TALES of a pirate’s life at sea will be given a three dimensional twist at the North East’s most innovative event space this half term.

StoryWorld @ The Word, South Shields, is a state-of-the-art facility which uses backdrop projections and sound effects to bring storybook characters to life.

And on Friday 16 February youngsters can enjoy stories from Jonny Duddle’s popular pirate children’s books, as well practice their pirate skills, sing swashbuckling songs and turn their hand to pirate-inspired crafts.

Families visiting The World can also enjoy a last chance to visit the Shiver Me Timbers: Pirates on Page, Stage and Screen exhibition before it closes on 18 February.

Sponsored by Port of Tyne, the immersive exhibition traces the history of piracy, from 1719 when novelist Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe, to 20th century fictional pirates such as Sea Hawk, Captain Blood and Captain Jack Sparrow.

Visitors can also learn about female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, view

replicas of pirate costumes including those of Blackbeard, Long John Silver and Captain Hook and step inside a Galleon to watch a short film about life on board a ship.

The StoryWorld sessions are suitable for under sevens and their families and sessions will be held from 10.30am to 11.20am12.45pm to 1.35pm and2.15pm to 3.05pm on 16 February.

Tickets cost £3.50 child/ £2.50 adult / £10.50 family of 4/£1 under 12 months or £25 for a group tickets for 10 or more and can be bought from The Shop @The Word on the day or online at www.theworduk.org

The sessions are part of a full programme of half term activities for all ages at The Word, designed to give young people opportunities to learn, engage and discover using the latest technology.

Along with StoryWorld, the building houses 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.

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

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