Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Wonderland? We have put together a list of of events, places and exhibits from around the world that are either on right now or coming up very soon, so if you’re near one, make sure to check them out and flick us a photo of your visit!
1. Mad Hatters tea party at the Sanderson
London, UK (September 16, 2016-November 27, 2016)
The seasons are changing and that can mean only one thing: Mad Hatter’s Tipsy Evening Tea is getting an autumnal twist. Apparently they have some pretty good fruit-infused liqueurs, and warming hot cocktails on a crisp autumn evening on the courtyard.
Dine amongst an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party, where cocktails come in tea cups and menus are hidden inside vintage books. Discover teapots adorned with kings and queens, sandwich plates decorated with bird-cages, carousels and ticking clocks upon which rest savoury, specialty sandwiches. The teeny tiny food is perfect for this theme and with a variety of teas inspired by the characters, you’ll have your taste buds tingling with delight.
2. Adventure Wonderland theme park
Bournemouth, UK (Open all year round)
So this ones more for the kids, but you’ll get a kick out of watching them ride these cool Alice in Wonderland themed rides. Don’t be disheartened, they still threw in a couple of rides for the adults. Get lost in the mirror hedge maze or explore the Cheshire cat adventure castle, you can leave the teacups and curvy caterpillar to the kids.
3. Alice in Fantasy Book restaurants
Tokyo, Shinjuku, Japan (Open all year round)
Have you ever wanted to dine in the Red Queens garden? Japan has made that possible (a few times over), with an Alice in Wonderland restaurant inspired by the Red Queens garden. Meet the armoured card guard and feast amongst the beautiful artwork inspired by the books illustrations. The bushy hedge and garden topiary really give the restaurant that garden feel.
There is a few more Alice themed restaurants in Tokyo, the Japanese really seem to love Alice!
4. Larnach Castle
Dunedin, New Zealand (Open all year round)
You can visit a castle in New Zealand with a garden inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The Larnach family lived in this castle from 1871-1898 and were absolutely in love with the books, they even named their third daughter Alice. Visitors to the Castle may also search for the Cheshire Cat, an Oamaru stone carving which grins cheekily down from a fine vantage point, or sit in the Red Queens chair and look upon the garden.
5. Alice Liddell’s Tombstone and Alice Memorial
St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Lyndhurst, England
This one’s a bit morbid but I thought I would post it anyway; there are some morbid people out there. This is Alice Liddell’s tombstone, the girl who inspired the original novel, located in Lyndhurst. You may be wondering why it says Mrs Reginald Hargreaves, well Alice wasn’t a little girl forever, so she eventually married and bore her husband’s name.
6. Alice in a Labyrinth Fantasy restaurants
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Open all year round)
Japan knows how to put on a show and they don’t disappoint with their beautiful fantasy restaurants dedicated to Alice in Wonderland. A large picture book door welcomes you in to this magical world where you’ll feel like your floating amongst cards. Dine in a giant tea cup on Alice in Wonderland inspired food, made to look like your favourite characters.
7. Alice in Wonderland Ballet
Melbourne/Sydney Australia (September 12 – December 22)
Now this is something I would love to do, The Australian Ballet company is producing an Alice in Wonderland show that is starting later this year. Wonderland will be brought to life with puppetry, eye-bending illusions and playful costumes as Alice meets the Cheshire Cat, the tap-dancing Mad Hatter and the imperious Queen of Hearts. Curiouser and curiouser… Alice’s quest to save the dashing Knave of Hearts leads her into strange adventures and dreamlike landscapes.
Seriously can’t wait for this one!
8. Central Park Alice in Wonderland Sculpture
Central Park, New York City, USA
In New York City, Central Park, stands an eleven foot tall, bronze sculpture of Alice and her friends. Beside Alice sits the Mad Hatter, Dormouse, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and even her cat Dinah. The sculpture was built in 1959 by Jose de Creeft as a tribute to the first ever published Alice in Wonderland, and is patterned off the original illustrations by John Tenniel.
Over the years, parts of the sculpture have been polished smooth by the little hands and feet of children.
Make sure to stop by there next time you stroll through central park (you lucky New Yorker’s)…
9. TaFantastika – Aspects of Alice – Black Light Theatre
Prague, Czech Republic (Open all year)
Prague is by far one of my favorite places in the world, and just so happened to catch this show last year. This was, umm weird. A weird, very strange show. Black light theatre? Kinda, but not really. It is one of those times where it is simply hard to describe what my eyes had just witnessed. But something left me wanting more.
This performance take all the best motifs from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and reimagines the story in unexpected (or shall we say, mad) ways. Aspects of Alice has been running for over 22 years and has welcomed more than 9,000 international visitors.
10. Alice Cheongdam Bar
Seoul, South Korea (7pm-3am daily)
Have a drink and relax in the Alice bar in Seoul, South Korea. You’ll feel sophisticated in this Alice themed bar. So much effort goes in to their cocktails with each one more unusual than the last. Drink from a garden of rabbits or if you’re a Mad Hatter fan, try out the cocktail that comes in a top hat. If you don’t want a cocktail from the menu, decide your own flavour, colours and taste for your own signature drink.
10. Alice Liddell’s House
Okay well this one isn’t exactly open to the public, but you could always visit from the outside. And there are tours which visit the site. This three story, five bedroom house belonged to Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carrol to write Alice in Wonderland. The house is located in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire, in the beautiful suburb of Cheltenham and was built in 1862 for the Liddell family. Inside the house sits a 6 by 5 foot mirror which inspired the second volume of the book, Through the Looking Glass.
If your in the area check out a tour
11. The Alice Hotel
Tokyo, Japan (Open all Year)
Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan, have rooms to vacation in that will make you feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Once you’ve relaxed in the room, make sure you head down to the Queen of Hearts banquet hall to feast on the beautifully decorated meals and Alice inspired desserts. Upon entering the banquet you must first go through the mouth of the doorknob, and will be seated in various parts of Wonderland, like the maze or courtyard. This place makes Wonderland seem more real than ever.
12. Alice in Fantasy Land Restaurante
Seoul, South Korea (7pm-3am daily)
The Japanese just can’t get enough of Alice themed restaurants. This one in Osaka has an ‘Alice through the looking glass’ theme featuring a magnificent chandelier above an open space dining area as well as curtained private booths to retreat to. Also, this cafe has a ‘room of queen Alice’ with couple seat sofas.
13. Oxford River Cruise
Oxford, London, UK
Recreate that Summer’s day with your own cruise down the Oxford river. This two hour cruise follows the same route up the river as that taken by Lewis Carroll when he first told the story of Alice in Wonderland. Take a bite out of ‘eat me’ treats or gulp down ‘drink me’ tea whilst gliding down the river on one of our comfortable and stylish river launches. This cruise manages to be both silly and charming, with dress up encouraged!
14. Wonderland Festival
Amsterdam, The Netherland
What better place in the world than Amsterdam to host the Wonderland Festival. Valentine’s weekend isn’t only about romance as the Wonderland Festival serves up a menu of rumbling house and techno beats for those with a passion for dance music. This festival has a psychedelic Alice in Wonderland vibe, now that would be one hell of a party! February 2017 – Whose saving up?
We could keep going, but I think that bout wraps us up for now. If you can find any more awesome Alice events, attractions of shows coming up you think should be added on the list, let us know in the comments below and they can be added to our next list! 🙂 Plus to all those near some of these places, go on go get some photo’s and make the rest of us jealous!
Thanks again for reading everybody…
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