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Seven Stories will be closed all day for full staff training on Monday 6 June and will be closed all day Friday 1 July ahead of the public launch on Saturday 2 July for our new exhibition Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories.

Word Lab


We have brought the wizarding world to Seven Stories as we celebrate Jim Kay's stunning full colour edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Diagon Alley is a bustling backdrop to our enchanting Attic, where storytelling, author events and live shows take place. Visit Mulligrubs to pick up your groceries and explore the shelves of Flourish and Blotts to find your next favourite book. 

Shh! We Have a Plan Performance

Weekends only until May 2016 (excludes school holidays)

Shh! Shelby has a plan...he always has a plan.

Join intrepid Story Catcher Shelby S. Shrimpton for a ginormous journey through movement, sound and collecting, inspired by Chris Haughton's book Shh! We Have a Plan. Using interactive performances and storytelling, bird-loving Shelby will safely guide the whole family up mountains and over stormy seas before heading home for tea. 

Tip-toe slowly..tip-toe!

Hire the Attic

This enchanting space is perfect for a dinner event, reception or presentation. 

For more information click here or contact Laura Barrett E: or T: 0300 330 1095 ext 211



*Coming Soon* Edward Ardizzone: 80 Years of Little Tim Exhibition opens Saturday 30 April 2016

Be transported back to the glory days of the classic British seaside town in this exhibition commemorating the prestigious illustrator's Little Tim series.  The exhibition includes some previously unseen original material from the Seven Stories Collection. 

For more information - follow the link.

The Gillian Dickinson Learning Space

This space is perfect for training, larger meetings and networking sessions. Click here for more information about venue hire.



Coffee Shop

Rhyme Around the World - A Nursery Rhyme Exhibition

Robert Westall Gallery

Rhyme Around the World is a celebration of much-loved ditties and rhymes shared across generations around the world. This exhibition is rich with sensory play and packed with beautiful artwork. It is a rare opportunity to enjoy Harold Jones' illustrations from the classic Lavender's Blue published in 1954, and enjoy the artwork of well known, international and rising star illustrators, all commissioned to contribute to
Over the Hills and Far Away - A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World compiled by Seven Stories co-founder, Elizabeth Hammill. 

This is a delightful exhibition for all the family where dressing up, singing and remembering your favourite rhyme are essential activities for everyone.

Supported by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, part of the Quarto Publishing Group UK and the Siobhan Dowd Trust.

360° Gallery: Rhyme Around the World – A Nursery Rhyme Exhibition 

Take a virtual tour to familiarise yourself and your family with our Rhyme Around the World Exhibition before you arrive courtesy of Visual360


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Story Station

Painting with Rainbows - A Michael Foreman Exhibition

Sebastian Walker Gallery

Michael Foreman's books have been enjoyed by generations of children. This exhibition uses Michael's storytelling and beautiful illustrations to ask us to imagine a world without conflict, how we can protect our environment and celebrate the importance of friendship.

Be inspired by his classic books including War Boy and Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish.

Supported by Andersen Press, Templar Publishing, Pavilion Books and the Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust.

*Coming soon* Michael Morpurgo exhibition will launch on Saturday 2nd July 2016. Click here for more information

Story Station

Under 4s can enjoy creative, sensory play in the Story Station. Explore seven of your favourite books, with the help of sensory boxes full of texture, sound and colour. Curl up and share a story together in our Snug or experience a new book through multi-sensory play. Take the train from Story Station with the return of our handcrafted, wooden train set.


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Seven Stories is the National home for children's books and the only place of its kind in the UK.

Seven Stories' unique exhibitions, lively events and playful activities bring children's books to life - every day for everyone. We want to give you the best possible visitor experience. If you or any member of your group needs support to enjoy your visit, please ask a member of our staff.

We support children and young people working towards their Arts Award through dynamic workshops, events and programming.

Click here to see Seven Stories' Opening Times and Prices.


*The Bookshop and Coffee Shop will close early on Wednesday 11 May at 3pm.*

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. We have a wide range and choice, from baby and toddler to young adult. Our expert staff are on hand to offer great book buying advice, whether you are buying for the most reluctant reader or are seeking a unique gift for a booklover. 

Bookshop Coffeeshop

Our Bookshop Coffeeshop is a great place to linger with a coffee and slice of homemade cake. Delicious hot and cold food is served in our lovely riverside, family friendly Café on level 2.

Entry to the Bookshop and Coffeeshop is FREE.

Sensory Backpacks

Sensory Backpacks are available to borrow for a £10 refundable deposit at Reception. These multi-sensory bags will enhance your gallery experience and give you further ideas on how to explore and engage with stories together. Find out more.


2The Gillian Dickinson Gallery and Learning Space


Put your feet up and relax in our family-friendly cafe with a riverside view. Tuck into 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 views of the Ouseburn and its wildlife this is the perfect place to refuel during your visit.

Did you know that our Victorian mill was built in the 1870s and is a listed building? There are still many original features including the cast iron pillars and wooden beams.

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 – 4.30pm Saturdays

10am - 3pm Sundays and Bank Holidays

Monday-Friday from 2.30pm, hot drinks and snacks are available in our Bookshop Coffee Shop 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.

Take a peek at our Breakfast Menu, Grown Up Menu and Children's Menu here.

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.

Don't forget, our packed lunch space is available in the Word Lab on Level 1.



The Studio

Our Studio is the perfect place for children and their grown-ups to draw, paint, write, make, doodle and build.

Making, doing and tinkering is essential in helping us to experiment, learn and have new ideas.  Seven Stories Studio is the perfect place for artists, budding writers and creative thinkers to explore, imagine, be inspired and have fun.  

We love to welcome artists, illustrators and authors to Takeover our Studio - check out our What’s On calendar for all our themed weeks and weekends.

Word Lab

Visitors can enjoy a picnic in our Word Lab on Level 1 which is available on weekdays during term time between 1.30-3.30pm and from
10am-2pm at weekends and during holidays.

Did you know that Seven Stories is home to an amazing archive? Every writer has their own way of shaping ideas into stories, as you can see on the walls of our Word Lab. These manuscripts come from the Seven Stories Collection, saved for the nation and kept here on Tyneside.

Please Note: The Studio is open from 1.30pm on weekdays during term time so that school groups can enjoy the space in the morning. but don't worry, our creative craft activities are always available elsewhere in the building.