The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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All events listed on this website have always been organised and run entirely by a small group of unpaid Trustees, Members and Volunteers of Hotham Park Heritage Trust. In the Autumn of 2019 the decision was made to close the Trust because of a lack of people willing to volunteer their time.

The new charitable group, Friends of Hotham Park, hope to continue the legacy of HPHT by organising various activities in the future but they need your help. For more information please email or click here.

The following is an archive of an event organised and run by Hotham Park Heritage Trust in 2017.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Friday 14 April 2017 from 2.30pm-4pm

Mad Hatter invite

Hotham Park Heritage Trust are delighted to have commissioned a hand-carved wooden sculpture which has been crafted by Simon Groves to depict the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The design is an 8ft x 2.5ft table with clocks in each corner, playing cards down the centre and 8 mushrooms as seating, with the Mad Hatter as a separate figure.

It will be a permanent feature in the Park and the grand unveiling was at 2.30pm on Friday 14 April 2017 by his Worship the Mayor. Knightstar Productions, Youth Theatre Group entertained with songs from the Disney musical Alice in Wonderland, and some of the children came along in fancy dress.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party began shortly after the unveiling and everyone appeared to have a great time. We were blessed with magnificent weather which was the ‘icing on the cake’. The carving is in the ‘Mad Hatter’s Copse‘ which is to the east of the Mary Macfie pavilion.

The theme of Alice in Wonderland was chosen by local schoolchildren and the cost of this sculpture was met from funds raised by the Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair which was held over the first weekend of August 2016.

For more information about the carving see our Mad Hatter’s Copse page

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