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Seven Stories

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Seven Stories 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ


Tel: 0845 271 0777 ext 715 Fax: 0191 261 1931











Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition

Michael Foreman is one of Britain’s best-loved writer-illustrators of children’s books. Through the exhibition we will use Michael's books to ask readers to consider the consequences of conflict, the fragility of our environment and the importance of friendship, empathy and tolerance through his insightful storytelling and beautiful illustrations.

Families are invited to add to the ‘Tree of Hope’ with messages for the future; explore stories of war and peace through War Boy, War Game, The General and Ali Pasha, build and play in a multi-sensory environment inspired by Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish and One World, and be inspired by Michael’s creative process in his artist’s studio with his own personal artefacts.

Supported by Andersen Press, Templar Publishing and Pavilion Books.

Rhyme Around the World - A Nursery Rhyme Exhibition

This lively & colourful exhibition invites families to step straight into their favourite nursery rhymes and discover new ones from around the world, exploring how stories, song and rhyme are shared across generations and continents. With sensory opportunities and beautiful and varied work by international illustrators, there’s something here for all the family.

Supported by Frances Lincoln Publishing and Siobhan Dowd Trust

A Bear Called Paddington (StoryLab Exhibition)

Grab your duffle coat and your marmalade sandwiches and discover how Michael Bond brought Paddington Bear to life. Packed with original illustrations and manuscripts from the series, this StoryLab exhibition explores the adventures of everyone’s favourite friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru.

Free event, no booking required. Admission fee to the centre applies.






StoryParty On the Road: Julia Donaldson Stories  

Friday 19 June, 10.30am & 1pm

Pet’s Corner, Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ


Wander down to the farm this summer and enjoy all your favourite stories as Seven Stories goes On the Road to Jesmond Dene.  Bring to life the wonderful world of children’s books in this glorious setting with interactive storytelling and multi-sensory activities ideal for inspiring your little booklovers.  


Fee Fi Foo Fum, the Smartest Giant needs help! Listen to Julia Donaldson’s classic picturebook and join in with fun activities for under4s.


£3 per child. Accompanying adult free. Booking essential. Access to the rest of Pet’s Corner is free. Sessions will last approximately 1hour. Suitable for children ages 18months-4years.


How to Be Bad with E.Lockhart

Sunday 21 June


Starbucks at Malmaison Hotel, Newcastle Quayside, NE1 3DX

YA & Adult


YA author E.Lockhart (We Were Liars, The Boyfriend List) will be visiting Newcastle on Sunday 21 June as part of a 2,000 mile tour to celebrate the release of How to Be Bad, her new book with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski.


Join us at Malmaison Hotel on Newcastle Quayside for the chance to meet E.Lockhart herself and find out more abour her popular novels. Ask questions and enjoy an evening with E.Lockhart herself.


How to Be Bad follows the story of three girls who go on a roadtrip to escape their homes in Niceville. Each of the three authors - Lockhart, Myracle and Mlynowski - each wrote a different character and each chapter is written from the voice of one of the girls.


Bring along your books from home, this event will be followed by a book signing (pre-signed bookplates from Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski will also be available)


Find out more about the event on our YA blog.




Free event, booking recommended. Please purchase beverages from the venue.



Into the Woods Armchair Journey

Sunday 28 June

11am – 4pm

All the family

Kirkley Hall and Gardens, Ponteland, Newcastle, NE20 0AQ


Adventure into the deep, dark woods at Kirley Hall and discover storytelling, games and more. We will be bringing your favourite children's books to life at Kirkley Hall to celebrate The Children's Foundations 25th anniversary. Take part in livey storytelling sessions, join in with our Mixed - Up Fairy Tale Performance and make your own animal mask to take home surrounded by beautiful woodland. Who knows who you might bump into!


Free Event.  For more information about The Children’s Foundation, visit www.thechildrensfoundation.co.uk .




Paws and Claws

Friday 3 July:  9.15-10am & 11.45-12.30pm; 12.45-1.15pm & 2.45-3.30pm & 5-5.30pm (Relaxed)

Saturday 4 July: 9-9.45am & 11.15-11.45am & 1.15-2pm.

All the Family

Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BR


The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!


Join in an interactive storytelling session and create your own tiger masks to take home as we celebrate one of our favourite picture books, The Tiger Who Came to Tea which will be brought to life at Theatre Royal.

Free additional event. Tickets must be purchased from Theatre Royal for performances of The Tiger Who Came To Tea www.theatreroyal.co.uk .  A Relaxed screening can be booked at 4pm on Friday 3 July. Those attending showings of the production must make sure to be in their seats with enough time before the performance starts.


