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Published November 15th 2012
Revisit some of your childhood stories at the Roald Dahl museum
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda to name a few are some of Roald Dahl's most famous children's novels. Many of Roald Dahl's stories are also well known as they have been transformed into movies loved by people all around the world.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is situated in the beautiful village where Roald Dahl lived and was inspired to write. Inside the Museum and Story Centre, guests are able to explore Roald Dahl's history and discover what made him passionate about writing with a variety of activities. Guests can learn about Roald Dahl's childhood together with his work leading up to his novels, and view his original letters between Disney and others who were interested in his work.
In the Solo gallery you can explore Roald Dahl's RAF experiences and you are able to step inside Roald Dahl's original writing hut. The writing hut is where Roald Dahl would sit and write every one of his stories and is highly inspiring. At the end of the museum you have the chance to sit in a chair identical to Roald Dahl's which is perfect for a quick picture. The Solo gallery also has a fighter plane and other interactive activities for the children to explore.
After learning about Roald Dahl, you can then make your way into the story centre and crafts room. This room is perfect for the kids as there are plenty of activities for them to be creative with. Here they can dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character, make a stop-frame movie and create a mask or crodswoggling creature. Before you leave, do not forget to also visit Miss Honey's Classroom where you can sit and listen to a story told by some fantastic storytellers.
If you have the time make sure you also explore the wonderful village outside of the museum which inspired Dahl's stories whilst he lived and wrote there. Ensure that you pick up a leaflet of Roald Dahl's village and country tour from the museum if you would like to explore the area. The walk in the leaflet takes you around the village and through the Chiltern Hills which are in the valley of the Misbourne River. You will walk through the forest and view some stunning views surrounding the village. Most importantly, the walk enables you to visit many of the places which were mentioned in his stories.
After your walk you can visit Café Twit. Café Twit is situated by the museum that serves drinks and that has many delicious mouth watering cakes to choose from. The café is extremely clean and the staff are always very friendly. There are even Roald Dahl books you can read whilst having some tea and cake after your long walk.
Overall, the area and village is stunning and the museum sets your imagination on fire. The only negative thing I found was the price of entry. At the price of £6.60 for adults and £4.40 for children aged 5-18, you would expect the museum to be slightly larger. There are only two rooms and these are both only targeted at 6-12 year olds. However, not only is the museum fascinating but it definitely inspires the young to become creative and begin writing just like the legend that is Roald Dahl.