Roald Dahl museum – family day out
Within Great Missenden, where Roald Dahl’s spent most of his writing career, is a quaint little museum showcasing the talents of the famous author himself. The museum is situated in one of the terraced houses and is a story about Roald Dahl. Rather than focusing on the characters in his book it is a celebration of his life and how he came to be a writer. The main focus is on inspiring new young writers to explore their imagination.
As Great Missenden is only a small village the parking is limited. There are spaces along the high street, but the museum suggests you park in the local parking on the right hand side as you enter the village. It’s easily accessible and was able to accommodate our motorhome for a few pounds.
The museum is clearly signposted as it’s the key feature of the village. Turn right from the car park and then turn left along the main high street. The museum is clearly seen on the left hand side.
Within the entrance the is a shop and included within the payment was 2 booklets for the boys to complete as they walked around. One book had a number of activities to be competed and encouraged you to write lots of notes.
History and war
The first room we entered was displaying the war years of roald Dahl’s life. There was a mock airplane and dress up area which the kids enjoyed playing with. Within the room there were writing and illustration challenges, as well as a reactions game.
The boys were less inclined to sit down and do any writing as it felt like with. But I grabbed the pieces of paper for them to complete later.
Everywhere you looked the walls were covered in bright colours, quotes and gobblefunk words. They definitely made good use of the space.
The room had many different creative work stations. There were magnetic works for practicing your poetry. A chance to create your own gobblefunk word. Creating a character and the boys favourite was the movie maker. All very easy to use and very child friendly.
There was also an area to read one of roald Dahl’s famous books and sit in his chair.
As you moved into the back room there was an art area with an option to create a bird/plane or paper plate. On the two tables there were plenty of dates, sequins, colours, glue, creche paper, cotton wool etc. A chance for the kids to create what they wanted.
The museum was light and airy considering it was just a small house as it had Windows all around, facing onto the courtyard. Next to this was a cafe. We didn’t visit but it looked like it stocked plenty of snacks and drinks.
Length of visit
We were probably there for around 2 hours, with just 2 other people do access was easy. I could imagine it would be hectic on a busy day.
However, saying that I found that there was numerous activities to keep the kids entertained. The fact that they had read quite a few books meant that they could understand the references.
So, I’d recommend making sure your kids have read a few books.
If you are in the area it’s a good option (especially on a wet day) to visit the museum for a couple of hours. It doesn’t take long but you can let the kids jump from one activity to the next. Learning through fun!
We certainly enjoyed the visit, and it was a great stopover while we were in the area. As we were there to visit Harry Potter
it made sense to visit here to. Combine this with some waking or cycling in the Chiltern hills and it makes for an enjoyable few days.