The wonder of Christmas is making a welcome come-back to Seven Stories with a packed events season this winter. After a quiet affair last year, Seven Stories’ elves are going all-out to deck the halls full of twinkly lights, festive cheer and of course, wonderful story times.

The National Centre for Children’s Books has an array of family activities to brighten up diaries for visitors of all ages to the Centre.

Cathy Brumby, Programme Manager at Seven Stories has made a list, checked it twice and is thrilled to reveal the activity planned for the Centre, “Christmas is such a special time for children, and as grown-ups we all get huge pleasure in seeing the delight on their faces.

“Since last year was understandably low key, we are making up for lost time and giving our festive season every drop of Christmas spirit and grain of glitter we have. After all, Christmas isn’t Christmas until you’ve been to Seven Stories” she said.

Seven Stories and its team of Story Catchers is inviting families to join them and, of course the big man himself, for a special Afternoon Tea followed by a cosy grotto visit or a magical Audience with Santa complete with elf activities this year. Mrs Claus is also making an appearance for a special breakfast, plus Festive Cake Baking will get mouths watering.

An Audience with Santa

Have you have ever wondered how Santa actually does all the amazing things he does? Well, now is your chance to ask! Bring your family to Seven Stories for a very special audience with the man of the moment. Elves will be on hand to welcome everyone, provide some story entertainment and keep the little ones busy with festive activities. Then all you need to do is relax and enjoy a selection of seasonal canapés, sweet treats, festive cakes, mulled drinks and hot chocolate all brought to your table. Just don’t forget to take some ‘elfies’!  

An Audience with Santa is suitable for families with children aged five plus. It is running on 5th, 12th, 19th December.

Tickets are £25 per person and suitable for anyone who believes and is over five years old.

Afternoon Tea with Santa

Join Seven Stories for a yuletide Afternoon Tea like no-other. Let elves welcome you to sit down and enjoy an incredible selection of festive foods as they entertain your children with stories and Christmas crafts.

Following this, they will lead you into Santa Claus’s incredible grotto, household by household, where he can say hello and ask that all-important question. Let’s just hope everyone has been good this year!

Afternoon Tea with Santa is suitable for families with children from three years plus. It is running on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November and the 4th, 11th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd of December from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Tickets are £28.50 per person and suitable for anyone who believes! 

This event has a limited capacity and tickets must be booked in advance. Groups are restricted to a maximum of six per table. Social distancing guidelines will be followed throughout. Check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about your visit to Seven Stories.

Breakfast with Mrs Claus

The smell of warm gingerbread is almost in the air….! Join, possibly the most famous wife in the world, in our café for a themed Christmas breakfast, a festive story and a keepsake craft.

Perfect for families with children aged seven and under, cost £12.50 per person, running 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 20th December at 9.30am.  


Event tickets must be booked in advance and are non-transferable and non-refundable including for illness or self-isolation. Seven Stories reserves the right to amend or cancel events as necessary and will offer a full refund in case of cancellation.

All events have been designed to meet the government’s COVID-secure guidance and social distancing will be followed throughout. Please read our House Rules before attending an event and check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about your visit to Seven Stories.


Seven Stories has even more aspects of Christmas wrapped up since our independent bookshop will be full to the brim of beautiful and tempting titles and gifts for junior booklovers. These can also be browsed on our website at uk.bookshop.org/shop/SevenStoriesBookshop

There are early evening shopping events in November and December – dates TBC – watch the website for more information coming soon.