Which way from here?

  Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
  The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to
  Alice: I don’t much care where.
  The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
  Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.
  The Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

The White Rabbit

Which way indeed! There’s so much scheduled for Alice’s Day 2011 that I don’t know where to begin.

Alice’s Day celebrations all began in 2007 to commemorate the first telling of the story of Alice in Wonderland on July 4, 1862. The event this year will occur on 9 July. Starting near Folly Bridge, the Reverend Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) took ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters on a rowing trip up the Rover Thames to Godtsow village. During the trip, he told the story of Alice in Wonderland. The real Alice loved it so much, she suggested he write it down. It’s a story most people who live around Oxford know well. You can’t really escape Alice around these parts. In my opinion, why would you want to?

Alice is a beautiful story with a brave female character and enough magic and humour to draw children into the world of storytelling and reading. The creation of Alice and its original telling on that rowing trip are easily imagined too, especially on days like today, with the sun shining and the air smelling like earth and water and the bugs biting… well, I could do without them. Maybe that’s why The Caterpillar smoked – to keep the bugs from biting.

Events are being co-ordinated by the Oxford Story Museum with celebrations held in Oxford Castle, the Bodleian Library and city museums, as well as on the streets of Oxford.

Playing Cards

Oxford Castle tours will feature places not normally open to the public and a cast of real life historical characters will be present who may have inspired Carroll’s story will guide visitors. There are theatrical walking tours around the city and an unbirthday party with the Red Queen at the Natural History Museum. You can play hide and seek with the White Rabbit too!

This year will be fourth annual Alice’s Day and is set to be a huge event in the city. Take part in panel discussions, listens to experts and view special memorabilia. There’s something for all ages.

I could sum up everything that’s happening in a handy list for you to download. Maybe I could even provide a map of the city! But on second though, OxfordCityGuide has already done a fantastic job of that. So visit their site for all you need to know about this frabjous summer day. Also, check out The Story Museum website for the official information and programme.

If you want to know more about Alice Liddell, there’s a fantastic video from the BBC here.

Now here’s a trailer created for the eventby friends of Alice’s Day in the USA:

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