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Sun & Bank Hols: 10am–4pm
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!
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Parking is often busy so try the alternative places listed here
Make something special to remember your visit in our make and do zone - packed with arts and crafts fun.
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:
11:30am – 2:30pm Monday – Friday (during term time only)
10am – 4pm Saturdays
10am - 3pm Sundays and Bank Holidays
Monday-Friday from 2.30pm, hot drinks and snacks are available in our Bookshop on Level 3.
The afternoon menu of hot drinks, cold snacks and delicious cakes are available from 2.30pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
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.
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 2015
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.
Storylab Studio is perfect for training, larger meetings and networking sessions.
Half day £160 Full day £280 £45 per hour
Access to our exhibitions is included in whole building hire but can also be added to other hire agreements at £100 for access to both galleries for your whole party.
If you’re looking for something different to entertain your guests we can also arrange white glove handling sessions. This is a rare chance to see some of the treasures from our extensive collection up close. This is priced at £150 per event (maximum 25 people per session, multiple sessions can be delivered for larger parties at the same price).
Table and chair dressing are not included in our room hire rates but we will happily arrange this for you with our regular provider at a competitive price.
Please note that all prices for venue hire and event enhancements (exhibition access/white glove sessions) are quoted exclusive of VAT.
Let your imagination run wild by dressing up as your favourite story time characters and even meet The Gruffalo!
Every Saturday and Sunday • 11.30am • All the family
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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