A Splendiferous Day at the Roald Dahl Festival

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Today we went into Aylesbury for the annual Roald Dahl Festival. I've been wanting to see the Parade since we moved here but we've always been busy so this year I was pleased that I could take Little Miss A along.

I got contacted before the event by one of the editors for Get Bucks and gave a quote with regards to what we were looking forward to at the Festival.

Cassie Kinsman from Bucks will also be taking her daughter for the first time on Saturday. She said: "I'm excited to see her reaction to the characters in the parade and then take advantage of some of the other related activities going on in the town."

We arrived in plenty of time for the Parade which started at 11am and found a good viewing spot. Little Miss A was intrigued by all the weird and wonderful characters that passed by. Her favourite parts of the Parade were the bands - she was clapping along!

I was surprised by just how long the Parade was with so many different schools and groups involved. It was so colourful and lots of fun! Roald Dahl really did create some amazing characters in his books!

After the parade we headed to Kinsbury Square for some of the themed activities that were going on there. Little Miss A was a bit disappointed that there was only a big inflatable slide and not a bouncy castle. I managed to distract her enough before she got too upset. She made Mrs Twit's eye, Mr Twit's beard and played with the play-dough.

We then headed to St Mary's Church to see what was going on there. When we went into the Church the choir was just starting to sing so we sat and listened to them for a little bit. It was nice to cool off within the Church and have a rest whilst listening to the lovely music.

Our final stop was the Bucks County Museum. We had a wander inside the Museum and bumped into Mr & Mrs Twit (The Twits book was the theme of this year's Festival). They were offering special discounted entry into the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery but I thought we'd done enough by this point.

There was a 3 piece Jazz band playing in the garden which Little Miss A had a little dance to. As we were leaving we met Mr & Mrs Twit again. Little Miss A quickly hid behind my legs - she really wasn't sure about them!!

It was a Phizz-Whizzing Parade and there are so many different activities going on throughout the day at the different locations. We didn't even get the chance to go into the Library to see what was going on there. We're lucky that this Splendiferous Festival takes place every year so local to us.

I can't wait until Little Miss A is a bit older and I can start reading some of Roald Dahl's stories to her. It'll be Whoopsy Wiffling!

If your kids like Roald Dahl then the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden is a must. Also, there's a really nice walk that we've done that starts from the Museum and takes in places that inspired Roald Dahl's stories. Read more about our walk on the Roald Dahl's Countryside Trail.

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