Dahlicious days out this summer celebrating The BFG film release

With Spielberg’s BFG released on 22nd July, locations across England will be brought to life on the big screen. And, with celebrations gearing up for the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth on 13th September, there’s an abundance of scrumdiddlyumptious activities to get involved in across the country this summer.

Wondercrump Events:

Roald Dahl Museum and StoryCentre (Throughout 2016)

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is taking a year-long journey, exploring the stories, characters and life of the much loved author. There will be special displays and activities, with Roald Dahl Day celebrations on 17 and 18 September, when Great Missenden is to be transformed into the Village of the Unexpected. Museum admission costs £6.60 for adults and £4.40 for children. www.roalddahl.com/museum


Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl, London (until 3 July)


This major exhibition at the Southbank Centre takes visitors on an interactive journey through the life and secrets of the beloved writer. The tour features interactive installations and unique items from the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre archives, and promises to make you laugh till your belly hurts. From £10 per adults and £8 per child. www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-wondercrump-world-of-roald-94482


Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park, Cheshire (until 30 October)


Join Tatton Park for some tremendous adventures, and expeditions of discovery. See Fantastic Mr Fox at the Farm, whilst dressing up and creating invites to Mr Fox’s Feast; go on a journey through the gardens with Danny Champion of the World, and see Matilda in the Mansion where you can have fun in the Roald Dahl inspired activity room and discover the curious world of Matilda Wormwood. If you’re brave enough you can even go deep into the jungle to try and find the Enormous Crocodile. Totally Tatton Twit Ticket (including entry to Mansion, Gardens and Farm) costs £27.50 for a family (two adults and up to three children) or £11 per adult and £5.50 per child. www.tattonpark.org.uk/roald-dahl/roald-dahl-at-tatton-park.aspx


Matilda the Musical 5th Birthday (October)


The Royal Shakespeare Society’s multi-award winning production of Matilda the Musical will celebrate its 5th birthday in London’s West End. Inspired by Roald Dahl, the musical has been written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. www.matildathemusical.com/about/the-story/


Dahlicious locations:

Walk in giants footsteps at Bamburgh Castle beach, Northumberland, north-east England


The BFG’s giant footprints in the Spielberg film were created in the sand on the beach below the majestic Bamburgh Castle, with barrels of water pumped over them to create the illusion that the tide has washed them away. Visitors can see the historic castle that watches over the coastline 150 feet below, which features in the background of the scene. The beach has also been used in the filming of the ITV drama Beowulf, based on the Old English epic poem. www.bamburghcastle.com


Follow in Charlie’s footsteps and have your own chocolate adventure, Birmingham


Relive Charlie’s adventures in Dahl’s 1964 book, by visiting Cadbury World in Bournville, Birmingham. The chocolatier giant has 14 self-guided zones that take you through the chocolate making story, such as the Aztec Jungle, the chocolate making experience, and the Cadabra ride. The factory has the largest Cadbury shop in the world, and its own restaurant called the Cadbury café which serves imaginative and fun food, complete with Cadbury dairy milk cows. Did you know that as a boy Roald Dahl was a chocolate taster for Cadbury’s? Adult entry £16.75, children £12.30. www.cadburyworld.co.uk


See some mugglewumps at Monkey World, Dorset

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ever popular children’s novel sees the evil twits play havoc on each other, the neighbourhood children, and they’re poor “Muggle-Wumps”: the mistreated monkeys the Twits keep as pets. You can visit Monkey world in Dorset to see the “Muggle-Wumps” in a happy home away from the horrible twits! Adult entry £11.75, children £8.50. www.monkeyworld.org


For more holiday ideas check out www.visitengland.com

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