Don’t Be Late for an Important Date with Alice in Wonderland’s England

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England is a Wonderland as new Tim Burton film re-invents Lewis Carroll’s much-loved tales. Visit all the wondeful locations in England that inspired the world famous novel.

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Director Tim Burton’s latest big screen adventure hits cinema screens around the world on 5th March. To celebrate the release of Alice in Wonderland, Enjoy England has compiled lots of great ideas on how to make the most of Alice’s England. And luckily, you needn’t be as mad as a hatter to make the most of England!

Based on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved tales ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’, the film re-unites Burton with actor Johnny Depp. A star-studded cast tells the story of 19 year old Alice returning to the world she first visited as a child. Alice encounters all her childhood friends, including the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and of course the Cheshire Cat.

Discover the places that inspired the tales and explore Lewis Carroll’s England; watch the trailer and learn more about the film locations on Enjoy England’s dedicated website http://www.enjoyengland.com/alice.

Alice in Wonderland Filming locations
Throughout 2010, the hidden gem of Antony House near Plymouth will be transformed by the National Trust into a fabulous, surreal setting. Tim Burton shot part of Alice in Wonderland inside the 18th century house, and within the confines of its magical grounds.

From 6 March, visitors can enjoy the ‘Alice in Wonderland Experience’ at Antony House with free admission for any child named Alice or Alasdair on the opening day. From caterpillars atop mushrooms to Cheshire cats hiding in the bushes, croquet on the lawn to Mad Hatter’s tea parties running every weekend, the experience promises to be riotous good fun for all ages.

Perfect places for a tea party
Oddfellows in Chester is a beautiful boutique hotel, with a tendency towards the bizarre – enjoy your tea in their front room and let yourself be distracted by the upside down table on the ceiling!
The Enchanted Manor Retreat on the Isle of Wight is the perfect place for an Alice in Wonderland style weekend where they are set to launch Mad Hatter tea parties to coincide with the film release.

Lewis Carroll’s England
Lewis Carroll and Oxford are synonymous with one another and it was while Carroll was a professor at the university that he met Alice Liddell, on whom he based the titular Alice.

On July 4th, 1862, a bright summer's day, Lewis Carroll took Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boat trip along the Thames. Carroll improvised what we now know as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as they rowed along the river. Young Alice asked him to write it down and within 3 years, the complete Alice's Adventures in Wonderland had been published. Today, visitors can explore the Oxfordshire countryside from the river with Oxford River Cruises who offer special ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ cruises.

Lewis Carroll was baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury in the Cheshire countryside and visitors can still see the original baptismal font in the church. Part of All Saints' Church, the Daniell Chapel is a must for Carroll fans. The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window - paid for by fans worldwide - shows both Carroll and Alice at a nativity scene. Five adjacent panels are illustrated with characters and scenes from Alice in Wonderland, including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter.

To find these and more great ideas, visit http://www.enjoyengland.com/alice. Don’t be late.

About VisitEngland

  •     In response to a clear call from industry arising from the 2008 British Tourism Framework Review, VisitEngland has been created as the strategic leadership body representing the public and private sector stakeholders of English Tourism. It works in partnership with VisitBritain, the RDAs and local authorities, and the private sector, creating a national tourism strategy, optimising marketing investment, and developing the visitor experience across England.
  •     VisitEngland continues to use its Enjoy England consumer brand in the domestic market and will market England under the VisitEngland brand in international markets.
  •     For more ideas on weekend breaks and day trips go to http://www.visitengland.com and http://www.enjoyengland.com

For further press information, to request spokespeople or for high resolution images of England or Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ please contact:

Stephanie Boyle / Yolanda Copes-Stepney
Tel: 020 7578 1446 / 1447
Email: stephanie.boyle (at) visitengland (dot) org / yolanda.copes-stepney (at) visitengland (dot) org

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