With only one week to go until we open our doors again after 12 weeks of refurbishment (we will be welcoming guests to launches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before we officially open to the public on Sunday 19 July) we thought this was the perfect opportunity to give you a sneaky peak of what has been going on.

Watch Out! A sea monster has been spotted in the Ouseburn...

We hope these pirates can save the day!

Our Exhibitions Assistant keeps a watch for land from the window of our Jane Ray boat in the new Rhyme Around the World exhibition.

A whopping 1 MILE of fairy lights has been hung in The Attic.

While flying books have been spotted in Reception.

Gnomes Textile Design has been on hand to install trees for dinosaurs to live under in Painting with Rainbows - A Michael Foreman Exhibition.

But don't worry, even after all this hard work, we are all still friends! So What's New? You can read all about our three new exhibitions here, but that's not all that's changed










The Story Station Under 4s are invited to step aboard the Story Station on Level 4 and be whisked away to a world of stories. 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 together through multi-sensory play. This is the perfect area to enjoy time with your little one at Seven Stories and to return to again and again. The Studio The Studio is the perfect place for children and grown-ups to draw, paint, write, make, doodle and build. Shiver me timbers - this season it has been taken over by pirates! Release your inner pirate with a range of craft activities inspired by Jonny Duddle's The Pirate Cruncher. Shh! We Have a Plan Performance











Join our Story Catchers for a brand new fun and interactive performance in the Attic every day at 11am and 2pm. 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 performance 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 slowly...one...two...three...GO! Getting Your Fill We have listened to your feedback over the years and worked with our Grade II listed building to create a designated packed lunch space on Level 1. This space will be available on weekend and during holiday time between 11am and 2pm. You can also enjoy hot and cold drinks and snacks in our newly refurbished Book & Coffee Shop on Level 3. More at the Core of Seven Stories Daily core programming specifically tailored for Under 4s will engage your little book worms with our new exhibitions, introduce them to their next favourite book and build passion and confidence for both you and your child to share stories together. Take part in daily story times and pick up a sensory back pack at Reception to enjoy imaginative, multi-sensory resources. These unique back packs use textures, colour and innovative tools to help you experience our exhibitions in a whole new way.

We have one more surprise that we are keeping under our hat until next week - make friends with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@7stories) to be the first to find out!