The BFG in Pictures


14 July 2018 - 30 September 2018

This Summer everyone’s favourite giant is coming to the Museum in this magical exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations. This is the first major touring exhibition of artwork by Quentin Blake for Roald Dahl’s enduring tale. Blake has personally selected 40 pieces from his archive to illuminate his experience of working on the book and has also written the commentary to inform the exhibition’s interpretative text, relating his first-hand experience of collaborating with Dahl and his approach to illustration.

Accompanying the exhibition is a lively activity programme for families related to the scrumptious illustrations. Families can also enter The BFG’s cave packed full of activities including a comfy reading area, BFG related craft activities and fancy dress. 

The exhibition is touring from the House of Illustration, the UK’s centre for the art of illustration. 

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I is a Big Friendly Giant

3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Pass Holders

I is a Big Friendly Giant

Become The BFG and bring the story to life by creating your very own Big Friendly Giant ears and dream horn! In addition, explore the original illustrations from the book in The BFG in Pictures exhibition. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Dream Jars Galore!

15, 16 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

Dream Jars Galore!

See the fantastic Quentin Blake illustrations in The BFG in Pictures exhibition before creating your own dream jar to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


GIANT Cut and Stick!

17, 20, 21, 23, 24 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

GIANT Cut and Stick!

View The BFG in Pictures exhibition and have some GIANT cut and stick fun creating a collage of the Big Friendly Giant - the completed artwork will be displayed in the Museum! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Model Making Fun!

28, 29, 30, 31 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

Model Making Fun!

Join us and be inspired by The BFG in Pictures exhibition to create a large 3D model street complete with a Big Friendly Giant! - the completed artwork will be displayed in the Museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


A Nursery Rhyme in Line and Wash

14 Sep Time 10.00 – 4.30 Cost £35 Adults £33 Friends (inc morning refreshments)

A Nursery Rhyme in Line and Wash

Join artist Linda Birch to create your own illustration inspired by the current exhibition of Quentin Blake’s lively illustrations to Roald Dahl’s tales for children. Using simple steps, this day course will enable you to create a charming picture for a nursery wall. 

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