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Alice’s Day 2022

02 July
Oxford City Centre
Oxford City Centre
Oxford

Alice’s Day 2022 / Things to do in and around

Alice’s Day 2022

Alice’s Day 2022, the annual city-wide celebration of all things Alice in Wonderland, is on Saturday 02 July.

Join venues across Oxford, including, Museum of Oxford, History of Science Museum, Oxford Botanic Garden, Weston Library, Alice’s Shop, and The Story Museum for a jam-packed programme of events, including theatre, puppetry, crafting, trails, dance, games, lectures and more, to celebrate one of literature’s – and Oxford’s – best-loved story heroes.

All events are free unless otherwise stated.

Programme

TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
All DayKids go free to the Galleries
Adults £10.00 Booking in advance essential.
The Story Museum
All Day150th anniversary exhibition & Alice-themed book sale
Cash only. Plus refreshments at the nearby West Oxford Community Centre Café.
St Frideswide’s Church
10.00am to 10.30amRed Queen Trail – morning start
Discover Queens and Kings of Wonderland in a trail through Oxford’s Covered Market and other historic venues. Pick up trail maps from The Story Museum. Get your map stamped, and return the stamped maps to The Story Museum to collect a prize.
Around town (starting & finishing at The Story Museum)
10.00am to 5.00pmGifts and souvenirs
Discover how Alice became a Queen in short 5-minute talks throughout the day from 11.00am to 4.00pm. They will be giving away a puzzle based on the queens and kings in Alice’s adventures, as stock lasts. (Shop open 10.00am to 6.00pm)
Alice’s Shop
10.30am to 11.00amLewis Carroll Society Talk: “Let’s pretend we’re Kings and Queens”: Alice, Carroll and the Monarchy (Mark Davies)
The Alice of Lewis Carroll’s imagination had many encounters with royalty, but so too did the real Alice whose father was Dean of Christ Church and likewise Lewis Carroll because of his skill as an early photographer. Lecture from Mark Davies: local historian and author.
St Frideswide’s Church
10.30am to 11.30amQueenly Crafts Workshop
Step into Wonderland with our Queenly Crafts workshop! Try your hand at table croquet, puppet making and rose painting, and fashion your own royal crown to take home! Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Alice’s Day like a real queen.
Participation costs £4.00 per child and £2.00 per adult. The recommended age is 5 to 10 years, although all ages are welcome. Book on Museum of Oxford website.
Museum of Oxford
10.30am to 11.00amLucy Walters storytelling
“My name is Alice, so please your Majesty.” Join Lucy Walters as we step through the story door into Wonderland.
Weston Library
10.30am to 15.30amCraft and Print Press
Drop in to print a playing card and make a badge or magical matchbox book inspired by Alice’s adventures.
Weston Library
10.30am to 3.30pmAlice animation
Animation of Japanese artist Hiroko Hanna’s exquisite Emaki-mono scrolls retelling the story of Alice with the real Alice Liddell as heroine
Weston Library
11.00amTea Party With A Twist
Join Hatter and Hare for their tea party with a twist! Meet a rather strange Alice, an odd looking caterpillar and a rather questionable Queen of Hearts in this mad retelling of the beloved Alice in Wonderland. A family fun, interactive show, suitable for all, filled with games, a treasure hunt, and a little bit of silliness.
Oxford Botanic Gardens
11.00am to 11.30amParty games with giant Alice
Play party games with giant Alice and the amazing talking flowers.
Broad Street
11.00 to 11.45amDrag Queen Stories
Join Adam All and Apple Derrieres for sparkling songs and stories with a royal twist!Free with Gallery tickets
The Story Museum
11.00am to noonQueens and Kings Chess
Learn from Chess in Schools and Communities tutors about Queens and Kings on the chess board with fun activities for everyone.
Oxford Castle & Prison
11.00am to 1.00pmFairtrade Cupcake Competition
To enter, decorate a single cupcake in the most curious way – will it make us taller? Is it fit for a Queen? Or is it just totally mad? Bring your cupcake along to Broad Street and drop it off to be judged.Organised by Fairtrade St Michaels
Drop off your entries on Broad Street
11.00am to 4.00pmQueens & Kings Make & Take crafts
Get creatively crafty with a free wonderland character make and take in our Magic Common Room, inspired by Hogwarts
The Story Museum
11.00am to 4.00pmA Mad Tea Party
Come dressed as your favourite Wonderland character and take a seat at the Mad Tea Party. Meet Wonderland characters, learn about Fairtrade, make a mini tea pot, face painting and more from Fairtrade St Michaels, The Oxford Festival of the Arts and The Story Museum.
Broad Street
11.15am to 11.45amLewis Carroll Society Talk: Princess Frideswide and Other Curious Treacle Well Tales (Jackie Holderness)
Talk from local author Jackie Holderness exploring the legacy of the city’s favourite princess and patron saint and looking at why Binsey has been an important site of pilgrimage and hope for rich and poor, royals and writers across the centuries.
St Frideswide’s Church
11.30amWonderland characters: Meet the White Rabbit
Meet the White Rabbit – but don’t be late!
Broad Street
11.30am to noonLucy Walters storytelling
“My name is Alice, so please your Majesty.” Join Lucy Walters as we step through the story door into Wonderland.
Weston Library
Noon to 12.30pmLewis Carroll Society Talk: On Alice and being Alice in the 21st Century (Vanessa Tait)
Vanessa Tait, writer, journalist and great-granddaughter of the real Alice, talks about what it was like to grow up as Alice’s modern day representative and how she drew on stories about Alice for her novel The Looking Glass House.
