Seven Stories, in Newcastle, is the National Centre for Children's Books. During the school holidays, with a houseful of bored children and young people aged from 16 years to 10 months we decided to take a day out and go and explore.
Seven Stories, arranged on 7 floors of an old industrial building, is the perfect place to get children involved with books if they haven't tried them already and absolute heaven for everyone - including grown-ups - who loves books.
There are cosy places to settle down with your kids and read some of the thousands of books in the bookshop.
Bright window seats to sprawl on.
A very good selection of young adult fiction as well as books for teeny tots.
There are whole floors devoted to individual books where you walk through the pages.
This was the entrance to Alice
You could downsize for the Borrowers
pose on the film set for Lost and Found
climb into Cinderella's coach
and fool about with Angelina
Some of us were very silly indeed!
At the top there was a room where you could dress up as any kind of fairy tale you fancied
And there was someone to read us all a story
In the basement we coloured and cut out and were generally messy.
This was one of the best days out I've ever had - indulging my inner child (or entering my second childhood!) and the other children all enjoyed it too. If only there were more book places like this for children and adults.
Seven Stories, Newcastle upon Tyne