Head Into the Woods at Kirkley Hall and you’re sure of a storytelling surprise

Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books continues its successful On the Road programme by joining forces with The Children’s Foundation Family Fun Day and a visit to Kirkley Hall on Sunday 28 June, 11am-4pm.  Families will adventure deep into the woods surrounding Kirkley Hall to discover lively storytelling and activities as Seven Stories wishes The Children's Foundation a very happy 25th anniversary.   Little Red needs help with creating the Best Story Ever Told when Seven Stories’ popular Mixed Up Fairy Tale performance finds its way to the woods of Kirkley Hall.  Families will also have chance to make their own animal mask to take home and settle down with their favourite stories surrounded by beautiful woodland….and who knows who might be waiting in the woods!

The free event organised by The Children’s Foundation is to celebrate 25 years working to create happy, healthy and safe lives for children and young people across the North East and Cumbria. Visitors to the Fun Day will have a packed programme of organised events to enjoy including Lawn games, face painting, treasure hunt and a 120m zip wire.                                                                    

Libby Nolan, Fundraising Manager at The Children’s Foundation says, “It’s great to be able to celebrate our 25 year anniversary with families who have supported us along the years. Without their help we wouldn’t be able to reach as many children and young people as we do. We’re grateful to Seven Stories for being a part of this event and are looking forward to their performances.”

The events at Kirkley Hall form part of Seven Stories’ On the Road programme which will draw to a close in July and has so far reached over 1500 people from Sunderland to Jesmond, Durham to Cullercoats. The National Centre took its passion for reading, expert storytelling and creative flair On the Road whilst its Visitor Centre is currently closed for refurbishment work. 

Programme and Marketing Manager at Seven Stories, Kathryn Row says, “The On the Road programme has been a brilliant way to introduce Seven Stories to a wider audience and build excitement for when we reopen this summer.  We have met many new families as well as enjoyed listening to loyal visitors share their memories of Seven Stories. We are delighted to take part in The Children’s Foundation Family Fun Day and celebrate with them such an impressive milestone. ” 

Those who can’t wait to see the fabulously refurbished National Centre have been offered the chance to attend an exclusive pre-launch day on Saturday 18 July 2015.  The lucky 100 families will be treated to a sneak peek of Seven Stories’ brand new exhibitions; Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition, Rhyme Around the World and A Bear Called Paddington and be the first to enjoy the brand-new Seven Stories experience.

The refurbishment is part of celebrations for Seven Stories’ 10th Birthday. Donations can be made to the 10th Birthday Appeal to help Seven Stories continue to save, celebrate and share the unique world of children’s books for future generations. 



Media Contact

For images, quotes or interviews please contact:

Hannah Lambert, Programming and Marketing Assistant

Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle. NE1 2PQ.

T: 0845 271 0777 ext. 223

E: hannah.lambert@sevenstories.org.uk


Notes to Editor:

  1. Seven Stories is a charity which relies on donations to help deliver all of the extraordinary activities for which they are recognised.  Public donations will help Seven Stories to build their unique Collection, bring it to life through a lively arts programme and broaden engagement through their learning, outreach and community work.  To donate to the Seven Stories’ 10th Birthday Appeal, please follow this link: http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/get-involved/donate/your-details?value=other or Text READ07 followed by £amount to 07070.

  2. Follow Seven Stories even while they are closed by reading their 10 Years of Seven Stories Blog https://sevenstories10years.wordpress.com/

  3. To register interest for exclusive launch event, emailreception@sevenstories.org.uk detailing why you love Seven Stories!  Include a main contact name, email address and phone number along with how many adults and children in your party (maximum of 5 tickets per winner) and 100 lucky families will be chosen to celebrate the re-launch.

  4. The Children’s Foundation recognise that children and young people living in the North East still have some of the poorest health in the UK. For over twenty years, The Children’s Foundation has been committed to allowing all children in our region the opportunity for a happy, healthy and safe life.  For more information about the charity – visit their website www.thechildrensfoundation.co.uk    

  5. Full listings of Seven Stories On the Road events:

Paws and Claws

Friday 3 July:  9.15-10am & 11.45-12.30pm; 12.45-1.15pm & 2.45-3.30pm

Saturday 4 July: 9-9.45am & 11.15-11.45am & 1.15-2pm

All the Family at Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BR

Free Event. 

On the Road to the Biscuit Factory – part of Ouseburn Festival

Sunday 5 July, 11am-5pm

All the Family at the Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 1AN

Free Event

Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books.

Seven Stories is the only place in Britain dedicated to the art of children’s books and the joy of reading, and one of just a few such places in the world. Our work is enjoyed by over 150,000 people every year.

Everything we do aims to inspire children and grown-ups to be curious, imaginative and creative. We strive to ensure that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can take part to enjoy a lifetime of reading for pleasure.

Our home is a carefully converted Victorian warehouse in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. We opened in 2005 and our seven floors house galleries for exhibitions, performances and creative spaces, a specialist children’s bookshop and a café.

Seven Stories is widely recognised for our abilities and achievements. We have established an important collection of artwork, manuscripts and archives of Britain’s most acclaimed writers and illustrators for children from 1930s to the present day. We bring this unique treasure trove to life through playful and immersive exhibitions, an entertaining and informative public events programme and research opportunities.

Seven Stories was awarded National status by Arts Council England in 2012 in recognition of the significance of our Collection and its high standard of care, and the excellent way that we engage with our visitors and users. We were also awarded with a National Lottery Award in September 2013 after being voted the UK’s favourite education project.