The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition at Knole and Zog trail in Bedgebury Pinetum both end on January 5

Two popular children's attractions will wave goodbye to the county this weekend.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition is enjoying its final weekend at National Trust property Knole whilst the Zog Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum will also be taken down on Sunday.

The Zog trail closes this weekend at Bedgebury
The Zog trail closes this weekend at Bedgebury

Families looking to make the most of the first weekend of the new year and new decade and ahead of the children returning to school can catch both until January 5.

The Zog activity trail at Bedgebury in Goudhurst is a self-led interactive trail based on the popular story by Julia Donaldson about a loveable - if somewhat clumsy - dragon at Dragon School who is always striving to win a golden star. He learns essential dragon skills at school including flying, roaring, breathing fire and capturing princesses.

As part of the Forestry Commission trail, children can learn lessons just like Zog, including how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey. As well as winning gold stars along the walk, there will be panels which have a hidden image that children can find using a coloured lens, found inside their activity pack.

The self-led trail will take families around a section of Bedgebury Pinetum
The self-led trail will take families around a section of Bedgebury Pinetum

Visitors can buy the packs for £3 from the visitor centres/cafes and they also include a Zog mask, activity sheets, a pencil and stickers.

In November 2019 The Forestry Commission announced it was taking down the Zog trail at the start of January. The organisation, which is responsible for the site, says it will unveil in the spring what will replace the Zog trail but until then visiting families can enjoy spotting The Gruffalo sculptures which are dotted around the woodland.

At Knole in Sevenoaks staff are also getting ready to pack away the extremely popular exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Judith Kerr story The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

The exhibition is based on the popular story by Judith Kerr
The exhibition is based on the popular story by Judith Kerr

The exhibition has been at Knole since Saturday, November 9 and will close this Sunday (January 5).

Situated in Knole’s Orangery there is tiger-themed dressing-up and interactive play with a life-size tiger, tiger puzzles and colouring in games, a film for older children and adults about Judith Kerr's childhood and her experience of escaping Germany before the Second World War, the chance to see sketches and her original artwork and there is also an accompanying children's parkland trail around the deer park.

Whilst the exhibition is free to visit, normal admission charges to Knole do apply and details of those can be found here.

For more suggestions of things to do in Kent this weekend click here.

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