If the thought of a Santa’s Grotto, ice rink or other obligatory family outing fills you with dread for the penultimate weekend before Christmas, it’s a good opportunity to catch the last weekend of the tremendous transformed mansion at Tatton.
Large scale and masterful set design enables you to feel as if you are stepping both into the world of the stories and your own imaginations as you adventure around the house through scenes from Dahl’s much loved stories. Over 13 different rooms from the opulent staterooms to the servants’ quarters reveal a key moment from a different tale – our top picks include wandering underneath the legs of a resting BFG with his festive hat and slippers, a Christmas tree made entirely of “dreams”, a most unusual dinner scene with the Fox family and friends and The Witches’ lair. There is also an accompanying exhibition, event programme and costumed staff.
We know Roald Dahl cannot possibly have been celebrated more in 2016, the centenary year of his birth, but there is something super special about the way these stories are woven into the fabric of this extraordinary and grand house enabling little and big imaginations to run wild.