Characters from Alice in Wonderland came to life for a Mad Hatter’s tea party in Beaumont Park.

About 60 youngsters attended the tea party held in the bandstand – with many of the children in costume.

There was also a craft tent, story-telling sessions and croquet – with wooden mallets and balls rather than flamingoes and hedgehogs – for families to enjoy.

Larger than life characters in attendance included the Queen of Hearts, the Dormouse, the White Rabbit and terrible twins Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.

The event was jointly organised by the Friends of Beaumont Park , outdoor learning organisation Nature’s Footprints Forest Play and Education CIC.

Michael Fay, publicity co-ordinator for the Friends, said: “Everyone who was there – and certainly the organisers – judged it to be extremely successful. The objective was to allow the children to have a really good day out and to raise money to encourage outdoor activities for children and families.

“A lot of the children got into the spirit of it by dressing up. There were quite a few Alices and three Mad Hatters as well. The Cheshire Cat also proved popular. And they thoroughly enjoyed their cakes, which were backed by volunteers.”

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