TOWER BRIDGE LAUNCHES THIRD TOWER BRIDGE CAT BOOK WITH BRAND NEW FAMILY ACTIVITY TRAIL, AND YOU CAN BRING YOUR CAT!
- London’s defining landmark Tower Bridge is back with a third instalment to its award-winning children’s book series, ‘The Tower Bridge Cat’ – and this time there’s a real-life activity to go with it!The Tower Bridge Cat & the Missing Button sees Bella the Tower Bridge Cat go on a mission to find the shiny silver button that opens and closes Tower Bridge. But she discovers other buttons have disappeared at Tower Bridge along the way. Can Bella solve the mystery in time to allow the Lord Mayor’s parade to pass through?
- The book will officially launch at Tower Bridge on 2 April, including book readings, signings, and the chance for families to experience the new Tower Bridge Cat Book Trail, running throughout the Easter holidays.
- Review the book and comp tickets: press and blogger requests to receive a copy of the book for review, or attend the launch event should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fictional feline friend residing in London favourite’s landmark, Bella the Tower Bridge Cat, returns as the star in a new adventure storybook set at Tower Bridge. Bring the story to life with the cat-acular book launch on Saturday 2 April, and the Tower Bridge Cat Book Trail running throughout Easter – open to all.
Discover the story: The Tower Bridge Cat & the Missing Button
The Tower Bridge Cat & the Missing Button is the third installment in the award-winning children’s Tower Bridge Cat book series, written by Tee Dobinson and illustrated by Steve Cox.
Buttons are disappearing all over London including the shiny silver one that opens and closes Tower Bridge. With the Lord Mayor's Show about to start and the Bridge stuck open, can Bella solve the mystery of the missing button before it's too late?
The tale is ideal for primary school children, or as a bedtime story for younger children.
Fans may be fur-miliar with Bella from The Tower Bridge Cat, which sees the furry Londoner caught in an adventure inspired by the true story of a bus jumping over Tower Bridge in 1952. Or, the second instalment, The Tower Bridge Cat and the Baby Whale, which sees Bella return to save a baby whale stuck under the Bridge with the help of her pilot friend, Maya the Flyer.
Join the Book Launch at Tower Bridge – 2 April
The Tower Bridge Cat & the Missing Button will officially launch at Tower Bridge on Saturday 2 April from 10am – 5pm. Children can become Bella’s apprentice and learn all about opening Tower Bridge.
Cat-tastic activities are included in the standard Tower Bridge ticket, and include:
- The new Tower Bridge Cat Trail and Apprentice Training Record
- Book readings and signings with the author on the hour from 11am until 4pm
- Complimentary cat face painting
- Meet the book characters - brought to life with live actors
- Photo opportunities and books signings with the author and illustrator
- Complimentary biodegradable balloons
- Tower Bridge Cat newspaper special edition and cat stickers with any book purchase
- Special offers: Buy two books for £12 and three books for £18
Experience The Tower Bridge Cat Book Trail – throughout April
Launching Saturday 2 April and running throughout the month, join Bella the Tower Bridge Cat and the characters from the award-winning books as you make your way through Tower Bridge.
Through ‘pop up’ graphic installations, meet The Bridge Master and Bella’s team – Hannah the Cook, Poppy the Painter and Stan the Stoker, along with the identical twins, Eddie the Engineer and Olly the Oiler, who will all help answer key questions about how and when Tower Bridge lifts.
Stamp the answers in your Training Record, pass your Apprenticeship and become part of Bella’s Tower Bridge Team.
Good luck Apprentices!
Suitable for ages 4+. Adults: £11.40; Children aged 5 to 15: £5.70; Under 5s and cats go free!
Book tickets, purchase the book, and learn more at: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/discover/tower-bridge-cat
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Standard Entry prices for Tower Bridge from 1 April:
- Adults: £11.40
- Children aged 5 to 15: £5.70
- Concessions: £8.60
- Family tickets from £19.38*
- Under 5s: free
- Companions: free
- Local Community Ticket: £1**
* Buy between 3 and 9 individual Adult and Child tickets (where at least one is an Adult ticket and one is a Child ticket) to qualify for a 15% family discount.
** For residents of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and the City of London.
- Tower Bridge was the creation of architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry. It took eight years to complete and was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
- In 1982 Tower Bridge opened to the public for the first time since 1910 with a permanent exhibition inside. Since then, visitor number have grown annually with approx. 850,000 visiting in 2019, which was the 125thanniversary since the opening back in 1894.
- Tower Bridge opening hours vary so please check the website for the latest update.
- The Tower Bridge Community Ticket invites residents of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and the City of London to visit for £1 only.
- The nearest underground stations are London Bridge or Tower Hill
- Visit the iconic Glass Floor on the high-level Walkways, which gives visitors a unique perspective of London 42 metres above the Thames. Visitors are able to tread on the glass floor panels whilst traffic passes beneath their feet. It can withstand the weight equivalent to one elephant or two London Black Cabs.
- Tower Bridge has been a Family Arts Standards holder since early 2020. We pledge to provide a high-quality offer for families, including facilities and programming. Family activity days take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month and on Tuesdays during school holidays. Activities run from 10am until 4pm, are free with admission.
- Family Trail (App or Booklet): You can download the app or pick up an Explorer Trail booklet when you arrive. Both are designed for families to work together to unearth amazing stories from the Bridge's history. From instructions on how to build your very own paper boat to a game of eye-spy using the panoramic views of London from the high-level Walkways.
- Family activities online Families can have fun at home exploring our online resources. Learn how to make a stop motion animation film, discover the language of semaphore or just enjoy some relaxing colouring in, there are activities suitable for all!
- Tower Bridge is London’s defining landmark and is a proud supporter of the City Bridge Trust, generating over £6m a year, which goes towards helping charitable causes across London.
- Tower Bridge is one of only 20 UK visitor attractions to receive the Visit England Gold Attractions Accolade in both 2018 and 2019. The accolade recognises quality visitor experiences on offer and is awarded to attractions that go the extra mile to provide a high-quality day out.
- The City Corporation, which owns and manages Tower Bridge, is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year. The City of London Corporation is a core partner of Culture Mile, a home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital. https://www.culturemile.london/
- The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
About the Tower Bridge Cat Books
The new book ‘The Tower Bridge Cat and the Missing Button’ is released on sale from 1 March. This is the third book in the Tower Bridge Cat (Bella) series written by local author Tee Dobinson and illustrated by Steve Cox. The first book won Best Children’s Publication at Association of Cultural Enterprises Awards in 2019 and the first two books were joint winners of the GOLD Award for Kids Fiction, WGTD Awards 2020