Alice is ditching Wonderland for Sunderland.
A month of activities themed around the famous book is starting on Thursday.
This is going to be a spectacular month packed full of activities for everyone to enjoy.Ken Dunbar, chief executive of Sunderland BID
The events are part of Sunderland’s celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which is believed to have been partly-penned in Whitburn by frequent Wearside visitor Lewis Carroll.
The series of events, over the next four weekends, have been organised by the city’s Business Improvement District.
The Wear All Bonkers Here programme kicks off this weekend with a giant maze occupied by a philosophical caterpillar, which will “magically” appear in the city’s Keel Square.
On Thursday evening youngsters from the city’s Tavistock Nursery will be sowing the magical seeds, to ensure that the maze will grow before it opens to the public.
Over the weekend, visitors will be able to enter the maze and listen to the caterpillar pose a riddle, along with spending time with characters including Alice and the White Rabbit.
Ken Dunbar, chief executive of Sunderland BID, said: “This is going to be a spectacular month packed full of activities for everyone to enjoy.
“And because the events will move to a different city centre location each weekend, it will give us the opportunity to showcase just how much Sunderland has to offer.
“We’re delighted to be starting in the new Keel Square and bringing it to life before moving on to Park Lane, Market Square and Sunniside Gardens.”
For a list of events, go to www.experienceitthere.co.uk