Mad Hatter Chooses Chester Cathedral As Tea Party Location
19th August 2015
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The Mad Hatter has chosen Chester Cathedral as the location for a nonsensical tea party. 

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and take a trip straight to Wonderland. In order to celebrate the conclusion of Chester Cathedral’s Alice in Wonderland exhibition, join the Mad Hatter’s Very Mad Tea Party.  Come into the world of both logic and nonsense while enjoying tea, cake and jam tarts alongside characters straight out of Wonderland. The Mad Hatter, Alice, the White Rabbit and the March Hare will take part in the mad party. 

After taking part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party explore the rest of Wonderland by following the exhibition through the historic building. 

The free exhibition comprises nine sets and spreads throughout the cathedral, transforming the historic building into a land of exciting enchantment where visitors discover various scenes in its ancient nooks and crannies. 

Visitors can journey alongside Alice as she experiences the thrills and spills of her Wonderland adventure meeting characters like a mock turtle, a rabbit in a waistcoat and a fish footman along the way. 

The free Alice in Wonderland exhibition will remain until Monday, 31 August 2015. Since its 4 July launch over 50,000 people have visited the exhibition.

Sue Petranca, curator of the exhibition, said: “The Alice in Wonderland exhibition is a great way for Chester Cathedral to interact with its visitors in a way that is engaging to the whole family. An interactive scene from the iconic novel is the perfect way for the cathedral to end an exhibition focused on outreach and creating memories. Staff and volunteers will be dressed as well-known characters from the story, taking part in the tea party and ending the two-month long tale with a memorable and exciting finish.”

Adult tickets are £6 and children are £4. With a ticket to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, guests are entitled to a drink, a sandwich and up to three pieces of cake. 

There will be several sittings of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party throughout the day beginning at 10.30. Seats are limited and can be booked online at, in person at the admissions desk or by calling the Box Office at 01255 900 959.

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