CHILDREN can try their hand at being detectives this September, at a state-of-the-art cultural centre in the North East.

On Friday 1 September, The Word: National Centre for the Written Word, at South Shields, is holding a series of fun, interactive Animal Mysteries sessions aimed at youngsters.

Held in the Storyworld room – which brings books to life with projections and sound effects – those taking part can join Hermelin, The Detective Mouse – a book by author Mini Grey, and his fellow animal friends as they begin their clue-solving mystery adventure.

Other stories that will be played and projected across the Storyworld walls include The New Libearian (sic) by Alison Donald and Alex Willmore, The World Famous Cheese Shop Break-In by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw and The Three Little Superpigs by Claire Evans.

Those attending the storytelling sessions will get the opportunity to sing, dance and get creative with the opportunity to come up with their own superhero name, solve mysteries, play spot the difference and draw their own wanted criminal.

Three sessions are available, each lasting 40 minutes, taking place at 10am, 11.15am and 2pm.

Tickets cost £3.50 per child, £2.50 per adult, £10.50 for a family of 4 and £1 for under 12 months. All tickets can be bought at the Word shop on the day and if groups of 10 or more are attending, a group ticket can be purchased from £25. The Animal Mysteries sessions are suitable for under sevens and their families.

To book tickets for StoryWorld sessions visit www.theworduk.org or visit the venue’s gift shop, Shop@The Word.

Animal Mysteries will mark the end of a full programme of summer activities hosted at The Word, which included story-telling workshops with under the sea, pirate and dinosaur themes.

StoryWorld is just one of the innovative facilities at the centre, designed to give young people opportunities to learn, engage and discover using the latest technology.

Others include a lending library of more than 70,000 books, a digital media wall, interactive touch-tables, FabLab – which gives budding designers of all ages access to 3D printers, vinyl and laser cutters – and OpenZone, which provides digital learning and ICT to schools.

For more information about The Word, call 0191 427 1818 email enquiries@theworduk.org or visit www.theworduk.org.