A museum in the Buckinghamshire town where Roald Dahl lived for 36 years held a special Wonka Day with a pop-up factory and themed trails to celebrate the release of the new film.

Wonka, the highly anticipated film chronicling the life of the young Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, hit UK cinemas yesterday (December 8).

In preparation for the release, the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, where the author lived and wrote for 36 years, held a Wonka Day last Saturday, December 2, inviting over 400 people to navigate themed trails, explore a pop-up Wonka factory and try their luck in a competitive hat parade.

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Kim Osbourne, Marketing and Design Manager at the museum said the event had “a real buzz to it”, with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed décor combining neatly with a courtyard Christmas tree and other festive ornamentation.

She added that Wonka Day was “just been the beginning” of the museum’s celebration of the new film, which promises to be “a real treat for all the family”.

Wonka-themed festivities will continue throughout December, with visitors invited to mark the film’s release by stopping by to explore the world of imagination temporarily installed at the immersive centre.