Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books

In a nutshell

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

Contact details

Tel: 0300 330 1095

Activity type

Birthdays, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books details...

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.

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

Exhibition: The Lost Spells at Seven Stories

Open 16th September 2021 - 27th December 2021

Don't miss the Seven Stories exhibition exploring The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris from 16th to 27th December.

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