Seven Stories’ Grand Re-Opening

Sunday 19 July

10am – 5pm

All the family


We are open! Be one of the first families to enjoy the brand new Seven Stories experience. Join in with interactive craft activities, explore our new exhibitions Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition, Rhyme Around the World and A Bear Called Paddington and create your own art in our revamped Creation Station.


Tiptoe, tiptoe, shhhh…. creep up to the Artists Attic and enjoy an interactive performances throughout the day, inspired by Chris Haughton’s stunning picture book Shhh, We Have a Plan.


We can’t wait to see you!


Free event, no booking required. Admission fee for the building applies.




The Starlight Goodwill Ambassadors Storytelling Roadshow

Sunday 9th August

2.30pm – 3.30pm

All the family (recommended for ages 5+)


Join in an interactive performance as 26 Taiwanese children bring Taiwanese and Chinese culture, history and local folktales to life through storytelling, body language and simple hand puppets. The children will even be giving away souvenirs straight from their stories and bringing along authentic edibles for the audience to sample.


The Starlight Goodwill Ambassadors are part of a cultural exchange from Taiwan and will also be performing at Edinburgh Festival.


Free event, booking recommended. Admission fee to the centre applies. Entry to Seven Stories is free after 2pm with an event ticket.


Seven Stories Turns 10!

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 August

10am – 5pm

All the family


“Go to Newcastle and visit Seven Stories, see the amazing work that is done there, see their great exhibitions of writing and illustration, see the vibrancy and health of children’s culture. Be amazed by the creativity and inventiveness of their educational programmes.’ David Almond

To: You

From: Seven Stories

Seven Stories is turning 10 years old, can you believe it! We have had a busy year and we would love it if you and your family could join in our birthday party. Help us to celebrate the last 10 years in style with a slice of cake, party games, birthday crafts and storytelling. Join in with birthday crown making and come dressed as your favourite children’s book character for the chance to win prizes all weekend. 

Free event, no booking required. Admission fee to the centre applies.



Face Painting

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 August 
10.30am – 3.30pm


Transform yourself into a pirate, a butterfly, a werewolf or maybe even a Gruffalo with our expert facepainters.


£2 per child. Entry to the Bookshop is FREE.


*Author Event*

Pirate Crunchers and Ghostly Galleons with Jonny Duddle.

Tuesday 18 August


All the family


Yo Ho Ho! Meet Jonny Duddle, author of The Pirate Cruncher, The Pirates Next Door and The Jolley-Rogers series and hear him read from his hilarious stories. Join in with live drawing and help Jonny to draw the perfect pirate in this interactive event. Did you know, Jonny helped design the characters for Aardman’s stop-motion movie The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! which was released in 2012.

Booking essential. £6 per child, includes a copy of The Jolley-Rogers (Cave of Doom OR Ghostly Galleon) one free adult per child. Additional adults £3 each. Admission charges to the centre apply.


Illustration Master Class with Jonny Duddle

Wednesday 19 August

9.30am – 4pm


Jonny Duddle is the illustrator of The Pirate Cruncher, The Pirates Next Door and dinosaur fable, Giganotosaurus. He spends most of his time drawing and busily creating worlds based on his time as a pirate…arrrh! 


Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to work alongside Jonny Duddle and find out more about how he began his varied illustration career and the steps of his creative process before developing your own skills. Come along and learn how to use different artistic techniques, inspired by Jonny’s vibrant style, to create your own artwork.


Booking essential. £45 per person, no additional admission fee required. Includes lunch. Suitable for ages 15 and over.


*Author Event*

How to Draw Animals with Nick Sharratt

Saturday 29 August

11am – 12.30pm

Ages 8+


Have you always wanted to doodle a dog, create a cat or paint a parrot? Nick Sharratt, best-selling illustrator of You Choose, Hetty Feather and Tracey Beaker is here to show you how. Watch Nick draw and learn how to illustrate your favourite animals in a fun-filled workshop for young artists and animal lovers alike - inspired by Paws and Whiskers by Nick Sharratt and Jacqueline Wilson.

Booking essential. £10 per child, includes a copy of Paws and Claws. No additional admission fee require

Please note: Children must be dropped off and collected from the event due to limited capacity. Adults are invited to explore Seven Stories or grab a coffee and a snack in our new Bookshop Coffeeshop.


*Author Event*

Shark in the Park on a Windy Day with Nick Sharratt

Saturday 29 August


All the family


Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the park . . .


Shark in the Park is a Seven Stories favourite so we were very excited for the release of Shark in the Park on a Windy Day and What the Jackdaw Saw, Nick’s new collaboration with Julia Donaldson. Meet Nick Sharratt and join in with an interactive storytelling with live drawing and the chance to ask Nick questions about what it is like being a best-selling author and illustrator in this fin-tasticly fun event


Booking essential. £5 per person in addition to admission fee. Show your ticket in the Bookshop to redeem £5 off any of Nick’s picture books.


