There's no doubt, when all's said and done,
It Is Truly Swizzfigglingly Flushbunkingly Gloriumptious
On 13th September 2016, it's the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, one of the greatest ever authors of children's literature.
Born in South Wales of Norwegian parentage, Dahl spent the final 36 years of his life in the village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, England.
What better way to celebrate then, than to visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in his former home? I'm happy to say that I finally gave in to pleas from my children to spend a Sunday morning there recently. OK, to be honest, I've wanted to go there for such a long time myself! They say that the museum is aimed at 6 to 12 year olds - clearly propsposterous.
The museum exterior is beautifully decorated with a lovely graphic of the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) on the wall...
...and inside there is plenty to explore and do with many interactive installations. There is also free storytelling at weekends and during the Buckinghamshire school holidays.The museum contains many of his his manuscripts, business and personal correspondence, along with personal items, some of which are used to create mock-ups. Such as this replica of the study in his shed, where he wrote much of his work. Incredibly detailed, down to the ball of crunched-up foil from the daily bar of Cadbury's milk chocolate he would consume!
The gift shop is not terrifically cheap, but there is something for all to take away and the museum's dedication to charitable giving - following on from the charities set up by Dahl himself - makes the temptation to come away with a little something, difficult to resist. They are to be applauded in that they don't sell any confectionery (sweets, chocolate, candy) in the gift shop, something that would have been so easy to take advantage of, given such a captive and ready young clientèle!
Of course, even the parents are likely to be ready for a coffee and a slice of 'Bogtrotters Cake' after an hour or so in the museum. So a quick visit to Café Twit is not to be missed. No Snozzcumbers here! #Dahlicious and Gloriumptious!
In short, the museum comes highly recommended. A walk through the village to notable spots including his grave in St Peter and St Paul's Church (a leaflet is available from the museum) is a very pleasant way to round off the day and remember this marvellous man.
Oh, and the BFG movie is terrific, too. Both Mark Rylance as the BFG and Ruby Barnhill as Sophie is Phizz-Whizzing!