Roald Dahl on Film launches Experimental Cinema Events Across the UK

Roald Dahl on Film season continues UK wide with a series of experimental cinema events.

Fans of the world’s number one storyteller are set to swap their seats for the great outdoors this summer, as a series of extraordinary film events celebrate Roald Dahl 100.

Roald Dahl on Film is a roaring success, with over 260 screenings confirmed across the country this summer. Now, filmgoers have even more on offer as they watch Roald Dahl on the big screen under the stars, in a Welsh castle or take part in candy factory workshops!

These pop-up cinema events are part of this summer’s Roald Dahl on Film season, developed by Film Hub Wales and Chapter in association with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, to celebrate Roald Dahl 100 – the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth. The project is supported by the BFI (British Film Institute) which has awarded National Lottery funding to give audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy and experience Roald Dahl’s best loved stories and films.

The programme of pop-up events coincides with the ongoing UK wide tour of Scratch n’ Sniff screenings of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, an eclectic mix of film screenings, family friendly workshops and a host of fun resources, from an online game to fantastic giveaways.

Sing along with Wes Anderson’s family favourite, Fantastic Mr Fox, under the stars at TAPE coastline film festival and marvel at the all-time classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the grounds of Bodelwyddan Castle for new international festival, Wicked 16. There are chocolate tasting sessions on offer from London to Belfast where Julie Dawn Cole, the actor who played Veruca Salt will be making a special appearance.

There’s a chance to reboot the cult horror flick Gremlins – based on Roald Dahl’s first published book ‘The Gremlins’ and inspired by his time as an RAF pilot – al fresco at Chester Roman Gardens, a 19th century park filled with ancient stone fortifications. There’s also a screening of the timeless TV series of Roald Dahl adaptations, Tales of the Unexpected, during an atmospheric dinner, choir performance and a murder mystery-themed quiz in Ivybridge.

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. There have been celebrations for Roald Dahl throughout the year and these are now building towards celebrations for Roald Dahl’s birthday – ROALD DAHL DAY on September 13th. To find out more go to #RoaldDahl100

Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales, said: “Our cinemas in the UK already offer some of the most incredible settings to watch films across the country but they’ve come up with some exciting settings and extra touches to give audiences an extra special Roald Dahl on Film experience.”

“Whether we’re going off site to watch films in an impressive castle, or transforming the much loved village hall, audiences all over the country will be transported to the world Roald Dahl.”

Full listings of the experimental events are below:


Join Cinemagic for a special screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that features a post-film Q&A with actress Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in the 1971 film! The workshop before the film is by Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory for 35 lucky participants for a truly fantastic chocolate feast!

2.30pm-4.00pm 3 September, 2:30pm, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Duke of York’s Brighton, Duke at Komedia Brighton, The Little Theatre Cinema Bath, Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse, Exeter Picturehouse

Join the kids club at Picturehouse Cinemas for a chocolate tasting session following the film!

17 September, 11am Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Dress up as your favourite animal and try your hand at making a flip-book, at various Picturehouse locations.

3 September, 10.30am Fantastic Mr Fox

Please note, these screenings are exclusively for children and their parents or carers. Unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

Vale of Glamorgan

For one day only, Llancarfan village hall will be transformed into a chocolate factory, (complete with a chocolate fountain!) for a screening of director Mel Stuart’s 1971 cult adaptation starring Gene Wilder as the unconventional confectioner Willy Wonka. Everyone arriving in a costume based on their favourite Roald Dahl character (from this or any other film) will be awarded a special prize, alongside extra competitions at the event.

So join Llancarfan for an afternoon of madcap fun for all ages and expect the unexpected! All profits from the event are going to support the work of local charity The Cerys Potter Foundation.

18 September, 3pm Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Old Colwyn

Watch Mr Fox on his adventure al fresco on a blow-up cinema screen then marvel at some magic and get involved in a circus skills and mask making workshop, all courtesy of TAPE Community Music and Film. Formerly Colwyn Farm, Min Y Don Hall and Park was built in the 1700s. Enhanced over the years, the completed mansion had over 30 rooms.

2 September, 7:30pm, Fantastic Mr Fox outdoor Cinema Event


After the success of James and the Giant Peach, in partnership with Cinema Around the Corner at Preston Flag Markets, They Eat Culture (TEC) have been invited to work with the local traveller community to produce a screening of Fantastic Mr Fox. They are building an outdoor screen, working with a participatory architect Lee Ivett and his company Baxendale.

The diasporic traveller community who live elsewhere across Preston and Central Lancashire will also be invited to attend. This is a new partnership and TEC are keen to connect with other community and film organisations working in the area.

Please note, this is a closed screening.

17 September (tbc) Fantastic Mr Fox


An Evening of the Unexpected: one for the grown-ups as audience members are invited to enjoy an evening of mystery and surprise inspired by Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter, one of his Tales of the Unexpected. There will be murder, live music, and mystery quiz! Oh, and a meal too!

14 September, 7pm, Tales of the Unexpected

Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl

Watch Willy Wonka on the big screen in the breath-taking grounds of Bodelwyddan Castle where screenings and workshops will be happening throughout the day before an international reception attended by film festival representatives from across Europe. Young filmmakers will be presented with unique awards made from Welsh wool! Submissions have come from 19 countries across Europe.

22 September, Wicked 16, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


Also, look out for a special fancy dress screening of Matilda Scratch ‘n Sniff at the Poly Falmouth on the 30th August and a screening at the Blue door Cinema, Great Missenden, located next door to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre on the 17th September!

To find out what Roald Dahl on Film events are on in your area and how to buy tickets, visit: