This is my final post of a small number of the attractions at Canterbury's Wise Words Festival. I did debate rolling this one into the Wonderland post as technically they are part of the same exhibit, but the Imaginarium was so clever and had so much attention to detail that I wanted it to have its own post.
Inside the yurt in the centre of Wonderland was the Imaginarium; a series of interactive games and riddles, all inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, mixing modern technology and video filmed in the local area with handcrafted puzzles. It describes itself as an interactive and immersive experience and was created by the internationally acclaimed theatre company Periplum. You moved from table to table, took a seat, put on the headphones and watched the film. Scattered around were paper flowers and real cacti, wellington boots stuffed with plants and herbs and suitcases filled with oyster shells.
Any Alice In Wonderland themed game would not be complete without the opportunity for a bit of table croquet (sadly minus the flamingo mallets) and this final table was the one that got the children the most excited as they tried to bat their tiny croquet balls through hoops decorated with white roses.
I would even go so far to say that it had an otherworldly air about it, giving you the feeling that you had really had ventured down the rabbit hole.
Sadly the Festival is over for this year but it will be back next Autumn and if the last two years are anything to go by it keeps growing and getting bigger and better so keep your eyes peeled!