Have tea with a tiger

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition banner

From 8 September to 28 October 2018 we have a very special, very stripy visitor at Quarry Bank. ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ is on a nationwide tour of National Trust places and is stopping in to see us for an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s classic.

In the exhibition in the mill you can meet a giant cuddly tiger and make tea for him in an interactive play kitchen. You can also take a look at facsimiles of Judith Kerr’s original illustrations, notes and drawings and watch on film about her remarkable life. 

Alongside the ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, we’re finding out about other children’s classics and in the exhibition we’ll be featuring books from the Workers’ Library collection. The Workers’ Library was used by Quarry Bank’s cotton mill workers and the residents of Styal village in the early twentieth century and had a large selection of children’s books. You can explore the children’s books that people loved in the past, and share your family’s favourites with us too. 

A giant cuddly model of the Tiger from the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Wild Weekends with ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ 

On weekends in September there’ll be extra special tiger-y activities. Join in with storytelling, arts and crafts and exploring the great outdoors. On 29 and 30 September you can even have a go at ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ family yoga. Visit the What’s On pages to find out more or to book your tickets for yoga.

Step into the pages of The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Afternoon tea with ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ 

Book tickets for your very own afternoon tea with a tiger. There’ll be tiger storytelling and crafts alongside delicious cakes and scones for all the family. Visit the What’s On pages for details, and we’ll make sure that the tiger doesn’t eat all the buns, all the biscuits and ALL the cake!

Journeys of the Imagination title illustration

Continue your adventures with Journeys of the Imagination 

There are two tigers to meet at Quarry Bank this autumn! Go on a journey into the past and your own imagination with the Journeys of the Imagination exhibition and trail. Look out for the tiger that Elizabeth Mary Greg met on her travels in India, or head into the mill to travel the world and find out more about the journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank.

Upcoming events

Lost Voices

Tue 25 Sep 2018
10:30-16:00
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition

Tue 25 Sep 2018
10:30-16:30
Meet the iconic children's character, the Tiger Who Came to Tea, in a special pop-up exhibition celebrating 50 years since the publication of Judith Kerr's classic. In association with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books.

Journeys of the Imagination

Tue 25 Sep 2018
10:30-16:30
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

Wild weekends with The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Family Yoga

Sat 29 Sep 2018
11:30-13:00
Join in with family yoga at Quarry Bank, following The Tiger Who Came to Tea through creative movement, craft activities, storytelling and song.

Afternoon Tea with the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Tue 02 Oct 2018
13:30-14:45
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon tea and storytelling session inspired by the Tiger Who Came to Tea. Combine your afternoon tea with a visit to the Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition inside the mill for even more tiger themed fun.

Make and Take

Sat 06 Oct 2018
13:00-15:00
Give us a helping hand at making sessions where you can make one for Quarry Bank and one for you.