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Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park

“A little magic can take you a long way” (CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR). 

 The most gloriumptious things are set to happen in 2016 as Tatton Park embarks on a magical journey celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, the World’s number 1 storyteller. Working closely with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and legendary illustrator Quentin Blake, the year-long programme of events at Tatton Park is just one of a host of activities taking place throughout 2016 as part of Roald Dahl 100. Included in the birthday celebrations is the Imagine Children’s Festival at London’s Southbank Centre in February, the launch of a new David Austin rose named in Roald Dahl’s honour at the Chelsea Flower Show in May and City of the Unexpected - a birthday weekend celebration in his home city of Cardiff in September. 

John Collins, Brand Marketing Director Roald Dahl Literary Estate commented

“At the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, we have developed a year packed with celebratory events, more giant than James’ peach, more enormous than a Crocodile and more marvellous than George’s medicine! We’re delighted to have the award-winning Tatton Park as a partner in these celebrations, and we hope everyone that visits throughout the year will love spending time with the characters and stories that Roald Dahl created." 

 Amongst the jam-packed year of surprises at Tatton Park are the most imaginative trails for children. From Easter to the end of September you’ll be invited to join DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD in the Gardens, FANTASTIC MR FOX at the Farm and MATILDA in the Mansion….and out in the Parkland THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE will be lurking. 

 Kicking off the year’s celebration will be a Splendiferous Scarecrow Festival in the Gardens in February, an opportunity to meet some terrific scarecrows inspired by the best-loved of Roald Dahl’s characters. Expect to be entertained as Illyria Outdoor Theatre puts on a splendid performance of DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD in the spectacular outdoor setting of the Old Hall. Outdoor cinema comes to Tatton’s beautiful Parkland with a late summer evening screening of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY starring the legendary Gene Wilder. And there will be plenty of invitations to settle down and listen in as Roald Dahl’s extraordinary storytelling weaves its way through the Park throughout the year. 

Carole Mullineux, Tatton Park Business Development Manager said

“ Even Tatton’s show garden at the RHS Flower Show this year will be inspired by Roald Dahl’s THE BFG, coinciding with the global release of Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of this story”. The movie stars local schoolgirl, Ruby Barnhill, as young orphan Sophie.” 

 In September Tatton will be joining many others in a worldwide celebration of Roald Dahl's 100th year with a scrumdiddlyumptious picnic day. A Frightsome Hallowe'en will be full of witchy mischief and the Christmas Mansion will be packed full with Roald Dahl’s unique imagination, his beloved characters and unforgettable stories. The Mansion will be hosting a unique opportunity to see a magnificent display of Roald Dahl book covers from around the world and throughout time. His books have been published over 200 million times and in over 50 languages. Roald Dahl’s ability to make people imagine is the inspiration for a number of children's interactive and creative sessions taking place throughout the year …. make a kite with Danny, conjure up your own magical potions with George or simply get creative and write your own magical tales. Visitors will be able to discover the most gloriously yummy treats in Tatton’s Stableyard. Inspired by Roald Dahl a fun children’s menu includes scrummy boodley pods and tasty piggerley porkers and the shops will be packed full of extraordinary things to buy.

 Throughout the year’s activity visitors will be able to enjoy many of Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations from Roald Dahl’s stories. 

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men” (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY)

…………So prepare yourself for one the most memorable and fantabulous outings of the year!

Full list of activity and events

Splendiferous Scarecrow Festival in the Gardens   Sat 13 – Sun 21 Feb (closed Monday)

Cover to Cover: Roald Dahl around the World  Sat 19 Mar – Sun 30 Oct A fascinating mansion exhibition displaying illustrations of Roald Dahl book jackets from across the world and throughout time. 
Phiz-Whizzing Trails: Fri 25 Mar – Sun 2 Oct Danny the Champion of the World in the Gardens, Fantastic Mr Fox at the Farm, Matilda in the Mansion, The Enormous Crocodile in the Parkland

Charlie Chocolate Easter  Fri 25 - Mon 28 March

Fantastic Mr Fox Activities at the Farm Tue 26 Jul - Fri 26 Aug  Mr Fox invites you to spend the most marvellous summer day joining him in a farmyard packed with fun. Go on a journey to find the den, get creative in the writing hut, be entertained, listen in to story telling and enjoy one of your best days ever!

Danny the Champion of the World Outdoor Theatre at the Old Hall *Sat Aug 27 Join Illyria as they promise a terrific performance of DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD as he masterminds the most incredible and exciting plot ever to save his Dad from danger. 

Roald Dahl Big Picnic Day Sun Sep 11 Pack a picnic and come and celebrate the month Roald Dahl, the world’s best story teller, was born.Bags of activities to make for a splendiferous time. 

Willy Wonka Outdoor Cinema* Sun Sep 11 A late summer screening of  WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY starring the legendary Gene Wilder as Wonka. Grab your golden ticket and bring a picnic.* 

A Frightsome Halloween Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct “Witches are easily the most dangerous of all the living creatures on earth.” This half -term be spooktaculary entertained by a park full of Roald Dahl Witchy mischief….and plenty of mice!

A Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion* late November – December “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”. Step into our Christmas mansion and into Roald Dahl’s magical world as his extraordinary storytelling weaves itself through the grand staterooms and into the bustling servants’ quarters. Normal opening times and prices apply 

*Additional charges and opening arrangements apply to this event.

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 850,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award - winning Gardens and 1930s rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme. 

About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller. Born in Cardiff of Norwegian descent, Roald Dahl (1916–1990) joined the RAF at the age of 23 and began writing, initially for adults, after being injured in a plane crash during WW2. Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers), he went on to write some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961, was a hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller. Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 200 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the multi-award winning Matilda The Musical from the RSC with music by Tim Minchin. The next Roald Dahl story to hit the big screen will be Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG, which is set for release in July 2016. 2016 marks Roald Dahl’s centenary. Entitled Roald Dahl 100, 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the World’s number 1 storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.  Roald Dahl said,

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” 

We believe in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income* goes to our charity partners. We have supported causes including: specialist children’s nurses, grants for families in need, and educational outreach programmes. Find out more at roalddahl.com

The Roald Dahl Charitable Trust is a registered UK charity (no. 1119330). * All author payments and royalty income net of third party commissions. www.roalddahl.com 


Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Lisa Senior on 01625 374416 ( lisa.senior@cheshireeast.gov.uk) or Carole Mullineux on 01625 374410 ( carole.mullineux@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision