Alice's Day 2012
2012 marked 150 years since the first telling of Alice, when Charles Dodgson made up a tale to amuse Alice Liddell and her sisters during a picnic by the River Thames. A host of wonderland happenings were organise accross the city - including the highlight of the weekend, the wonderfully whacky Caucus Race.
Here is a taster of some of the frabjous events which took place on both Saturday 7 July and Sunday 8 July 2012.
Guides/maps were available on the day, and you can download a copy here (1.5mb pdf).
The real Alice's favourite sweet shop.
Design your own tea party set and do an Alice museum trail.
Family fun day with balloons, face painting and crafts.
Surreality with Salvador Dali and storytelling.
Family picnic afternoon.
Join Alice's Day character hunt and quiz; plus Alice tales from Storytelling Laureate Katrice Horsley.
Take part in a treasure hunt in the home of the real Alice... with a surprise.
Christ Church Library
Exhibition and Alice memorabilia.
Christ Church Meadow
An Alice flotilla on the river Thames, to celebrate the original boat trip when Alice in Wonderland was first told.
Christ Church Picture Gallery
Illustrating Alice - Salvador Dali's illustrations.
Roving performers; Curious Company present their playing card walkabout.
Museum of the History of Science
Discover early photography and help create an Alice anniversary album.
Museum of Oxford and Town Hall
Family arts and crafts, storytelling and music.
Museum of Natural History
Alice trail and Alice themed crafts. Flamingo croquet with Curious Company
Old Fire Station
Make a hat fit for any Mad Hatters Tea Party!
Oxford Castle Quarter
Giant chess and croquet, arts and crafts, art exhibition, storytelling and Mad Hatter's tea parties for children and adults.
Oxford Moonlight Stroll
Nine mile, night-time sponsored walk with an Alice theme.
Wonderland exhibition featuring the work of contemporary women artists.
Pitt Rivers Museum
Family crafts with an Alice twist.
River Thames flotilla
A colourful array of boats following the course of Lewis Carroll's famous boat trip.
Science Oxford Try the Alice’s Day Discovery Zone Trail.
A 10- minute Alice musical; the Alice story told by the new Storytelling Laureate Katrice Horsley; an exciting new international exhibition Tea with Alice; handprinting, and crafty Caucus Race workshops.
Ultimate Picture Palace
Special screening of Jan Svankmajer's haunting Alice (1989).
University of Oxford Shop
Dodos galore and a quiz.
Visitor Information Centre
Information and a free Alice tour.
Walks and talks
Local historian Mark Davies takes you along the river and gives a series of anniversary talks.
The Real Alice: literary book signings including relatives of the real Alice.
- Lewis Carroll Society
- Oxford City Council
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Oxford Inspires
The best way to explain is is to do it!
The day before the Olympic torch passed through the city, we turned convention on its head with our own eccentric forerunner to the Games. Fun, games, jam tarts and dancing were the order of the day! More info.