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17 August 2017, 12:00pm to 17 August 2017, 4:00pm
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Did you know that Cumberland Lodge was home to the Big Friendly Giant? Bring your children along on Thursday 17 August, any time from 12pm till 4pm, for some family fun in the BFG's back garden!

Explore our connections to The BFG story by Roald Dahl, and learn together on a BFG-themed trail through the grounds of the Lodge before stepping into our 'dream cave', created by local 16 to 18 year olds students taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS).

Educational activities along the way will encourage your children to think about social and ethical issues in a fun and engaging way, to share their thoughts on them, and think about how to make positive changes in the community.

Guests are also welcome to visit the BFG-inspired exhibition about the educational work of Cumberland Lodge, next to the main Reception.

Home of the BFG

Academic research published last year suggests that the “special house” in Windsor Great Park that the Queen gives to the BFG at the end of Dahl’s fictional tale refers to Cumberland Lodge, which was also the name of Dahl’s more modest childhood home in Cardiff. 

Dahl knew the larger Cumberland Lodge in Windsor well, having spoken to a group of visiting American students there just a few years before The BFG was published.

All are welcome

The trail is supported by a gift from The Patron's Fund and designed for children aged 5 to 11. 

Admission is free. There is no need to book in advance, but to find out more or to register for a place in advance, please contact Emma Albery, our Friends, Alumni and Outreach Officer, at, or call 01784 497790.


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