Celebrating Roald Dahl across the North West

rdattatton_12_006e23e26e23e2_881_497I’m a massive fan of reading and a huge fan of Roald Dahl, its one author I really, really can’t wait for Spike to discover herself when she’s older.

I’m always on the look out for things to do with her that will make for special memories and that she will enjoy. Thats why I was excited to discover that a lot of places across the North West are putting on special events to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth!

The first I found out about was the summer of events on at Tatton Park. I haven’t made it to them yet but I am hoping to go down there for the Picnic In the Park on September 11th. This is a day long event which includes some of the things that have been available over the summer.

The types of things you can do at the park during summer include an exhibition of book jackets from across the world and a trail of mischief straight from the hands of Matilda. There have been, and will be more, outdoor theatre and screenings of adaptations of Roald Dahl’s books. The Picnic in the Park event sounds fantastic and here’s what the website has to say about it:

“Come and join us on a lazy summer afternoon in our beautiful Gardens to commemorate 100 years of Roald Dahl, the world’s number one storyteller. To celebrate this special birthday we’re opening our Gardens to picnickers for the first time so you can bring a picnic and settle down in our gorgeous formal Gardens! And as it’s his 100th birthday, the Gardens are free to enter for everyone! During your picnic enjoy exploring our 50- acre garden. There’s a fabulous Danny the Champion of the World Trail to follow full-of-fun obstacles. James and the Giant Peach and the Twits provide further fun! A great afternoon entertainment programme includes a mini disco, fab family fitness sessions, Roald Dahl inspired performances and the young ones can settle down and listen in to storytelling. On the day you’ll be able to give a little by treating yourself to a slice of the most humungous, yummy birthday cake baked by our very own baker …..the proceeds go to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity caring for seriously ill children. Come dressed up as your favourite Roald Dahl character and you could win a superlicious surprise! Gardens open from 10am. Activities take place between 12pm and 3pm. Ice cream, beers and hot and cold refreshments are available to purchase.”

You can find out more about the event and what Tatton Park has to offer on their website here: www.tattonpark.org.uk

Also for the same weekend there’s a fantastic event in Manchester called Glittering Eyes featuring screenings of four adaptations of Roald Dahl’s movies from the guys at This is Solid Ground. They are bringing a street cinema experience to New Bailey in Spinningfields which will also feature some amazing sights.. This event isn’t free but sounds so cool, with a library for kids to visit inside a giant peach!!

“As part of the centenary celebrations of Roald Dahl Day this year, New Bailey will host Glittering Eyes – a pop-up immersive cinema experience. New Bailey will be transformed into a Roald Dahl wonderland.  A giant peach will be positioned next to the cinema where you can climb inside and enjoy story time sessions between films.  There will also be a walk through Willy-Wonka garden and tons of activities to keep the kids entertained! Alongside the full weekend of interactive entertainment there will be Roald Dahl themed food to purchase alongside more traditional street food stalls (so no one goes hungry!) “

It sounds so cool, with James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory arriving on the screen at 12pm and 3pm respectively on the Saturday and The Witches and Matilda at 12pm and 3pm on the Sunday. Tickets are here so check it out, I am hoping to make it there on the Sunday and am really loving the sound of a giant peach, I just wish Spike was big enough to sit through one of the movies!

There are loads of other events across the country too, the Roald Dahl website has a huge list of them here: www.roalddahl.com