Visit Seven Stories Centre in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne to celebrate childhood literary. This seven story Victorian warehouse has been ingeniously converted in to a literary adventure playground!
Bookshop and Archive
Seven Stories is dedicated to children’s imaginations and to celebrating the books that stimulate their minds and own story telling. This wonderful attraction is part bookshop, part archive and part creative workshop. There’s a vast range of children’s books as well as original manuscripts and illustrations from major children’s authors such as Philip Pullman and Quentin Blake.
Seven Stories is full of changing exhibitions, interactive games and performances, storytelling, animation workshops and author sessions. The big colourful reading room is awesome and well stocked with big comfy floor cushions.
Following the theme that there are only seven different stories in the world but a thousand different ways to tell them, Seven Stories in Byker focuses successfully on the thousand different ways. They use every means possible to introduce children of all ages to the idea of words, texts and illustrations as building blocks. And because the children become aware of the seven stories theory they’re not afraid to experiment.
Making it Easy
Seven Stories makes it easy for children to experiment. There’s an activity table on each floor with a “challenge” on it. In the basement the Engine Room supplies pens, paper, clothes and props for character building. Children can create their own stories and dress up as the characters they create!
Formal story-telling, readings and poetry performances take place usually under the wooden beams of the Artisit’s Attic and you many even be lucky enough to meet famous authors such as Jacqueline Wilson there.
The exhibitions at Seven Stories are fabulous interactive trails. From Toad Hall to Pooh Corner has everyone tooting their car horns and racing their Pooh sticks. Watch the delight on your children’s faces as they listen to a narrative from within a replica of Badger’s Kitchen.
Seven Stories goes the extra mile (and then some) to make a continuous effort to demonstrate the magic of the written word and drawn image. It really is a place that can fulfil wildest dreams, literally.
Highlight of the Day
Story telling in the Artist’s Attic
Nearest train station : Newcastle Central Station
Car parking : Ouseburn Valley under Byker Bridge (free)
Website : www.sevenstories.org.uk