22 November 2016

A visit to the Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden

Even though I'm always chafing at the bit to get overseas (recently being accused of going away "too much" which is impossible in my estimation) I've consciously tried to explore my adoptive home island as much as possible.

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A friend coined the term 'permatourism' which is bang on the money - being a permanent tourist, even when in our home countries. Seaside trips, highland vacations, day trips to quirky museums, even London staycations where we explore a different neighborhood of this sprawling city.

Who says you have to board a flight or brandish a passport?


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With that in mind, a lovely friend and I jotted down a few places we wanted to take day trips out of London to, and top of the pile was a half day in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. Meeting at at Marylebone train station, we gathered our coffees and breakfast bits together and settled in for the half hour ride out into the countryside.

Wandering off the train, we made our way to the Roald Dahl Museum for a stroll down memory lane.


Willy Wonka: A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

With everything from ranging his actual backyard office complete with original dust (baked to remove anything that could spoil the rest of the display) to complete collections of his books and original Sir Quentin Blake illustrations, we spent a lovely morning drifting through the fascinating collection.

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

Admittedly for kids, we found the collections just as interesting and inspiring for these adults two bigger kids including a copy of his writing desk perfect for photos.

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

We then took the advice of the museum pamphlets and spent a couple of hours wandering around the pretty village and surrounding fields.

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

The instagramming kept us busy long enough to require sustenance in the museum cafe (and to warm up slightly.)

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi
Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

The effect the Dahl family had on the village is obvious from Curious Mr Fox doorknockers to BFG shoe tiles outside the local church.

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

There was no real rhyme or reason to our path, just a very loose adherence to the maps clutched in our hands.

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

This time we managed not to get lost on a forest walk (unlike me and the boy previously)...

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

...and as the rain storm passed we even managed to spot a double rainbow.

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi
Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

Is this someone you've been or even heard of? Who is your favourite Roald Dahl character?

Roald Dahl Museum Literature Authors England Adventures of a London Kiwi

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