Design your own Roald Dahl Inspired Character | A competition for 5 -12 year olds


The works of Roald Dahl are full of wondrous characters, from the magnanimously awful Trunchbull to the suddenly youthful Grandpa Joe, from Alfie the tortoise to Muggle-Wump the monkey, from the BFG to the Grand High Witch or even the Twits.

Would you like to design a creature inspired by Roald Dahl? 

Here are a few questions to help you along the way:

  • Are they a person an animal or a creature?
  • Timid, brave, horrid or kind?
  • Where do they live?
  • What’s their favorite food?
  • What makes them jump for joy or feel sad?
  • What language do they speak or noise do they make?
  • What’s their greatest ambition?
  • Do they smell like roses or sludge?
  • what’s their name?
  • what do they look like?

Now let your imaginations run wild!

Draw or paint us a picture, make a puppet or create a 3-D model – whatever takes your fancy and then wrap it up safe and send it to us at the Cowshed Studios.

The winning entry will become one of the characters that move into our Roald Dahl inspired area where they will entertain families throughout the second weekend of the Wise Words Festival. If they are not too shy they may also pop up throughout our marketing campaign to let the world know that they exist.

The creator of the winning character and two runners up will also win a Golden Ticket to the Wise Words Festival.


Terms and conditions:

This competition is open to children between the ages of 5 – 12.

The closing date for entries is: Monday 11th April  Wednesday 13th April 

*We have extended our deadline to allow schools to send entries when they return from the Easter Break 

All entries must be sent to Wise Words Festival, Cowshed Studios, Highland Court Farm, Bridge CT4 5HW with entrants covering the cost of postage.

Please include the name and age of the creator and an email or telephone number by which we can contact you.

We will treasure all entries but cannot return them.

Work must be inspired by but not a copy of any Roald Dahl Character

Three finalists will be given a Family Festival Pass to include a maximum of 2 Adults and 2 children (below the age of 12). This will give you free entrance to Performances in the Family Area across the Wise Words Festival.

One winning entry will come to life and move in to The Most Unlikely of Places (our Roald Dahl inspired area) where they will join the other characters and entertain families across the second weekend of the festival. If they are not too shy they might also pop up in our marketing.

We will accept entries from all over the world and will publish images of the top 10 entries on a blog on our website. We do however want to make it clear that the prize of free entrance into performances within our family area may not be as relevant if you are not able to attend the festival.

Any questions please contact: Festival Director, Beth Cuenco

The Most Unexpected of Places is being produced in partnership with the wonderful Wide Eyed Theatre  with costumes for the characters being designed and made by Precious Hunter Smith.