Have tea with a tiger at Gunby

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From 9 March to 28 April, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much-loved classic children's book 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr.

Our exhibition  - originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, in partnership with HarperCollins Children's Books - brings this delightful and enduring picture book to a new generation of families. 

Meet the tiger in the Gunby basement
The Tiger who came to Tea
Meet the tiger in the Gunby basement

The magic of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' story is brought vividly to life with a giant cuddly tiger and an interactive kitchen, so that children can make their own tea for the tiger, as well as enjoying Judith Kerr's iconic drawings.

Judith Kerr looks at 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' artwork
Judith Kerr looks at the 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' artwork
Judith Kerr looks at 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' artwork

Enjoy an exclusive selection of drawings by Judith Kerr, including facsimiles of original artwork from 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', notes and sketches.

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" I first told this story to my small daughter long ago. She was rather critical of my other stories but used to say, ‘Talk the tiger!’ So, when she and her brother were both at school and I had more time, I thought I would make it into a picture book – and much to my amazement, here it still is 50 years later."
- Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr with artwork from the Tiger Who Came To Tea
Judith Kerr with 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' artwork
Judith Kerr with artwork from the Tiger Who Came To Tea

You can buy some 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' souvenirs in the Gunby tea-room and there's a fun tiger themed children's trail (£1 per trail) in the house too.

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' will be in the Gunby basement from 9 March to 28 April. You can visit the tiger Saturdays to Wednesdays from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4pm). Admission to the exhibition is included in your admission for the house (free for National Trust members and  under 5s). 

Will you have tea with a tiger at Gunby?
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Will you have tea with a tiger at Gunby?

After 28 April the exhibition will continue its tour around the British Isles:

Saturday 4 May – Sunday 30 June: Belfast, County Antrim and County Down
Saturday July 6 July – Sunday 1 September: Newark Park, Gloucestershire
Saturday 7 September – Sunday 3 November: Bateman's, East Sussex
Saturday 9 November – Sunday 5 January: Knole, Kent

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Saturday 11 January – Sunday 1 March: Osterley Park, Middlesex
Saturday 7 March – Sunday 29 April: Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan