The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr is currently on exhibition at Mottisfont House, a National Trust property in Hampshire to celebrate the book’s 50th birthday. The brilliant exhibition is packed full of beautiful illustrations and interactive displays and will be on from the 7th July to the 2nd September. You can even dress yourself up as a tiger or sit down to have tea with the giant cuddly toy tiger.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr exhibition at Mottisfont Heidi Piercy with the Tiger Who Came To Tea at Mottisfont The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr Illustration on the wall at Mottisfont

Every year Romsey Abbey celebrates harvest time by asking local people and groups to decorate some of the spectacular pillars within the abbey. This year the Romsey Abbey Baby And Toddler Group want to do theirs on the theme of The Tiger Who Came To Tea and my friend Rhiannon who runs the group asked me to collaborate with her and the group to produce the art for it. So to get inspiration, and for a good day out, we all went on a trip to see the exhibition.

Mottisfont National Trust House and Gardens in Hampshire photo by Heidi Piercy

As well as the exhibition in the house at Mottisfont, there is also a fun little family trail round the beautiful grounds, with different activities to do linked to the book. Although The Tiger Who Came To Tea displays are the main attraction seeing as this year is it’s ‘bookiversary’, the exhibition also features other stories and illustrations from books by Judith Kerr like Mog.

Mog by Judith Kerr Illustration on the wall at Mottisfont

I have worked with Rhiannon on other little arty projects before, like the face painting for Woodley Fun Day and Romsey Abbey Baby And Toddler Group helped me make leaves for my Rabbitswood Fairy House Bollard Cover, but we have never collaborated on something as enormous as this before! We are both super excited about decorating this pillar! We’ll keep you updated on how we get on and we hope you can pop down to Romsey Abbey and see the finished project when it’s up.

Heidi Piercy And Rhiannon and Judith Kerr's Tiger Who Came To Tea at Mottisfont Heidi Piercy and Rhiannon and their Tiger How Came To Tea Pillar at Romsey Abbey

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