St Frideswide’s Church
Noon to 12.30pmA Great Big Game of ChessOxford Castle & Prison
Noon to 5.00pmPhotographing Wonderland
Gallery activities and trail inspired by Lewis Carroll’s photograph of Queen Eleanor and Fair Rosamund in the Museum’s collection.
History of Science Museum
12.30pm to 1.00pmParty games with giant Alice
Play party games with giant Alice and the amazing talking flowers.
Broad Street
12.30pm to 1.00pmLucy Walters Storytelling
“My name is Alice, so please your Majesty.” Join Lucy Walters as we step through the story door into Wonderland.
History of Science Museum
1.00pmTea Party With A Twist
Join Hatter and Hare for their tea party with a twist! Meet a rather strange Alice, an odd looking caterpillar and a rather questionable Queen of Hearts in this mad retelling of the beloved Alice in Wonderland. A family fun, interactive show, suitable for all, filled with games, a treasure hunt, and a little bit of silliness.
Oxford Botanic Gardens
1.00pm to 2.00pmQueenly Crafts Workshop
Step into Wonderland with our Queenly Crafts workshop! Try your hand at table croquet, puppet making and rose painting, and fashion your own royal crown to take home! Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Alice’s Day like a real queen.
Participation costs £4.00 per child and £2.00 per adult. The recommended age is 5 to 10 years, although all ages are welcome. Book on Museum of Oxford website.
Museum of Oxford
1.00pm to 1.45pmDrag Queen Stories
Join Adam All and Apple Derrieres for sparkling songs and stories with a royal twist!Free with Gallery tickets
The Story Museum
1.00pm to 1.30pmSwing time with Oxford Lindy Hoppers
Get your toes tapping at a special tea time swing dance worskshop with Oxford Lindy Hoppers
Broad Street
1.00pm to 3.00pmChess Challenge
Challenge an Oxon Junior Chess King or Queen to a game of chess in the Oxford Castle Yard. Small chess-themed prizes available to anyone who, like Alice, emerges victorious.
Oxford Castle & Prison
1.00pm to 3.00pmSqueaky Tea Cups
Join the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to make a teacup fit for a Queen, but also perfect for a sleepy dormouse to nest in.
Oxford University Natural History Museum
1.30pmWonderland characters: Meet the White Rabbit
Meet the White Rabbit – but don’t be late!
Broad Street
1.30pm to 2.15pmSpellbinding Stories, Frabjous Arts & Crafts, and Find-Your-Inner-Dodo Yoga with Mirjam Chappell
For children aged 3 to 10 years
St Frideswide’s Church
2.00pmFairtrade Cupcake Competition winners announced
To enter, decorate a single cupcake in the most curious way – will it make us taller? Is it fit for a Queen? Or is it just totally mad? Bring your cupcake along to Broad Street and drop it off before 1.00pm to be judged.
Broad Street
2.00pm to 3.00pmAlice in Waterland walk with Mark Davies
Mark Davies, local historian and author leads a one-hour riverside walk finishing at Alice’s Shop on St Aldate’s, commemorating the boat trip of 4 July 1862 on which the story of Alice was first told. Free but pre-booking essential via email
Riverside walk
2.10pm to 2.40pmParty games with giant Alice
Play party games with giant Alice and the amazing talking flowers.
Broad Street
2.30pm to 3.00pmStorytelling with Peter Chand
Master storyteller Peter Chand takes us on a journey through tales of Queens and Kings of India. Free with Gallery tickets
The Story Museum
2.30pm to 3.30pmQueenly Crafts Workshop
Step into Wonderland with our Queenly Crafts workshop! Try your hand at table croquet, puppet making and rose painting, and fashion your own royal crown to take home! Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Alice’s Day like a real queen.
Participation costs £4.00 per child and £2.00 per adult. The recommended age is 5 to 10 years, although all ages are welcome. Book on Museum of Oxford website.
Museum of Oxford
2.30pm to 3.30pmSwing time with Oxford Lindy Hoppers
Get your toes tapping at a special tea time swing dance worskshop with Oxford Lindy Hoppers
Broad Street
2.30pm to 3.30pmMy Adventure with Alice in Wonderland
Fun puzzles and challenges in the magical world of the Caterpillar. For primary-aged children from Sensing Space.
St Frideswide’s Church
3.00pm to 3.30pmRed Queen Trail (afternoon start)
Discover Queens and Kings of Wonderland in a trail through Oxford’s Covered Market and other historic venues. Pick up trail maps from The Story Museum. Get your map stamped, and return the stamped maps to The Story Museum to collect a prize.
Around town (starting & finishing at The Story Museum)
3.00pmTea Party With A Twist
Join Hatter and Hare for their tea party with a twist! Meet a rather strange Alice, an odd looking caterpillar and a rather questionable Queen of Hearts in this mad retelling of the beloved Alice in Wonderland. A family fun, interactive show, suitable for all, filled with games, a treasure hunt, and a little bit of silliness.
Oxford Botanic Gardens
3.00pmWonderland characters: Meet the White Rabbit
Meet the White Rabbit – but don’t be late!
Broad Street
3.00pm to 4.00pmQueens and Kings Chess
Learn from Chess in Schools and Communities tutors about Queens and Kings on the chess board with fun activities for everyone.
Oxford Castle & Prison
3.30pm to 4.00pmParty games with giant Alice
Play party games with giant Alice and the amazing talking flowers.
Broad Street
4.00pm to 4.30pmStorytelling with Peter Chand
Master storyteller Peter Chand takes us on a journey through tales of Queens and Kings of India. Free with Gallery tickets
The Story Museum
6.30pm to 7.20pmTalk: Through The Looking-Glass and What Fashion Found There (Kiera Vaclavik)Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse