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Celebrate Roald Dahl Day with James and the Giant Weekend


The Natural History Museum is joining forces with the Roald Dahl Story Company to deliver a family festival, James and the Giant Weekend, ahead of Roald Dahl Day - the annual global celebrations which mark the author’s birthday - on September 13th.

The Museum will offer a range of exciting activities and events for families to explore the natural world. All the events are inspired by Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach which charts James Henry Trotter’s encounters with a range of insects, including the Old Green Grasshopper, aboard a giant magical peach.

Explore the Darwin Centre, meet our scientists and learn about the real, wild and wonderful lives of James’ insect friends through the Museum’s collections. Venture into the Wildlife Garden with the Museum’s expert minibeast detectives to discover some of James’s real life friends and many more creatures that share our world.

Scientists in the Attenborough Studio will take you on a journey through the collections and their research to discover what is stranger – fact or fiction. 

Join the visiting team from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre for a “Whizzbanging Words” session and reveal Dahl’s original ideas for the story, take the “What Bug Am I?” quiz, and create your own wearable antennae to take home. Then enjoy a well-earned rest with some entertainment provided by a three-piece musical band, Roald Dahl's Giant Bugs.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre’s ’Whizzbanging Words’ sessions are free, but ticketed. Reserve your place online here