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About Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, works with children's books to create playful and profound experiences for children and young people, in order to fire their imaginations and creativity and deepen their understanding of themselves and the world. Located in a converted Victorian warehouse in the Ouseburn Valley i

n Newcastle upon Tyne Seven Stories offers visitors seven floors of galleries, creative spaces, a specialist independent children's bookshop and a cafe to explore. Seven Stories has a superb collection of artwork, manuscripts and archives by British writers and illustrators for children, from the 1930s to the present day, including work by figures such as Enid Blyton, Judith Kerr, Nick Sharratt, Philip Pullman and David Almond. Seven Stories is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and an Accredited Museum.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” — Dolly Parton 🌈Beautiful rainbow and storm...
10/01/2024

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” — Dolly Parton 🌈

Beautiful rainbow and stormy clouds over the Valley today, we’re hoping everyone is having a beautiful week so far!

Back open tomorrow for all your bookish needs, 9:30-5:00 📚🫶🏻✨

Did you miss our very first Seven Stories original panto? 🌱..or maybe you're desperate to catch it one more time? Not to...
04/01/2024

Did you miss our very first Seven Stories original panto? 🌱
..or maybe you're desperate to catch it one more time?

Not to worry, Jack and the Giant Beanstalk is showing all weekend long!

Catch the last performances of the season with showings ending this Sunday 07 January - final show 15:00.

Catch you in The Attic for one final "HE'S BEHIND YOU" 🤣✨

This month, bestselling author and illustrator Martin Brown returns to Seven Stories for spectacular events 📚👏*Reschedul...
04/01/2024

This month, bestselling author and illustrator Martin Brown returns to Seven Stories for spectacular events 📚👏

*Rescheduled dates*

📆Fri 26 Jan (6:00PM)
Ink & Drink Evening
An adults session for budding illustrators to get their chance to draw alongside one of the greats!

📆Sat 27 Jan (11:00AM / 2:00PM)
An Audience with Martin Brown: Cartoon Masterclass
The perfect interactive session for youngsters and their family to meet and greet with Martin and help create memorable cartoons!

We strongly recommend pre-booking for these events ⬇️
www.sevenstories.org.uk

A week of Julia Donaldson-themed events at Seven Stories 📖WHAT'S ON!Tabby McTat Afternoon TeaJulia Donaldson StorytimesT...
02/01/2024

A week of Julia Donaldson-themed events at Seven Stories 📖

WHAT'S ON!
Tabby McTat Afternoon Tea
Julia Donaldson Storytimes
Tabby Cat Crafts

Who will you meet along the way? A witch or a stickman? A rat or an alien? A dragon or the world’s smallest giant?

Programme running daily until 07 Jan.
🎟️Tickets begin from £3.50
🔗www.sevenstories.org.uk

Wishing everyone a very happy new year from all of us here at Seven Stories!✨We're back open today and every day this we...
02/01/2024

Wishing everyone a very happy new year from all of us here at Seven Stories!✨

We're back open today and every day this week 9:30-5:00 with a programme of fantastic family-friendly events running until the end of the holidays (Sun 07 Jan) pre-book via www.sevenstories.org.uk or in-venue 📖

A very Merry Christmas to all. May your day be filled with warmth, laughter and light.✨From everyone at Seven Stories 📚🎄
25/12/2023

A very Merry Christmas to all. May your day be filled with warmth, laughter and light.✨

From everyone at Seven Stories 📚🎄

24/12/2023

This Christmas Eve we’ve hidden copies of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ all around our building for visitors to find, take home and treasure🎄📚

Happy holidays one and all, love from Seven Stories ❤️

Today  🎄📖✨11:00 - Jack & The Giant Mystery10:30,1:00,3:00 - Christmas Storytimes1:00 - Wreath Decorating We thank you fo...
21/12/2023

Today 🎄📖✨

11:00 - Jack & The Giant Mystery
10:30,1:00,3:00 - Christmas Storytimes
1:00 - Wreath Decorating

We thank you for your patience while our online bookings are down and encourage you to purchase tickets with us in-building for any optional programme 📚

Please note bookings via our website will be down for a short period while we undergo some essential maintenance!We'll b...
20/12/2023

Please note bookings via our website will be down for a short period while we undergo some essential maintenance!

We'll be back up and running very soon, but in the meantime contact [email protected] with any queries 📧

NEW STOCK! ✨'How The Grinch Lost Christmas!' - A brand new release for lovers of everything Who-ville. Now available to ...
16/12/2023

NEW STOCK! ✨

'How The Grinch Lost Christmas!' - A brand new release for lovers of everything Who-ville. Now available to buy in our bookshop, along with many more options for all of your loved ones.❤️🎁

Revel in the new chapter of the Grinch's story as Dr Seuss brings back the magic of this Christmas classic! 🎄

This weekend ✨📖We're ready for another jam-packed programme of festive, family-friendly events - swipe to see what's in ...
16/12/2023

This weekend ✨📖

We're ready for another jam-packed programme of festive, family-friendly events - swipe to see what's in store!

Book tickets at our Box Office or via our website (reminder we're totally free to enter and explore!) ❄️

15/12/2023

Christmas Crafts - Book Now!

Visit www.sevenstories.org.uk to reserve your tickets today.

Fun for all the family this festive season:
🎄Wreath Decorating (18/21 Dec)
🎄Toy Making Workshop (Weekends throughout Dec)
🎄Stocking Decorating (Weekends throughout Dec)

15/12/2023

Grab a coffee, browse our books and find something for everyone this Christmas...🎄

We have everything from early years board books up to young adult and classic titles for older generations to explore - there's nothing quite like the gift of a good story❤️✨

HE’S BEHIND YOU! 🤣🎭This festive season, we invite all the family to jolly Jack and our pantomime dame on an exciting adv...
14/12/2023

HE’S BEHIND YOU! 🤣🎭

This festive season, we invite all the family to jolly Jack and our pantomime dame on an exciting adventure up the beanstalk and BEYOND 🌱

Tickets for our Seven Stories mini panto are selling quickly but GOOD NEWS, there’s still strong availability for performances after Christmas. You can now grab tickets for shows running everyday 27 Dec - 07 Jan (except New Years Day) … head to the link in our bio to book! 🎟️

13/12/2023

This morning we were joined by the brilliant Newcastle Sings and three wonderful schools from across the toon to bring Christmas cheer to our bookshop!

Here's KS2 pupils from Cheviot Primary School sprinkling some festive spirit and showcasing their talent!

Thanks for making our day extra special 😃🎄🎼

FESTIVE OPENING HOURS 🎄✨Seven Stories is a free entry venue with optional paid-for programme for all the family to enjoy...
13/12/2023

FESTIVE OPENING HOURS 🎄✨

Seven Stories is a free entry venue with optional paid-for programme for all the family to enjoy. You can find tickets for our mini panto, christmas crafts, festive storytimes and more via www.sevenstories.org.uk 🔗

The countdown to Christmas is on!

Seven the Elf has the perfect present for little readers to enjoy on Christmas Eve!🎁Take home one of our book bundles co...
11/12/2023

Seven the Elf has the perfect present for little readers to enjoy on Christmas Eve!🎁

Take home one of our book bundles containing a picture book, plush toy, reindeer food and hot chocolate kit for £30 - an absolute steal if you ask Seven 👌🏼😁📚

Family favourites such as Mog, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, The Gruffalo and of course, The Grinch are available in our special festive bundles guaranteed to keep everyone happy this Christmas Eve…✨

11/12/2023

* CHRISTMAS BONANZA – DAY 11 *

…and the winner was Christine Laurenson!

We’ve arrived at Day 11 and I’m happy to be supporting Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books!

Seven Stories is a museum and visitor centre dedicated to children's literature based in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Inside the renovated Victorian mill you’ll find free exhibitions and a specialist children’s bookshop with a hand-picked range of books for babies through to young adults 😊

To win a signed copy of ‘Ryan’s Christmas’ and a £20 voucher to spend with Seven Stories, all you need to do is like and comment below telling me the name of your favourite children’s book, and what you love about it!

*A winner will be chosen by 9am tomorrow (GMT)*

Good luck!

LJ x

We teamed up with our friends  to bring the magic of Narnia to Year 6 pupils across the North East 📚✨Schools came all th...
07/12/2023

We teamed up with our friends to bring the magic of Narnia to Year 6 pupils across the North East 📚✨

Schools came all the way from Middlesbrough to Blyth for a super special and fabulously festive day here at Seven Stories! There was hot chocolates a-plenty, a wonderful themed performance from our Storycatchers, crafts - and of course (best part of the day) LUNCH in addition to children taking home Fenwick special edition copies of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to read.

What a day.❤️

We couldn't have put it better ourselves! ❤️We had such a fabulously festive day full of stories with our friends Fenwic...
07/12/2023

We couldn't have put it better ourselves! ❤️

We had such a fabulously festive day full of stories with our friends Fenwick and Nufc - and of course, the wonderful Year 3 pupils and teachers St Bernadette's RC Primary School 📖⚽️

BREAKFAST WITH MRS CLAUS at Seven Stories🤶 Join Mrs Claus and her elves for a special breakfast full of festive cheer an...
01/12/2023

BREAKFAST WITH MRS CLAUS at Seven Stories🤶

Join Mrs Claus and her elves for a special breakfast full of festive cheer and of course, STORIES! Mrs Claus has chosen her favourite festive tales and can’t wait to share them with you over a delicious breakfast made with a dash of Christmas magic🎄

Mrs Claus is in very high demand! Don't miss out on the magic, book via the link below ⬇️🔗
https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/925/breakfast-with-mrs-claus

Sat 02: SOLD OUT
Sat 09: SOLD OUT
Sun 10: New date added ✨
Sat 16: SOLD OUT
Sun 17: Limited tables remain
Sat 23: SOLD OUT
Sun 24: SOLD OUT

It's beginning to look a lot like...December at Seven Stories!❄️Visit the link  www.sevenstories.org.uk this festive sea...
01/12/2023

It's beginning to look a lot like...

December at Seven Stories!❄️

Visit the link www.sevenstories.org.uk this festive season 📖🎄✨

As we head towards one of our busiest periods, we'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to all visitors who take the time ...
29/11/2023

As we head towards one of our busiest periods, we'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to all visitors who take the time to provide us with feedback - it's always so rewarding to hear success stories such as this one. ✨📚

You can continue to support us by letting us know about your experience. All feedback helps us to improve, to understand our audience and to provide the best experience for grown-ups and youngsters alike!

Want to share your story from Seven Stories? Get in touch [email protected] 📧

It's   and we couldn't think of a more perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to our visitors, supporters and dono...
28/11/2023

It's and we couldn't think of a more perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to our visitors, supporters and donors who help us to remain free entry.

We believe that every child and young person should have access to stories, regardless of background, circumstance and reading ability. We are a registered charity dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating children's books. We champion the importance of reading and its lifelong benefits for children and young people through our bespoke educational programmes and access to our free online Collection featuring work from over 100 years of children's literature.

Extensive research has proven that nurturing reading for pleasure will have life-long benefits for a child. We believe we have a special responsibility to put stories at the heart of every single childhood and your support enables us to do so.

No donation is too small. You can donate to Seven Stories today via our website or text STORIES to 70480 to give £5 today ❤️

Laurence can’t believe it’s December THIS WEEK…so he’s kindly picked out a selection of his favourite Advent Calendars a...
27/11/2023

Laurence can’t believe it’s December THIS WEEK…so he’s kindly picked out a selection of his favourite Advent Calendars available to buy from our Bookshop - for everyone feeling as last minute as we do 😆🍫🎄

But of course at Seven Stories, these aren’t your traditional chocolate-filled doors, no no no! Dive into the world of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo & Friends, build festive worlds with Playmobil and enjoy into classic children's stories with ...

The perfect early Christmas gift for little ones!🎅🏼✨

27/11/2023

🐯 The Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition is now open! 🐯

Come and have tea with the Tiger himself! 🫖

With thanks to Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books ✨
The exhibition will run until Saturday 20 January 2024! Book your free visit here: https://tinyurl.com/yckbvc2s

The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Mog & Friends HarperCollins Children's Books UK

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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