Two of my favourite things in life (other than the girls of course) are cake and childhood memories. When we were invited to the Roald Dahl Museum to celebrate their collaboration with Mr Kipling I felt like I had just found a golden ticket. See what I did there?
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is situated in a beautiful little village in Buckinghamshire. Honestly some of the cottages are GOALS! Great Missenden was home to Roald Dahl from 1954 until his death in 1990. This is where her found most of his inspiration. The museum holds a host of Roald Dahl history such as original letters and drafts of some of his greatest stories.
Our visit to the Roald Dahl Museum
The museum itself is halfway down the highstreet, surrounded by some beautiful buildings. This building is no exception, set in an old coaching house around a courtyard. When entering you are greeted with huge metal gates – which I learnt were a replica of the gates from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory given by Warner Bros.
On arrival we were welcomed with a talk about some of the things the museum held. Such as scribbles and notes Roald Dahl himself made whilst writing his books and the actual shoe Quentin Blake sent when he imagined the shoes the BFG would wear. The notes gave us an insight into the hard work he put into his stories. Did you know that Sophie from the BFG was actually a boy called Jody until his granddaughter – Sophie – was born?
Although the museum is aimed at children from the age of 6 years, there was still so much Little could do at the age of 3. There are three rooms within the museum – Boy, Solo & the story telling area.
Boy: this room is all about his school days. Little enjoyed dressing up in the school uniform just like his! I even managed to get Baby in on the fun!
Solo: the house of his original writing hut. Little enjoyed playing in this replica plane whilst Daddy told her all about Roald’s time in the air force.
Story telling area: Without a doubt Little’s favourite room with so much to do. From making a movie, creating a photo fit of a character, lots of crafts and more dressing up! There is also story telling every hour where the children (and adults!) can get involved! I’ve never seen Little sit so still during a story.
Once we had finished exploring the museum we headed on the village tour. Here I learnt so much more about the inspiration behind his stories and also about his life.
A Splendiferous Summer With Mr Kipling
Ok now on to the bit you really came for.. Cake! Mr Kipling and Roald Dahl know the importance of family time so they are bringing you chances to win prizes for you and your family!
All you need to do is purchase a pack of Mr Kipling cakes (only the Roald Dahl ones will do!) from Tesco and enter your unique code into their website. Get your limited edition Mr Kipling Roald Dahl cakes exclusively from Tesco this summer for £1.