Curiouser and curiouser at half-term

Georgie McBryde from Morpeth tries out the Alice in Wonderland themed trails at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.

Georgie McBryde from Morpeth tries out the Alice in Wonderland themed trails at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.

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ALL the family can enjoy an enchanting trail through the curious world of Alice in Wonderland at a county visitor attraction.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is playing host to six characters from Lewis Carroll’s much-loved tale, including Alice, The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit, who are hiding in the grounds.

The Quarry Garden, with its ravines, pinnacles and towering rock faces, transports visitors to another world amongst the shadows cast by forest trees and twists and turns of the winding paths. There is even a croquet lawn, although it’s unlikely there will be flamingos for mallets or card people for hoops as in Alice’s Wonderland.

Events Manager Jon Hogan said: “As an exciting start to the 2013 programme of events in the North East, English Heritage is inviting visitors to step into the magical world of Alice in Wonderland for a special trail.

“With its fairy-tale like Quarry Gardens and mythical atmosphere, Belsay has often been compared as Wonderland-esque. This February half-term, Lewis Carroll’s popular tale will be brought to life and youngsters will be sporting Cheshire Cat-style grins when they take home their certificates.

“Whilst the children are busy searching for the characters, adults of all ages can also enjoy taking in the history and magic of this stunning country estate.”

The trail will be available between Saturday and Sunday, February 24, from 10am to 4pm. Prices are £7.70 adult, £6.90 concessions, £4.60 children and £20 family ticket. English Heritage members go free. The ticket price includes entry to the hall.

For more information telephone 01661 881636 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsay