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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Seven Stories in Ouseburn - The Grand Re-opening

Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's books in Newcastle will re-open it's doors on July 19th after closing to the public for three whole months this Summer. The building has undergone a £750k refurbishment as part of Seven Stories' 10th birthday celebrations to help make a visit to the centre even more magical and enjoyable for all.

The revamped building will continue to celebrate how books are made, where ideas come from and how we can share stories with one another. We were invited to take a look around last week and enjoyed a whistle stop tour when school closed early on Friday. I can't wait to share some of the magic with you today, however please remember this is just a small part of what the centre offers, head over to The Seven Stories website for lots more information and advice about what's on.

Level 4 - Sebastian Walker Gallery and Story Station

Painting with Rainbows

This gallery is very sweet and thought provoking. Michael Foreman's story telling and illustrations imagine a world without conflict and the importance of friendship and looking after our environment. Children are invited to explore these issues with chalk boards, dressing up, imaginative play and of course stories. Look out for the friendship boxes and search for the hidden mice as you walk around too.

Level 5 - Robert Westall Gallery

Rhyme Around the World

Many of our children's favourite nursery rhymes and new rhymes are brought to life in this colourful and timeless exhibition. Lots and lots to touch, experience, read and imagine. 

Level 6 - The Gillian Dickinson Gallery

A Bear Called Paddington

Who doesn't love Paddington Bear? I have a secret soft spot for him and could easily spend a good few hours in the space reading everything there is to know about the world's most famous bear. 

Level 7 - The Attic

Diagon Alley

The attic has been transformed into the streets of Diagon Alley and was definitely our 8 year olds favourite place to hang out. We loved the opportunity to dress up as our favourite Potter characters.

Cafe, Bookshop, Studio, Word Lab & Daily Events

We didn't get a chance to visit the cafe, bookshop, studio and word lab but I bet they are as stunning as the rest of the building. Seven Stories run a series of daily events which are included in admission and will help you to get the most out of your day:-
  • 11am - Shh! Shelby has a plan - story catching and performance in the Attic
  • 12:30pm - Story Time in the Attic 
  • 2pm - Shh! Shelby has a plan - story catching and performance in the Attic
  • 3:30pm - Story Time in the picture book area in the Bookshop
There is always a lot going on at Seven Stories, I would highly recommend joining their mailing list via The Seven Stories website. You can check opening times and admission prices here too.

Cheers to Seven Stories - here's to the future!

My Mummy's Pennies


  1. I'm so sad a broken roof put paid to our visit! This looks great, I too have a soft spot for Paddington ;-)

  2. Wow it looks fantastic, I can't wait to take niece and nephew back here, hopping to do a little before and after blog post :)

  3. I have never actually been to seven stories before, Chloe went with school a few times when she was younger. I really should go someday as I adore reading and would love to pass my gift of reading onto my little two xx

  4. How amazing, I love books so for me this would be heaver to be able to share some literary greats with the children. What a great place x

  5. Popping back via #lovenortheast

    I can't wait to bring the kids here this summer and hopefully see Nick Sharratt too we loooooove his books

  6. This looks amazing! I really need to get myself to the attic. I'm half way through the third book now too.

    Katie x


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