Roald Dahl Day 2016

Roald Dahl Day Logo

The first Roald Dahl Day was held on September 13th 2006, which would have been Roald Dahl’s 90th birthday. From a small beginning the event has now grown into an annual event held every 13th September as a celebration of the work, life and multi-faceted legacy of one of the world’s best-loved storytellers.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's brith, and so 2016 has included a year of celbrations to mark Roald Dahl 100.

Events take place up and down the UK in schools, libraries and particularly in the village of Great Missenden, where Dahl live and worked for many years. These are centred around the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and his home Gypsy Cottage.

The aim of the day is to see if you can also do something marvellous and raise some money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity at the same time. The Roald Dahl Day website has lots of ideas for celebrating the day, including quizzes, party packs and sports day packs which you can use to raise money for his charity.

Roald Dahl Day 2016

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On September 13th – Roald Dahl’s birthday - schools, libraries, bookshops and community groups across the world will join in the biggest ever celebration of Roald Dahl Day.

Over the weekend of September 17th/18th, Roald Dahl’s birthplace Cardiff will be transformed into the CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED.

More Ideas For Celebrating Roald Dahl Day

  1. Wear something yellow – it was Roald's favourite colour!
  2. Wear one or more items of clothing backwards.
  3. Drop "gobblefunk" into your conversations (Gobblefunk was the unique language created by Roald and most commonly used by the BFG).
  4. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  5. Swap a Roald Dahl book with a friend.
  6. Talk backwards.
  7. Tell a silly joke – Roald loved swapping these with his kids.
  8. Play an "unexpected" prank.
  9. Give someone a treat – Roald was a great believer in treats, whether it was a bar of chocolate or a lovely surprise.
  10. Write your own revolting rhyme.
  11. Make up an Oompa Loompa dance and get all your friends to join in!

Like Dahl's book-loving character Matilda, you can visit your local library to find Roald Dahl's books. You can also buy tham at all good bookshops and online at and

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because
the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

About the Authors: Alex Freeman is a freelance writer specialising in parenting and family topics and can be contacted via eParenting. Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

Updated © eParenting 5th September 2016

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