March hares and dormice invited to tea party in Buxted

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A ‘curious and peculiar’ afternoon tea takes place this Sunday (August 31) at Buxted Park Hotel.

The hotel’s head chef Steve Cole and his team will serve an Alice in Wonderland-style charity Mad Hatter’s Tea Party including ‘drink me’ potions and a delicious selection of delicate pastries and cakes.

The Mad Hatter’s tea party takes place during the story of Alice in Wonderland. Alice is a fictional character in Lewis Carroll’s novels and she has her origins in stories told by Carroll to the young Liddell sisters, Edith, Alice and Lorina. The tea party in the story is ordered by the Queen of Hearts who invites the March Hare, the Dormouse and the Mad Hatter to an ‘unbirthday’ party for Alice - an unbirthday party is for all the days people don’t celebrate birthdays!

The Buxted Park party is being held in aid of the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. Treats will include scones, meringue mushrooms with lemon curd, lashings of clotted cream and strawberries, Queen of Hearts Victoria sponge, gingerbread men and ladies and jam tarts.

The Mad Hatter’s feast has favourites for children too such as multi-coloured macaroons, ‘eat me’ cupcakes, jelly and ice cream.

As the icing on the cake, guests can enjoy an exclusive screening of the original Alice in Wonderland movie at the Buxted Park Hotel picture house.

General manager Jonathan Owen said: “This Alice in Wonderland tea experience is the perfect family Sunday afternoon event. Lewis Carroll’s quirky story has always been immensely popular with children and adults and all that we plan is in tribute to the story and raising money for the only children’s hospice in Sussex.

“We promise the ‘drink me’ potions will not shrink anyone and we also promise that everyone will enjoy a magical time.”

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for children. For more details of the event and to book visit: or ring: 01825 733333.