50 whipple-scrumptious years

1st February 2014

The 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

1st February 2014

1st February 2014

1st February 2014 - the day on which Willy Wonka opened his famous Factory Gates in the original story - saw the kick-off of global celebrations in the 50th anniversary year of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

A range of events and new publishing is planned to celebrate this special occasion - from author Lucy Mangan's turn Inside the Chocolate Factory and the addition of Charlie as a Penguin Modern Classic (both released in September) to special events at Kew Gardens and Camp Bestival in the UK to the incredible Golden Ticket sweepstakes prizes for US visitors to this website, 2014 is sure to have one or more scrumdiddlyumptious treats to tempt you.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and events right here - you can even download your very own Charlie party pack.

Let the celebrations begin...


Luke Kelly on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl's grandson Luke Kelly and Nigel Planer (Grandpa Joe in the West End musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) kick off our 50th birthday celebrations

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