February 3 – The Hunting of the Snark

Strange sounds have been reported coming from the Botanic Gardens – could it be a Snark?


Images by Juliana; steampunkstyle.co.nz

Come with Capital! Steampunk’s intrepid group of Snark hunters as we read Lewis Carroll’s wonderful nonsense epic in a gentle stroll down from the top of the Cable Car, followed by a picnic.

It’s the Botanic Gardens’ 150th birthday, and Sunday February 3 is Step Back in Time – a family Victorian picnic, featuring performances and activities from 11am until 3pm, focussed mainly on the lower part of the gardens around the soundshell.

The Snark hunt will start from the viewing platform beside the top of the Cable Car at midday. We’ll pause at various points along the way to read another exciting section of the poem, but the stroll down to the bottom should take no more than half an hour. The track is sealed all the way and the hunt is suitable for all ages and levels of mobility. Wear your best intrepid explorer outfit!

At the conclusion of the hunt we’ll gather in the lower gardens and enjoy a picnic, a chat and a few good old promenades. Exactly where we finish is yet to be confirmed, but probably near the duck pond.

One note regarding the picnic … the Gardens are included in the City Council’s liquor ban area, so please stick with non-alcoholic drinks in your picnic basket.

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