There’ll be an outbreak of beards, Roly Poly birds and Muggle-wump monkeys as families in Aylesbury Vale celebrate Britain’s world famous and beloved author, and one of his most famous tales.
The Roald Dahl Festival takes place in Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 4 July and will be a splendiferous Dahl-themed day of fantastic family activities and entertainment. The festival is now in its 13th year, and this year’s theme is The Twits, Roald Dahl’s twisted tale of the world’s most revolting couple.
This scrumdiddlyumptious day, organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, will be brimmed full of exciting hands-on art and craft activities, storytelling, street entertainers, live music, dance and much more, including the colourful festival parade.
The parade will leave St Mary’s Church at 11am and features 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 in the parade featuring some of the top Samba Bands in the region, not to mention the debut parade performance by Aylesbury’s very own samba band Cidade Pato, formed earlier this year.
Once everyone’s enjoyed the eye-popping and spectacular parade, there’s still plenty to do. Families can stay for live music, storytelling, quirky crafts and fab food, with activities at town centre locations including Kingsbury, St. Mary's Church, Aylesbury Library and Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children's Gallery.
Councillor Angela Macpherson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communities and Civic Amenities, said: “Roald Dahl is one of the most influential children's authors that has ever lived, and we’re rightly proud of his links with this area. His imaginative books and fantastic characters continue to make reading fun for children around the world. Our annual Roald Dahl Festival is a fitting tribute to his memory and a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate his work.”
The Roald Dahl Festival is supported by Chiltern Railways, Mix 96, Aylesbury Town Council and the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
You can also keep up with what’s happening on the day, and share your own photos and thoughts about the festival, with the social media hashtag #RoaldDahlFest.