When I hear the name ‘Roald Dahl’ I picture all the amazing books that brought my imagination to life as a child. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, BFG, Matilda, James And The Giant Peach and Witches are some of the many tales that jump to mind. When we received an invitation to attend the Roald Dahl Award Winning Museum it was accepted without any hesitation.
Roald Dahl’s museum is located in a beautiful village called Great Missendon in Buckinghamshire. On entering the museum, you can see the gates from the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory movie. Apparently they are the smaller version to the real ones used because the originals were too big.
The museum has a very relaxed atmosphere and friendly knowledgeable staff. We received such a warm welcome before heading into the museum to explore freely. The highlight for my 2-year-old was the dinosaur movie maker that you can watch below. The big kid inside of me jumped out when I saw the fancy dress box to the embarrassment of my husband. It was soon forgotten about when we saw Roald Dahl’s workshop; transported from his original location and erected in the museum as he left it. The place where all the amazing books we know today were created
My husband and son stayed for story time while I headed out on the guided walking tour. This was so insightful and informative. Roald Dahl got so much of his inspiration from where he lived for 36 years and highlighted the depth of his creativity. We headed to his grave that was surrounded by beautiful countryside. His children’s names are displayed on a bench that circles a tree looking down upon his resting place. With words on the floor surrounding the chair that read;
“We have tears in our eyes as we wave our goodbyes. We all so loved being with you, we three. So please do now and then come and see us again. The Giraffe and the Pelly and me”
BFG footsteps lead from the bench to his grave side as you see in the video below.
We had a splendid day and I would recommend all Roald Dahl readers and anyone who appreciates books to visit. It is a great inspiration to children to grow a love for reading and creative writing. Roald Dahl is a true inspiration and his museum captures his passion of wanting children to be able to grow their own imagination and writing styles. If you enjoy walking, you can explore the Chiltern countryside that features many of Roald Dahl’s stories or/and going on the museum’s walking tour that I recommend.
What age would it suit?
The museum holds different events catering for all ages.
The Buzzing Humming Summer is held between 22nd July-3rd September 2017. Details can be found below. Great Place to visit to entertain the children during school holidays.
They have a children’s hour for 0-3 year olds that you can find more details via this link
There is a picnic room that is accessible. Alternatively, there is a lovely café with indoor and outside seating area. The food we saw served to other visitors looked lovely.
There is a shop where you can purchase some lovely items.There is also an online shop. http://www.roalddahl.com/shop
Children 5 to 18 £4.40
Children under 5 Free
(Concessions are for students, people aged 60 or over or for those with disabilities)
Family ticket £21.00 (For 2 adults and up to 3 children.)
Disabled visitors are entitled to the concessionary rate of £4.40. Accompanying carers are admitted free of charge.
81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL
Great Missenden is a village situated about 20 miles northwest of London.
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm
Closed most Mondays except the following Mondays in 2017: Monday 13 February, Monday 17 April, Monday 1 May, Monday 29 May, Monday 28 August, Monday 23 October.
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