The Tiger Who Came to Tea Touring Collection

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. Alongside facsimiles of original artwork, notes and sketches children will enjoy stepping into Sophie’s kitchen to have tea with a life-size tiger.

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 story teller we know today.  Visitors can also watch a short film, featuring children from Christ Church C of E Primary School in Newcastle upon Tyne. They have investigated why the issues of conflict and displacement are as relevant today as in the 1930s, including interviews and footage of Judith at work in her studio at home.


Celebrating 50 years of Britain’s best loved picture book with the National Trust. The on going exhibit 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' Tour dates and locations are listed below:

Saturday 7 July – Sunday 2 September: Mottisfont, Hampshire
Saturday 8 September – Sunday 28 October 2018: Quarry Bank, Cheshire
Saturday 3 November – Sunday 6 January 2019: Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Saturday 12 January – Sunday 3 March: Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Saturday 9 March – Sunday 28 April: Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire
Saturday 4 May – Sunday 30 June: Belfast, County Antrim and County Down
Saturday July 6 July – Sunday 1 September 2019: Newark Park, Gloucestershire
Saturday 7 September – Sunday 3 November 2019: Bateman's, East Sussex
Saturday 9 November – Sunday 5 January 2020: Knole, Kent

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