To celebrate 50 years of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea a touring exhibition is coming to Dyffryn House & Gardens. As the story was one of the TV Christmas gems, there’ll be even more interest in Judith Kerr’s artwork which will be displayed in the house. You can meet the tiger in Sophie’s kitchen and explore the gardens on the tiger trail.

The 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.

Here’s a very brief look at the exhibition to whet your appetite, it really is a great day out….

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.


Sadly, Judith died in Mayo 2019 at the age of 95. Talking about ‘Tiger” she 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.”

“I think because it was a bedtime story for this particular child and I put in everything that she liked, such as going out in the dark, because she was crazy about going out in the dark. I’ve heard from other parents that their children love the bit about going out in the dark, so obviously they all feel like that.”

“I make up stories which I hope children will like and which amuse me, but I no longer have this thing of knowing a small child very, very well and therefore, writing a story absolutely tailor-made to that child. In the first Mog book the policeman comes and he says, ‘I’ve known watch dogs but never a watch cat!’ and my son, who loved words, I knew he would think that was wonderful.”

The Tiger is not only a book but made it to the stage in a hugely successful play, and Channel 4 have brought it bang up to date, with a great theme song by Robbie Williams.

Clara Ross and Robbie Williams

I promise you the song will be firmly lodged in your head once you watch the trailer. You have been warned……

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA exhibition will be at Dyffryn House & Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan from Saturday 7th March to Sunday 3rd May between 10am and 4pm. Although the exhibition is FREE normal charges apply – below.

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets):
Adult £12.10 (£10.90)
Child £6.05 (£5.45)
Family £31.00 (£27.50)

It’s not really linked to Tiger but this is so funny and we suspect you haven’t seen it. Robbie is great with the kids…..


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