The Independent Oxford Alice’s Day Trail
We’re very excited about a number of events taking place this Saturday 7th July – Rosie and I are off to check out Irregular Folk’s Summer Sessions up at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, with a potential stop in at the regular Magdalen Arms Flea Market, but not before we’ve taken a wander around town to see the city come alive with the story of Alice in Wonderland for Alice’s Day. Hosted by The Story Museum, Alice’s Day takes place around the city and celebrates all things Wonderland…
For those not in the know, Alice of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, created by Lewis Carroll, was rumoured to be based on a real person – Alice Liddell, the daughter of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church College in the late 1800s.
On the 4th July 1862, Alice, along with Charles Dodgson (who used the pseudonym Lewis Carroll), Reverend Robinson Duckworth and her two sisters, took a rowing boat trip from Folly Bridge, up the Isis to Godsow. This journey was filled with tales of Alice, a young girl who stumbles upon a talking white rabbit and her adventure down the rabbit hole begins…
We love the fact this classic tale started its life in Oxford and to celebrate this and Alice’s Day we’ve put together an Indie Oxford Alice’s Day trail around the city. It is a beautifully illustrated map (by our very own Rianna!) that takes you to Oxford and Alice landmarks such as Christ Church College, down colourful streets in Jericho, to indie shops offering Alice themed offers and events, and via delectable cafes and eateries where you can “eat me” and “drink me” to your hearts content.