A cup of magic is served up at big tea party

A Mad Hatter's Tea Party, like this one on Castle Field, is coming to North End
A Mad Hatter's Tea Party, like this one on Castle Field, is coming to North End
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IT’S a Christmas event you would be mad to miss.

The magic of Alice in Wonderland is coming to North End – and as well as having fun, you can raise money for a very worthy cause.

The Mad Hatter’s Charity Tea Party is back for its fourth year and will be held in aid of Portsmouth-based charity Cystic Fibrosis Kids.

The charity helps to make life easier for children who have the condition, which causes problems with the respiratory and digestive system, and often leads to long stays in hospital.

Helping to organise the event is Becki Short, whose 22-year-old brother Daniel Short has cystic fibrosis.

The 24-year-old, from Horndean, said: ‘This is the fourth year and we are changing it slightly.

‘For the last three years it’s been outside in the summer at Castle Field.

‘We decided to change it due to the weather being temperamental.

‘We have brought it inside as a Christmas event.

‘We are trying to create a Winter Wonderland. We have really big backdrops and snow flakes to make it Christmassy.’

The party takes place at Scarlett Rose School of Dance at 120 London Road, North End, from 6pm to 11pm on Saturday, December 13.

There will be magnificent food, as well as entertainment from OmniArts Performing School.

The ticket prices include a three-course buffet, entertainment, photobooth and Santa’s Grotto.

Volunteers are also needed to help out on the night.

Tickets are £12.50 for adults, £8.50 for teenagers, and £6.50 for children, which includes a visit to Santa’s Grotto.

There is also a pre-ticket available for children who would just like to come to Santa’s Grotto at £3 per child between 6pm and 7pm.

Tickets are expected to sell out. To book, e-mail becki@cfkids.org.uk or text or call 07584 662225.