The New Forest and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are inextricably linked, and celebrated at the New Forest Food & Drink Festival with a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party at the Beaulieu Hotel.

Alice Liddell, who met Lewis Carroll during a rowing trip in Oxford, lived in Lyndhurst. Carroll told Alice and some of her siblings the story of a young girl who goes looking for an adventure and ends up in Wonderland.

Alice Liddell who loved the story so much, asked Carroll to write it down for her and the rest they say is history, Alice in Wonderland is a timeless classic.

Alice Liddell lived in Lyndhurst for most of her life, when she passed away in 1934 she was cremated and her ashes were buried at it’s beautiful St Michaels & All Angels Church.


Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party at the Beaulieu Hotel

The Beaulieu Hotel has invited the young and young-at-heart to tumble down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and the wonderful world of tea with the Mad Hatter.

For a magical, make-believe party, children will be entertained by characters from the children’s story while indulging in an eclectic and colourful selection of cakes and pastries, drink-me potions and all things Alice in Wonderland.

A fantastical feast of sweets includes strawberries and cream, homemade marshmallow mushrooms, a Tick Tock Victoria sponge clock and a trip to Jelly Wonderland.

Come along in fancy dress and join the fun and games! Don’t be late for this very important date!


The Beaulieu Hotel

The Beaulieu Hotel is a former coaching inn, surrounded by the beautiful open heathland and New Forest wildlife, the perfect base for a break with children, it’s easily accessible by train.

Why not leave the car behind and benefit from a discount for going car-free in the Forest?


More information

For more information and to book, visit our For The Kids, Our Future Foodies theme page.

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