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Alice’s Day, Oxford

When is Alice's Day?

Alice's Day is taking place in Oxford on Saturday 1 July 2023.

What to expect from Alice's Day

Join The Story Museum in Oxford on Saturday 1 July 2023 for a Frabjous day of delight!

Alice’s Day, Oxford’s city-wide celebration of all things Alice in Wonderland, is back on Saturday 1 July 2023. There’ll be theatre, puppetry, crafting, trails, dance, games, lectures and more!

This year’s theme is The Great Outdoors. Explore Artizani’s amazing installation of beehives each hiding a unique, unexpected interior world or fall down the rabbit hole and explore magical creatures of Wonderland 7ndash; bread and butterflies, talking flowers and more!

There’ll be plenty to enjoy at The Story Museum with storytelling and crafts and at venues across the city. Curiouser and curiouser!

The history of Alice's Day

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.

Find out more about Alice's Day.

How to get to Alice's Day

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

Characters from Alice in Wonderland