Situated in the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle, Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children's Books. We bring together original manuscripts & artwork from some of this country's best loved children's books. Seven Stories creates an ever changing story book landscape of exhibitions, activities & events for all ages, designed to inspire ideas of the imagination. To take you into the magical world of children's stories. How books are made, where they come from and how we can enjoy and share them. It's a great day out for the whole family!
Everyday is Story Time
We love sharing and telling stories - and the choices are endless! Every day our storytellers captivate young and old with tales from our favourite books (10.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm). We bring books to life through playful activities and exhibitions, displaying real artwork and manuscripts from famous children's authors and illustrators.
Join in with arts and craft activities and make your own special creations to take home with you.
We have a packed year round events programme for all ages - including visiting authors, illustrators, workshops, talks, performances and much more.
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Early opening on the first Saturday of the month to enable our autistic visitors some quiet time to enjoy the centre.
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm
Seven Stories Bookshop and Café are FREE entry.
Michael Morpurgo - A Lifetime in Stories until July 2017.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books introduces an exclusive exhibition drawn directly from Michael Morpurgo’s extensive archive donated to Seven Stories in 2015.
Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best loved story makers and this unique exhibition showcases, for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that became the classics we know today including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke's Kingdom and Farm Boy.
Explore the secrets behind Michael's storytelling through his original drafts, adaptations, scripts and unpublished manuscripts. With content rich in historical research, creativity and poignant prose, this exhibition explores the processes behind some of the most loved titles in modern children's books.
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Over the weekends and holidays there are always times when your children need some chill out time, or to fill an hour or so, or they say the dreaded 5 letter word - BORED! Well, our KidsZone is here to rescue you and them from these moments. Full of puzzles, colouring in sheets and activities from films and programmes there is lots to keep busy!