This Summer, Seven Stories is teaming up with a number of venues in the Ouseburn Valley to host a summer of fun and creativity for children and their families. Visitors can engage in life drawing, exploring, outdoor performance and storytelling at not only Seven Stories, but other venues in the Ouseburn Valley, including Ouseburn Farm.

Visiting companies and artists include children’s illustrator Morag Hood, Manic Chord Theatre, and performers Brooke Conway and Hannah Mathieson.

Our first activity of the summer is Farm Life Drawing at Ouseburn Farm. Taking place on Wednesday 24th July, Wednesday 31st July and Wednesday 7th August, children aged 4+ are invited to come along to Ouseburn Farm and have a go at drawing some of their animals. They will also be given the chance to see some real life farmyard illustrations direct from the Seven Stories archive, the perfect inspiration for their own masterpiece.

The very next day, we host the first of our We’re Going on a Bear Hunt tours To celebrate 30 years of the much-loved story by Michael Rosen, children and their families can join us on a multi-sensory adventure in search for bears. After the adventure, visitors can join us in our bookshop for a reading of the classic story.

On Saturday 27th July, we will be joined by adventure tellers Brooke Conway and Hannah Mathieson for The Enchanted Forest Adventure. The duo will perform and delight children in an interactive action-packed adventure through an enchanted forest where a miserable witch has been up to mischief. Can we save Bottom and his fairy tale friends from the witch's spells before Big Ben chimes midnight or will we be trapped in the enchanted forest forever?

We will then be joined by Leeds based theatre company Manic Chord Theatre for their outdoor performance of The Unknown on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August. The Unknown is an 80’s inspired extra-terrestrial outdoor adventure guaranteed to be truly out of this world! Amber, a tech savvy teen and her rather more traditional grandmother, Dawn are onto something supernatural. With fellow members of the 'Society for Speculation,' (that’s YOU, the audience) can the daring duo get to the bottom of these gravitational goings on?

Finally, on Wednesday 14th August, we will be joined by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Morag Hood for Drawing Brenda is a Sheep. Morag will talk about her brand new book Brenda is a Sheep and introduce visitors to all story book friends from bats, aardvarks to stubborn puffins in a fun hands-on creative storytelling and interactive drawing event where you will be able to draw real-life sheep. This event will take place at Ouseburn Farm, then visitors are welcome to join us in our bookshop for a book signing.

Watch out for our team of Story Catchers who will be out and about in the Ouseburn over the summer on sunny days, delivering pop-up activity!  That's right, our team of Story Catchers are ready and waiting to head out of Seven Stories HQ and into Ouseburn Valley throughout the summer holidays to bring you plenty of storytelling fun! From impromptu story time, craft activities and even a few free family tickets for lucky families you'll be pleased you made the trip to the Ouseburn!