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Word Lab


We have brought the wizarding world to Seven Stories as we celebrate Jim Kay's stunning full colour edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Diagon Alley is a bustling backdrop to our enchanting Attic, where storytelling, author events and live shows take place. Visit Mulligrubs to pick up your groceries and explore the shelves of Flourish and Blotts to find your next favourite book. 

Hire the Attic

This enchanting space is perfect for a dinner event, reception or presentation. 

For more information click here or contact Laura Barrett;

E: or T: 0300 330 1095 ext 211


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Coffee Shop


Robert Westall Gallery

Exhibition open until Saturday 18th February 2018.

Bring your teddy bears from home and go on a journey through the clawsome world of bears in children’s literature.

A whole host of your favourite picture book bears are featured in a series of ‘bear-y’ habitats. Remind yourself of literature’s most famous bears including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears, talking bears, scary bears and toy bears. 

The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful, inspiring illustrations and proprietary artwork from the creators of your favourite bear books, while also giving an insight into the contemporary process of digital illustration.  

Bears! will be on display at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books from Saturday 18 February 2017 –  February 2018. Exhibition supported by Quarto Publishing.

Find out more about our Bears! exhibition here!


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Story Station

Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories

Sebastian Walker Gallery

Exhibition open until 2 July 2017. Click here for more information

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best loved story makers and this unique exhibition showcases, for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that became the classics we know today including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke's Kingdom and Farm Boy

Story Station

Under 4s can enjoy creative, sensory play in the Story Station. 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 through multi-sensory play. Take the train from Story Station with the return of our handcrafted, wooden train set.


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Seven Stories is the National home for children's books and the only place of its kind in the UK.

Seven Stories' unique exhibitions, lively events and playful activities bring children's books to life - every day for everyone. We want to give you the best possible visitor experience. If you or any member of your group needs support to enjoy your visit, please ask a member of our staff.

We support children and young people working towards their Arts Award through dynamic workshops, events and programming.

Click here to see Seven Stories' Opening Times and Prices.


We're very proud of our Independent Bookshop, which has been recognised by the Booksellers’ Association as one of the biggest and best independent children's bookshops in the country. We have a wide range and choice, from baby and toddler to young adult. Our expert staff are on hand to offer great book buying advice, whether you are buying for the most reluctant reader or are seeking a unique gift for a booklover. 

Bookshop Coffeeshop

Our Bookshop Coffeeshop is a great place to linger with a coffee and slice of homemade cake. Delicious hot and cold food is served in our lovely riverside, family friendly Café on level 2.

Entry to the Bookshop and Coffeeshop is FREE.

Sensory Backpacks

Sensory Backpacks are available to borrow for a £10 refundable deposit at Reception. These multi-sensory bags will enhance your gallery experience and give you further ideas on how to explore and engage with stories together. Find out more.


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Relax in our family-friendly Café with a riverside view. Tuck into a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, wraps and soups as well as a delicious range of cakes and buns. Entry to the café is FREE and with views of the Ouseburn and its wildlife this is the perfect place to refuel during your visit.

Did you know that our Victorian mill was built in the 1870s and is a listed building? There are still many original features including the cast iron pillars and wooden beams.

Baby facilities are available including high chairs, buggy park, a microwave to warm baby food and access to baby change facilities.

Collect a Loyalty Card from the Cafe or Bookshop Coffeeshop. Buy 6 hot drinks and receive the 7th FREE. 

Terms and Conditions: Only one loyalty card can be used per transaction • Upon receiving six stamps, you are entitled to one free hot drink per transaction • Cannot be used alongside other offers within the Bookshop Coffeeshop or Café.

Our Café is open:

11:30am – 2:30pm Tuesday – Friday (during term time only: Monday-Friday 10:00am - 4:00 pm during holidays)

10am – 4.30pm Saturdays

10am - 3pm Sundays and Bank Holidays

Tuesday-Friday from 2.30pm, hot drinks and snacks are available in our Bookshop Coffee Shop on Level 3.

The afternoon menu of hot drinks, cold snacks and delicious cakes are available from 2.30pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Take a peek at our Breakfast Menu, Grown Up Menu and Children's Menu here.

Please Note: We politely request that you do not consume your own food or drink in the Seven Stories Cafe or anywhere else in the building.

Don't forget, our packed lunch space is available in the Word Lab on Level 1.



The Studio

Our Studio is the perfect place for children and their grown-ups to draw, paint, write, make, doodle and build.

Making, doing and tinkering is essential in helping us to experiment, learn and have new ideas.  Seven Stories Studio is the perfect place for artists, budding writers and creative thinkers to explore, imagine, be inspired and have fun.  

We love to welcome artists, illustrators and authors to Takeover our Studio - check out our What’s On calendar for all our themed weeks and weekends.

Word Lab

Visitors can enjoy a picnic in our Word Lab on Level 1 which is available on weekdays during term time between 1.30-3.30pm and from
10am-2pm at weekends and during holidays.

Did you know that Seven Stories is home to an amazing archive? Every writer has their own way of shaping ideas into stories, as you can see on the walls of our Word Lab. These manuscripts come from the Seven Stories Collection, saved for the nation and kept here on Tyneside.

Please Note: The Studio is open from 1.30pm on weekdays during term time so that school groups can enjoy the space in the morning. but don't worry, our creative craft activities are always available elsewhere in the building.