It’s 50 years since the incredible Roald Dahl first put pen to paper and created the most famous children’s book ever – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since 1964, generation after generation have delighted in the tale of little Charlie, the funny Umpa-Lumpas and the delicious adventures of Willy Wonka in his amazing world of chocolate. From the book, to the film to the musical, Charlie and his fantastic chocolate journey have captured the imagination of audiences world wide.
2014 explodes into a stupendous year-long chocolate party as the nation celebrates the 50th birthday of this wonderful book.
The party starts at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Following Willy Wonka’s example, who in the book opens the chocolate factory gates for his visitors on 1 February, the Museum will be opening their very own Wonka factory gates (which was featured in the 2005 film version of Charlie) for a day of chocolate-filled fun. Join in with chocolate decorating, Charlie-themed archive tours, Writing Hut talks and a Chocolate Factory trail around the Museum with prizes to be won for 5 lucky children.
As well as being the star of the Museum in 2014, Charlie will also feature at literary festivals, family festivals and other special events throughout 2014. The first of these is the Imagine Children’s Festival at London’s Southbank Centre (10 – 23 February) where you can book your place in Grandpa Joe’s Giant Storytelling Bed or hear Sir Quentin Blake reminiscing about his collaborations with Roald Dahl.
Easter will have its giant serving of chocolate too, as Kew Gardens will be offering a Chocolate Factory tour experience over the Easter holiday. This will feature members of the Museum team providing all sorts of chocolatey activities in the Chocolate Room, the Inventing Room, the Nut Room and the Television Room.
As we dive into the summer holidays, the Roald Dahl Museum will once again become a cooking pot of tasty treats including giant sweet-making sessions and an August Gloop doughnut race!
50 years on and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just keeps getting better and better – irresistible, magical and miraculous. You better believe your lip-smacking luck!
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