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Roald Dahl Day celebrations

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By Helen Watts

13th September is Roald Dahl Day, and to celebrate there are some wierd and wonderful things going on at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and some great ideas for joining in the fun wherever you are

The late Roald Dahl was born on 13th September 1916 and this year sees the UK’s third annual Roald Dahl Day, with events and activities taking place across the country to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday, his life, and his legacy.

Visit www.roalddahlday.info to see what’s going on nationally, or if you fancy taking a trip to the author’s home village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre offers visitors a very special and unique place to come and enjoy the day.

The centre is also celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Matilda.

Great ways to celebrate

Celebrations throughout the day at the Museum include:

Buckswashling bingo sessions - Matilda’s Mum played bingo in the neighbouring town of Aylesbury. Go along and join in some bingo sessions for the chance to win some fantabulous prizes.

Village trails – Guided tours of Great Missenden with ‘reading stops’ at locations featured in Roald Dahl’s books, including Matilda’s library, Sophie’s ‘norphanage’ from The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox’s woods, a visit to the author’s grave and a stop outside Gipsy House where he lived.

Scrumdiddlyumptious Bogtrotter chocolate cake stall – Café Twit will be serving their inimitable and irresistible Bogtrotter cake and giving you the chance to make and decorate your very own edible book.

Roving magicians – Meet the whoppsy-whiffling magicians, who will be around the Museum and courtyard throughout the day. Can they outdo Matilda’s mind-magic?

Limerick competition – Take part in a lickswishy limerick competition and see if you can make up your own limerick, just like Matilda did.

Crafts and storytelling – Free craft activities and squiffling storytelling sessions to enjoy throughout the day.

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