Wonderland of celebration for Alice anniversary

Katie and Carolyn Clapham from Storytellers Inc get set for the tea party with Jo Thomas (centre) from Alice's Tearoom
Katie and Carolyn Clapham from Storytellers Inc get set for the tea party with Jo Thomas (centre) from Alice's Tearoom

It’s a very important date indeed - and two Fylde businesses are planning a very special tea party to mark the occasion in style.

The classic children’s story of Alice In Wonderland is 150 years old this month and there is a special celebration in store at the St Annes cafe which took its inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s legendary tale.

Alice’s Tea Room in St Albans Road has joined forces with the town’s Storytellers Inc bookshop and Alice’s Tea Room to hostthe party, which will feature a special appearance by the White Rabbit, courtesy of publishers Macmillan, who have released new versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865 and its 1871 sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.

The party is on Monday at 4pm and places are limited to just 25.

Alice’s Tea Room, colourfully themed on the classic tales, has proved a major success since opening 18 months ago, regularly attracting visitors from all over Fylde and miles around.

The business extended into the premises next door earlier this year and proprietor Jo Thomas said: “Alice has been a much loved character for generations and it was always my dream to open a business with those wonderful adventures as its theme.

“We are very excited about the anniversary and to be working with Storytellers Inc. What better way to celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland than tea with the White Rabbit?“

Mum and daughter duo Carolyn and Katie Clapham, who opened Storytellers Inc on The Crescent as a children’s bookshop in 2010 and have recently extended their range to cover all ages, said: “The Alice books are much-loved classics and this anniversary party offers the perfect combination of the things we love, books and cake.”.

Tea party tickets, available from Alice’s or Storytellers Inc, cost £10 per child and will include the party, photo opportunity with the White Rabbit and readings from the Alice books.

The price also includes £4 redeemable against a book from Storytellers Inc.

A selection of Alice books will be available for sale on the day at Alice’s or it can be used at Storytellers Inc at a later date.

The Alice in Wonderland stories were inspired by a river boat trip author Lewis Carroll - real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - took with some family friends, the Liddell children. He told the youngest daughter, Alice, a story as they rowed along and she begged him to write it down. When he got home that evening he began straight away.

The book and its sequel have since been translated into at least 170 languages, while countless film and theatre adaptations have been made.