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“Not worth the entry price.”

Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Seven Stories is the National home of Children's Books. There is no other place like it in the UK. Everything we do celebrates children's books, their creators and their readers. Many of the best loved books for children are written by British authors and illustrators, changing the lives of those who read and enjoy them. We select original artwork and manuscripts - from first scribbles to finished books - to create our innovative exhibitions and popular events. Seven Stories' unique exhibitions, lively events and playful activities bring children's books to life - every day for everyone - making us a place to remember.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Took our 9 year old grandson who was quite dissapointed, as it seems to cater for younger children of up to about 8 years. The entry fee for adults is far too high, should be at least half the price. Would not recommend it.

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7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2014

I am very sorry to hear about your experience at Seven Stories. Your comments have been passed on to our Senior Management Team, please email your contact details to lauren.regan-ingram@sevenstories.org.uk and someone will be in touch very soon. Best Wishes, Lauren.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We arrived 3:45 in the afternoon, the cost of admission was £20 (2 adults, 2 kids).

The bottom floor was a smallish room where kids could create dinosaurs with stencils and colours, and they could make a mask.

Another few floors, we missed anything on there as story telling etc ended at 2pm. One room had a wooden railway set and a few costumes they could get dressed up in.

one floor was Angelina Ballerina themed, but in my opinion wasn't for small children as it was a lot of story boards, with joined up writing that kids can't understand and was fairly boring.

The book shop was great, but after paying £20 to enter, I wasn't going to buy anything.

Onto my main complaints. The assistant took our £20, didn't once mention that everything had actually finished for the day and the place shut at 5pm. If she had said, we would have just come back another day. Also, why are they charging £7 for adults to enter? If 2 parents take their children, it £14. The entry fee seriously needs looking at, and I can't recommend it for that reason. If no events are on as in our case, it is maximum 1 hours entertainment.

3  Thank blacksparrow
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7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2014

Hi,

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments have been passed on to our Senior Management Team and will be incorporated into our training and review process. Please email lauren.regan-ingram@sevenstories.org.uk and we will be in touch soon.

Best Wishes
Lauren

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We arrived at Seven Stories with four children, ages ranging from 1 to 8. We stayed for over 3 hours! There was loads of fun to be had. We could have easily stayed longer. The children enjoyed seeing the artwork, finding out about the featured stories and dressing up... my 4 year old really liked the red riding hood cape and refused to take it off for some time!

We watched a story, which was acted out using ideas from the audience and props. The staff did really well improvising with the materials given, producing a funny story of a princess with a Leopard called Percy, going to the swimming pool. It was very entertaining for the children and the adults!

All staff were extremely helpful and polite, even when the youngest decided to do dental surgery on the dinosaur display. The older children made dinosaur masks and pictures, which they have stuck proudly up on the wall for all to see.

Before leaving we relaxed with a cup of tea and cake in the cafe overlooking the river. A great day was had by all and the children were definitely encouraged to read! I would definitely recommend Seven Stories for all ages.

3  Thank Amandamac19
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We visited 7 stories on wednesday. My self and the kids throughly enjoyed it. There was alot to do having fun whist still learning at the same time. Deffinatly recommend seven stories to everyone and anyone. Fun for all ages. Staff are all lovely and good entertainment. I have visit seven stories 3 times now. All differant exhibitions and all fabulous.My neice is aready asking when I will take her again. 5 stars. Keep up the good work

1  Thank brown2015
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We visited seven stories with our 18 month old not really knowing what to expect. We arrived for story time then went exploring. The exhibitions varied - some with dressing up, some with photo opportunities but to be honest its nice to find somewhere like this which is totally child friendly. I'm sure this place will get better the older she gets as wasn't really old enough for the crafts or the mixed up fairy tales, but my daughter loved being able to roam and look at things. We upgraded to an annual pass on the way out and have since been for 2 more visits. Only down side is that it looks like the exhibitions only change once a year, but otherwise a great way to fill a few hours on a rainy day (or mix this with a visit to the ouseburn farm around the corner on the same day) one thing to note - the cafe is expensive and gets very busy when mixed up fairy tales finishes. You can't take your own food, however there is space for picnics near the ouseburn farm and the farm has a cafe full of home made goodness - much better value than the cafe in seven stories.

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7stories, Public Relations Manager at Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2014

Hi,

I am pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your Seven Stories experience! We hope that you can visit us again soon and you find lots more things to enjoy together as your little one gets older.

Best Wishes
Lauren

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