Wonderland at Weston with a dash of tea party magic

Jordan Russell as The Mad Hatter. SG050416-309TW
Jordan Russell as The Mad Hatter. SG050416-309TW
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It’s one thing to witness the retelling of Alice in Wonderland and quite another to join in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Spalding production company Hammond Feel the Magic has been performing the Lewis Carroll classic at the Baytree Garden Centre theatre in Weston over the Easter holidays.

Queen of Hearts Joshua Hammond with the jam tarts at Baytree. SG050416-310TW

Queen of Hearts Joshua Hammond with the jam tarts at Baytree. SG050416-310TW

Over four days last week, characters from the play joined families in the garden centre’s restaurant for fun and traditional Mad Hatters’s Tea Party fayre.

The menu also featured special delicacies called “revolting blue sandwiches”.

Alice in Wonderland opened on March 30 and finishes its run on Sunday (April 10).

Production company founder Paul Hammond said the show was watched by 3,000 people up to today (Thursday) and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the restaurant was a real highlight.

Caterpillar Amber Johnson chats to children at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. SG050416-313TW

Caterpillar Amber Johnson chats to children at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. SG050416-313TW

He said the parties were “perfect” and there was a waiting list for those keen to attend.

The main characters, including Alice, the Mad Hatter, the caterpillar, Tweedledee and Tweedledum chatted to diners as they munched through treats provided specially by the restaurant staff.