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Alice’s Day

About Alice’s Day

Alice’s Day, our annual festival celebrating all things Wonderland, takes place on Saturday 6th July 2019 and our theme this year is ‘Time’. 

Our 2019 programme includes the chance to dance a Lobster Quadrille and meet Dizzy O’Dare’s Dodo rider, as well as giant bouncing white rabbits from the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, walks and trails (complete with rabbits’ ears!), readings, lectures, dressing up, face painting and crafting!

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The Dodo Rider
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 10:00-17:00 Meet the Queen of Hearts and her royal animal companion, the last known living specimen of the Dodo bird! Brought to Alice’s Day by Dizzy O’Dare.

Bouncing White Rabbits
Around Town, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00 Straight out of Wonderland, look out for these giant bouncing white rabbits – brought to you by the Grand Theatre of Lemmings.

Time For Puzzles
Alice’s Shop, 09:30-18:30 All shall have prizes! Puzzles and goodies in Alice’s Shop – the place where the real Alice bought her sweets 150 years ago. The shop was written into one of the Alice books, Through the Looking-Glass.

The Pumpkin
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 10:00-17:00 Join the Story Museum on the Oxford University Natural History Museum lawn. You can dance the Lobster Quadrille, enjoy readings from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and marvel at the Dodo Rider.
11:00 & 12:30 Lobster Quadrille
13:00, 14:30 & 16:30 Storyteller Peter Chand.

Find The White Rabbit
Museum of Oxford, 10:00-12:30 Collect your ears and follow the trail to find the White Rabbit as he dashes around the Micro-Museum at the Town Hall!

Time For Alice (ages 11+)
The Lewis Carroll Society lectures at the Weston Library:
10:00
, Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland: An innovative adventure gamebook with a dangerous twist, with Jon Green.
11:00, Alice in Guinness-time: A 1960s’ advertising campaign using Lewis Carroll’s characters, with Brian Sibley.
13:00, Alice in Fashion-land: Over a century of changing trends and designs inspired by Wonderland, with Kiera Vaclavik.
14:00, Timeless Alice: Adventures in modernity: from the fourth dimension to climate change, with Franziska Kohlt.

The Queen of Heart’s Throne Room
The Story Museum, 10:00-17:00 Dress up as some of your favourite characters and enjoy Wonderland crafts, face painting and storytelling.
16:30 Alice storytelling on the Throne with Lucy Walters

The White Rabbit Dash
The Story Museum, 10:30 & 14:00 Oh my ears and whiskers! Join in an adventure around Oxford’s famous Covered Market and its environs. Collect your trail and rabbit ears from The Story Museum for the chance to win a prize. Trails start at 10:30 and 14:00 and finish back at The Story Museum for prizes at 12:30 and 16:00. £1 to enter the trail and all entry fees go towards supporting the work of The Story Museum.

Alice In Waterland Walk
Visitor Information Centre, Broad Street 10:30 start A 90-minute stroll to and around beautiful Christ Church Meadow, with Mark Davies, Oxford local historian and author, ending at Alice’s Shop in St Aldate’s. The walk is designed for adults, so there is no charge for accompanied children. Limited to 20 places. Price £3. Book in advance at  www.experienceoxfordshire.org/product/alices-day-walkswaterland

Alice Through The Ages: Christ Church Library Tour
Christ Church Library (meet at The Story Museum), 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 13:45 & 14:30 A chance to visit the Library at Christ Church to see a selection of treasures from the Library’s extensive Lewis Carroll collections. On display will be a range of editions of Alice showing its enduring influence over time, from the first edition copy to modern re-interpretations and foreign translations. For younger visitors there will be the chance to help the White Rabbit find his pocket watches hidden around the Library. Ages 5+. No buggies.

The Big Make
The Story Museum, 10:30-16:00 Help build a giant White Rabbit and in true wonderland style make your own craft rabbit to take home.

Learn To Play Croquet (click here to book tickets)
Christ Church Master’s Garden (meet at The Story Museum), 11:00, 11:45 & 12:30 A rare chance to learn croquet with Ben Jaques from Jaques of London, the creators of the game who have historic links to Lewis Carroll. Booking essential – please arrive 15 minutes before your session at the Story Museum. Groups will then be taken over to the Masters Garden. £5 per person. Ages 8+.

Make Time For Alice
Weston Library, 09:00-17:00 Join the Weston Library for drop-in printing, matchbox-book crafts, lectures from the Lewis Carroll Society, a display of Alice’s old and new, and Hiroko Hanna’s animated Alice on the heritage screen.
11:00-15:00 Create a matchbox concertina book with drawing and collage
11:00-15:00 Hand-press printing
09:00-17:00 Hiroko Hanna’s Animated Emakimono Alice
09:00-17:00 A display of Alices Old and New

Storytime and Craft session
Oxfordshire County Library, 11:00-12:30 & 14:00-15:30 Make your own cuckoo clock and then enjoy a time-themed story session!

Return to Wonderland
Blackwell’s Westgate, 11:00-15:00
11:00-14:00 White Rabbit Meet and Greet – watch out for our very special guest who may be running a bit late!
14:00 Join authors Robin Stevens, Amy Wilson and Patrice Lawrence as they discuss their contributions to Return To Wonderland, an exciting new collection of original stories inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll.

Adventures In Time
History of Science Museum, 12:00-16:30 Pick up your copy of our Alice Trail and take a trip back in time to find out more about Lewis Caroll and his amazing books. Don’t forget to pick up your sticker once you’ve finished!
15:30 Storytelling with Lucy Walters

Through The Keyhole
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 12:00-15:00 Take a closer look into the Museum’s past, meet some of Alice’s furry friends and make your own peeping dormouse.

Alice’s Day Picnic Afternoon
Oxford Botanic Garden, 13:00-16:00 An afternoon of curious music, performance, activities and fun in the UK’s oldest Botanic Garden. Event free with entry to Garden, adults £6, children under-16 free.

Alice’s Day Special: Ashventure
Ashmolean Museum, 14:00-14:45 & 15:15-16:00 Join us for a time-themed gallery hunt, plus games and stories. Suitable for ages 4+. Don’t be late!

Wonderland: A wander through the world of Alice
The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock OX20 1SN In partnership with The Story Museum, visit the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock and fall down the rabbit hole into the magical world of Wonderland in this special interactive exhibition for families running from 15 June – 18 September, 10:00-17:00
Saturday 6 July – Time for Tea, 14:00-16:00 The Mad Hatter is bringing his tea party to Woodstock. Dress up as your favourite Alice character for the chance to win a prize. Make your mad hat, find the Cheshire Cat and then enjoy afternoon tea and games.

The Story Cafe
This Alice’s Day don’t forget to pay a visit to our Story Café, which will be serving a delicious family friendly menu all day, including a special selection of Alice-themed treats. We have a wide range of gluten free and vegan options and our soup is always dairy and gluten free. With hot and cold drinks and a mouth-watering array of freshly-baked cakes and biscuits, we’ve got plenty for any hungry bunnies who need a break.

Click here to see what took place on Alice’s Day 2018