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Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to work alongside Jonny Duddle and find out more about how he began his varied illustration career and the steps of his creative process.
Celebrate your special day with us and enjoy crafts, storytelling, games and cake!
Click on the floors below or use your keyboard's up and down arrows to take a peek inside Seven Stories.
Parking is often busy so try the alternative places listed here
Our Studio is the perfect place for children and their grown-ups to draw, paint, write, make, doodle and build.
We believe that everyone can be creative. Be inspired by the work of authors and illustrators in our Collection and make your own masterpiece to take home.
Shiver me timbers - The Studio has been taken over by pirates! Release your inner pirate with a range of craft activities inspired by Jonny Duddle's The Pirate Cruncher Artist Residency. Design your own sea monster, dress up your own pirate in a weird and wacky costume and use props and costumes to make you feel more at home on the high seas.
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.
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 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.
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 - 3.30pm 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.
Feeling peckish? Check out what is on offer below.
Breakfast and Afternoon Menu
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.
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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.
Treat yourself to a coffee and a sweet treat in our new Bookshop Coffee Shop. A selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by the best of children’s literature.
Entry to the Bookshop and Coffee Shop is FREE.
Sensory Backpacks are available 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.
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.
Under 4s can enjoy creative, sensory play in the Story Station. Step inside and be whisked away to a world of stories together. 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. This is the perfect area to enjoy play with your little one and you will want to return again and again.
This special exhibition for our young visitors invites you to step straight into your favourite nursery rhymes, discovering how stories, song and rhyme are shared across generations across the world.
Supported by Frances Lincoln and Siobahn Dowd Trust.
Grab your duffle coat and your marmalade sandwiches and discover how Michael Bond's Paddington Bear has been brought to life by illustrators and animators over the decades. This exhibition explores the adventures of everyones favourite bear from Darkest Peru.
This space 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).
Our magical Attic is a place for imagination and wonder, where stories come to life.
Step into the shoes of your favoruite character and meet the authors and illustrators who make the books you love. Click here to see all of the events that you can enjoy this season.
We have brought the wizarding world to Seven Stories as we celebrate Jim Kay's stunning full colour editions of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Step straight into the streets of Diagon Alley - shop at Muligrubs and have your photo taken in front of Flourish and Blotts. The first in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be published in September 2015.
Shh! Shelby has a plan...he always has a plan.
Join intrepid story catcher Shelby S. Shrimpton for a journey through movement, sound and collecting! Using interactive performances and storytelling, a 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 slowly...one...two...three...GO!
This space is perfect for a dinner event, reception or presentation.
Half day (4 hours) £350
Full day £650
(Additional hours can be added at £100 per hour.)
For more information please contact Laura Barrett E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 0845 271 0777 ext 211
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