The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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From 6 July - 1 September 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. 

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’s first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea began as a bedtime story for her own children and was published in 1968. It soon became a classic, and by the time it celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008, it had been translated into 11 languages and sold over five million copies.

" 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

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' will be in the Buff Bedroom and the Newark exhibition room on the top floor of the house from 6 July - 1 September. You can visit the tiger every weekday from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm). Admission to the exhibition is included in your admission (free for National Trust members and under 5s). 

Judith Kerr next to the 'Tiger Who Came to Tea'

An interview with Judith Kerr 

Renowned author Judith Kerr, reveals more about the creation of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', her life as a child refugee and much more in her interview with us.

After 1 September the exhibition will continue its tour around the British Isles:

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

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

This exhibition has been originated by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.