Once Upon a February Half Term lived a host of Fairy Tale characters…

There is something for everyone this Spring at Seven Stories as the National Centre unveils a new season of events for all the family including a packed February Half Term of fairy tale magic and a visit from the award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler.

Seven Stories will come to life with a sprinkle of magic and all your favourite characters from a host of fairy tales this February Half Term.  Drop in to the centre to take part in creative activities before taking part in interactive story times based on our top fairy tales from Saturday 14 – Sunday 22 February 2015.  Have your photo taken with some of the most-loved fairy tale princesses and characters including Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Shrek and the ice queen who will be waiting to greet visitors in the Seven Stories Bookshop.  Children are invited to come dressed up as a character from their favourite fairy tale or why not mix up more than one character to create a magical mash up for a chance to win a special prize?  Daily showings of Seven Stories’ Mixed Up Fairy Tale Performance continue the magic in the Artist’s Attic as audiences must save the day by coming up with the Best Story Ever! (11.30am, Saturday 14-Sunday 22 February. Free event but admission to the centre still applies).  

Sing-a-Long Frozen Spectacular returns this February Half Term after a hugely successful programme this winter. All the family are invited to warm up their frosty vocal chords and enjoy a special sing-a-long screening in our warm and cosy Artist’s Attic joined by a very special guest from Let it Snow Productions. Whether it is snowing or not you can make your own snowman to take home and enjoy Frozen themed drinks and snacks. Friday 20 February, 3.30-5.30pm. Booking essential. £5 per person no additional admission fee required if arrive after 3pm and for the event only

Have you ever lost something? Or been intrigued by the sight of a lost glove? Seven Stories is thrilled to welcome back Northumbria University Drama and Applied Theatre students as they bring to life the National Centre with stories of Lost and Found on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 February, 12-5pm. (Free event, no booking required. Admission fee to the centre applies). We need your help to find misplaced marbles, forgotten toys and a lost penguin as visitors are encouraged to take part in funny, interactive performances and pop up theatre all around the building. Students from BA Drama and Applied Theatre specialise in creating theatre for and with specific audiences in community settings. Building on a four year partnership with Seven Stories, this year the work is based on two award-winning books from the Moving Stories exhibition - Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan.  

Have you ever wondered what happens at a Scarecrow’s Wedding?  Join award-winning author and illustrator Axel Scheffler for storytelling, live drawing and the chance to ask questions about his brand new collaboration with Julia Donaldson, The Scarecrow’s Wedding and Other Stories (Saturday 7 February, 11am. Booking essential. £5 per person in addition to admission fee. Events tickets redeemable against any Axel Scheffler title in the Seven Stories Bookshop, no change given. Ticket must be presented at the till (only valid on Saturday 7 February). Seven Stories is delighted to welcome back Axel Scheffler who is the best-selling illustrator of many favourite children’s picture books, including the award-winning The Gruffalo. Axel’s event will be followed by a public book signing in the Seven Stories Bookshop at 12.15pm. 

Rising star Yasmeen Ismail’s jungle installation continues with a chance for visitors to be inspired by the award-winning author-illustrator’s best-selling books Spec for Rex and Time for Bed Fred.  Swish and sway through the colourful vines of the jungle and make a pair of Specs just like Rex before tucking up Fred the dog in bed whilst reading him a story.

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Media Contact:

Hannah Lambert, Programming and Marketing Assistant

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books

30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

E: hannah.lambert@sevenstories.org.uk 


Notes to Editor:

1.         Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books based in Newcastle. Their aim is to save, celebrate and share artwork and manuscripts, from first scribbles to finished books, to create their innovative programme of exhibitions and events. 

2. For more information about the Meet and Greet timetable, click here.