Explore children's books at the national centre in Newcastle through inspiring exhibitions, events, author visits and kids' favourite story time sessions.
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0300 330 1095
Birthdays, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
For an unforgettable day out in Tyne and Wear with the children, pay a visit to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, located in Newcastle in a seven-storied, former Victorian warehouse.
Seven Stories is the national home of children’s books and the first gallery and archive in the UK that celebrates the wonderful world of children’s books. Step inside and discover how books spark the imagination and creativity, with exhibitions, special events and wonderful activities for all ages, bringing children’s books to life.
Exhibitions are created from original artwork and manuscripts and appeal to everyone, from families and children to schools and future authors and illustrators, celebrating past work and bringing it before a brand new audience in an innovative and interesting way.
Children will particularly love the interactive Story time sessions led by a Story Catcher. These run several times through the day and feature popular nursery rhymes and picture books. The Story station will appeal to the under 4s, where they can delve into seven of their favourite books aided by sensory boxes full of props and activities that encourage, laughter, movement and singing. Sensory Backpacks are available to borrow, filled with multi-sensory props to enhance exploration of the different exhibitions.
For those with a creative flair, the Studio will provide lots of opportunity to paint, write or simply doodle. For older children and adults, there are events such as authors’ talks, master classes and workshops. Check out the ’What’s on’ section for the latest events or book a unique birthday.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated regularly. Some attractions are starting to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Enjoy browsing the site for trips and please check directly with the venue before visiting. Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information on what attractions are re-opening.