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Alice’s Day 2016

Saturday 2nd July - Saturday 2nd July

About the event

Alice Day 2016 returns and this year the theme is ‘Animals in Wonderland’.

Take part in a White Rabbit scavenger hunt round Oxford city centre, get some good advice from the Caterpillar at the Western Library, join the dance with the Lobster Quadrille at the The Story Museum and enter a Caucus Race at Museum of Natural History!

Join us for a frabjous day of storytelling, workshops, live music and much more in venues all across Oxford – and most events are free!

Alice’s Day is supported by Oxford City Council.

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This year we’ve team up with Oxford’s retailers for a White Rabbit trail – a fun way for families to explore the streets of Oxford.

Click here to see the list of official Alice’s Day retailers.

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Details of events can be found below. Click here to download the map and guide. 

What’s On:

The White Rabbit Trail
The Story Museum, 10:30-14:00 & 15:00-17:00
We’ve released white rabbits all over the city – can you help us find them?

Horns of Plenty
Broad Street, bollarded area, 10:30-10:45
Alice-themed musical madness!

Wonderland Walks
Visitor Information Centre, 10:00 & 14:30
Two different 90-minute walks – one via Christ Church Meadow and one ending at the Museum of Natural History – in the footsteps of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll, with expert guide and author Mark Davies. Tickets, £3. Max 20 people. Booking essential through Experience Oxfordshire. Click here for further info.

Alice in Wonderland Guided Tours
Christ Church, 10:00, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30
Behind-the-scenes guided tours of Christ Church, the home of Alice in Wonderland and its creator Lewis Carroll. Visit the Great Hall, private gardens, kitchen and quadrangles and discover the many Christ Church associations which inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. £15 per adult, £13 per concession. Booking essential. To book tickets please visit the Christ Church website.

Down The Rabbit Hole
Pitt Rivers Museum, 10:00-16:30
Family trail round the Pitt Rivers Museum exploring some of the fascinating Alice related objects held in the museum’s world famous collection.

Dressed as a New Zealander
Pitt Rivers Museum, 10:00-16:30
A fascinating display of an original photograph taken by Charles Dodgson featuring items from the Pitt Rivers Museum collection.

Talks at The Old Sheep Shop
Alice’s Shop, 10:00-16:00
Talks throughout the day about this fascinating Alice landmark, and Alice themed shop. Free book marks given to children and young people on request.

Alice’s Animals and Bodleian Printing
Weston Library, 10:00-16:00
Come and see Alice’s Animals (a one-day display of illustrations of animals found in the Alice stories), print a keepsake on an animal theme, follow our trail of literary animals around the old and new libraries, and enjoy a refreshment in our Alice-themed café.

Mad Hats and Masks!
Museum of Oxford, 10:30-15:30
Get out the glitter sna glue and enter into the spirit of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party by making your own animal-inspired hat and masks!  Find out more about the real Alice who inspired Lewis Carroll’s story.  There will also be biscuit decorating and face stencils!

Horns of Plenty
Broad Street, bollarded area, 11:00-11:30
Alice-themed musical madness!

Lewis Carroll Society Talk
The Story Museum, 11:00-11:30
John Vernon Lord, illustrator, teacher and author, speaks about ‘Wonderland Creatures and Looking Glass Beasts’.

Lobster Quadrille
The Story Museum, 11:00-11:30
Will you join the dance? Take part in a Lobster Quadrille.

Ask the Caterpillar Advice
Weston Library, Blackwell Hall, 11:00-13:00
“Who are You?” asked the Caterpillar. Wisdom and words of advice in a seated one on one experience. Make sure you keep your temper!

The Mad Hatter and the March Hare go in search of the dormouse
Around Town, 11:00-13:30
Can you help find the March Hare and Mad Hatter find the door mouse around Oxford City Centre?

An audience with the Queen of Hearts
Around Town, 11:00-13:30
Her Majesty, the Queen of Hearts will be surveying the sites of Cornmarket, Queen Street and Broad Street, her humble White Rabbit will help you to ask any burning questions you might have.

White Rabbit Story Time
Blackwells Bookshop, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00
Join the White Rabbit for story time before he runs way!

Horns of Plenty
Broad Street, bollarded area, 11:00-11:30
Get ready to rock with Horns of Plenty!

Hand Shadow Puppet Show
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 12:00 & 14:00
Watch Alice characters come alive with an amazing shadow puppet show.

Alice’s Animals
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 12:00-15:00
Make your own Dodo mask and feet, ready to join the Caucus Race on the lawn. Join a game of giant animal dominoes and explore the Museum that inspired the book, with our special Alice trail.

Lewis Carroll Society Talk
The Story Museum, 12:00-12:40
Dinosaur expert Errol Fuller, speaks on ‘The Diverting History of the Dodo’.

Lobster Quadrille
County Hall, 12:00-12:40
Will you join the dance? Take part in a Lobster Quadrille.

Wonderland and animals dress up and face painting
The Story Museum, 12:00-16:30
Transform yourself into your favourite Alice animal character!

Animal dominoes
The Story Museum, 12:00-16:30
Play dominoes and discover the animals in wonderland

Alice’s Dream
Radcliffe Square, 13:00-13:40
Spanish company Teatre Nu present an interactive street performance – watch out for a giant Alice! Alice’s Dream is a rolling story, a tale in movement, a journey in which the public become the main character in a narrative as universal as it is fascinating.

Tree of Life
Broad Street, bollarded area, 13:00-13:20
Fall down, down, down the evolutionary rabbit hole with this dance performance from One Zoom, part of the Oxford Science Festival.

Caucus Race
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 14:00-14:30 
Led by the dodo, duck and lory, a mad and irreverent race to get dry involving lots of crying with laughter, real tears and bubbles included.

Scenes from Alice in Wonderland
Ashmolean Museum Atrium, 14:00-14:30 & 15:00-15:30
The Oxford Youth Choir present scenes from their hugely successful musical Alice in Wonderland, by Roderick Williams.

Ashventure! Animals in Wonderland
Ashmolean Museum, 14:30-15:00 & 15:30-16:00
An Alice in Wonderland themed gallery activity, involving stories, games, object handling and a wonderland animal hunt.

A Tea Party!
The Story Museum, 15:30-16:00, 16:00-16:20 & 16:30-16:50
Take your place at the table for a mad and unforgettable tea party!

A hearing with the Queen of Hearts
The Story Museum, 17:00-17:30
The Queen of Hearts provides her ruling on the day’s procedures – get ready to present your evidence.


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