Advantages Excellent for childrens imaginations, good interactive area in story centre, Workshops
Disadvantages Lots of reading, prices a tad high,
My daughter is currently learning about Roald Dahl in literacy at school, and as parents we are always keen to continue on whatever theme they are doing at school but the fun side! I hadn’t ever heard of the Roald Dahl museum but knew there must be one in the country somewhere. I googled it and was right! Unfortunately for us, living near Halifax in West Yorkshire, it was some 3.5 hours away in Buckinghamshire. Never mind, I thought, Road Trip!
Deciding to arrive a little early as we were staying in a hotel about 15 minutes away, we were actually the first to arrive. By the time the doors had opened their was quite a queue behind us, so we were glad to be the first in through the door giving us a head start in each of the rooms. When we first arrived I was surprised to see it was actually fairly small but the children were so excited I figured we could work our way slowly around the museum. The museum is divided into 3 rooms and Miss Honey’s classroom. To be fair it does say on the Museum’s website that visiting will take between 60 and 90 minutes.Situated in the heart of Great Missenden, the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for nearly 40 years, the museum is in the perfect for place for understanding his environment and the inspiration he may have got for some of the settings of his stories. Now when we read BFG at home, I instantly visualise Great Missenden!
The Museum while a great place to see aspects of Roald Dahl’s life, was for us much more about creative writing and how to inspire my eldest daughter who has a massive interest at the moment (as did I at her age when I wanted to be Enid Blyton when I was an adult!) in creative writing and storytelling. When I called to book the tickets for half term, I was offered the opportunity to pay £3 extra for each of us to take part in a workshop with a children’s author. I have to say this is one of the best £12 I have ever spent, but more about that later! According to the museum, events such as these are a regular occurrence on weekends and school holidays, some are free and some include a small charge.The Boy Gallery:
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