Rabbit and Alice join children at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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Ripon Racecourse has hosted a variety of Alice in Wonderland-themed entertainment for young racegoers.

The aim of the Alice in Wonderland Family fun day was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s story.

NARG 1508184AM6 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The King of Hearts, The Queen of Hearts, Alice and The Cheshire Cat who attended Ripon Races. (1508184AM6)

NARG 1508184AM6 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The King of Hearts, The Queen of Hearts, Alice and The Cheshire Cat who attended Ripon Races. (1508184AM6)

Events included performances and games from local theatre group Page2Stages, along with a variety of fairground rides and face painting in the course enclosure.

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for the children was scheduled for before the racing.

The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Alice herself had an un-birthday party with children invited to join them with their picnics.

The racecourse was also holding a Mad Hatter’s fancy dress competition for the children, with some wonderful prizes for the best outfits and ‘Mad Hats’ including tickets to Lightwater Valley and Middleham attraction Forbidden Corner and racing tickets.

NARG 1508184AM4 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. Freddie Brown (8) and his brother Jake with The Mad Hatter. (1508184AM4)

NARG 1508184AM4 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. Freddie Brown (8) and his brother Jake with The Mad Hatter. (1508184AM4)

The event featured four instalments of storytelling and interactive games.

Grzegorz Kubas, of Ripon Library, was grateful to be part of the event.

“As always it was great to be there with our library display, showing 78 years of Ripon library in pictures and reaching a large audience,” he said.

“The library was also pleased to work with Ripon Races on the race card competition for children, in the run up to the Alice in Wonderland Race day.

NARG 1508184AM1 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. The King and Queen of Hearts with Lucy Naylor(9), Sophie Crossling(9) and Sam Naylor(3). (1508184AM1)

NARG 1508184AM1 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. The King and Queen of Hearts with Lucy Naylor(9), Sophie Crossling(9) and Sam Naylor(3). (1508184AM1)

“Designing the race card competition was an additional summer activity for children visiting the library.

“We were happy to yet again work in partnership with Ripon Races and we are looking forward to working together in the future.”

Denise Carrigan, operations manager at Jennyruth Workshops, said of the project: “It’s brightened up the workshops; everyone has taken part and enjoyed working together on this project”

“The day itself really made it special for the whole workshops to be able to go to the races and despite the weather everyone enjoyed their time there. Thank you again for helping make this day so special for everyone.”

NARG 1508184AM7 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. Sophia Fairhurst (2) and her sister Poppy(6). (1508184AM7)

NARG 1508184AM7 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. Sophia Fairhurst (2) and her sister Poppy(6). (1508184AM7)

NARG 1508184AM3 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. Stewart and Amy Brown. (1508184AM3)

NARG 1508184AM3 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races. Stewart and Amy Brown. (1508184AM3)

NARG 1508184AM2 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races.Crystal McDaniel (7) and her sister Starla (3) wth Alice and the Cheshire Cat. 1508184AM2)

NARG 1508184AM2 Alice in Wonderland at Ripon Races.Crystal McDaniel (7) and her sister Starla (3) wth Alice and the Cheshire Cat. 1508184AM2)