Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ReadItDaddy has an absolute Dahl-ing day out at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, Bucks
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Great Missenden, ReadItDaddy Dahl-ing Day Out, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, The Strolling Mum
|Through these purple gates magic happens!|
We had wanted to go for ages, but were a bit concerned that Charlotte might be a bit young for it. Nevertheless we packed into the Storymobile and headed bucks-ward.
Great Missenden is one of those magical towns that seems to have stood still in time.
|The wonderful "Red Pump Garage" which inspired "Danny: The Champion of the World" (note on the door says "Out of Fuel since 8 gallons cost more than £1)|
It has a fantastic library (which Matilda would've loved to have visited) but we were determined to get to the museum before the dark rainclouds descended on us. We just about made it by the skin of our teeth.
Friendly staff greeted us and went through the various activities that were on during the day, and gave us a "Spooky Ghost Hunt" quiz sheet to complete as we made our way around the centre.
The first thing we saw was a very welcome sight indeed. Wouldn't you love doors like these?
|Yummy! Broke my teeth on this trying to gnaw a corner off!|
|I think you're OK if you sit on this, unless you have feathers.|
Some fascinating letters home to his mum gave hints and clues on where Dahl drew so many points of inspiration from for his books (particularly Miss Trunchbull in "Matilda" !)
|Fancy a quick flight in a mock-up of Dahl's Hurricane?|
|Charlotte was as tall as an Oompa Loompa!|
|Here's Charlotte seeing what she'd look like as one of "The Twits".|
|Willy Wonka's fabulous jacket and cane from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (with ghostly chum!)|
|The great man's chair (with snooker-table-baize lap board). Fabulous stories came from such humble surroundings!|
|Charlotte's "Story Ideas" book. Think this one's about a princess who is also a monster, and only likes eating jelly!|
Our favourite area was right at the end of the museum complex, a vast interactive area full of amazing activities and wonderful items to gaze at. We got stuck into making our own stop-motion movie like "Fantastic Mr Fox".
|I say, be a dear and fetch me a whole roast chicken. I'm feeling a little peckish.|
|Space-going Grandpa Joe, Charlie and Willy Wonka - oh and astronaut-y Oompa Loompas!|
|Bogtrotter's Cake from Cafe Twit. Too yummy!|
|ReadItDaddy and Charlotte getting creative in George's Marvellous Making Room!|
|Time to make a stop-motion movie, Charlotte style!|
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Website
Cafe Twit's amazing and scrum-diddly-umptious menu!