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It’s Roald Dahl Day: Here’s Where to Relive the Magic!

It’s Roald Dahl Day: Here’s Where to Relive the Magic!

13 September 2017 | Nicola Freedman

Everyone has a favourite Roald Dahl story. From 'Matilda' to 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', the legendary British author wrote stories which were so vividly realised that children and adults continue to be transported into magical, and often comically grotesque, worlds. Celebrate Roald Dahl Day (Wednesday 13 September– Dahl’s birthday), with our guide to the best places across the country to relive the magic of his stories.

See Matilda the Musical on the West End


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Inspired by Dahl’s much-loved story of a precocious child, Matilda comes to life in this multi-award winning musical adaptation. Hilarious and heartwarming, Matilda the Musical has been described as the greatest British musical since Billy Eliot. So sit back, relax and enjoy the incredible performances and original songs from musical genius and comedian Tim Minchin - we guarantee you’ll be humming along to the tune of ‘When I Grow Up’ well after the curtain has been called.

For those who have indeed grown up, and are attending without children, make sure to grab a drink before or after the show at the aptly named Escapologist across the street.
 
See Matilda the Musical at Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU.
 

Have a chocolate adventure in Birmingham


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Easily one of Dahl’s most famous novels, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' had children all over the world licking their lips and dreaming of visiting Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. Follow in the footsteps of Charlie, and have an incredible (and delicious) day at Cadbury World*, located in Birmingham’s historic Bournville Village. One of the UK’s most popular family attractions, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the factory, while children can also enjoy various fun zones, including a chocolate making experience. While everything may not be edible, there is always the obligatory gift shop stop to stock up on all the chocolate you can eat.
 
*Oompa Loompa sightings cannot be guaranteed.
 
Cadbury World can be found at Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 1JR
 
 
Explore the Buckinghamshire Countryside


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One of Dahl’s personal favourites, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the story of a quick witted fox and his feud with three horrible farmers, was inspired by the author’s time in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Visit the picturesque village of Great Missenden, where Dahl lived with his family and wrote for thirty-six years, and stop by the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. With a range of exhibitions and interactive activities aimed at encouraging creativity, the museum has something for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors can also take one of the self-guided trails, which explore the local area and highlight key sights that relate to Dahl’s books and life.

In celebration of Roald Dahl Day, the museum will host various events Saturday 16th September and Sunday 17 September, from 11am to 5pm. The Roald Dahl Museum can be found at 81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL
 


White Cliffs of Dover
 

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In Dahl’s classic tale James and the Giant Peach, the breathtaking White Cliffs of Dover are of great significance. After all, it’s from the cliffs that James launches the eponymous giant peach as he attempts to escape his cruel aunts. Take a walk in James’ footsteps along the coastal site, and see why these cliffs are not only one of the country’s most spectacular natural landscapes, but famous the world over. 
 
The White Cliffs of Dover can be found at Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HJ
 

Search for mice at the Headland Hotel, Newquay


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Creepy, and deeply unsettling, The Witches is arguably one of Dahl’s most terrifying novels. The 1987 film production was no exception. The adaptation of the tale of a young boy who stumbles upon a witch convention was so vividly realised on screen that, to this day, the witches unmasking continues to frighten children and adults alike. If you’re brave enough, visit the Headland Hotel in Cornwall where The Witches was filmed. Given the hotel’s isolated setting (the Victorian building stands alone on a windy cliff overlooking Fistral Beach), it comes as no surprise that this was the chosen location.
 
While in Newquay, make sure to venture out and explore the popular seaside town, which boasts a range of exciting events throughout the year. And, if the weather permits, unwind out on the water with a range of activities on offer, from boat tripping and fishing, to snorkeling and surfing.
 
The Headland Hotel can be found at Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1EW
 
 
Visit the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery


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What better way to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday than by paying a visit to the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery? As part of the Bucks County Museum in Aylsebury, the children’s gallery was established in honour of Dahl himself. Get stuck in inventing with Willy Wonka, investigate minibeasts inside the giant peach, and let your imagination run wild! 
 
Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery can be found at Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP

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