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“lots to see and do” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Seven Stories

Seven Stories
30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, England
0845 271 0777
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Co Durham
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9 reviews
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“lots to see and do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Day trip with 5 and 8 year old daughters, 5 year old is a big Donaldson/Scheffler fan and 8 yr old loves the Cowell 'Hiccup Haddock Horrendous books' so we were well catered for with the 2 exhibitions, which they loved.

Activities were craft orientated and went down well.

Story telling every hour was also very good, though aimed more at the younger age group where a story is over, end to end, in 10-15 mins . catering to the older age group would be more difficult as they are more into books with chapters.

Cafe was very good and food quality good. We got there at 1145 and got a table straight away and prompt service-they were deluged at 1200 and other folk had to queue which can be tricky with hungry children ! My only gripe about the cafe was the dirty brown cups, saucers and teapots (we went twice and they were the same both times-they are supposed to be white !). I vaguley remember from student holidays spent grafting away in a kitchen that there is some stuff that you can soak them in to get rid of the tannin--or just give them a scrub !!!!!!! Yuck.

The bulk of the day was spent in the 2 exhibitions and I guess that if they were of no interest to/recognised by the child then the day would be much shorter and not as good value for money. So probably good to see whats on before you go. The special art event looked good but was fully booked.

All in all a good day out, made by the fact that fitted my girls' interests. Throw in a train and taxi journey and they were made !!!

Visited February 2013
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London
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dragons galore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I went with my 4 year old cousin and had just as much fun as her!

We had dragon cutting and decorating, hat making, dragon story time in the attic and many museum style floors! Books everywhere to sit down and take five and a great value cafe! The bookshop on the way out is not to be missed either, a great selection for all ages.

Staff are unbelievably friendly and enthusiastic. I dropped £20 from my pocket and to my surprise a staff member had handed it into the reception! Amazing honesty! Would go back every holidays.

Visited October 2012
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Always plenty to do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We have been coming here for several years and the kids (now ages 6, 6, 4 and 2) always find something new to entertain themselves with. They love the craft activities as well as the story time. We have an annual pass now and it's a great place to come just for a short while or for a whole day.

Visited January 2013
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Middlesbrough
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Amazing land of make believe for children and parents!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

If you dont have kids borrom your nieces and nephews and head down to Seven Stories its a magical place, we are big Julia Donaldson fans so wanted to go while all her amazing characters were there. It was really quiet when we went so kids got involved in everything. My 11 year old was not entertained but happy to come along to watch his brothers (aged 5 and 14 mo nths)enjoy the magic. I think the admission charge is fair as you can easilly have three or four hours here. The cafe is reasonable and the home made food lovely. Shop well stocked and happy to buy a book each for kids. Only one complaint..... staff a buf miserable. The one who did story time ok and ones who wander round friendly but the cafe and shop staff seem to think they are above everyone. Cant wait for the enid blyton event, not sure my boys willbe bothered though!!!!! If you havent been....go

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disappointing visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Hi we have previously visited Seven Stories and had only praise for it. But our visit yesterday was very disappointing. We were not able to access all the rooms, level one creative station - closed schools only, level 2 cafe, problem with till not even able serve us a cup of tea, we had arrived after three hour journey, straight from the station.
Level 3 bookshop open - surprise , but on this occasion I didn't spend any money.
Level 4 &. 5 exhibitions open as usual and excellent. Level 5 Santa's Study closed, write your letter to Santa moved but no original manuscripts or illustrations, we had a school age child, off school for a graduation visit to Newcastle and special permission to go to Seven Stories as educational aspect. Level 7 Santas Grotto closed schools only
On admission there was no mention that half rooms were closed to us. Staff tried to compensate by extending our ticket to another time, but will not be very helpful to us as we live so far away.
All in all a very disappointing visit. Beware if you visit when schools are visiting you are most defibately NOT welcome.

Visited December 2012
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