7-17 May, venues around Guildford. Further festival details available from the Tourist Information Centre (01483 444334)Reuse content
Don't be late, don't be late for a very important date: the Lewis Carroll Centenary Festival awaits you in Guildford. To mark the 100th anniversary of Carroll's death, the city where he died, plays host to a wonderland of activities from 7-17 May. Much of the festival, unsurprisingly, centres on Alice's Adventures - with "Opera through the Looking Glass" (8pm Fri 8 May); "A Wonderland Adventure", where children can follow Alice into the rabbit hole (2.30pm Sun 10 May); Alice through the Camera Lens - celebrating Carroll's life and work (8pm 11 May); a stage adaptation of the book (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 12-15 May); and a screening of Jan Svankmajer's critically-acclaimed take on the story, Alice (8pm Wed 13 May). A range of guided walks are also on offer throughout the festival, following in the author's footsteps from places of special interest to Carroll, to his final resting place in Mount Cemetery. Other highlights include a boat trip to take part in a "Grand Snark Hunt" (9 May); Scenes through the Looking Glass (the musical!) (Fri 15 May), a literary lunch (Sun 17 May) and three separate exhibitions mainly focusing on work inspired by Carroll's vivid imagination. Curiouser and curiouser.