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7 August 2018, 10:00am to 7 August 2018, 4:00pm
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Did you know that Cumberland Lodge was home to the Big Friendly Giant?  Come and explore the transformative power of stories and storytelling in the BFG’s own back garden!

Bring your children along on Tuesday 7 or Wednesday 8 August, any time from 10am till 4pm, as we reflect on our favourite stories and what they teach us, and to learn about stories from around the globe.

Stories can be a powerful tool for inspiring social change.  As well as reminding us of the importance of friendship, Roald Dahl’s The BFG teaches us not to judge others by their appearance, that two wrongs don’t make a right (or ‘two rights don’t equal a left’), and that dreams really can come true.

Stories let us walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, visit places we have never been, and understand things we have not experienced.  Throughout the day, a series of craft activities, readings and more will invite families to explore different experiences through literature and storytelling and give them the chance to share stories across social and cultural boundaries.

Join in with the following activities, all of which are aimed at children from the ages of 4 to 11:

  • Storytelling Marquee – award-winning author Bali Rai, who wrote Web of Darkness and (un)arranged marriage, and Shoo Rayner, author of Axel Storm and Ricky Rocket will share extracts from their own stories
  • Empathy Lab – Miranda McKearney from Empathy Lab will be organising fun, energising activities based around empathy
  • Roald Dahl & The BFGDr Ann Alston, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of the West of England, Bristol and two of her students will offer talks and activities inspired by Dahl’s work
  • International Stories – hear fairytales, myths and stories from around the globe
  • Cumberland Lodge Story – learn more about Cumberland Lodge itself

You can also pick up a 'Giant Spotting in the Windsor Great Park' activity booklet, which will take you on a 2.85 mile circular walk from the Lodge.

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

After exploring the BFG’s back garden, why not head over to the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust’s Environmental Centre, also based in the Windsor Great Park, to learn about ‘super animal senses’ and some of the other inhabitants of the Great Park, and do other crafty activities?

Places are very limited for the BBOWT Centre activities, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Please note that it is possible to walk or drive from Cumberland Lodge to the Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre.  It will take approximately 30 minutes to walk through the Park, or around 5 minutes to drive.


Tickets to both the Family Storytelling Days and the BBOWT Centre are free of charge, but you will need to register on Eventbrite by clicking here, or on the ‘Register’ button on this page.

There are 2 ticket types:

Family Storytelling Day only

Family Storytelling Day + Super Animal Senses


Refreshments will be available at Cumberland Lodge to purchase throughout the day, including tea & coffee, cold drinks, ice cream, and a BBQ!


Our full accessibility statement can be downloaded here.  If you have any questions about mobility or accessibility requirements, please don't hesitate to contact Alice Wigley at

We are very pleased to be working with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Empathy Lab, and the University of the West of England (UWE).

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