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Celebrating a century of Roald Dahl

2016 marks a 100 years since the birth of the master storyteller Roald Dahl. Born in Cardiff, wrote some of the finest children’s books of all time, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Twits, and The BFG.

Awen Cultural Trust is celebrating this important century with a whole host of Roald Dahl inspired events taking place across lots of its venues.

Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge sets children the task of reading six books during the school holidays, and this year’s challenge has a Roald Dahl theme! Participants also collect stickers and earn certificates if they complete the challenge. Call into your local library to find out more.

Town centre puzzle trails
As well as taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, young readers can also win their own collection of Roald Dahl books by taking part in a giant ‘peach’ of a competition by hunting down famous illustrations from Dahl’s books across Bridgend and Porthcawl!
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World record attempt
Everyone is invited to a special event at Newbridge Fields in Bridgend from 11am – 1pm on Saturday 20th August when there will be a world record attempt to gather the most people dressed as Roald Dahl characters in one place! Entertainment will be provided by the children’s writer Mark Brake.

Outdoor theatre at Bryngarw
On Wednesday 10 August there’s an open-air-theatre performance of ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ at Bryngarw Country Park from 7pm. Tickets cost £13 for adults, £9 for children, or £40 for a family of four (two adults plus two children). Phone 01656 815995 option 1 to book your tickets.

Arts and crafts
Awen Cultural Trust have organised a series of arts and crafts sessions at Bryngarw Country Park based on Roald Dahl books, such as making yucky beards like Mr Twit, and designing your own sweets like Willy Wonka! Phone the Rangers’ Office on 01656 725155 for more information.

Nature trails
On Wednesday 10th August you can follow a Fantastic Mr Fox inspired trail around Bryngarw Country Park. Call into the visitor centre between 1pm and 4pm and collect your first clue. Cost: £2 per child, including a sweet treat.

Also look out for film clubs, fancy dress parties, story times, craft sessions and other Roald Dahl inspired activities at local libraries throughout the holidays!