The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent

The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been a firm family favourite since Big L was little but it’s Little L who really loves it. The National Trust Tiger Who Came to Tea is currently at Knole Park so we popped up today

Most of the events put on by the National Trust are pretty special and The Tiger Who Came to Tea is no exception. We are National Trust members so we parked for free and the only additional charge is for the trail. More about that later. If you aren’t members you will have to pay the usual entrance fee.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Knole Park, Judith Kerr, National Trust

The Orangery at Knole Park

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition is set in the Orangery at Knole park

The Orangery itself is a beautiful space that lends itself well to this kind of event. There are original pieces from the original Judith Kerr book which you aren’t allowed to photograph. It is lovely to see the original drawings and writing behind the much-loved classic. Little L had no time for this however and swiftly moved on to the large stuffed tiger at the end of the room.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Knole Park, Judith Kerr, National Trust

The dressing up boxes

The orangery is set up with little tables occupying different activities such as colouring and so on. There is a large area in the middle with cushions and so on to relax on. A large box of dressing up clothes featuring both the Tiger and Judith Kerr’s other beloved character Mog the cat.

What better way to celebrate The Tiger Who Came to Tea but a Tea Party?

The best part by far for Little L was the table set up for a tea party with a lovely Melissa and Doug tea set, pretend food and so on. He spent quite some time buttering us toast, pouring tea and trying to feed cake to the Tiger!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Knole Park, Judith Kerr, National Trust

Anyone for tea and toast?

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Knole Park, Judith Kerr, National Trust

We then went out to do the Tiger Who Came to Tea trail around Knole Park

You are given a trail leaflet and pencil and sent out to find the 10 reindeer dotted around the park with clues. Don’t worry they are not too far apart – perfect for little legs (and old legs like mine!). Once you have completed your sheet you pop back to the beginning at the visitor centre to collect your prize. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Knole Park, Judith Kerr, National Trust

Little L with one of the reindeer on the trail

The prize is wrapped in Christmas paper – but it won’t last until Christmas that’s for sure! A very excited Little L unwrapped it there and then and it’s a small The Tiger Who Came to Tea soft toy (which, by the way, is on sale for £8 in the shop so the £5 trail fee is a bargain!)  

The Tiger Who Came to Tea runs from now right up to January 5th 2020 when the park is open. Check our the website for more information here

For more days out in Sevenoaks and the surrounding area check out Travel & Days Out

 

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