The Roald Dahl Museum team celebrated Charlie’s 50th and Wychwood’s 10th birthdays at the wondercrump family festival earlier this month.
The storytellers from the Roald Dahl Museum packed up their tent, warmed up their best storytelling voices and headed off to Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham for a weekend of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed fun.
Festival-goers headed to the Museum's tent to create square sweets that look round, decorate a great glass elevator, and make some huge Oompa-Loompa signs for the festival's parade.
This year marks the Museum's 7th visit to the festival and the 5th time that Holly, the Museum's Outside Events Organiser joined in with the fun.
"It was great to be back at Wychwood to celebrate their tenth and ‘our’ Charlie’s 50th Anniversary in some excellent sunny weather. Some children made repeat visits to us over the weekend which is always lovely – I guess you can never get enough of The Tummy Beast! It’s always a pleasure to be at Wychwood, everyone is always so friendly and you’re guaranteed to bump into some staunch Roald Dahl fans. Willy Wonka’s square sweet deciding to take a trip in the Glass Elevator was definitely the highlight for me – unexpectedly hilarious!"
Fellow Wychwood veteran Isabelle, the PR and Marketing Manager for the Museum, explains what makes the festival and the Museum such a good match:
"The Wychwood Festival, always voted into the top five UK family-friendly festivals, provides an ideal setting for the Museum’s storytelling and activities, which is why we just keep going back – well, that and the great music and of course the Silent Disco! The Festival’s child-friendly, relaxed and ‘non-corporate’ atmosphere is a perfect fit with the Museum’s creative activities, which allow children’s imaginations a free rein. We always get enthusiastic visitors, some (like Sam and his brother) returning to join us year after year. Being there gives us a great opportunity to spread the word about the Museum, with vouchers to visit us in Great Missenden always eagerly snapped up. Roll on Wychwood 2015!"
Vistors busy making crafts and props for the parade with the Museum team. Super fan Sam makes an Oompa-Loompa sign with Will (centre).
Lots of square sweets that look round!
Friend of the Museum author Philip Ardagh entertained the crowds in the Waterstones tent. The Museum will be welcoming him in October half-term.
The Museum's storytellers in full swing. Thanks to Will Howes, Will Littlewood, Will Dawson-Pick and Emma Nichols for their perfect performances.
Having fun during the parade.