Hundreds join Alice for Mad Hatter’s tea party at Ilford’s Valentines Mansion

PUBLISHED: 14:17 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:20 22 March 2016

Hundreds of people attended a Mad Hatter tea party at Valentine's Mansion as part of Find Your London Festival

Hundreds of people attended a Mad Hatter tea party at Valentine's Mansion as part of Find Your London Festival


Families in fancy dress met the characters of Alice in Wonderland during a Mad Hatter tea party organised in the gardens of Valentines Mansion.

Hundreds of people were greeted by Alice and the Giant Caterpillar, when they arrived at the mansion, on Emerson Road, Ilford, on Sunday.

Guests enjoyed their picnic in the gardens while children entertained the Queen of Hearts with a game of human croquet and helped Alice chase the White Rabbit around trees.

Inside the mansion, visitors took part in arts and crafts workshops, made oat playing card cookies and caterpillar fruit sticks and had a go on the tea cup rides.

A theatre company from Historical Promotions and Event Management performed three scenes from the Alice in Wonderland story and invited members of the public to help them act the tale.

Hardip Sohal, from Valentines Mansion, said: “What a brilliant day! The gardens were transformed into a magical setting for families to enjoy their picnics whilst being entertained by characters from Alice in Wonderland.

“It was lovely to see the children and parents having such a good time, many of them had dressed up and really got into character which was brilliant.

“It was great to see visitors in their hundreds from all over London and beyond come along to Valentines Mansion, many of them for the first time and we look forward to welcoming them back to the mansion for our upcoming events.”

The event was part of Find Your London Festival, which was organised by the Greater London Assembly (GLA).

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