Several very important dates

Several very important dates

Sunderland is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland this summer.

Lewis Carroll and his most famous work are heavily linked with Sunderland and the North East. Carroll’s wife was a North Easterner called Alice and their family had many links with Wearside. Some believe that the area provided almost all the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

A series of events have been organised to mark those links and celebrate the 150th anniversary, over four weeks during August.

From Saturday 8 August to Sunday 9 August at Keel Square, there’s a chance to get lost in Alice in Wonderland fun… literally. Mr Rabbit is running late for his very important date and needs help to escape the maze. And of course anyone who gets to the centre of the maze will come face to face with a philosophical caterpillar armed (or should that be legged?) with a riddle to crack.

The following weekend, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August, sees Eat Me Drink Me offering delicious adventures in and around Park Lane. Naturally there’s a walking, talking Mad Hatter’s table to tempt you with goodies and the Queen of Hearts will be keen for you to sample her jam tarts and other treats. There’ll be a variety of tasty workshops and local shops will be looking to help you create the best dish at the event too.

On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August Mr Rabbit takes centre stage again as a host of magic, mini doorways, key holes and entrances will appear across Sunderland City Centre. He’ll be scurrying across the city and Alice will be trying to continue her adventures too. There’ll be the chance to win wonderful prizes too by capturing yourself in the rabbit hole as well.

But of course you can’t celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland without a Giant Tea Party. Sunniside Gardens provides the venue and the Mad Hatter the host. There’ll be curious games including human croquet, roses that need painting and a hunt for stolen tarts too on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August.

That’s not quite all though, because every Thursday in August will be ‘I’m Late Thursday’ with late night shopping enlivened by extra 'Alice' themed activities too. 

More information on all these exciting events:

A-Maze-ing Fun at Keel Square

Eat Me Drink Me at Park Lane

Down the Rabbit Hole across Sunderland City Centre

The Giant Tea Party in Sunniside Gardens

I’m Late Thursday

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