9 May 2016

Celebrating Roald Dahl 100 at Tatton Park

This year marks the birth centenary of world renowned author Roald Dahl. Tatton Park in Cheshire, a National Trust property, is celebrating Roald Dahl 100 with lots of fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

We at Rambling Through Parenthood are very proud to be part of these celebrations in our role as official Tatton Park – Roald Dahl 100 Blogger Ambassadors!

Celebrating Roald Dahl 100 at Tatton Park

So we headed over to Tatton Park this weekend. We could not have asked for a better day to be out and about in the Cheshire countryside. The sun was shining in a bright blue sky and temperatures were rocketing to the mid-20s. It was the hottest Sunday on record for May in the last four years.

The Enormous Crocodile trail at Dairy Wood Way, Tatton Park

After parking the car in the main car park, we decided to explore the Dairy Wood Way where The Enormous Crocodile was lurking. It has a very large appetite and it’s favourite snack happens to be a juicy child! Not words my 5 year old son wanted to hear. “It’s a pretend crocodile!” he was trying to convince himself more than me. He was however, brave enough to venture forth into the woods in search of said crocodile.

Footprints! The Enormous Crocodile at Tatton Park

We made our way along the path, following the crocodile claw prints that marked the way. There were stinging nettles to watch out for and muddy puddles to carefully avoid. There were tree trunks to climb and logs to cross. It was a lovely little adventure for my son to enjoy with his parents. We spotted a wooden crocodile or two and numerous fun posters with drawings and quotes from the book. It was a learning experience for the grown-ups too. I now know the difference between a fern and bracken.

The Enormous Crocodile at Tatton Park

We survived!

Next stop was the Farm at Tatton Park. Fantastic Mr Fox is in residence here to help celebrate Roald Dahl 100. We spied on Farmer Boggis as he sat eating his meal. J dressed up, posed with Fantastic Mr Fox and pretended to eat his feast. We wandered around looking at baby calves, lambs, chicks and some very greedy and noisy piglets.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox's Den

We explored the woodland area and found Mr Fox’s den and his little cubs. J had a blast tackling the adventure play trail, before it was time to head over to the mansion and gardens.

Now it was too sunny a day to be spent indoors, so we decided to give Matilda in the Mansion and Danny the Champion of the World in the Gardens a miss and go cycling by the lake instead.

Celebrating Roald Dahl 100 at Tatton Park

I love how little pieces of Roald Dahl books lie dotted all over Tatton Park at the moment. We spotted the entrance to Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, his glass elevator and a giant bar of chocolate. We posed as characters from his stories. We had quite the adventure reliving some of his most memorable works.

Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory at Tatton Park


There is a beautiful Cover to Cover exhibition showcasing Roald Dahl book covers from around the world that I am keen to see. I know we will be back at Tatton before too long to carry on with our adventure.

Are you a fan of Raold Dahl's works? Why not plan a visit to Tatton Park and enjoy all it has to offer. Check out full listings here.

Disclosure: We were given passes to visit Tatton Park as part of our role as blogger ambassadors. All opinions are my own.

19 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! I love Roald Dahl, they were my favourite books growing up.

    Corinne x

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    1. It so is, Corinne. I can't wait to introduce the books to my son. x

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  2. I would love to go there, I suppose I would have to take the kids as well :) Such a pity that it is a bit far to go for a day out :(
    Lena
    www.forayintofashion.com

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    1. The kids will love it! Or maybe you can plan a treat and just go by yourself :)

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  3. I didn't even know this place existed. How fab that it is linked to Roald Dahl, looks great fun :)

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    1. It is a gorgeous park, Melissa. The link to Roald Dahl is an added bonus x

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  4. Wow 100 years of Roald Dahl, I used to love reading his stories when I was a child. x

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    1. Me too, Rhian. Can't wait to read them all again with my son.

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  5. Wow this looked really fun! its a nice place to spend the day with the family. Really cool!

    Thanks for sharing this experience :-)

    Leslie xoxo

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    1. My pleasure, Leslie. Glad you liked my review. x

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  6. I've never heard of this place either! We love Roald Dahl in this house too :)

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    1. It's in Cheshire, Harriet. Don't know if you are near here, but would definitely recommend a visit if you can manage it x

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  7. What a fun day out! Love Roald Dahl books x

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  8. Oh wow what an amazing place - I had no idea it even existed! I have so many fond memories of Roald Dahl as a child. x

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    1. That's so lovely, Sarah. Tatton is gorgeous if you are looking to walk or cycle. Or just picnic :)

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  9. I adore Roald Dahl - I read his books a lot as a child. I would love to visit Tatton Park to see this, I have family nearby so may manage it. Kaz x

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    1. Let me know when, Kaz. We'll try and join you in the Park if possible x

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  10. I am a true fan of Roald Dahl his books are exceptionally written and so creative so it is only right that Tatton Park has honored his legacy.

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    1. I agree, Ana. It's a great way to introduce young children to books.

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