Guests fall down the rabbit hole at immersive charity tea party

Artists Tanya Pie, Becki Short and Becky Dowding organise a tea party for a different charity each year. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-194839006

Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this half-term have been transported to Wonderland via an ambitious art exhibition.

The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party has taken over Action Stations in aid of two Portsmouth-based homeless charities.

Meridon Herron, from Locks Heath, makes paper flowers with her children Link and Marceline. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-194855006

The project, which is open until tomorrow (October 25), has brought together local artists and children to collaborate on the immersive installation themed on the literary works of Lewis Carroll.

Money raised through the exhibition will be donated to The Bus Rucksack Event 2017, an initiative to refurbish a double-decker bus into a shelter for homeless people in Portsmouth.

The tea party will also benefit The LifeHouse, a resource and support centre and kitchen on Albert Road, Southsea. In 2016, the exhibit raised £450 for Blind Veterans UK.

The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party is open 10am-5.30pm until October 25. For more information, visit

Becky, Linda and Adrian Dowding painting their whire roses red. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-194924006

The Caterpillar on its toadstool. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-194937006

Artist Freya Perry helped create the flamingo croquet exhibit. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-194909006

Artist Megan Koolonavish with her ultraviolet Cheshire Cat creation. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-194824006

These cogs mark the entrance to the exhibition. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-195005006

Linda Pie tries on the Mad Hatter's top hat. Picture: Vernon Nash PPP-171022-194950006

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