Seven Stories will head out On the Road this Spring to bring the wonderful world of children’s books to life across the North East.

 

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books celebrates its 10th birthday this August and to coincide with the anniversary, the Visitor Centre is currently closed for exciting refurbishment work and will re-open Sunday 19 July.  During the closure, families will still be able to experience a taste of Seven Stories as it partners with other cultural venues, organisations and parks to host their On the Road events.

Regular visitors and first time families will be treated to the National Centre’s trademark vibrant costumes, lively interactive storytelling, quality craft activities and much more as Seven Stories’ iconic storytime armchair travels the length of the region.

The On the Road schedule includes something for everyone from the very smallest booklovers who are invited to interactive StoryParty sessions in the beautiful surroundings of Jesmond Dene to events for all the family at Cullercoats Iron Age Festival and Jesterval on the Quayside.  Seven Stories is thrilled to still be part of popular annual YA event the Late Shows and will be hosted by their neighbours at The Mushroom Works for an Alice in Wonderland inspired extravaganza in May.   Spanning the region from Sunderland to Northumberland; Durham to Cullercoats and many Newcastle and Gateshead venues in between, Seven Stories is delighted to be working with notable charities including The Children’s Foundation and organisations such as Gibside National Trust and Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens in a celebration of family events.

The National Centre hopes the outreach programme will instil a fresh passion for reading in both regular visitors and first-time families who attend the events and help to build excitement for the relaunch of its Visitor Centre in July.

Programme Director Alison Gwynn says, “This is an exciting time for Seven Stories as we take stock of 10 success years and look forward to the next chapter.  The outreach programme is a brilliant way to introduce Seven Stories’ magic to a wider audience and partner with other innovative and inspiring organisations around the region.”

Those who can’t wait to see the fabulously refurbished National Centre have been offered the chance to attend an exclusive pre-launch day in 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.

One hopeful entrant says “We love Seven Stories as not only does it allow creativity, interaction and imagination to run wild in our daughter, it ignites the same in us.  As a family we have a literary adventure each time we visit and have wonderful memories.”

The refurbishment coincides with 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.

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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, email reception@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. Full listings of On the Road events:

Joking Jesters Armchair Journey • Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May, 11am – 3pm

All the family at Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN  

Free event, no booking required. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/09-05-2015

StoryParty On the Road: Into the Woods Friday 15 May, 10.30am & 1pm

Suitable for ages 18months – 4years

Pet’s Corner, Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/15-05-2015

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (part of The Late Shows 2015) • Friday 15 & Saturday 16 May, 7pm – 11pm

All the family, The Mushroom Works, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

Free event, no booking required.

www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/122023/the-mad-hatter%E2%80%99s-tea-party

StoryParty On the Road: Ponds StoryParty • Friday 22 May, 10.30am & 1pm

Suitable for ages 18months – 4years

Pet’s Corner, Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/22-05-2015

StoryParty On the Road: Bears StoryParty Friday 29 May, 10.30am & 1pm

Suitable for ages 18months – 4years

Pet’s Corner, Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/29-05-2015

Jungle Armchair JourneySaturday 30 May 10am – 5pm & Sunday 31 May 2pm – 4pm

All the family at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland, SR1 1PP

Free event, no booking required.

www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/121865/jungle-armchair-journey

StoryParty On the Road: Creepy Crawlies StoryParty • Friday 5 June, 10.30am & 1pm

Suitable for ages 18months – 4years

Pet’s Corner, Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/05-06-2015

The Snorgh and The Sailor (Part of The Iron Age Festival 2015)Saturday 6 June, 12pm – 4pm

All the family at Iron Age Festival, Cullercoats Community Centre, Cullercoats.

Free event, no booking required.

www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/121867/the-snorgh-and-the-sailor

Jesterval • Sunday 7 June, 11am – 4pm

All the family at Jesterval, Baltic Quay, Newcastle

Free event, no booking required. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/121869/jesterval

StoryParty On the Road: Farmyard StoryParty • Friday 12 June, 10.30am & 1pm

Suitable for ages 18months – 4years

Pet’s Corner, Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/12-06-2015

Wild Rumpus! • Saturday 13 June, 11am & 1pm

All the family at Gibside, near Rowlands Gill

Booking essential. £4 per person or £8 per person including a copy of Where the Wild Things Are. Entry to Gibside is free for all event ticket holders. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/13-06-2015

StoryParty On the Road: Julia Donaldson StoriesFriday 19 June, 10.30am & 1pm

Suitable for ages 18months – 4years

Pet’s Corner, Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ

£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/19-06-2015

Into the Woods Armchair Journey • Sunday 28 June, 11am – 4pm

All the family at Kirkley Hall and Gardens, Ponteland, Newcastle, NE20 0AQ

Free Event. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/122020/into-the-woods-armchair-journey

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. www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/122027/paws-and-claws

         5. 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.