The City of Oxford is where Welsh author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, first outlined his fantasy world story to 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters.

The city will mark the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on July 4 by holding a special Alice Day and Caucus Race. The book was published three years later in 1865, with the sequel Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There following in 1871. Since then, the books have been translated into 125 languages and turned into films.

Alice Day events on July 7 will include a Mad Hatter’s tea party, the Queen of Hearts’ Unbirthday Party and Alice-themed walks and talks, followed by the Caucus Race the following day in Merton Field, Christ Church, where Carroll was a maths tutor.

In the story, the race was devised by the Dodo as a novel way to get dry and was possibly inspired by a picnic taken by Lewis Carroll and the Liddell sisters where they got caught in the rain. For more information, go to www.storymuseum.org.uk/alice.


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