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THE much-loved tales of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog will be coming to life in a new exhibition.
The event is coming to Z-arts in Manchester and follows the success of A World Inside A Book – the event focusing on the work of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat will open in February 2020, featuring work from 14 of Judith’s treasured books.
An interactive exhibition, it promises to ‘enchant generations of readers’, many of whom delighted in the new TV adaptation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which aired on Christmas Eve.
Z-arts, in Hulme, is the only venue outside of London to host the exhibition, designed and created by Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford. Children and their grown-ups will get the chance to investigate and explore the different worlds of Mog and the tiger, before taking part in arts and crafts activities.
They’ll be able to join the tiger for tea and hear the tale of his surprise visit to Sophie and her mum.
Then open the door and take a trip into the real-life world of Mog the Forgetful Cat – crawl through a
A LANDMARK bank is being transformed into a pub, with private seating areas in the vaults.
Amber Taverns is ploughing £1m into the redevelopment of the grade II listed former Royal Bank of Scotland building on The Butts in Rochdale.
The branch closed over a year ago and was left in a state of disrepair after being vandalised and targeted by thieves.
Now it’s about to get a new lease of life as part of the pub company’s Hogarths chain. Plans to change the building into a bar on the ground floor and a three-bed flat on the first giant cat flap and find Mog’s family house.
Little ones will also be able to look for the hidden eggs for Mog’s breakfast, explore her garden, pick up groceries at Mog’s local shops, settle down with a story at the bookshop, and help Mog and her friends get better during a trip to the vet.
The experience is recommended floor were granted by Rochdale council last week.
The transformation will see original features including its ornate ceiling and coving preserved, while the former bank vaults will be turned into private seating areas.
A ‘huge’ beer garden is also set to be added at the back of the building.
The bar will serve more than 100 types of gin alongside cask ales, beers and wines.
Sam Frankland, property director at Amber taverns, said: “This is a first class building in a great location, so we were very keen to get our hands on it.
“We were attracted to Rochdale because of all the investment going on with the new shopping and leisure for children up to eight.
It’s the UK’s first immersive exhibition of the work of Judith Kerr, created by Discover Children’s Story Centre and supported by Harper Collins and Kerr-Kneale Productions Ltd.
Saskia Metcalf, creative development manager at Z-arts, said: “After the roaring success of A World Inside A Book, we’re delighted to be teaming up with Discover again to bring an amazing new exhibition.
“We’re excited to see families and children enjoy their favourite books in a whole new way, and hope The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat will build on the brilliant experience families from all over the north west have at Z-arts.”
As with the previous Donaldson exhibition, birthday parties will be available to book every Saturday while the event is running, and school visits can also be arranged.
Following a launch weekend across February 8 and 9, the exhibition opens on Friday, February 14, and is on until December 2020.
Tickets cost £8 and can be booked online.
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“The night time economy is also really building up in this area and the council clearly understands the importance of that.”
Coun Allen Brett, leader of Rochdale council, said: “It’s great to see a company investing so heavily in such a historically important building, which has stood proud in Rochdale town centre for over 200 years.
“The fact that Amber Taverns has made such a commitment to the town shows how much special Rochdale is and how much it has to offer to investors.
“Rochdale is known far and wide for its stunning heritage and we’re proud to see so much of it coming back to life, ready to play a role in our future, as well as our past.
“This new business will be another fantastic addition to our night-time offer and I can’t wait to see it open.”
The new Hogarth’s is due to open next year, with opening hours from 10am to midnight Monday to Thursday and Sunday, and 10am to 1.30am on Friday and Saturday.
The Tiger is coming to Manchester for tea... and, left, Mog the Forgetful Cat will join the fun
The Royal Bank of Scotland is being turned into a pub