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Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children's Books. We select original artwork and manuscripts - from first scribbles to finshed books - to create our innovative exhibitions and popular events.

Seven Stories celebrates children's books. 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 there are thousands to choose from! 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 creative craft activities and make your own special creations to take home seven days a week.

Exciting Events 

We have a packed year round events programme for all ages - including visiting authors, illustrators, workshops, talks, performances and much more. Click here to download our Spring Event schedule.

Annual Pass 

An Annual Pass is great value, you can visit Seven Stories as many times as you like! Pass holders are the first to hear about special events and offers. Click here to find out more.

We need your help to bring the joy of reading to as many children as possible. Seven Stories is a charity - all the money we raise is used to save, celebrate and share the wonderful world of children's books.



Ink and Drink with Sara Ogilvie


Join us for an evening of serious colouring in!

February Half Term: Fairytale Fun

14/02 - 22/02/15

Meet your favourite characters from a host of fairy tales this February half term as we celebrate the Moving Stories exhibition.

Inside, Outside, Upside Down

01/02 - 15/03/15

Add your mark to Yasmeen Ismail's beautiful installation.

Meet The Gruffalo

01/02 - 01/04/15

To celebrate the end of his tour, The Gruffalo has hot footed it back to Seven Stories!

Story Time!

01/02 - 31/03/15

Everyone enjoys a good story!

Into the Woods with The Gruffalo and Friends


Follow us into the deep, dark woods and meet some favourite characters.

Family Film Screenings

03/02 - 05/02/15

Enjoy a family film together this Spring.

Little Story Explorers

03/02 - 05/02/15

Explore our galleries together

Brian Alderson Lecture Series: Ladybird Children's Books


Find out all about Ladybird Books to coincide with the publication of 'The Ladybird Story'

Angelina Ballerina StoryParty


Enjoy Angelina Ballerina stories, songs and games.

The Scarecrow's Wedding and Other Stories with Axel Scheffler *SOLD OUT*


Meet award-winning author and illustrator Axel Scheffler

Mixed - Up Fairy Tale Performance


Wander into the wood with the White Rabbit and meet some traditional characters doing some very un-traditional things!

Fickling Lecture with Ian McMillan


'My life and easy times - getting away with words' with Ian McMillan

Sing - a - Long Frozen Spectacular *SOLD OUT*


For the first time in forever enjoy a special sing-a-long screening of Frozen.

Northumbria University Drama and Applied Theatre students present: Lost and Found

19/02 - 20/02/15

Have you ever lost something? Or been intrigued by the sight of a lost glove?

Pixies and Princesses Workshop


Pixie dust and frying pans with Tinkerbell and Rapunzel.

Seven Stories is Closed


Seven Stories is closed today for Easter Sunday


Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen

From 05/04/2014

This exciting new exhibition showcases innovative and influential film and television adaptations inspired by children's books

Twists and Tails - the Story of Angelina Ballerina

From 19/07/2014

Perfect your pirouette and prance down to Seven Stories to discover the world of Angelina Ballerina.