Sunderland celebrates Alice in Wonderland with tea-party twist

Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane. Front staff Nadia Horgan
Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane. Front staff Nadia Horgan
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City celebrations of Alice in Wonderland were given a tea party-twist as a street filled with activities to mark the story’s 150th birthday.

Sunderland shoppers were invited to join in events in Park Lane at the weekend, as the Business Improvement District (BID) showcased what its bars and ventures have to offer.

Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane, Queen of Hearts

Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane, Queen of Hearts

Port of Call hosted a barbeque on its terrace, while Arizona welcomed visitors to its walking and talking Mad Hatter tables and a chance to discover how 3D printers work with the Fab Lab.

They also put the day’s Eat Me, Drink Me title to the test with food- tasting opportunities and workshops with the Queen of Hearts.

The events, part of the Wear All Bonkers month of activities, followed on from a maze challenge and performances held in Keel Square last weekend.

This Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, locations around the city centre will become part of a challenge to find magical doorways, key holes and entrances which will appear on walls, windows and doors, with the White Rabbit to be on the rush around the city and prizes to be on offer.

Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane. CE of Sunderland Bid Ken Dunbar with Queen of Hearts

Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane. CE of Sunderland Bid Ken Dunbar with Queen of Hearts

On the bank holiday weekend, a giant tea party hosted by the Queen of Hearts will be held in Sunniside Gardens, with the Thursday late-night openings to also have Alice-themed activities.

Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane. CE of Sunderland Bid Ken Dunbar with Queen of Hearts

Alice in Wonderland event at Park Lane. CE of Sunderland Bid Ken Dunbar with Queen of Hearts