Delightfully scroobious, or uffishly vorpal? ‘Nonsense’ was the theme of this year's Alice's Day, which celebrates the first telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on the River Thames in Oxford.
More than 20 of Oxford's most beautiful and historic locations took part for a day of topsy turvy fun in wonderful summer weather.
Restaurants and cafes also joined in with Alice-themed refreshments.
Next year's event takes place on Saturday 5 July 2014.
For a round-up of the events of 2013, click here.
“If I had a world of my own,” said Alice, “everything would be nonsense!”
2013 marked the sixth Alice’s Day, which is co-ordinated each year by The Story Museum.
bird's eye view of 2013 events
The real Alice's favourite sweet shop. More info.
Nutty but nice crafts to try, Alice and Rabbit trails, and tea on the rooftop with the Mad Hatter. More info.
Family fun day with giant nonsense poem, balloons, face painting, crafts - and a crazy nonsense poetry competition to win £200 for your school. More info.
Surreality with Salvador Dali, plus storytelling. More info.
Nonsense fun with author Diana Moore, a free quiz, face-painting and Alice books to borrow. More info.
Christ Church Library
Exhibition of nonsense poetry and art by local schoolchildren, and of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense work. More info.
Museum of the History of Science
Discover early photography, explore the Museum, and help animate Alice’s adventures. More info.
Oxford Town Hall and Museum of Oxford
Nonsensical stories, face painting, Alice Juke Box and a life size walking, talking Dodo. Follow Alice into Townhall Wonderland and create topsy-turvy artwork. More info.
Old Fire Station
Find out more about nonsense literature, Lewis Carroll’s mastery of the genre and how others in Oxford and beyond have interpreted it. A morning of free talks, from 10.15-12.30. Plus unlock your inner Alice with a family workshop. More info.
Oxford Castle Quarter: Oxford Castle Unlocked
A "mound" of nonsense: picnic and riddles on Castle Mound. More info.
Oxford Castle Quarter: O3 Gallery
Nonsense exhibition. More info.
Pitt Rivers Museum
Flibbity flub: a world where everything is what it isn't. Drop in activity. More info.
The Story Museum
Performances from Teatro Vivo in all corners of the Story Museum’s atmospheric building. Storytelling, Surrealist games, printing, cycle workshop. Expect the unexpected. More info.
University of Oxford Botanic Garden
Alice Through The Pinhole exhibition and family picnic afternoon. More info.
University of Oxford Shop
Dodos galore, a special window display, free quiz and special offers on dodo products!
Visitor Information Centre
Information and a free Alice tour. More info.
Whittard of Chelsea, High St
An all-day tea party, with all your favourite characters.
Follow the route of the famous rowing trip, during which the Alice story was first told, with author and Alice expert Mark Davies. More info.
Alice-themed places to eat and drink on the day. Take a look.
- Lewis Carroll Society
- Oxford City Council
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Oxford Inspires
- The Oxfordshire Reading Campaign
why not make a weekend of it?
Alice's Day takes place on the same weekend as the Cowley Road Carnival. Why not make the most of Oxford's festival weekend and enjoy both days. Find out more about accommodation and restaurants at Visit Oxfordshire and the Oxford City Guide.
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.
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