There are all sorts of exciting and inspiring events running at Seven Stories over the coming months, with themed breakfast, afternoon tea, stories and activities – from Hogwarts to Narnia, Peppa Pig to Pancake Day and much more!
Seven Stories is dedicated to the art of children’s books and the creativity they inspire. The National Centre for Children’s Books is based in a seven-storey listed building in the popular Ouseburn area of Newcastle. Make sure to explore the free exhibitions on level 4 when you visit, which include Enid Blyton’s typewriter, The Gruffalo, Mog, and many more brilliant books and characters, as well as the bookshop and coffee shop.
Once There Was Magic Open Weekends 10am & 4pm, on Level 5 £9.50 per person, book here In this interactive hour-long experience, you and your bubble will be guided through the Wild Woods (from the fabulous Cressida Cowell Wizards of Once novels) by one of our Story Catcher wizards; journeying through ‘fiery’ portals featuring magical worlds from some of our most loved authors including Narnia, Discworld and Hogwarts. Each ‘world’ includes original artwork, manuscripts and other glimpses into the making of these stories, as well as a fun puzzle and special effects for the whole family. Solve the challenge and you can move on to the next portal with your wizarding guide…
Shifter Of Shapes Everyday during term time 10am & 4pm, on Level 6 £6.50 per person, book here The Lost Spells is a moving, joyful treasure of a book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, creators of The Lost Words. Our immersive exhibition experience invites visitors to step into nature, witnessing its power to amaze, console and bring joy.
Super Story Explorers Outer Space: 14th Feb, 14th March, 4th April 2022 Under the Sea: 28th Feb, 21st March 2022 Jungle: 7th Feb, 7th March, 28th March 2022 11am, in the Attic £7.50 per person, book here This is running as part of “Early Years Mondays” and is one of a series of workshops that will alternate with each other. The themes in this series are; Space, Jungle, and Under the Sea. Each offer will run every third Monday in term time only. Our Super Story Explorer offer is designed to be shared by both child and their adult, with the adult supporting the interaction facilitated by the Story Catcher. There are a range of activities to stimulate imaginative play that meet the needs and stages of development of the participants. With two picture books at the heart of the offer, children and their adults explore the worlds of Outer Space, Under the Sea, or the Jungle.
Afternoon Tea In Wonderland 12th & 13th Feb 2022 3pm – 4pm, in the Cafe £15.50 per person, book here Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s iconic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with delicious children’s afternoon tea. Tuck into scrumptious sandwiches, scone and clotted cream, frosted red velvet cupcakes, Queen of Hearts mini jam tarts and melt in your mouth “Eat me” shortbread biscuits. To finish off the tea party you’ll be joined by a Wonderland guest for some storytime fun and games. You won’t want to be late for this important date!
Breakfast with Peppa 17th and 18th Feb 2022 9-10am, in the Cafe £10.50 per person, book here Skip the washing up and join us for a family breakfast with Peppa Pig. Tuck into a warming brekkie and enjoy storytime with the VIP (Very Important Pig!) herself.
Adventure Through Time 24th & 25th Feb 2022 11am & 2pm, in the Attic £7.50 per person, book here Our Story Catchers have snuck up into the Attic and found an unusual suitcase that holds a lifetime of memories and adventure, and they want you to share the journey. This half term, join us for an interactive story time theatre performance inspired by the life and stories of Judith Kerr.
Mog the Forgetful Cat and Friends 21st, 22nd & 23rd Feb 2022 11am & 2pm, in the Attic £7.50 per person, book here This half term we are celebrating the wonderful world of Judith Kerr. Join us for a storytime adventure with Mog the Cat who is very, very forgetful. Help Mog and her friends to remember and join in with activities to get you moving. This offer is recommended for pre-school children and their grownups who love to share great books.
Breakfast with the Tiger 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th Feb 2022 9:30am – 10:30am, in the Cafe £10.50 per person, book here Eating tea isn’t enough for Tiger, he wants to have breakfast too and he’d love to share it with you. Fall out of bed and head to Seven Stories for a grrrreat morning meal complete with craft activity and tigertastic story time.
Afternoon Tea with the Tiger 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th of Feb 2022 9:30am – 10:30am, in the Cafe £15.50 per person, book here Ding Dong! Who’s at the door? It couldn’t be a tiger looking for his tea? Prowl up to our attic for a delicious spread of sandwiches, cake, scones and drinks fit for hungry tigers. Adult and child menus are available. There’s a chance to get crafty with a themed activity, ice a tasty biscuit and enjoy a story time with one of our grrreat Story Catchers.
Pancake Day Party Breakfast 1st and 2nd March 2022 9.30am – 10.30am, in the Cafe £10.50 per person, book here Skip the trouble of making pancakes this year and come to Seven Stories to celebrate pancake day 2022! Enjoy a stack with a variety of toppings whilst listening to some pancake stories from our very own story catcher chef. It’s sure to be flip-tastic!