Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 11.38.05Sunderland is being transformed into a wonderland of family fun and entertainment, in tribute to one of literature’s most iconic tales.

This summer, The Beach House bistro, overlooking Roker seafront, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland with a series of activities dedicated to Lewis Carroll’s popular book.

The action starts on Saturday June 20, with a day of arts and crafts hosted by SAFC mascots Samson and Delilah.  They’ll be joined by Alice and the White Rabbit, who’ll be on hand to help visitors make their own props and launch a creative writing competition that will run throughout the summer.

Then, on Saturday July 18, The Beach House will host a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, where visitors can dress up and take part in a variety of games and activities, including Alice in Wonderland-themed wordsearches and spot the difference.

Samson, Delilah and Alice will return to host a cupcake decorating competition on Thursday July 20, with a day of summer games, including beach football, volleyball and rounders, taking place on Thursday August 13.

The summer of celebrations will end with a White Rabbit treasure hunt in and around The Beach House on Thursday August 27.

Gary Hutchinson, Director at 1879 Events Management, which operates The Beach House, said: “Alice in Wonderland is still one of the most beloved children’s stories and is particularly popular in the North East thanks to Lewis Carroll’s links with Sunderland.

“We thought it was only fitting then that we mark the book’s 150th anniversary with a series of activities that the whole family could get involved in and will be dedicating summer 2015 at The Beach House to making sure this is Alice’s best birthday ever.”

The Beach House bistro, operated by 1879 Events Management, is currently open from 10am until 4pm weekdays and10am until 5pm weekends, serving a range of main meals, snacks, desserts and signature ice cream sundaes.

For more information or to book call (0191) 565 9473 or visit