The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Osterley Park and House

Judith Kerr and the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Join us for The Tiger Who Came to Tea 50th anniversary exhibition at Osterley Park and House.

This special exhibition, originated by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, will bring the book alive for a new generation of audiences. Taking place from 11 January to 1 March 2020, the exhibition features displays of Judith Kerr's illustrations and gives children the chance to step into Sophie’s kitchen to have tea with the tiger himself.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea began as a bedtime story for Judith Kerr’s 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.

Judith Kerr with artwork from the Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr with artwork from The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr with artwork from the Tiger Who Came to Tea

As well as celebrating favourite stories, you'll have the opportunity to explore Judith’s childhood and her experiences of having to escape Germany as Hitler came to power.

The exhibition gives a unique insight into Judith’s life and work, including access to childhood drawings where we discover how Judith developed into the artist and storyteller we know today.

For Families

Little ones can enjoy interactive play with a life-size tiger in the kitchen, enjoy story-time and dressing up, and have fun making 'tea' in our interactive play kitchen. The fun continues in the Garden, where families can enjoy a special activity trail. Don’t forget to pop into the Café for some of the Tiger’s favourite treats, and enjoy the extra seating in our heated, Tiger-themed marquee.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea anniversary exhibition will delight visitors of all ages as well as offering the perfect half-term adventure in February. 

Sophie and the Tiger Who Came to Tea
Sophie and the Tiger Who Came to Tea
Sophie and the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Admission

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is taking place daily from 11 January to 1 March 2020. Normal admission applies, under 5s and National Trust members are free. Please see our full list of admission prices on our homepage.

Entry to the exhibition is via timed tickets which can be secured online here or at the door.