An academy is hosting a ‘mad March’ event to welcome in spring and raise money for charity.

The King’s Academy’s Spring Festival and Craft Fayre will have an Alice in Wonderland theme with the chance to take tea with Alice, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, play crazy golf with the Queen of Hearts and go on an egg hunt with the White Rabbit.

The event, on Saturday March 24 from 10am-3pm, will also feature The Northern Dales Farmers’ Market with street food specialists alongside stalls of local produce.

More than 30 other exhibitors have been secured, including the local ambassador of Ridiculously Rich by Alana Spencer, the devoted baker and chocolatier who won a 50/50 partnership with Lord Alan Sugar on BBC One’s The Apprentice.

Students, staff and parents are organising a host of activities, including inflatables and donkey rides, to raise money for the academy’s three charities: Butterwick Children’s Hospice, Health and Hope in Burma, and Nokuphila School in South Africa.

Assistant vice principal Carey Brownless, who is overseeing the event, said: “We are very excited about our Spring Festival and Craft Fayre. We’re delighted to be able to welcome the Northern Dales Farmers’ Market and our theme will be supported by the cast of our academy production of Alice in Wonderland.

“There will be a wide range of artisan food, drink, arts and gifts to buy from some of the region’s top producers, designers and craftspeople. Hopefully, this should be a great lead into Easter and raise a lot of money for our three charities.”

The academy is in Stainton Way, Coulby Newham, with plenty of free parking. There is a small admission of £1 for adults but under-18s and senior citizens are free.