FREE Book Signing with Nick Sharratt

Saturday 29 August



Meet Nick Sharratt and get a copy of your favourite book signed. Maximum of two books per child.


Free event, no booking required. Entry to Seven Stories Bookshop is free.




Trolls with Adam Stower

Tuesday 1 September


All the family


Oliver and his best friend Troll run a cafe in the woods. They make the BEST cakes - their troll customers would much rather eat cakes than children! One particularly busy day in the cafe, Oliver's sister Dolly disappears, so Oliver and Troll set off to find her. Their search takes them up Munch Mountain, where the biggest, meanest and grumpiest troll in the world lives.


Oliver doesn't believe all the scary rumours, but Troll's not so sure ...


Join Adam (author of Silly Doggy and Naughty Kitty) as he reads Grumbug – the latest tale from Trolliver’s Café, tricks your eyes with a fun guess-the-drawing game, and creates a completely new troll with your help…


Booking essential. £7 per child includes a copy of Grumbug and a mini cupcake. One free adult per child. Additional adults £3. Admission to the centre applies.


Supported by Templar Publishing


An Evening with Sarah Crossan and Jenny McLachlan

Thursday 17 September


YA and Adult


Meet  Sarah Crossan (author of Carnegie shortlisted Weight of Water and Apple and Rain) and Jenny McLachlan(author of Flirty Dancing and Love Bomb) in conversation with their agent Julia Churchill.


Hear how teaching has influenced their writing styles, their career routes into becoming YA authors and why having the right agent is so important.  Fans of Sarah and Jenny can ask questions about their work and favourite characters while aspiring authors can find out more about a career in writing for young adults.


£5 per person, no additional admission fee required. Show your ticket in the Bookshop to redeem £5 off any of Sarah or Jenny’s back catalogue.


Supported by Bloomsbury




An Evening with Patrick Ness

Wednesday 11 November

6pm – 8pm

Young Adult and Adult


“On the day we’re the last people to see indie kid Finn alive, we’re all sprawled together in The Field, talking about love and stomachs.”


Don’t miss two time Carnegie Medal Winner and YA favourite, Patrick Ness as he discusses his brand-new book The Rest of Us Just Live Here (released November 2015). Hear Patrick talk candidly about his writing process, where he finds inspiration for his dystopian novels and what he thinks the future for the genre holds.


Talking about his new book, Patrick said, “What if you lived in a world a lot like a YA novel? Where people you know have already battled vampires and zombies and soul-eating ghosts and whatever this new thing turns out to be? What if you just want to go to prom and graduate before someone goes and blows up the high school again? I wanted to write a novel for anyone trying to live a normal life in a world gone mad, for anyone who actually has bigger problems than this week’s end of the world, for anyone who needs to find out that there are many different kinds of extraordinary.”


10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Patrick Ness:


1. He has a tattoo of a rhinoceros.

2. He has run two marathons.

3. He is a certified scuba diver.

4. Patrick wrote a radio comedy about vampires.

5. He has never been to New York City but...

6. But has been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.

7. Patrick was accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.

8. Patrick was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).

9. He is no longer a goth.

10.Under no circumstances will  he eat onions.


Find out even more about one of the outstanding YA author of this generation at Seven Stories this November. This event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.


Booking essential. £15 per person includes a copy of The Rest of Us Just Live Here, posted out to you on the date of publication.








Admission Prices                             Day Ticket      Annual Pass                Buy online!

Adult                                                 £7.00*             £26.00

Child under 4                                   

Child (4-15)/Concession                  £6.00*             £21.00

Family                                                £19.00*           £60.00


+1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children              *Includes Gift Aid donation

Add an additional child to an annual family pass for £10

Admission to Seven Stories Café and Bookshop is free!


FREE admission for BLUE PETER badge holders, each badge holder must be under 16, bring their badge and badge winner card and be accompanied by a full price paying adult.


Valid NATIONAL ART PASS CARD holders gain FREE admission to Seven Stories. Access to the archive (appointments necessary) is also FREE.


MAX CARD holders, adults and children get FREE admission to the centre but charges for special events may apply.


Booking information

Online booking now available! Visit www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on or call T: 0845 271 0777 ext 300.

Booking fees are non-refundable unless stated otherwise and are additional to admission charge.


Contact Us: Seven Stories, Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ.

T: 0845 271 0777 ext 715

E: info@sevenstories.org.uk

W: www.sevenstories.org.uk


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Manors is the nearest Metro Station. Quaylink Q2 bus stops on Cut Bank, a two minute walk away.



Free car parking is available behind Seven Stories, follow signs for Ouseburn Central Car Park on Foundry Lane, NE6 1LH or see the map above.

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