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Celebration of Roald Dahls life

Archived press release

Date Published: 14/06/07

A festival dedicated to celebrating the life of Buckinghamshire’s most famous and well-loved author, Roald Dahl, is to be held in Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 7 July. The fifth Roald Dahl Festival, organised by Aylesbury Vale District ...

A festival dedicated to celebrating the life of Buckinghamshire’s most famous and well-loved author, Roald Dahl, is to be held in Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 7 July.

The fifth Roald Dahl Festival, organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, is themed around The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and promises to be a spectacular event with a colourful parade of life-sized characters made by local schools and community groups.

This year’s festival starts with a street parade – a culmination of months of hard work by children and young people in the Aylesbury Vale area who have been busy creating the characters and artwork. An estimated 400 children, parents, teachers and community groups will be taking part in the procession.

The parade begins at 11am at Aylesbury Civic Centre and will wind its way up through Market Square and around Kingsbury before eventually arriving back at the Civic Centre.

The County Museum in Church Street will be hosting a family fun day from 11am to 4pm with free activities and reduced entry to the Roald Dahl’s Children’s Gallery. There will be live music, face painting, storytelling and the chance to make a dream blowing trumpet.

Aylesbury Library have a day of fun for the family, starting with a special Bounce and Rhyme session for children under five and parents at 10am. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden will have representatives in the library all day, telling stories and helping children make their very own BFG ears.

Other events include ‘A Taste of Dahl’ at the Civic Centre, where you can learn about the author’s recipe for a good story, arts and crafts workshops in Kingsbury, music and entertainment at St Mary’s Church and a children’s book swap shop and storytelling at The King’s Head.

Spectators can become even more involved in the parade with mask templates available in four designs – The Enormous Crocodile, Fantastic Mr Fox, Bonecruncher (the giant from The BFG) and a Willy Wonka hat – for £4 from the Civic Centre, Aylesbury Tourist Information Centre, the County Museum and Queen’s Park Arts Centre.

Artists Sarah Worthington and Stuart McLellan have been working with five secondary schools and 25 primary schools across the district, as well as the Uptown Coffee Bar in Aylesbury to create giant puppets and smaller hand-held artwork for the parade. This year’s parade will also feature giant puppets from Hacking, Sandwich and Singleton on the East Kent coast and, from even further afield, Nicaragua in Central America.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said the festival promised to be one of the town’s biggest events: “The Roald Dahl Festival is always a fantastic event and there will be plenty to enjoy all over Aylesbury town centre. The parade will be an amazing sight and there should be a great carnival atmosphere in the town. The local schools and community groups have put tremendous effort into their puppets and artwork and the results will be truly spectacular.”

For further information on this year’s festival call 01296 585210. Further details are also available in leaflets at venues across the Vale. 

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk