Alice’s Day 2018
About the event
Be sure to mark 7 July in your diary as we prepare for Alice’s Day, our annual festival celebrating all things Wonderland. This year’s theme is ‘Journeys & Adventures’. Alice’s Day 2018 marks the closure of our exhibitions for redevelopment, so come and join the fun as we begin the next phase of our own exciting journey!
Our 2018 programme includes the chance to dance a Lobster Quadrille, immersive street theatre from Curious Company, jaw dropping performances from The Grand Indian Circus, a Comic Jam with artists Neill Cameron and Zak Simmonds, a city wide trail for families, live theatre with Voyage of La Sibylle as well as talks, lectures, face painting and crafting!
At The Story Museum
Lobster Quadrille & Welcome to Alice’s Day
10:00 Will you join the dance? Welcome to Alice’s Day with a Lobster Quadrille dance led by Emma Jane-Grieg.
Always Tea Time Exhibition & Trail
10:00-17:00 Journey down the rabbit hole and take a seat with Hatter and March Hare and find your favourite Wonderland characters with It’s Always Tea Time! Adults £7.50, children FREE.
Insects Through the Looking Glass
10:00-17:00 With magnifying glass in hand, YOU can be the explorer, journeying through the past 150 years to discover how insects have inspired incredible tales from Alice in Wonderland and beyond.
Alice’s Adventure Trail
11:00 & 15:00 Join Alice on an adventure round some of Oxford’s favourite independent retailers. Collect your trail from The Story Museum and complete your sheet for the chance to win a prize.
Voyage of La Sibylle, Copperdollar
11:00 La Sibylle – the oracle of Delphi – and her faithful servant Betty are hunting for special spells to break a curse and find their way home. Can you help them on their journey? Street theatre, magic and illusion from Copperdollar.
Comic Journey Jam
12:30-16:00 Take a journey through Wonderland with artists Neill Cameron and Zak Simmonds in this special Alice’s Day Comic Jam.
Meet the Caterpillar
13:30 & 15:30 Come and meet the Caterpillar as he offers advice to visitors on all aspects of life… He may look clever but we don’t recommend taking his advice too literally!
A bug-hunt in Wonderland: the symbolism and science of Alice’s insects and their transformations
16:00 Enjoy a talk about Alice and insects from entomological experts Chris Jeffs and Franziska E. Kohlt.
Grand Indian Circus
17:00 Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Circus, Alice’s Day welcomes back this elite group of Indian circus performers. Be prepared for drama, daring, music and laughter.
Alice in Otherlands: Parodies and Pastiches
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 10:00 Lecture from Dr Selwyn Goodacre on behalf of The Lewis Carroll Society.
Alice’s Day at the Bodleian Libraries
Curious Cabinets & Curiouser Craft, Weston Library, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 (free but booking essential: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk)
Badge Making, Weston Library, 10:00-16:00 (drop in activity)
Alice Emakimono Animation (artwork from Hiroko Hanna) Weston Library, 10:00-17:00,
Hand Press Printing, Weston Library, 11:00-15:00 (drop activity)
Little Shop of Stories
John Lewis, Westgate Centre, 10:00-17:00 Alice in Wonderland storytelling sessions run by The Story Museum’s Story Guides.
Journey down the Rabbit-hole: Alice’s Adventures at Christ Church and beyond
Christ Church, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 A chance to visit the Upper Library at Christ Church and see a selection of treasures from the Library’s extensive Lewis Carroll collections. Meet at The Story Museum. Booking essential – book your place at The Story Museum on the day.
Alice’s Journey Through the Looking-Glass World
Alice’s Shop, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:10 Luke Gander, owner of the Alice’s Shop, delivers a short talk on Alice’s journey across the world she encounters in Through the Looking-Glass and how this is connected to a game of chess.
Alice’s Parks and Pleasure Walk*
Visitor Information Centre, 10:30 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 https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/product/alices-day-walks-parks/
Learn to Play Croquet
The Master’s Garden, Christ Church, 10:30 (sign up at The Story Museum 10:00 – first come first serve) 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.
Votes for Alice: Suffragettes in Wonderland
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 11:00 Lecture from Professor Katharine Cockin on behalf of The Lewis Carroll Society.
Alice’s Adventure Trail
The Story Museum, trail start times – 11:00-11:30 & 15:00-15:30 Join Alice on an adventure round some of Oxford’s favourite independent retailers. Collect your trail from The Story Museum and complete your sheet for the chance to win a prize.
Alice’s Library Adventures!
Oxfordshire County Library, 11:00 & 15:15 Enjoy a trail of picture clues around the newly refurbished library, take part in adventure themed story times and get stuck
in with craft activities.
Around Oxford (starting from The Story Museum), 12:00 & 14:30 Challenge Curious Company’s human cards to a game of snap.
Oxford Castle & Prison, 12:00-16:00 A river journey with a difference. Create your own Wonderland characters and add them to this unique public art installation from Estonian Artists Viive Noor & Gundega Muzikante.
Alice’s Day: Hop Into Wonderland
University Museum of Natural History, 12:00-15:00 Meet the animals from the Hatter’s tea party and
create your own curious wonderland mobile.
Alice in Volga-land: Lewis Carroll’s Excursion to Russia
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 13:00 Lecture from Mark Davies on behalf of The Lewis Carroll Society.
Lewis Carroll in Psychology-land: Dreams, Asylums and Fantasy
Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 14:00 Lecture from Dr Franziska E Kohlt on behalf of The Lewis Carroll Society.
Adventures in Photography
Museum of the History of Science, 13:00-16:00 (trail available 12:00-17:00) See Lewis Carroll’s photographic equipment on display and find out about female pioneers of photography. Have a go at creating your own photographs using sun reactive paper.
Alice’s Day at Blackwell’s Broad Street
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 11:00-16:00 (trail), 11:00 (diary making), 15:00 (bookmark making) Be part of the adventure with an Interactive Bookshop Trail and be entered into a prize draw to win mini-prizes throughout the day. All this plus workshops to make your very own Alice’s Diary, and a teapot Doormouse bookmark.
Curiouser and Curiouser!*
University Botanic Gardens 13:00-16:00 Opera Holland Park is bringing Will Todd’s family opera, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to life this summer at the Botanic Garden. Join Alice and the Hatter for more than just a tea party with an adventurous, immersive and intriguing promenade workshop.
Alice’s Day Ashventure Special
Ashmolean Museum, 14:00 & 15:15 Take part in an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired adventure around the galleries, with storytelling, games and crafts.
Grand Indian Circus
Natural History Museum Lawn, 14:00 Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Circus, Alice’s Day welcomes back this elite group of Indian circus performers. Be prepared for drama, daring, music and laughter.
Voyage of La Sibylle, Copperdollar
Bonn Square, 14:00 La Sibylle – the oracle of Delphi – and her faithful servant Betty are hunting for special spells to break a curse and find their way home. Can you help them on their journey? Street theatre, magic and illusion from Copperdollar.
Alice In Waterland Walk*
Museum of Oxford, 15:00 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 https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/product/alices-day-walks-waterland/
Girls Uncovering Curiosity
Weston Library, 15:30-16:30 Lecture from Joani Etskovitz. How did nineteenth-century children’s cabinets open education in science, history, language and culture to curious girls, mothers,
and governesses, contained at home?
Bonn Square, 16:00 The Queen of Hearts challenges you to a game of croquet – just make sure you don’t lose your head!
*some charges apply