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Go down a rabbit hole and through the looking glass
June 23 – September 1 UTC+0
RHS Macmillan Wonderland summer holidays Illustration (c) Chris Riddell, 2020, 2021
Families will be transported to Alice’s Wonderland at the five Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gardens this summer, as the world’s leading gardening charity partners with Macmillan Publishers to celebrate 150 years of the iconic and classic stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.
Reimagined for contemporary audiences by multi-award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell, Wonderland will be brought to life throughout the summer holidays at RHS Garden Bridgewater in Greater Manchester, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.
Inspired by Alice’s spirit of curiosity and a host of quirky characters from Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, during their visit to RHS Harlow Carr, families can view the gardens through the eyes of Alice, encountering topsy-turvy installations along the way. Children will be invited to sneak through the rabbit hole, peek through the door in the tree, transform themselves into a Queen (or King) of Hearts.
There’s something for everyone as little ones discover this spellbinding tale for the first time and grown-ups indulge in nostalgic retellings of a story they grew up with. A Mad Hatters Picnic will see families enjoying picnics at the height of summer, and a variety of inspiring workshops will encourage both adults and children to try out gardening tasks, arts and crafts and other creative activities. A range of Alice books and merchandise will be available to buy from the Gift Shops at the RHS Gardens.