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2 July 2022

What to expect

One golden afternoon on 4 July 1862, Charles Dodgson, an Oxford don, took Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boating picnic up the River Thames from Folly Bridge in Oxford. To amuse the children, he told them a story about a little girl, sitting bored by a riverbank, who finds herself tumbling down a rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy world called Wonderland. The story so delighted the 10-year-old Alice that she begged him to write it down – the result was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865 under the pen name Lewis Carroll. It became one of the best-loved children’s books ever written. To celebrate that first telling, Oxford turns into Wonderland for one magical day every year.

Alice’s Day in Oxford 

Alice’s Day is an eccentric, colourful and major citywide event that brings together Oxford’s diverse communities to celebrate the city’s reputation as a world-centre of books and literature. Since the first Alice’s Day in 2007, the event has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of visitors to join in the fun. Now in its fifteenth year, it has become a significant addition to the city’s cultural calendar. Working with over 20 partner organisations from around the city including other museums, shops, attractions and local schools, the Story Museum plays a central role in coordinating the day.

Alice’s Day 2022

Alice’s Day will take place on Saturday 2 July 2022. Based around the theme of Queens and Kings, venues across the city will be transformed by a range of Alice-related activities (most free) including special exhibitions, story tellers, live music, Alice-themed city trails and a host of craft activities. In addition, the Story Museum’s very own giant Alice puppet will be making an appearance.

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How to get there

Travel to Oxford with GWR and you’ll be in Wonderland in no time. There are two direct trains from London an hour, and frequent services across the network with a change at Reading or Didcot Parkway.

Characters from Alice in Wonderland

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