We Can Feel Something Funny in our Bones...

"On a dark, dark hill, there was a dark, dark town. In the dark, dark town, there was a dark, dark street. On the dark, dark street, there was a dark, dark house. In the dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark staircase. Down the dark, dark staircase, there was a dark, dark cellar. And in the dark, dark cellar, some skeletons lived."

This October Half Term Seven Stories are celebrating 35 years of Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg! Get dressed in your favourite spooky attire, create Halloween crafts in the Studio and join in with themed interactive story times everyday.

Children can also get ready to scare all of the their friends and family with spooky face painting on Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October.

Allan Ahlberg was born in 1938 in South London, and grew up in the Black Country. He worked as a teacher, postman, grave digger, soldier and plumber's mate before he became a full-time writer. The Ahlbergs met while enrolled in a teacher training course at Sunderland Technical College and married in 1969.

Have you always wanted to explore the magical world of Harry Potter? Step into the streets of Diagon Alley in the Attic and meet the ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

This is a fun and interactive event for all the family, whether you are new to the books or a dedicated fan. Come and share the magic and collect a certificate and postcard on the day.

Grab your duffle coat and your marmalade sandwiches and discover how Michael Bond's Paddington Bear has been brought to life before the exhibition closes it’s doors on Sunday 8 November. Packed with original illustration, including rare artwork by Peggy Fortnum, this exhibition explores the adventures of everyone's favourite bear from Darkest Peru.

Families can also enjoy Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition and Rhyme Around the World - an exhibition of nursery rhyme and song from around the globe as well as daily storytimes and craft activities all with a spooky twist.