Inspired by Alice at The Atkinson

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Inspired by Alice
John Tenniel

Inspired by Alice at The Atkinson, Southport 25 May — 7 September 2019 Entrance is free

We can’t think of many better combinations for a summer day out than a trip to the seaside that also takes in Inspired by Alice, an exploration of the origins of Alice in Wonderland and the creativity that Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece has sparked.

This immersive exhibition at The Atkinson features art, collectables, craft and a whole lot of dress up and free activities for families during the summer holidays.

Highlights include original sketches by Lewis Carroll, which he drew for “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, original wood blocks used for the prints in the book, Salvador Dalí’s rarely seen ‘Alice in Wonderland’ illustrations, collections of Alice material from the British Library and Macmillan Publishers, and illustrations from contemporary local artists

We love that this exhibition will appeal to young and old Alice fans alike, reflecting the continuing fascination with a story that has fired the imaginations of readers and inspired artists and craftspeople across the generations.

Don’t miss the chance to explore The Art Box, browse the Children’s Library and explore the Ancient Egypt and Between Land and Sea galleries at The Atkinson too. A packed theatre programme this summer includes The Tiger Who Came to Tea for more literary inspired shenanigans.

The Atkinson is named after cotton manufacturer William Atkinson who visited Southport with his sick wife to take the air. He donated the princely sum of £6000 to build an art gallery and library for the town in 1875. Six years after opening its doors after a major restoration project to bring this arts centre back to life, we love that Inspired by Alice celebrates a book that, startlingly, would have been current to the first visitors to this place at the time.

Southport’s charm for families is enduring. As well as the glorious sandy beach with views to Blackpool and North Wales, historic pier, marine lake, ice cream shops and fish and chips, it’s worth taking the time to seek out the quirkier attractions too.

We love any excuse to BFG our way around the Model Railway Village which has acres of landscape with a mini rail network weaving through pretty buildings and greenery. The internationally recognised Lawnmower Museum meanwhile is a treasure trove of vintage mowers no less.

 

Inspired by Alice at The Atkinson, Southport 25 May — 7 September 2019 Entrance is free

Where to go near Inspired by Alice at The Atkinson

Southport
Tourist Attraction
Town Hall Gardens

The Town Hall Gardens is a perfect spot to recharge your batteries whilst out and about in Southport.

Southport
Southport Pier

Southport Pier opened in 1860, making it the oldest iron pier in Great Britiain. It is also the second-longest in the country.

Southport Seafront
Southport
Beach
Southport Seafront

As well as being home to the Southport Air Show, there are many nostalgic seaside delights on Southport’s seafront, including the iconic pier.

Southport
Park
Victoria Park

In Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show, Southport Food and Drink Festival and the British Musical Fireworks Championship

Beach
Formby Beach

A beautiful National Trust beach which emerges from glorious coastal pinewoods. The ideal spot for walking the dog and spying red squirrels.

Ormskirk
Restaurant
Moor Hall

Fine dining in a renovated grade II listed manor house. Offering some of the country’s most innovative dishes in beautiful surroundings.

Number One South Beach
Blackpool
Hotel
Number One South Beach

Set just south of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, guests will find Number One South Beach has stunning sea views, a stylish restaurant and its own golf simulator, complete with waiter service.

Blackpool
Restaurant
White Tower Restaurant

The White Tower is renowned for its spectacular views of the sea and the famous Blackpool promenade, and its outstanding service.

Blackpool
Tourist Attraction
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Home to over 125 rides and attractions, including the world famous Big One and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. Pleasure Beach Arena is also home to the Hot Ice show, the longest running ice show in the world.

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