Thursday, April 07, 2011

From Jam Tarts to Jabberwockys

WONDERLAND COMES TO OXFORD Tea parties galore as Oxford – and the Red Queen, Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit, not to mention Alice herself, start to get ready for Alice’s Day 2011. This year’s brillig event takes place on Saturday July 9 with a host of activities planned in historic and world-class locations, many of them known to Lewis Carroll and the real Alice – from Christ Church and the Bodleian Library, to Oxford Castle and the Botanic Gardens.

Highlights will include an outdoor Jabberwocky performance by Mad Dogs theatre group, Mad Hatter’s tea parties, outdoor film screenings, colourful tales by leading storytellers, waterland walks along the River Thames – with White Rabbits and other Wonderland characters along the way. Alice enthusiasts young and old will enjoy a unique chance to view special exhibitions of Alice memorabilia, take part in panel discussions and listen to talks from distinguished experts – all in the city of the Dodo, where Lewis Carroll first told one of the best-loved children’s stories in the world.

More than a dozen Oxford organisations are involved in Alice’s Day, which is coordinated by the Story Museum. Director Kim Pickin said; “We are buzzing with ideas for Alice’s Day, but Tea will play a big part! We’re encouraging people to dress up for the day, bring a picnic and join in this family day, where once again nearly all events are free.”

The Story Museum will be announcing more surprises as plans progress. In the meantime, enthusiasts can enjoy a treasure trove of all things Alice and view pictures from previous years at See below for short listings entry.

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