Rosemoor transforms into Wonderland for the summer holidays

Families will be able to enjoy their own Mad Hatters Picnic

Families will be able to enjoy their own Mad Hatters Picnic - Credit: RHS

Families will be transported to Alice’s Wonderland at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor this summer, as the 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 all five RHS Gardens.

Inspired by Alice’s spirit of curiosity and a host of quirky characters from Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, during their visit to Rosemoor near Torrington, families can view the gardens through the eyes of Alice, encountering topsy-turvy installations along the way.

Boy looking at insects in 'The Brash' at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon.

Boy looking at insects in 'The Brash' at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon. - Credit: RHS / Simon Burt

Children will be invited to sneak through the rabbit hole, peek through the door in the tree and transform themselves into a Queen (or King) of Hearts.

There is 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.


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Families will be able to enjoy their own Mad Hatters Picnic, meet some the famous characters, and be inspired to connect with the outdoors.

A child on the fast slide in the Brash play area in summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor.

A child on the fast slide in the Brash play area in summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor. - Credit: RHS / Guy Harrop

At RHS Rosemoor staff are delighted to have the wonderful Robert James Ltd sculptures to bring Alice to life with their literary masterpieces in bronze, throughout the garden for visitors to discover.

Plus, for little ones there are weekly Welly Walks and Bug Hunts throughout the summer holidays.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan Publishers in 1865 and Lewis Carroll completed his sequel Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There in 1868, but his determination to have John Tenniel continue as the illustrator for Alice saw a wait of three years before the book arrived in bookshops in December 1871.

Children on stepping stones made from logs in the Copse play area in summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor

Children on stepping stones made from logs in the Copse play area in summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor.

Emma Thompson, Head of Site at RHS Garden Rosemoor said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing the gardens to life with Chris Riddell’s amazing interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. We know this will resonate with members and visitors – especially families – and add a new dimension to their garden visit.”

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