Alice’s Day

A photo of children dressed as characters from Alice and Wonderland

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.

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.

Dodo and friend at The Museum of Oxford, Alice's Day 2013.

Dodo and friend at The Museum of Oxford, Alice’s Day 2013.

Storytelling at the Central Library, Alice's Day 2011.

Storytelling at the Central Library, Alice’s Day 2011.

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