You don’t need to fall down a rabbit hole this Easter to find your way to wonderland, simply follow the brown signs to Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, near Doncaster, which is hosting two weeks of Alicein Wonderland themed trails around the stunningly restored gardens.
From Saturday March 31 to Sunday April 15, excluding Monday April 2, the gardens, which were designed in the 19th century to create a surprise around every corner, will have another six unusual features – mirrors which promise to squash and stretch the reflections of visitors to recreate the growing and shrinking experienced by Alice in her trip to Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s novel.
“This is a great way for people of all ages to enjoy Easter, and unlike Alice in the original stories, we have not one looking glass but six, all hidden around the gardens, just waiting to be discovered by curious and curiouser visitors!” says English Heritage’s regional events manager, Jon Hogan. “We’re just hoping that we don’t get any white rabbits in the gardens – they play havoc with the lawns and eat some of the beautiful plants that our gardening team has put in to add colour in the summer months.”
The gardens at Brodsworth Hall have often been compared to Alice’s Wonderland, with bridges, and tunnels connecting paths within different parts of the garden to make exploring the restored Victorian gardens a real pleasure. There’s even a croquet lawn, although users generally use traditional mallets and balls rather than flamingos and hedgehogs.
The enchanting trail runs each day except Monday April 2 during the Easter holidays March 31 to April 15 within the gardens of Brodsworth Hall. Admission prices are £5.70 for adults, £5.10 for concessions and £3.10 for children, which includes entry to the gardens and the Servant’s Wing. Entry to the Hall is available for an additional fee. English Heritage members get in free.
The Magic Mirror Garden & Alice in Wonderland Trail is the first of Brodsworth Hall’s exciting programme of events for 2012, which will include a chance to wander around the house by candlelight on May 18, 19, a Right Royal Weekend for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee June 3-5, afternoon band concerts every Sunday throughout the summer, and the return of the autumn son-et-lumiere spectacular, The Enchanted Garden, from October 26 to November 4.
For more information, please visit Brodsworth Hall and Gardens or call 0870 333 1183.