Alice’s Day 2016Animals in Wonderland
Saturday 4 July, Oxford, UK
Take a trip down the rabbit hole as Oxford city centre transforms into Wonderland for this year’s Alice’s Day. The annual festival, which takes place on 2nd July and is coordinated by The Story Museum, is a daylong celebration of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. This year the theme of the festival is all things animal!
Venues across Oxford including The Story Museum, Museum of Natural History, Bodleian Library and Oxford Castle will be hosting Alice-themed events and activities. Visitors to the city will have the opportunity to sing and dance a Lobster Quadrille, join the Caucus-Race, take a seat at the mad hatter’s tea party and enjoy the amazing Alice street puppetry all the way from the Barcelona in the form of theatre group Teatro Nu. The Story Museum is encouraging visitors to embrace their inner animal by donning their very best pair of bunny ears to take part in the white rabbit trail – an exciting scavenger hunt across the city. Other events for visitors to the city to enjoy include Alice In Wonderland themed gallery activities at the Ashmolean, Alice guided tours of Christ Church – the home of Lewis Carroll, and an exhibition of some of Carroll’s photography work at Pitt Rivers Museum.
Alice’s Day 2015 saw the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the largest Alice’s Day to date, with thousands of visitors from across the world flocking to the city centre to celebrate the much loved children’s classic. With Alice’s Day 2016 set to build on last year’s success, this is one trip down the rabbit hole that you’ll want to be on time for!
Most events are free and full details of the programme will be published on The Story Museum’s website www.storymuseum.org.uk
About Alice’s Day
One golden afternoon on 4 July 1862, Charles Dodgson, an Oxford don, took Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boating picnic up the River Thames from Folly Bridge in Oxford. To amuse the children he told them a story about a little girl, sitting bored by a riverbank, who finds herself tumbling down a rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy world called Wonderland. The story so delighted the 10-year-old Alice that she begged him to write it down – the result was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865 under the pen name Lewis Carroll. It became one of the best-loved children’s books ever written.
To celebrate that first telling, Oxford turns into Wonderland for one magical day every year.
Alice’s Day 2016 is supported by Oxford City Council.
About The Story Museum
The Story Museum works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. A charity and non-profit company, it is in the process of creating a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of historic Oxford. The Museum currently has two exhibitions open to the public: Time For Bed, inspired by Helen Cooper’s award winning book The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Bed, and Draw Me Story, which explores how picture books grow from start to finish. The Museum continues to campaign for funds to complete its development. The Museum’s patrons are Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson and Malorie Blackman.