When the weather can’t decide if it wants to rain or shine (hello British weather!), there’s nothing better to do than to play it safe and take the little person in your life to a museum to keep them happy for a few hours.
Luckily, we were invited down to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden on Thursday (July 27), for a blogger event. It was all about the partnership between Roald Dahl and Mr. Kipling.
We were given a brief introduction about the museum and the life of Roald Dahl – the way he wrote and collaborated with illustrator Quentin Blake. One example is that Dahl sent his (giant) sandals to Blake to be used for illustration purposes for the ‘BFG’. Next time you pick up your copy of the book, look at BFG’s feet and the photo below.
In life, Mr. Kipling and Roald Dahl were very different (one a baker and the other an author) yet they both shared their love of family. So the two brands have partnered up together to bring delicious Mr. Kipling baked goodies in special Roald Dahl inspired packaging – and it definitely keeps the children happy (and parents too)!
Walking around the small museum felt like I was going back to my time in junior school, when our year group put on the ‘BFG’ play in 1991. It was even more interesting seeing it through the eyes of my daughter, Yara. She’s still very young (nearly 4 years old) to understand all the amazing books that Dahl wrote, but she asked many questions as we walked around the exhibits and she can now actually tell you what the ‘BFG’ stands for. It’s a good start.
The museum exhibits reach out to adults and kids – lots of things to touch, to listen to, to watch…and how lovely it was to see the Writing Hut, where Dahl used to sit and write his stories – completely unchanged, with all the writing and smoking paraphernalia he used.
After a quick bite to eat at the café, we met up in a group as Director of the museum, Steve Gardam took us on a village trail. He pointed out some of the landmarks that inspired Dahl in his books – check out the Red Pump, which features in “Danny, the Champion of the World” and Sgt. Samways, also in that book, is actually taken from the name of a local convenience store near Great Missenden train station.
By walking around the village, Dahl took the simplest pieces of information and twisted them into his tales and it makes you realize that often, we take for granted the smallest pieces of detail.
Back at the museum, we managed a quick look around the extremely well-stocked gift shop, which sells all the books, games, posters and toys that your child could wish for…and by that point, I had one hyperactive daughter like a bull in a china shop. Time to go. Thank goodness I had some Mr. Kipling cakes to keep me going on the drive back home!