Located in the village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, The Roald Dahl Museum is a delight for fans of his work.
Great Missenden is the village Dahl lived in for 36 years until his death in 1990. The museum is located in what was one of the old coaching inns and is tucked away behind the High Street.
As you enter, you are given a little 'My Story Ideas Book' which contains a mixture of pages with ideas on and blank ones for adding your own. The Museum has three galleries- 'Boy', 'Solo' and 'The Story Centre'- and the 'Gloriumptious Guide' contains questions to answer and offers suggestions for things to focus on as you go round each section.
With doors shaped like chocolate bars, the Boy gallery looks at Dahl's school days and how they inspired his story ideas in later life.
Photographs and letters form part of the displays and children can dress up in Dahl's school uniform.
The 'Solo' gallery contains the actual writing hut that Dahl spent so much time in, creating his books. Full of the objects he liked to surround himself with, there is much to see- Dahl's hip bone, a paper knife belonging to Dahl's father and the particular brand of pencils Dahl wrote with.
You can also listen to Quentin Blake talking about how he and Dahl worked together and explore the Africa corner. Don't forget to take a look in the mirror and see how you'd look with Mr Twit's beard.
The Story Centre is all about inspiring children (and adults!) to think creatively and to use their imaginations. There is much to see and do and there are regular events and workshops for children to take part in. You can even sit in Roald Dahl's chair and see what ideas come to you!
Although a small museum, it is full of things for children to do and enjoy. The excellent Cafe Twit, and the gift and book shop, add to the pleasure of the visit. The museum also offers a village trail to follow which highlights some of the places associated with Dahl and his time here. A countryside trail extends this to areas beyond the village, taking you through Angling Spring Wood which is a beautiful ancient woodland, said to be Dahl's inspiration for 'Fantastic Mr Fox'.
See the Museum website for more information: http://www.roalddahl.com/home. You can watch a short film which gives you a real taste of what's on offer!
Go and test your 'Spark Factor' - how much do you know about Dahl?