Treat Your Kids To A Whoopsy Whiffling Weekend At The Roald Dahl Museum
Have you ever heard the expression: “The best things in life are free”? Well, this weekend, residents with an HP postcode will experience just that, as the award-winning Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden opens its doors for Village Visit Day.
For your very own golden ticket, simply show proof of your HP postcode to gain free entry to the Museum and take part in a whole host of fun activities this Saturday (11 June), between 11am and 5pm.
Situated in the picturesque Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years, residents can embark on a Sunshine Trail, listen to some swashboggling storytelling or get creative in George’s Crafty Kitchen, as well as enjoy 10% off in the shop. All visitors are welcome, so even if you don’t live nearby, you can still pay the standard entry fee and join in.
Nowhere else can your child be welcomed by a Big Friendly Giant or sit on a bench disguised as a crocodile, before exploring three fizz-whizzing fun and fact-packed galleries to truly inspire and amaze.
There’s the Boy Gallery where you will find out all about Roald Dahl’s childhood, his great love of chocolate and his schoolboy pranks. Here you can find the mouse in the gobstopper jar and even smell the giant chocolate doors!
In the Solo Gallery, visitors can explore Roald Dahl’s original Writing Hut, brimming with his collection of quirky mementos. There are hidden surprises in peep-holes and drawers, a cockpit where you can find out about Roald Dahl’s RAF experiences and a Sparkometer to test your sparkiness.
The Story Centre is designed to inspire writing and story-making, where children can listen to top tips from their favourite authors, make a stop-frame animation and even sit in a replica of Roald Dahl’s writing chair.
The Museum inspires thousands of children each year, helping them to get really excited about reading and writing – something that Roald Dahl was very passionate about. During their visit, children over five receive a Story Ideas Book, just like Roald Dahl’s, to scribble their ideas in as they explore.
And no trip to the Museum would be complete without sampling the delumptious range of freshly prepared food and drink from Café Twit. Offering a selection of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soups and paninis, all ingredients are freshly prepared. You can also unleash your inner Augustus Gloop and indulge in some Bogtrotter chocolate cake, scones, cupcakes and slices – all delicious and homemade on the premises.
Each visitor gets a wristband that allows them to come and go throughout the day of their visit so, if the weather’s nice, you can amble round the rest of the village. For Mum and Dad, there are some great little boutique shops, galleries and bars. Or have your photo taken outside the famous Red Pump Garage, which inspired the description of the garage in Danny, the Champion of the World, one of Dahl’s best-loved books.
This year, the Museum’s calendar is packed full of squiffling surprises and treats for everyone to enjoy, as it celebrates 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl. Check out their website for more information or take a virtual tour of the Museum before you go.