A gloriumptious day of celebration

Roald Dahl festival
Roald Dahl festival

The 11th Roald Dahl Festival takes place today (Saturday) with a town centre parade, samba bands and street entertainers, followed by the Roald Dahl Games in Vale Park in the afternoon.

Families can expect lots of colourful, scrumdiddlyumptious fun to celebrate the work of one of Britain’s favourite authors.

It all starts with a parade leaving St Mary’s Church at 11am featuring a magnificent animal menagerie including larger than life puppets and other original artwork created by more than 500 children and young people from across the Vale.

Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, this year’s festival will be themed on the curious and amazing animals that live in the Great Missenden author’s books.

Councillor David Thompson, cabinet member for leisure, said: “Roald Dahl is one of the most influential children’s authors that has ever lived.

“His hilarious and imaginative books will always continue to make reading fun for children around the world.

“Our annual Roald Dahl Festival is a fitting tribute to his memory and a fantastic opportunity to come together and celebrate his work.”

The day will be full of exciting hands-on art and craft activities, storytelling, theatre performances, live music and dance at several locations in the town.

The afternoon games in the park will have a Roald Dahl twist.