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Alice’s Day 2017 – Riddles & Games

For everyone, Free events, Performances, Weekend fun

Saturday 1st July - Saturday 1st July

Alice and Red Queen

About the event

Prepare yourself for a mesmerising day of street theatre, live music, circus skills and family fun across Oxford, in celebration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Dress up as the Cheshire Cat and follow a scavenger hunt around town, join a hedgehog protest, look out for some confused playing cards and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts if you dare!

Click here to view the full list of official Alice’s Day 2017 retailers.

What’s On from The Story Museum

The Games Alice Played
The Story Museum, 10:00-13:00
Play games invented and inspired by Lewis Carroll. The is a drop-in workshop.

Face Painting
The Story Museum, 10:00-17:00
Get your facepainted as your favourite Alice character! Who will you choose to be?

The Cheshire Cat Trail
The Story Museum
11:00-14:00 & 15:00-17:00
The Cheshire Cat has been popping up all over the city – can you help us find his grin? Complete our trail to win a prize!

Curious Cards
Around Town, (sets off from The Story Museum), 11:30
With style and humour Curious Company take the audience down the rabbit hole and show them a curious time.

Lucy Walters Storytelling
Museum of History of Science
14:00-14:30
Join storyteller Lucy Walters for some brilliant and engaging Alice-themed stories.

The Queen’s Croquet Ground
The Story Museum 11:00-12:00 (ages 11+)
Lindsay Fulcher and Ben Jaques shed light on Alice and croquet, including antique croquet sets.

The Alice Choir
Ashmolean Museum, 12:30 & 13:30
Members of the Jericho Singers perform a selection of Alice themed songs. Directed by Stephanie Pirrie.

The Hedgehog Protest
The Story Museum, 12:30-13:00
The hedgehog’s are fed up of being abused in the Queen’s croquet games, and they need YOU, to sign up and join the revolt!

Lucy Walters Storytelling
Museum of Oxford
12:30-13:00
Join storyteller Lucy Walters for some brilliant and engaging Alice-themed stories.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Bonn Square, 13:00-13:45
Take your seat at a mad tea party complete with human table, courtesy of the hilariously brilliant Curious Company.

Nothing but a Pack of Cards!
The Story Museum, 12:00-13:00 (ages 11+)
Brian Sibley and David Weeks talk about cards and Alice, including tricks from a member of the prestigious magic circle and a display of historic packs of cards.

Riddle Slam!
The Story Museum, 1.30pm -15.00
Create your own Wonderland inspired riddles with Hammer and Tongue and share them in a family riddle slam. Free but spaces are limited.

Circus Raj
The Oxford Castle, 14:00-14:45
Circus Raj are a “supergroup” of Rajasthan’s elite street circus performers undertaking breathtaking acts of courage and bravery. Be prepared for daring games of the circus.

The Hedgehog Protest
Bonn Square, 14:00-14:30
The hedgehog’s are fed up of being abused in the Queen’s croquet games, and they need YOU, to sign up and join the revolt!

A Great Huge Game of Chess!
The Story Museum, 13:00-14:00 (ages 11+)
Check out Mark Davies’ talk about chess and Alice which includes a cunning move to reveal a new view of the Red Queen.

The Alice Choir
Bonn Square, 14:30
Members of the Jericho Singers perform a selection of Alice themed songs. Directed by Stephanie Pirrie.

Learn to Play Croquet
Oxford Castle, 15:30 (the exercise yard, ages 11+)
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.

Lucy Walters Storytelling
Weston Library, 15:30-16:00
Join storyteller Lucy Walters for some brilliant and engaging Alice-themed stories.

Curious Croquet
The Story Museum, 15:30
With style and humour Curious Company invite you to take part in game of croquet like no other before!

The Hedgehog Protest
The Story Museum, 16:00-16:30
The hedgehog’s are fed up of being abused in the Queen’s croquet games, and they need YOU, to sign up and join the revolt!

Circus Raj
The Story Museum, 16:30-17:15
Circus Raj are a “supergroup” of Rajasthan’s elite street circus performers undertaking breathtaking acts of courage and bravery. Be prepared for daring games of the circus.

What’s on from our partner venues

Looking Glass Puzzle
Alice’s Shop 9:30-16:00
Enter the real life Old Sheep Shop as featured in Through The LookIng Glass and help Alice work out which items on the shelves have moved with this fun and engaging spot the difference activity.

Print a Keepsake, Riddling Books, Hiroko Hanna Weston Library
Weston Library, 10:00-17:00
View a special display of riddling books (9.00-17.00; Sunday 11.00-17.00), try out your word skills on Carroll’s Doublets (10.30-3.30), and print a themed souvenir on our hand press (11.00-15.00). Plus look out for emaki-mono scrolls and animations of Alice by Japanese artists Hiroko Hanna.

Alice In Waterland Walk
Museum of Oxford, 10:00 & 11:30
A circuit of Christ Church Meadow with local historian and author Mark Davies, the only Oxford guide endorsed by the Lewis Carroll Society. Book online at
www.experienceoxfordshire.org

Bitten Street Food Market
Oxford Castle, 11:00-17:00
Celebrate Alice Day at Oxford’s most historic site! Accompanied by live music and storytelling, indulge in a feast of delights from the Bitten Street Market who will be at Oxford Castle Quarter from 11am. For information on all activities visit www.oxfordcastlequarter.com

Alice in Wonderland Guided Tours
Christ Church, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 3:30
Behind-the-scenes guided tours of Christ Church, the home of Alice in Wonderland and its creator Lewis Carroll. Sign up for the tour at The Story Museum on the day.

Games In Wonderland
Museum of Natural History, 12:00-15:00
Play Alice In Wonderland themed games and create your own flamingo croquet game or play animal dominoes.

Curiouser and Curiouser
Museum of Oxford, 12:00-16:00
Get out the glitter and glue and decorate your own ‘Drink Me’ potion bottle like the one Alice drunk to make herself shrink and grow. Join us for dress up, face stencils and riddles. Find out more about the games the real Alice and other Victorian children would have enjoyed playing at the time Lewis Carol wrote Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s Puzzles
Museum of History of Science, 12:00-17:00
Pick up a free trail at the welcome desk,Find out more about Charles Dodgson and the story of Alice through our wondeful collection of objects.

Alice in Wonderland with Creation Theatre
Blackwells Bookshop, 11:00-13pm and 14:00-16:00 at quarter past and quarter to the hour
Meet Alice and friends as Creation Theatre show a special sneak preview of their summer production of Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in the Garden
Botanic Gardens, 13:00-16:00
Join Alice in the garden for a Mad Hatter themed tea and picnic, story telling and family activities. Included in garden entry price.

Parks and Pleasure Walk
Visitor Information Centre, 14:30 & 16:30
An exploration of some less-visited parts of Oxford with local historian and author Mark Davies, the only Oxford guide endorsed by the Lewis Carroll Society.
Book online at www.experienceoxfordshire.org

Games and Stories
Ashmolean Museum, 14:00-14:45 & 15:15-16:00
Take part in some brilliant Alice-themed games and stories in the beautiful setting of the world famous Ashmolean Museum.

Find out more about Alice’s Day here.

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