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Summary

  1. Popular children's author celebrated in his home town
  2. Thousands lined the streets to see the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, a Marvellous Medicine Machine and a lot more
  3. A tightrope walk was delayed by crowd volumes, organisers said all necessary precautions were being taken to ensure crowd safety

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Over and out

    It's time to wish you all a swashboggling so long. That's it for our coverage of City of the Unexpected for today. Details of the weekend's other events are on the City of the Unexpected website. Connie Fisher will present highlights on Roald Dahls City of the Unexpected on BBC One Wales on Wednesday at 19:30.

  2. 'Very crowded'

    Kim Smith from Bristol is in Cardiff with her daughter. 

    Quote Message: "It's been really good. We've seen the Giant Peach and insects coming out, but it's been very crowded. When we've decided to leave an area, we haven't been able to get out. But it's been good and worth it." from Kim Smith
    Kim Smith
  3. I've got a cure for that

    George's Marvellous Medicine Machine.

    Marvellous medicine machine
  4. Don't look down Mr Fox

    An 80ft high wire act saw Fantastic Mr Fox cross from Cardiff Castle to the corner of Queen Street. He then turned back to be reunited with Mrs Fox. 

    Mr Fox on high wire
  5. Which is your favourite?

    Puppet gargoyles have been perched on the walls around Cardiff Castle as part of the Roald Dahl celebrations.

    Puppet gargoyles
  6. Watch out children!

    The Witches have gathered outside the Queens Arcade.

    Witches
  7. Fishing for the unexpected

  8. This looks interesting

    Here's what's happening at the Marvellous Medicine Machine right now.

    Actor and potions
  9. Bus service delays

    One of the city's bus operators, Cardiff Bus says it's "currently experiencing severe delays across the network due to extremely heavy traffic congestion in and around the city centre".  

  10. 'All precautions being taken'

    Responding to complaints regarding the crowds and confirming the cancellation of a planned tightrope walk, a spokeswoman for Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected said:

    "It is fantastic that so many people have come out to enjoy Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected, which is taking place in locations all around Cardiff this afternoon.

    "It is disappointing that due to the sheer volume of the crowd it was necessary to cancel the tightrope walk.

    "We encourage people to explore the city to find the many wonderful and unexpected things that are taking place. 

    "All necessary precautions are being taken to ensure crowd safety and we encourage people to follow us on social media for any further updates."

  11. 'Hard to know where to go'

    Jamie Allan has been in Cardiff with his two children since 2pm. 

    He said: "It's very hard to know where to go. We are following the updates on Twitter but as soon as we get there they have moved on somewhere else. 

    "We've seen The Twits and umbrella dancers, but we are trying to work out who people are following".

    Jamie Allan
  12. Snow in the sun

    Polar explorers make their way past Cardiff Castle

    People dressed as polar explorers
  13. Complaints

    Some people have complained on social media about it being too busy and "shambolic" in the city centre. The event organisers are aware and will be publishing a statement shortly.

  14. 'Pesky foxes'

  15. 'Oyez Oyez'

    Gemma Garwood, 32, is the youngest town crier in the UK. She is in Cardiff today on loan from Falmouth. 

    Town crier Gemma Garwood