Alice in Wonderland cruises launch in Oxford

To mark 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Oxford River Cruises announces the launch of a special themed Alice cruise


In the 150th anniversary year of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Oxford River Cruises has announced the launch of a genuinely unique Oxford Alice experience: a specially themed Alice cruise.

The floating Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be accompanied by a live commentary from local waterways historian, author and Lewis Carroll authority, Mark J Davies, as guests follow the same route as on the famous rowing outing and picnic of 4 July 1862, when Carroll first created the story for Alice Liddell and her sisters.


Guests will enjoy a sumptuous tea of sandwiches, cakes, and other treats fashioned around the eccentric Wonderland theme and the cruise will include passage through a Thames lock and the extraordinary expanse of Port Meadow, exactly where Carroll’s storytelling first began.

‘‘The beginning of ‘Alice’ was told one summer afternoon when the sun was so burning that we had landed in the meadows … deserting the boat to take refuge in the only shade to be found,” (Alice Liddell).


The first cruise will take place on 4 May 2015, coinciding with the very day that Alice entered Wonderland, and therefore the day of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party itself – for an extra-special Bank Holiday cruise experience. Other dates have also been scheduled for 7 July and 21 July.

Cruises depart at 3.30pm and cost £39 per person for adults and £19 for children under 16. They are available to book online on and at the Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street.


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