The author was a frequent visitor to the area and found inspiration for many of his characters there.   

Carroll visited his cousin, Margaret Wilcox, who lives in the Whitburn area of the city and the area near her home is thought to have inspired the Walrus and The Carpenter book.

At the same time he is also understood to have composed the opening lines of The Jabberwocky as part of a parlour game he was playing with his family at their Whitburn home.

8th and 9th August

The fun commences over the weekend when a huge maze opens.  It will be  overlooked  by the Philosophical Caterpillar who asks visitors to help solve a mysterious riddle!

15th and 16th August

Families will enjoy the following weekend named ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’.  Walking and talking Mad Hatter tables, cooking activities with the Queen of Hearts and food tasting opportunities are just some of the activities planned.

22nd and 23rd August

Exciting magic doorways will appear around the city centre, along with keyholes and secret entrances, all designed to try and trap the White Rabbit!  Visitors will have the opportunity to win a range of prizes by uploading photographs of themselves by one of the doorways, which will be then projected onto a giant screen.

29th and 30th August

The finale to the event will see the activities move on to the Sunniside area of the city.  A fabulous giant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is taking place and visitors will be encouraged to dress up to mark the occasion.

Each weekend event will be supported by a whole range of family activities including lawn games, stalls, workshops and live entertainment.

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