Alice’s Day

A photo of children dressed as characters from Alice and Wonderland

Download this year’s full programme

Alice’s Day is a yearly celebration of Alice In Wonderland. It is co-ordinated by The Story Museum with more than 20 partner venues across Oxford (including The Bodleian, Ashmolean, Museum of Natural History & Pitt Rivers, Botanic Garden and many more). Free events to transform Oxford into Wonderland for one magical day.

Alice’s Day 2015 is on Saturday 4 July. Click here for the full programme and don’t miss other Alice activities in the run-up.

Do you want to be involved in Alice’s Day?

This year, to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we’re aiming to recruit 150 members of the public to dress up as Alice and help us to celebrate! Applications are open to all regardless of gender or age – all we ask is that you’re available between 9:30 – 12:30 on Saturday 4th July, and are able to provide your own costume. As part of our 150 Alices, you will help us launch the day in a spectacular gathering of the weird and wonderful!

If you would like to apply to be one of our Alices then please email us with following information:

– Name
– Age
– Email
– Phone number
– Postcode

– In no more than 100 words please tell us why you would like to be Alice for the day, including details of your proposed costume.  

Once we have received your application, we’ll be in touch to let you whether you have been successful!

Girl in lobster costume

Come and learn to sing and dance a Lobster Quadrille

This year for Alice’s Day the 12 chapters of the book will be played out across the city in various venues and in various ways. For the chapter in which Alice meets the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle and learns to dance a Lobster Quadrille, we’re inviting members of the public to come along and learn to sing and dance our very own version. The performance will take place on Alice’s Day, 4 July from 12.30-13.30 outside the University Museum of Natural History and everyone, of all ages and abilities, is welcome to join.

We’re running open workshops to learn the song and the dance steps so just sign up using the links below.

Saturday 27 June, 12.00-13.00
Singing workshop with Roger Jackson at The Story Museum, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
Sing up for this FREE workshop

Saturday 27 June, 16.30-17.30
Dance workshop with Emma-Jane Greig at The Story Museum, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
Sing up for this FREE workshop

Saturday 4 July, 10.00-11.00
Singing workshop with Roger Jackson in The Refectory, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND
Sign up for this FREE workshop

Saturday 4 July, 11.00-12.30
Dance workshop with Emma-Jane Greig in The Refectory, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND
Sign up for this FREE workshop

For the full programme on Alice’s Day click here.

A man on stilts dressed as the White Rabbit stands outside the Bodleian Library.

The White Rabbit visits Oxford for Alice’s Day 2014

A girl dressed as the Hatter looks into an art piece made of broken mirrors. Her face is reflected.

‘Alice 3.0′ Art exhibition at the Museum Of Oxford, Alice’s Day 2014

Musicians outside Blackwell's bookshop, Alice's Day 2012.

Musicians outside Blackwell’s bookshop, Alice’s Day 2012.

Visitors in Blackwell's, Alice's Day 2012.

Visitors in Blackwell’s, Alice’s Day 2012.

 About Alice’s Day

One golden afternoon on 4 July 1862, Charles Dodgson, an Oxford don, took the 10-year-old 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 Alice that she begged him to write it down – the result was the 1864 handwritten manuscript Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, published in 1865 as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland under the pen name Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. A sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, was published in 1871.

Alice’s Day commemorates an important moment for children’s literature and for Oxford. Alice became one of the most popular, most widely quoted and most widely translated children’s book ever written, with editions even in Esperanto and shorthand. It marked the birth of modern children’s literature. After Alice, children’s books became less stuffy and more entertaining. Oxford became a world centre of children’s stories and inspirational home to many authors and illustrators including Kenneth Grahame, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Philip Pullman.

Alice’s Day is supported by Oxford City Council. Oxford City Council logo