The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is hosting many events during the summer holidays, including:-

Animal Stories

Wed 25 July, 11am-12noon & 1-2pm

£3.50 child/ £2.50 adult / £10.50 family of 4/ under 12 months £1 to be paid at the shop on the day/ £25 group ticket (10x tickets).

Suitable for children up to 14 years

Booking required

Get up and close with some curious and cute creatures in this hands-on workshop.

Children will meet and learn all about “Niffler” the hedgehog, “Gruff” the owl and “Peaches” the corn snake in the interactive session.

Please note children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Cooking up some mischief

Wed 1 August, 10am-12noon

£4 per child

Suitable for ages 7-11 (Children under 7 are welcome but will require hands-on support from an adult and may not be able to take part in all of the activities)

Booking required

Help Carolyn from The Canny Kitchen cook a fantastic selection of ‘Mischief Maker’ inspired dishes, cakes and biscuits. During this workshop children will get to taste some of the creations and take part in activities including making up their own recipe.

Mischief Makers is the theme of the Summer Reading Challenge 2018, produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you have any food allergies.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Mischief Makers

Fri 3 August, 10.30am, 12.45pm & 2.15pm

£3.50 child/ £2.50 adult / £10.50 family of 4/ under 12 months £1 to be paid at the shop on the day/ £25 group ticket (10x tickets).

Suitable for under 7’s and their families.

Booking required

Join us for an immersive and interactive StoryWorld session this summer.

Children will be amazed as they sit and listen to tales of mischief makers; as well and joining in songs and taking part in mischief maker-themed activities.

These sessions fill up fast so book your place today to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Science Buddies

Tues 7 August, 11am-12noon & 2-3pm

£4 per child, £2 per adult

Suitable for children aged 4+

Booking required

Join us for a fantastic, mischief maker-themed, Science Buddies session this summer!

This event will mix gory looking experiments with fun and exciting science that children over 4 are sure to love!

Children will be able to make their own rude ‘pumping’ putty and experiment with different invisible inks to create secret messages!

Please note: children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Young Writers storybook masterclass with Tracey Iceton

Wed 8 August, 10am-1pm

Suitable for ages 7+

£20 per person to be booked via Tracey Iceton

Do you love a good story? Do you have a great imagination? Are you always making up your own stories? Then this workshop is just for you!

Young writers (aged 7+) are invited to join Tracey Iceton, for this fun, interactive creative writing and storytelling workshop.  In this session, you will create cool characters and plan action-packed plots as well as giving you some tips on how to write vivid descriptions and give your characters something to say.

As well as making up your own story you’ll get to produce your own storybook, design a cover for it and do some eye-catching illustrations to go with your story.  There will also be chance to read your stories and enjoy some storytelling with Tracey.

To book email: traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk

 

Pick ‘N’ Mix Writing Summer School

Mon 13 – Wed 15 August, 11am-4pm

Free

Suitable for ages 12-19

This summer, join Cuckoo Young Writers for a variety of workshops where you’ll have the chance to try different writing styles and genres, from crime to horror, poetry to scriptwriting.

Each session will have a different theme, so why not come along to all or just try your hand at one.

For more information and to book, visit: www.cuckoowriters.com

 

Monster Laser Fun

Tues 14 August & Thurs 23 August, 1-3.30pm

£12.50 per person

Suitable for ages 9-14

Booking required

Our infamous laser cutting sessions for children are back and this time better than ever! Come and have some monstrous fun with our laser cutters and see your design come to life.

Design a key-ring, coaster or even a monster themed ear-phones tidy!

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

FabLab Drop In: Create and Design

Wed 15 & Thurs 30 August

£4 per creation

1-4pm

Suitable for all ages

This session gives children the chance to see their design made in front of their eyes on our laser cutters! It could be a key-ring, a coaster or head-phone tidies or anything else you can dream of!

 

T-Shirt Making

Thurs 16 August, 1-4pm

£12.50 per person (+ £4 if FabLab provide the T-shirt for you)

Suitable for ages 9-14

Booking required

Learn how to design your own bespoke logo for a T-Shirt using our vinyl cutters in this exciting FabLab course. Then watch as our team make it into a unique T-Shirt to take away with you.

Come with an idea in mind and let us help you create the end product.

Bring your own T-Shirt or we have some to purchase for only £4. We cannot guarantee T-shirt sizes so please contact fablab@theworduk.org to let us know in advance if you require one.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Tales of space adventures

Fri 17 August

10.30am, 12.45pm & 2.15pm

£3.50 child/ £2.50 adult / £10.50 family of 4/ under 12 months £1 to be paid at the shop on the day/ £25 group ticket (10x tickets).

