The Tiger Who Came to Tea visits Rowallane Garden

Tiger model in interactive kitchen

It is one of the most famous children's books of all time and now, Rowallane Garden is hosting a special exhibition and welcoming the Tiger himself to tea.

The Tiger who came to Tea, written and illustrated by the matriarch of children’s literature Judith Kerr, has captured the imagination of children and their parents alike since its first publication in 1968. To celebrate the golden anniversary of one of the nation’s favourite children’s tales, The Tiger who came to Tea is currently on tour! The exhibition is now at Rowallane Garden. The only Northern Irish stop on the tour!

Visit the stableyard, walk into the barn and feast your eyes on a Tiger who has come for Tea! Time is running out to sink your teeth into a colourful exhibition, celebrating Judith Kerr’s classic children’s tale, The Tiger who came to Tea.

Enter the barn and immerse yourself in your imagination. Experience Judith Kerr’s original artwork in an intimate setting. You will be greeted by a series of ten framed artworks - facsimiles of original artwork from the book, notes and sketches.

 Children can enjoy dress up capes, interactive props, including an interactive play kitchen. Best of all, the exhibition plays host to a giant five-foot, life-size model tiger knocking at the door for tea. PURRRRRRRfect for a photo opportunity!

 In addition to this wonderfully, whimsical exhibition, why not roam the gardens and join us on our Tiger Trail? But watch out! There might just be a hungry tiger looking for Tea!  

The exhibition comes to a close on 30 June 2019. Whether you are visiting for the first time, or coming along to see it again, make sure you don’t miss out on the Tiger who came to Tea at Rowallane Garden!

About the author

Judith Kerr's first book began as a bedtime story for her own children and was published in 1968. With more than five million sales of the book to date it has become a literary classic, enjoyed by generations of children, parents and grandparents.

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

Judith said: "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."

The exhibition has been originated by Seven Stories, the national centre for children's books. Kate Edwards, chief executive at Seven Stories, said: 'Visitors to Rowallane Garden will be treated to a unique opportunity to see reproductions of Judith's precious artwork, which shows how, through a lifetime of looking and drawing, her stories have become part of our nation's childhood.'

Angela Watson, Visitor Experience Manager at Rowallane Garden said: “We’re stocking our giant fridge with enough Tiger food for a month and a half and tracking tiger prints around the garden in preparation for the Tiger’s visit. We’re very excited to be hosting such a well-known and well-loved literary character who we know our younger visitors will just love. So bring your mums and dads, grannies and grandpas and come and see the Tiger soon.”

The exhibition at Rowallane Garden will run daily, from Friday 10 May – Sunday 30 June 2019. Normal admission applies, members free.