, you can dress up and create invites to Fantastic Mr Fox’s feast, go on a journey through the gardens with Danny Champion of the World and meet Matilda Wormwood and do Dahl-inspired activities in the mansion. If you’re brave enough, you can even go deep into the jungle to try and find the Enormous Crocodile. Totally Tatton Twit Ticket (including entry to the mansion, gardens and farm) costs £27.50 for a family (two adults and up to three children) or £11 per adult and £5.50 per child.
The BFG in Pictures is an exhibition of 40 Quentin Blake artworks, including illustrations of The BFG that have never been exhibited in public before. These unpublished illustrations are exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, providing a fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator, and a glimpse of a BFG that might have been. Tickets from £7.00 for adults and £4.00 for children.
To celebrate the release of The BFG movie, Trafalgar Square, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Leicester Square, Tower of London and Great Missenden will each play host to giant dream jars containing the dreams of celebrities and top artists.
Expect to see the imagined dreams of Steven Spielberg, Sophie Dahl, Quentin Blake, Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, Paralympian David Weir, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Arsenal Football Club. The BFG Dream Jar Trail has been inspired by the dream jars in the film, which the BFG uses to store good and bad dreams. After the trail has ended, the dream jars will be sold at auction, with proceeds going to Save the Children.
Internationally celebrated as Roald Dahl Day, September 2016 will see schools, libraries, bookshops and community groups invited to host their own party for Roald Dahl 100, using a comprehensive party kit which can be downloaded online. In line with this, Dahlicious Dress Up Day will be marked in schools across the UK in support of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
Where? Wales Millennium Centre & National Theatre Wales
When? 17-18 September
On Saturday 17 September, Cardiff’s city centre will become a place where reality is turned on its head. Featuring a cast of thousands, there will be unexpected sights, performances, pop-ups and spectacles appearing on the streets and in buildings throughout the city centre, culminating in a finale that evening.
On Sunday 18, audiences will discover some of Roald Dahl’s famous fans reading extracts from his stories in some unusual locations across the city centre. In the afternoon, everyone is invited to join a mass picnic in Bute Park – in their pyjamas – and to bring some food inspired by the man himself.
The Royal Shakespeare Society’s multi-award winning production of Matilda the Musical will celebrate its 5th birthday in London’s West End in October. Inspired by Roald Dahl, the musical has been written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
This immersive dining and theatre experience in the tunnels under Waterloo train station is for adults, not nasty, nosey little children. Guests at The Twits’ windowless house and ghastly garden will be treated to a banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes, Mr Twit’s special brew and Mrs Twit’s potent punch.