Celebrating 50 years: March

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9:30am, 2nd March
Charlie, Museum
Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Find out what's going on in March to celebrate the 50th anniversary

After an incrEDIBLE kick-off for the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in February, this month the celebrations continue, with even more tasty treats to tempt your tastebuds...

World Book Day UK and Ireland

This Thursday 6th March the UK and Ireland are going to be celebrating World Book Day. To really help get the party underway, we're offering five lucky winners the chance to experience the amazing new musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London's West End. That's FIVE VIP family trips to see the musical, enjoy a whipple-scrumptious pre-theatre dinner AND stay overnight at the Hilton Hotel. To be in with a chance of winning one of these golden prizes, just click here to visit the World Book Day website. The competition closes on 30th March.

On World Book Day itself (Thursday 6th March), the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is throwing its own party to celebrate. From 3.30 - 5pm the Museum will be offering FREE entry and fancy dress will be the order of the day, so get your Willy Wonka costumes ready!

Oxford Literary Festival (Oxford, UK)

Later in the month, on Sunday 23rd March the Oxford Literary Festival will be welcoming authors Lucy Mangan - who will be looking back at the history of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in her new book, to be published this September - and Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Phillip Ardagh as they join Nicolette Jones for a session of Roald Dahl storytelling and discussion. For more details and ticket information, visit the website.

Celebratory publishing (UK and North America)

This month also sees the release of a truly FABulous celebratory new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the UK and USA - a special 50th Anniversary re-issue of this much-loved story, featuring its very own Golden Ticket. And in the USA, Random House are publishing a special edition of the book featuring an introduction by award-winning author Jon Scieszka.

And of course we're still after YOUR Charlie memories - tell us which book cover you had here, or join us on Facebook for more discussion.

Watch out for even more Charlie celebrations from April...