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The wonderful world of Roald Dahl is coming to Chiswick, as children look for - and dress up as - characters such as the BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Enormous Crocodile, Matilda and The Witches. A fancy dress parade and a treasure hunt for Roald Dahl books herald the start of this year's Bedford Park Festival starting on Saturday June 11th.

From this weekend, 21 shops in Turnham Green Terrace, W4, are displaying Roald Dahl books in their windows. Children who spot them all will win a certificate, and the first prize is a trip to the new Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire (

Entry forms can be picked up free of charge from Fletcher Estates in the Terrace, and the books have been lent by Waterstones in Chiswick High Road. The winners will be announced on Saturday June 11th, at the opening of the Green Days fete and Craft Fair, on the Green opposite Turnham Green tube station.

The children’s Fancy Dress Parade, which opens the Festival, will also be on the theme of Roald Dahl. “Green Days coincides with the opening of the new Roald Dahl Museum on June 11th and the forthcoming film of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" said Torin Douglas, one of the festival organisers. "How better to mark the occasion than inviting dozens of children to dress up as Roald Dahl characters?" Entry is free and children should assemble at St Michael's Parish Hall at 10.30am on Saturday 11th. The winners will receive books and tokens donated by Waterstones.

As usual, there'll be lots of activities for children at this year’s Festival. As well as the Fancy Dress Parade on the Green, there's a funfair and two five-a-side football competitions to watch, sponsored by Bushells estate agents in the Terrace. Under-18s can take also part in the ’Pop Idol’ talent contest on Sunday June 12th, sponsored by SweatyBetty in the Terrace, and people of all ages can watch 'The Wizard of Oz' the following weekend, performed by St Michael & All Angels‘ Junior Choir and sponsored by Letts Educational, in Chiswick High Road..

The money raised this year will go to the Brain Tumour Research Campaign, based in Ealing ; the Upper Room project supporting the homeless in Shepherd's Bush; and the £200,000 fund to repair and repaint St Michael & All Angels church.

Turnham Green Terrace traders taking part in the Treasure Hunt are: Faron Sutaria, Fletcher Estates, JoJo Maman bebe, Chiswick Cobblers, Oliver Bonas, Something Nice, Macken Brothers, Snapdragon, Melbury’s, Tots, Mortimer & Bennett, Tops haircutters, Molly M, Marmalade Jewellery, Covent Garden Fishmongers, Sweaty Betty, Theobroma Cacao, the Natural Food Store, Andreas Georghiou, Whitman & Co, Dynasty and Sport Centre.

June 1, 2005