If you hadn’t noticed, 2016 marks Roald Dahl’s 100th year and to celebrate there has been a whole host of activities going on in the UK and Europe. At the end of September we visited Tatton Park in Cheshire where there were a few different Roald Dahl exhibits taking place across the estate.
We had a lovely day out. There was a Matilda exhibition in the Mansion, which was great fun for children as there were play activities around all of the rooms and a treasure hunt. At Home Farm they had created a Fantastic Mr Fox feel by renaming some of the barns and out buildings to match up with the characters in the books and in the grounds we spotted the upside down room from The Twits, the Great Glass Elevator and The BFG.
Roald Dahl occupies a rather large space in my heart so I was pleased that I was able to visit the exhibitions at Tatton Park; many of the events to mark the centenary have been in London and it’s just not possible for me to get down there very often.
Possibly my favourite part of the whole event was an exhibition of different Roald Dahl front covers from other countries and also pre Quentin Blake. It was really interesting to see the illustrations by different artists; Blake is so strongly connected to Roald Dahl here in the UK that it had never occurred to me that he wouldn’t be featured in overseas publications.
Have you been able to get to any of the Roald Dahl 100 events this year? Comment below to fill me in. Or if you haven’t been able, tell me your favourite Dahl book! Mine’s Matilda, or James and the Giant Peach.