Suitable for under 7’s and their families.

Booking required

Get ready to blast off into outer space in this immersive StoryWorld session.

Children will be amazed by tales of stars, planets and aliens; as well and joining in songs, and taking part in space-themed activities.

These sessions fill up fast so book your place today to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Clock Making

Tues 21 August, 10am-4pm

£18 per person

Suitable for ages 9-14

Booking required

Learn the basics about using our laser cutters and create your very own clock! Our team will work with you to make your design into a fully working clock which you can take away with you.

The course costs include all materials including the clock mechanism. You just bring your own enthusiasm and creativity and a packed lunch.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Code Club

Tues 21 August, 10-11.30am

Free

Suitable for 9-13 year olds

Booking required

Learn how to programme your own interactive stories, games and animation using Scratch with Code Club at The Word.

Come along to our drop-in sessions for children who have already learned about Scratch and have experience of creating projects.

For more information and booking: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Little Red Riding Hood and Friends

Wed 22 August, 11am-12noon & 2-3pm

£4 per person

Suitable for under 7’s and their families

Booking required

Join us as Booster Cushion Theatre brings another brilliant show to The Word. Children will be captivated by this funny and immersive untraditional fairy tale.

Little Red Riding Hood’s friend arrives to tell the audience a story but has a problem – there are no pages in the book! As he tries to tell the story, chaos ensues and we meet a whole host of fairy tale characters to try and finish the story!

Children will revel in this magical and engaging show as they audition to be wolves, become Cinderella’s backing band and help Red Riding Hood’s dad chop down trees.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Circus stories

Fri 31 August, 10.30am, 12.45pm & 2.15pm

£3.50 child/ £2.50 adult / £10.50 family of 4/ under 12 months £1 to be paid at the shop on the day/ £25 group ticket (10x tickets).

Suitable for under 7’s and their families.

Booking required

Roll up, roll up and come and join us for a breath-taking StoryWorld spectacular! Children will be immersed in fantastic stories all about the circus as well as joining in with circus- themed crafts.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Arts and Crafts

Every Monday and Thursday in the summer holidays

10-11am & 2.30-3.30pm

£1 per child

Come along to The Word for fun craft sessions. Children will enjoy making a range of mischief maker- themed crafts!

Maximum 1 adult per child. Children under 8 must have an adult present.

Tickets must be bought in advance from The Word.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org/summer

 

Ann Cleeves in conversation

Tues 9 October, 6.30-8pm

£2.50 per person

Suitable for ages 16+

Booking required

As part of National Library week, Ann Cleeves, the international best-selling author of BBC One’s Shetland & ITV’s Vera, will be discussing the final book in the Shetland series: Wild Fire.

The Jimmy Perez books have won awards and fans worldwide, both on screen and on the page, but what will become of the beloved detective?

 

Wor Catherine: Fact and Ficition

FREE

Suitable for all ages

Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Dame Catherine Cookson. Marking 20 years since her death, this exhibition plays tribute to the great literary author.

This exhibition, in the Caer Urfa pod will focus on her life and her achievements including selling over 123million books worldwide.

There will be a timeline of her life, quizzes and the screening of a short film made by Unified Media and written by Tom Kelly to enjoy.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org

 

Monsters! The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly!

FREE

Suitable for all ages

A monstrous family – friendly exhibition has arrived at The Word!

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes and you can find out about them all at our monster-tastic exhibition: Monsters! The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly.

Meet Boris Karloff’s classic movie monster in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, see what it feels like to be held by King Kong and take a selfie with Sulley from Monsters Inc. You can read about children’s favourites such as the Gruffalo and Shrek and be reminded of the monsters from Hollywood’s golden age: Dracula, Wolf Man and the Mummy.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org

 

The Big Book of Monsters

FREE

Suitable for all ages

Explore magical maps and mysterious landscapes with your own personal monster in this exciting installation inside our ground floor pod.

A giant, interactive book allows children big and small to strike a pose and make a shadow monster, and then, add their own page to a spooky story, by moving words across the screen.

Starting at Skull Island, choose from various destinations on the interactive map to start your own monster story and begin the adventure.

The interactive book includes sound, light and technology to create a captivating and immersive experience.

The Big Book of Monsters has been designed and built by ITHACA Studio and will feature as part of ourMonsters! The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly exhibition until January 2019.

For more information and to book: www.theworduk.org