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Over the Hills and Far Away is a stunning collection of 150 rhymes from countries all over the English-speaking world compiled by Elizabeth Hammill
Celebrate your special day with us and enjoy crafts, storytelling, games and cake!
Special award for young, talented writers The Cuckoo Young Writers award is part of the Northern Writers' Awards and is open to budding new writers aged 12-19. You have until Monday 2 February 2015 to get your submission of prose, poetry, creative non-fiction or flash fiction to the judge, novelist Rachel Cooke.The Cuckoo Young Writers Awardwww.northernwritersawards.comThis award, worth £300, is for a young writer aged 14-18 years old who is writing poetry, prose or creative non-fiction. The award is funded by a group of private donors.
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Jump straight into the pages of your favourite books with creative craft activities that the whole family can join in with. From crafty collage to BIG pictures, marvellous model making and more, there is always something new to create and take home.
All drop-in activities are included in your admission fee and change on a weekly basis, check out our ‘What’s On’ calendar for all our themed weeks and weekends.
The Creation Station is often used by school groups during term time, but don't worry, our creative craft activities are always available elsewhere in the building.
Put your feet up and relax in our family-friendly cafe with a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, wraps and soups as well as a delicious range of cakes and buns. Entry to the café is FREE and with stunning views of the Ouseburn and its wildlife this is the perfect place to refuel during your visit.
Baby facilities are available including high chairs, buggy park, a microwave to warm baby food and access to baby change facilities.
Our café is open from 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday and 10am – 3pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The afternoon menu is available from 2.30pm Monday - Saturday, 2pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays, serving a selection of hot drinks, cold snacks and delicious cakes.
Please Note: We politely request that you do not consume your own food or drink in the Seven Stories Cafe or anywhere else in the building.
Yes, that's right; you enter Seven Stories on Level 3! The centre used to be a Victorian mill and we have tried to keep as much of the original architecture as possible. From levels 1, 2 and 3 you have beautiful views of the Ouseburn River.
We're very proud of our Independent Bookshop, which has been recognised by the Booksellers’ Association as one of the biggest and best independent children's bookshops in the country. Our staff are passionate about children's books, and are only too willing to help you with any book-buying decisions you need to make.
Grab a Sensory Explorer Bag from reception and get ready to explore Moving Stories with sounds, smells and textures. Five bags are available, choose from Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo, Mr Stink, Peter Pan and Cinderella. Sensory Explorer Bags are available on a first come first served basis, please call 0845 271 0777 ext 300 to reserve a bag during busy periods. A £10 cash deposit is required when checking out our Sensory Explorer bags. During busy periods a time slot may be issued.
Fairy Tales - Cinderella, Snow White and Shrek
Journey of Adventure - Hugo, Lost and Found and Peter Pan!
Developed in partnership with National Media Museum in Bradford, this exciting new exhibition will showcase innovative and influential film and television adaptations inspired by children's books. All areas of the exhibition will focus on different aspects of storytelling and plots and featured stories include Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo and The Borrowers as well as fairy tales including Snow White, Cinderella and Shrek.
Like all Seven Stories exhibitions, Moving Stories is playful and interactive, inviting visitors to step into the worlds of film and storyon show - ride in Cinderella’scarriage,enjoy stunning original illustrations of Snow White and mix-up your favourite fairy tales to create some hilarious new stories. Pick up a Story Starter Card and engage with this exhibition in a whole new way; dress up, act out your favourite scenes and more!
New Activities for Under 5s!
Your feedback has told us that you would to see more for babies and toddlers in Moving Stories and we have listened! Come down and enjoy sensory play with puppets, games and interactive spaces. Why not curl up on the grass with Snow White and her animal friends?
Sensory Explorer Bags
You don't have to only use your eyes to enjoy our art work! Grab a Sensory Explorer Bag from reception and get ready to explore Moving Stories with sounds, smells and textures. Five bags are available, choose from Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo, Mr Stink, Peter Pan and Cinderella. Sensory Explorer Bags are available on a first come first served basis, please call 0845 271 0777 ext 300 to reserve a bag during busy periods.
The Bookden is currently showcasing Diverse Voices: Stories of Home; an exhibition showcasing our project and partnership work over the summer in conjunction with The Reader Organisation, Discover London, New Writing North and Gem Arts, inspired by the Top 50 Books celebrating Cultural Diversity in Children's Books.
Choo-Choo! We love our new train set which was funded by our 7th Birthday fundraising campaign. Find it in the Bookden along with stories about all your favourite steam-engines.
The Bookden is also the home of our popular Birthday Parties. Choose from 5 different themes, including Under the Sea, Damsels and Dragons and A Walk on the Dark Side.
Worlds of Fantasy - Alice in Wonderland, The Lost Thing and Howl's Moving Castle
Overcoming the Monster - The Gruffalo, Coraline and Fantastic Mr Fox
Friends and Family - Charlie and Lola, Mr Stink and The Borrowers
Like all Seven Stories exhibitions, Moving Stories is playful and interactive, inviting visitors to step into the worlds of film and story on show - ride in Cinderella’s carriage, enjoy stunning original illustrations of Snow White and mix-up your favourite fairy tales to create some hilarious new stories. Pick up a Story Starter Card and engage with this exhibition in a whole new way; dress up, act out your favourite scenes and more!
Until April 2014
Perfect your pirouette and prance down to Seven Stories to discover the world of Angelina Ballerina.
Celebrate Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig’s best–selling series. Twists and Tails showcases manuscripts and illustrations from our newly acquired Angelina Ballerina Collection which Katharine and Helen donated in 2012 / 13.
Explore the relationship between author, illustrator and publisher during the creation of a picture book series and discover the intricate process behind bringing Angelina Ballerina and the other residents of Mouseland to life.
Dress up as Angelina, practice your ‘first position’ in our Mouseland Mirror and join in with interactive activities based on this classic family series.
Exclusive Angelina Ballerina *SIGNED* print available HERE
We love stories and we bet you do too! Join in with daily storytimes in the Artist’s Attic at 11.30am and 2pm to hear some of your favourite stories and discover the best new picture books. Packed with plenty of chances to join in, our story times are fun for all the family.
You never know who you might meet in the attic, from storybook characters The Gruffalo and Maisy Mouse to inspiring authors including Jacqueline Wilson and David Almond. We host lots of special events with your favourite authors, illustrators and characters throughout the year. Check our What’s On page for details.
At the moment, the Attic has been transformed into a scene inspired by Oliver Jeffers' The Incredible Book Eating Boy! Oliver became an artist in residency during 2010 October Half Term and has suspended hundreds of books from our attic beams and included all of your self portraits!
Everyday from Monday 17 March - Thursday 3 April • 11.15am
Every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 5 April • 11.30am & 2pm during term time
Daily during holiday periods
We all know what our favourite characters get up to in their own stories, but how about when they pop out of their own pages and into someone else's? Wander into the deep, dark woods with the White Rabbit and meet some traditional characters doing some distinctly un-traditional things in this exciting new, interactive performance inspired by our new exhibition; Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen.
Free event, no booking required. Admission fee to the centre applies.
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