Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Trail Arrives in Erddig
Visitors to Erddig can take a step into a magical Wonderland this Christmas – with the historic gardens forming the backdrop of a classic tale.
Throughout December and January, Erddig’s Grade 1 listed garden will be transformed to tell the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The traditional Victorian story, one that the Yorke family almost certainly read, has brought together artists, joiners, staff and volunteers to unleash their creative talents on this classic tale full of inspiration.
Hundreds of wooden decorations crafted by staff and volunteers will help to transform Erddig into Lewis Carroll’s landscape.
International chainsaw artist Simon O’Rourke, who crafted Erddig’s pair of wolves, has sculpted four new characters for the trail; Alice, the Caterpillar, the Gryphon and the White Rabbit.
Simon said: “It’s been great to be involved with Erddig’s winter trail, working on one of my favourite stories full of amazing characters I love.”
Much of the trail is interactive. From shadow puppet shows, flamingo croquet and ball games with giant cards to dressing up and making a mad hat, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
General Manager, Jamie Watson said: “Visitors to Erddig often say that it wouldn’t be the same without their traditional visit to Erddig at Christmas, so we wanted to offer something new to enjoy this year. I am so proud of what the team has achieved.”
“Even without a little of Carroll’s madness, our 18th-century walled garden is the perfect setting to wrap up warm and enjoy a healthy winter walk.”
Erddig’s toy collection includes a white rabbit wearing a waistcoat and white gloves. Erddig today reflects the period following the first publication of Carroll’s story and preserves a moment in time when the world was rapidly changing and the Yorkes were clinging to their traditional way of life.
The Erddig house team has joined in with the Wonderland theme, bringing a little of the story to life below stairs too.
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