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Visitors enjoy Wonderland visit to Leith Hall

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A HISTORIC home was transformed into a literary wonderland as visitors were invited down the rabbit hole for a weekend with Alice.

Leith Hall's homage to Lewis Carroll's classic story attracted young and old to the National Trust for Scotland property on both Saturday and Sunday.

The idea for the event came from an edition of the novel which is illustrated by Arthur Rackham and found in the Hall's library.

Themed attractions were dreamed up by the team, from a King and Queen of Hearts crown-making session to a white rabbit search in the walled garden.

As well as visits to the whimsical woods, participants enjoyed a Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee pond walk game as well as a hopping challenge inspired by the March hare.

Popular was the Mad Hatter's photo booth, while arts and crafts sessions themed on the story were also part of the fun.

A hall spokeswoman said: "We had some really good feedback and lots of people saying they really enjoyed the special visit."

The 1650 hall and gardens, which came into the trust's care just after WWII, holds regular special events throughout the summer months.

The team is now readying the hampers and games for a fun-filled Teddy Bear's Picnic, set in the extensive gardens and taking place on the weekend of August 24-25.

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