We arrived at 10 am in time to see Chief Executive Kate Edwards cutting the Golden ribbon to allow us all to flood into the building. Seven Stories has been closed since April and has undergone a £750,000 revamp to celebrate it's 10th birthday.
My children love going to Seven Stories, we all feel so comfortable and it is such a friendly and warm environment you cannot fail to enjoy. We headed straight downstairs to the first floor and the Studio. This area is dedicated to art and crafts and at the moment is inspired by The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle. There are all sorts of crafty things to do, we made a treasure chest, a treasure map, drew some undersea creatures and had fun dressing up. It is much better set out now with lots of different work stations so you have lots of room.
Our next stop was the Attic which is right at the top of the building. It has been magically transformed into Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter books and complete with lots of twinkling fairy lights it is a beautiful area. We were waiting for a performance of Sssh Shelby has a Plan so whilst we were waiting we took advantage of the dressing up corner to become some of our favourite characters.
The performance was brilliant, full of fun and very interactive. The kids loved it and had lots of laughs. That is one of the things I love about Seven Stories, the staff are truly amazing. Always happy, always eager and always more than willing to help, they truly are a credit to the Centre.
There are three brand new exhibitions open now. Painting with Rainbows, Rhyme around the World and a Bear Called Paddington. We explored all the exhibitions and as usual they are thoughtfully put together with lots of interaction and ways to make children think about things. I won't go into too much detail here, you will need to explore for yourself. I will however leave you with some photographs, The quality isn't the best, you are unable to use flash photography in the galleries so you don't damage the artwork and my camera isn't top notch but they do show you what a fun time we had (before my daughter had a little accident and we had to pop off to the RVI!, no worries she is fine)
Seven Stories re-opens to the public today and as always has a full programme of events to keep you all occupied throughout the summer. Why not pop along and see for yourself