Once There Was a Bear… story time

An illustration of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends sitting on the grass

Illustrations by Mark Burgess copyright © 2021 The Trustees of the Pooh Properties and The Estate of E.H.Shepard

Join Winnie-the-Pooh and friends

This half-term rediscover the world of Hundred Acre Wood with this very special book reading. 

26, 27, 29 October 

Free event in the Museum

Join Winnie-the-Pooh and friends on their adventures around the Museum with an exclusive book reading.

In honour of the 95th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, highly-talented author Jane Riordan has created Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear, a wonderful collection of stories following all your favourite characters.

Told in the style of A. A. Milne and decorated with beautiful illustrations by Mark Burgess in the style of E. H. Shepard, the book explores life before the Hundred Acre Wood.

In this free book reading Christopher Robin takes Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore on a day trip to the Natural History Museum where they meet some of its prehistoric creatures.

After the reading, you will have the chance to explore the Museum galleries to find the animals Pooh and friends encountered and purchase a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear in the Museum shop. 

  • Important information

    The event is for families but is suitable to all who love Winnie-the-Pooh.

    No tickets are required for this event. Spaces are on a first come, first serve allocation.

    Please book a general admission ticket to guarantee entry into the Museum.

    Please arrive for the scheduled start time. The event will begin promptly.

    The reading will take 10 minutes.

    Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

    This event is wheelchair accessible. Please make yourself known to a member of Museum staff for any assistance.

    The Museum reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the event as required, such as adjusting the locations, timings or the content of the activities.

Event dates
  • Flett Events Theatre

  • Free event

Bring home the bear

You can get your copy of Once There Was a Bear as well as other Winnie-the-Pooh goodies in the Museum shop

We are open!

Entry to the Museum remains free, but since we closed our doors we've been losing vital income. Donations will help us to continue welcoming visitors and connecting people to nature through inspiring stories and educational activities. 

So if you could help us with a donation - no matter the size - we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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