Alice in Wonderland Meadow Walks

Meadow Walks
Mark Davies
Event date
Event time
11:00 - 12:30
Christ Church
Venue details

Ticket includes entry to Christ Church during visitor hours

Event type
Event cost
£12 (concessions); £15 (Adults); Discounted 'Friends' and 'Family' tickets
Disabled access?
Booking required

A leisurely circuit of Christ Church Meadow with local historian and author Mark Davies to highlight the all-important role of the River Thames in the creation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - published exactly 150 years ago, in July 1865 - and Through the Looking-Glass. The walk will follow waterside paths familiar to Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll, and includes: The location from where Carroll hired rowing boats for their many river outings; reference to some of the Oxford individuals who may have inspired characters such as the Hatter and Red Queen; and explanations of the realities underlying more distant locations such as the 'Treacle Well' and 'The Pool of Tears'. With reference to relevant local history and geography, the route also touches on some other renowned Oxford authors of fantasy fiction - Pullman, Lewis, Tolkien - as well as Oxford's rowing traditions, the original Oxen-ford, and a beautiful panoramic view of the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford.