Celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday at the Roald Dahl Museum

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10:00am, 29th August
Roald Dahl Day Celebrations at the Museum 2017
  • Roald Dahl Day Celebrations at the Museum 2017
  • Balloon modelling at the Roald Dahl Museum
  • Roald Dahl Day Celebrations at the Museum 2017
  • Facepainting Roald Dahl Day
  • Village Trail from Roald Dahl Museum
  • Magic at the Roald Dahl Museum
  • Family craft time at the Roald Dahl Museum

The Museum will be celebrating all things Minpins on the 16 and 17 September

Head to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden for birthday celebrations like no other! 

This year the Museum's Roald Dahl birthday celebrations will take place over 2 days for the first time and will feature events and activities inspired by the new edition of Billy and the Minpins.

Billy and the Minpins

The Minpins was Roald Dahl's last children's book. Like many of his other stories, it was partially inspired by the Great Missenden countryside near where he lived. A new edition of the book titled Billy and the Minpins and illustrated by Quentin Blake for the first time, will be released in September - just in time for Roald Dahl Day!

The Museum celebrations:

Make a Minpin House

The Museum, with help from visitors, will be creating a World of Minpins installation on the 16 and 17 September. Book onto one of the workshops* to a make a Minpin home to add to the forest, or help the roving sound artist make a forest soundscape. All visitors can view the installation at 4pm each day.

Exhibition of Quentin Blake's Drawings

See Quentin Blake's new drawings for Billy and the Minpins in a new exhibition at the Museum. Can't make the Roald Dahl Day celebrations? Don't worry, they will be on display until April next year.

Marvellous Magic

Make sure you track down the meadering magician and enjoy some mind-boggling magic each day of the celebrations. 

Swashboggling storytelling

Listen to some extracts from Billy and the Minpins from the Museum's very own storytellers. 

Crackling crafts

Head to George's Crafty Kitchen to enjoy drop-in Minpins crafts for all the family.

A wondrous weekend

The celebrations will be taking place over 2 days, with various activities happening on each day. All the above activities will take place over the whole weekend, with facepainting, archive talks*, guided village trails and Writing Hut talks also taking place on Saturday 16 September. Use the downloadable planner on the right to plan your visit!


Booking in advance is strongly advised. There will be a very limited number of walk up tickets available on the day, although we can't guarentee tickets will be available if you just turn up. Adults £6.60, children/concessions £4.40.

* World of Minpins workshops cost an extra £1 per participant (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult). Archive talks cost an extra £1 for all adults and children attending. Archive talks suitable for age 8+. These workshops are likely to sell out in advance so please do book as soon as you can for those. 

Book online or call 01494 892192 Tuesday to Sunday (please leave a message with your number if you can't get through). Pre-booking open until 4.30pm the day before. Last entry on 16 and 17 September is 2pm.

We hope you have a fantabulous Roald Dahl Day! 

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