Alice In Wonderland Celebrates 150th Anniversary

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 Verity Vincent

 CalendarClub Staff

Fall Down The Rabbit Hole 

As Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, the world is preparing to fill their tea cups, prep the jam (NOT MUSTARD) and follow the white rabbit to Wonderland to commemorate this magical story. 

Dreamt up back in the summer of 1862, July 4th to be exact, the tales of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the even madder Queen of Hearts and a pipe weilding Caterpillar have enchanted children and adults alike, for over one hundred and fift years. 

To mark this incredible feat, events are taking place around the globe! However, to narrow our search, we have selected a handful of incredible events in and around London that are not to be missed! 

Alice's Adventures Underground

Tucked away under Waterloo station, the show curated by Les Enfants Terribles has been described as "the perfect remedy for grown-ups who have forgotten what it is to play". Emmersed in the wonderous underground setting, you'll become part of the magic, eat, drink and be subject to the fearsome Queen! Click the image below for more info and to book tickets. Shows are currently running until the end of August. 


The Alice Look

An exhibition at the V & A's Museum of Childhood is currently open until 01 November, exploring the development of Alice as an iconic little fashionista, from original illustrations to new comissions. Click here to download a specially designed paper doll by Charlottle Whatley, available for you to print, cut out, and make! 



Alice Day

To commemorate the infamous boatride that inspired the book, the people of Oxford celebrate Alice Day each 4 July, and 2015's anniversary special is set to give onlookers a real treat! All 12 chapters of the book will be acted out at various locations around the city, with 150 "Alice's" in tow! Members of the public are also invited to play human croquet and take part in the Lobster Quadrille dance! Click here to find out more and watch a video of the dance. Be sure to practice your Lobster moves before Saturday!



Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea

Situated on London's Oxford Street, The Sanderson Hotel hosts the cities best and most luxurious, afternoon tea. No ordinary afternoon tea we might add, but one of the Mad Hatter variety. With a mix of comtemporary and traditionally themed table settings, you can expect to find teapots, menu's enveloped in vintage style books, jewellery boxed sugar cubes and an array of minature treats you simply wouldn't find anywhere else! Booking is now available up until October from £38 per person, so don't delay! 



If that's not enough of a fix for you, there's also an infinite supply of Alice in Wonderland gifts and newly designed books available to purchase. Here are some of our favourites...


1. 2016 Wall Calendar / Pomegranate Publishing - £10.99 - available to pre-order now from Calendar Club

2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass / Penguin Clothbound Classics Edition - £11.29 - Amazon

3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Exclusively designed front cover, end pages and introduction - £15 - Vivienne Westwood

4. Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party - £5.99 - Waterstones

5. Disney Vintage Alice in Wonderland A5 Notebook / Pyramid International - £5.99 - available to pre-order now from Calendar Club 

Now, just one more point before we go... Why IS a raven like a writing desk?

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