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Image © The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre via Facebook 

Take a Trip: Visit Great Missenden for Roald Dahl Day

13 September 2019 | Maisy Farren

A treasure of many childhoods, Roald Dahl penned some of history’s best fantastical novels loved by children across the ages. He introduced the world to Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka, the incredible Matilda, the disgusting Twits and, of course, The Big Friendly Giant. His books have been made into countless feature films and Matilda is now an award-winning, sell out West End show. Celebrate the iconic authors birthday on Roald Dahl day with a trip to Great Missenden, a treat for children and parents alike. 


Image credit: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre via Facebook 
Head to the popular Roald Dahl Museum on the village High Street. This super fun gallery and museum is an ever-popular spot for young children, and parents who read the books in their youth will also likely enjoy learning about the author’s varied life. In the Boy gallery you’ll find out about the novelists childhood, including the infamous “Great Mouse Plot of 1924” and the tuck boxes of Cadburys chocolate sent to students at his teenage boarding school. In the Solo gallery you can track Dahl’s trip to Africa as an RAF fighter pilot in WW2 and see how his real-life adventures translated into the stories he wrote. Dahl famously wrote his books from a writing hut in the bottom of his garden, and here you can experience this quirky hut and get a true feel for Dahl’s creative hub. The final gallery is The Story Centre, an interactive space where all that learning will come to good use as kids can sit down to write stories, make a stop-frame animation or create a brand new gobblefunk word. Sit in a replica of Roald Dahl’s famous writing chair and let the inspiration flow! 


Image credit: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre via Facebook 
The museum hosts plenty of events and extra special activities which are available to book for a small extra price. These story sessions or arts and crafts workshops are tailored to kids of all ages and are themed by various favourite books. Check out their website to plan your visit. Roald Dahl famously loved a sweet treat and invented a whole load of wild chocolates and sweeties for Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, so honour his sweet tooth with a trip to the museum café. Be sure to try a slice of Bogtrotter chocolate cake and a Whizzpopper hot chocolate! 
 

Image credit: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre via Facebook
Whilst Dahl put pen to paper in his famous writing hut, he got inspiration from the picturesque village of Great Missenden, where he lived for 36 years. Explore the village spots that inspired The BFG, Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox, delving into the Chilterns countryside and finding inspiration from this charming little village. Head to the woodlands where the wily Mr Fox stole from dim-witted farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. You can also head to The Church of St Peter and St Paul to visit where Roald Dahl is buried. The small village will only take around an hour to tour and be sure to head back to the museum for afternoon tea afterwards!
 
Get to Great Missenden in just 40 minutes from London Paddington and check the Roald Dahl website for more information and to book tickets. 
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