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Magic of Seven Stories to hit the road as Centre for Children's Books closes for refurbishment

A packed programme of events all over the North East has been booked to ensure youngsters can still enjoy the Seven Stories experience

Illustrator Holly Sterling and Niece May Calvert (7) at the book launch of 'Things not to do with a Baby' at Seven Stories in Byker
Illustrator Holly Sterling and Niece May Calvert (7) at the book launch of 'Things not to do with a Baby' at Seven Stories in Byker

A 10th anniversary refurbishment isn’t going to stop the magic of Seven Stories delighting children all over the North East.

Although the visitor area at the National Centre for Children’s Books in the Ouseburn is currently closed until July 19, staff will be heading out on the road throughout the spring to make sure youngsters aren’t missing out.

Partnering up with several other cultural venues, attractions and parks across the region, families will still be able to experience a taste of Seven Stories as its trademark vibrant costumes, lively interactive storytelling, quality craft activities and much more as Seven Stories’ iconic storytime armchair hits the road.

Spanning the region from Sunderland to Northumberland; Durham to Cullercoats and many Newcastle and Gateshead venues in between, everyone at Seven Stories is delighted to be working with notable charities including The Children’s Foundation and organisations such as Gibside National Trust and Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens in a celebration of family events.

The On the Road schedule promises something for everyone from the very smallest booklovers who are invited to interactive StoryParty sessions in the beautiful surroundings of Jesmond Dene to events for all the family at Cullercoats’ Iron Age Festival and Jesterval on the Quayside.

Seven Stories will also still be a part of The Late Shows and will be hosted by their neighbours at The Mushroom Works for an Alice in Wonderland inspired extravaganza in May.

Programme director Alison Gwynn says: “This is an exciting time for Seven Stories as we take stock of 10 success years and look forward to the next chapter. The outreach programme is a brilliant way to introduce Seven Stories’ magic to a wider audience and partner with other innovative and inspiring organisations around the region.”

Those who can’t wait to see the fabulously refurbished National Centre have been offered the chance to attend an exclusive pre-launch day in July 2015. The lucky 100 families will be treated to an early tour of Seven Stories’ brand new exhibitions; Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition, Rhyme Around the World and A Bear Called Paddington and be the first to enjoy the brand-new Seven Stories experience.

For more information, visit www.sevenstories.org.uk


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