Aylesbury has been bringing on the beards to get behind this year’s Roald Dahl Festival.
A feast of facial hair has been on display in the town as local businesses and organisations show their support for Aylesbury Vale’s biggest annual community arts event, a scrumdiddlyumptious Dahl-themed day of family activities and entertainment.
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, the festival’s theme this year is The Twits, Roald Dahl’s famous tale of the world’s most revolting couple. Mr Twit is especially well known for his disgusting, straggly beard – and his trademark whiskers are catching on.
Those who have taken part in their own ‘beard selfie’ – from local restaurants and market traders to staff at the Visitor Information Centre – have been helped by staff and children at the Jonathan Page Play Centre, who created this fab fake facial hair for the festival. They are now encouraging others to do the same, and to post their pictures on social media with the festival hashtag #RoaldDahlFest.
The breakout of beards is to help promote the 13th annual Roald Dahl Festival, taking place on Saturday 4 July in Aylesbury town centre. A parade will leave St Mary’s Church at 11am featuring larger than life puppets and other original artwork created by hundreds of children and young people from across the Vale. There will be music and street theatre as part of the parade, including the debut performance of Aylesbury’s very own samba band Cidade Pato.
After the parade there’s plenty more to see and do. Find a fun activity including face painting and craft workshops at St. Mary's Church and Kingsbury, take part in lively storytelling at Aylesbury Library and get involved in storytelling or listen to the jazz band at Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, where you can also visit Mr and Mrs Twits’ upside-down living room.
Councillor Angela Macpherson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communities and Civic Amenities, said: “I’m delighted to see so many Aylesbury people happy to don a beard and help us celebrate our most influential and world famous author, Roald Dahl.
“Our annual Roald Dahl Festival is not just a great day out for the family. It’s also a wonderful tribute to Roald Dahl’s imagination and his ongoing legacy of encouraging children to love reading.”
The Roald Dahl Festival is supported by Chiltern Railways, Mix 96, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and Aylesbury Town Council.