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Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with a swizzfigglingly, gloriumptious English festival

Celebrations are taking place today to mark the 100th birthday of the late author Roald Dahl. The village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, England, where he made his home, has a marvellous programme of events underway.

Celebrations will take place to mark the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Image: Paramount Pictures
Celebrations will take place to mark the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Image: Paramount Pictures

‘Roald Dahl Day’ is taking place to celebrate the life of the internationally famous author, who was born in Cardiff, Wales, and lived in Great Missenden for 36 years. He wrote some of the best-loved children’s stories of the 20th Century, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox and The BFG. He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, including Tales of the Unexpected, which was made into an TV series that aired on ITV between 1979 and 1988.

 

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden will hold a free after-school party on the day with storytelling, drop-in crafts and and a fancy dress competition. As the birthday itself falls on a school day, the museum’s main celebration will take place the following Saturday 17th, and will be full of exciting and unexpected surprises. You can also explore the village on guided walks and enjoy face-painting, balloon-modelling, magic and archive talks throughout the day.

Worldwide celebrations are due to take place for Roald Dahl Day on September 13th 2016. Image: Roald Dahl
Worldwide celebrations are due to take place for Roald Dahl Day on September 13th 2016. Image: Official Roald Dahl

There will be a special centenary celebration service today  at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, where the late author is buried. In addition, the Blue Door Cinema will be showing a special scratch ‘n’ sniff screening of the 1996 film Matilda on Saturday 17th.

Celebrations are due to take place in the English village of Great Missenden for Roald Dahl Day on September 13th 2016. Image: <a href="http://www.roalddahl.com/" target="_blank">Official Roald Dahl</a>
Celebrations are due to take place in the English village of Great Missenden for Roald Dahl Day on September 13th 2016. Image: Official Roald Dahl

The celebrations are not confined to Great Missenden, as worldwide events are taking place to mark this special centenary. For a full list and further information on the activities around Roald Dahl Day, please visit here.