Buzzyhumming Summer (Roald Dahl and the Chilterns)

02 Jul 2017 2017 12:00 to 03 2017 15:00:

Roald Dahl lived in the Chilterns for over 40 years and wrote all his famous children’s books in his little writing hut in Great Missenden. His stories were often inspired by the surrounding landscape. Dahl explained that, when looking for the plot for his next book, he would “mooch around the house, the garden, the countryside, the village streets, searching and searching for this bright and fantastic new idea..."

Danny, the Champion of the World and Fantastic Mr Fox are clearly set in the countryside around Great Missenden and Matilda toddled down to the village library every day when her mother went off to play bingo in Aylesbury. Sophie was plucked from her bed in a little house on the High Street by The BFG.  In My Year, published posthumously in 1993, Dahl beautifully observes and describes the changing seasons in the Chiltern countryside.

This Summer, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden invites families to explore the village, woods and fields that inspired the author. Their ‘Buzzyhumming Summer’ features Guided Village and Countryside Trails every Tuesday from 25th July to 29th August, sketching walks on 20th and 23rd  August and a storytelling walk on 13th August. For details of all Museum events and activities visit the website

Organised by:
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
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