I was invited to Discover Children’s Story Centre for the launch of their new immersive Fairy Tale exhibition. As it was during term time, I took Raya along with me. I was sceptical that she would be too young to enjoy it, but I was so wrong! She absolutely loved it!
It began with us listening to a story about The Three Bears who owned a bed and breakfast in the forest. It was a small room, which made it so much more personal and the storyteller was amazing, feeding off the children’s participation throughout.
We then stepped into the fairy tale town and through into the woods to discover a world of giants, palaces, gingerbread houses and treasure caves. Even though Raya is only one, she was confident enough to wonder off and explore. There was so much to see. You could join in the palace disco with the musicians of Bremen, sit in a giant’s footprint and pop into town to pay a visit to Anansi’s newsroom. There was also a market to visit, help Jack win some magic beans, search for treasures in the magical cave, and stop by Grandma’s caravan! Raya’s favourite was definitely the palace disco, she loved all the colour and music.
We were then invited to the cafe which is located upstairs for a Fairy Tale themed tea party. There was an assortment of sandwiches, cakes, gingerbread men. There was even an apple filled with magic beans. It was so well designed and beautifully displayed!
A Day Pass will give you access to two floors of immersive play spaces, called Story Worlds and a Story Garden. It’s amazing for children. It allows them to explore their own imaginations! It will also give access to the cafe and garden space which is amazing, weather permitting. It works by choosing your day and adding timed tickets for storytelling, and exhibitions as an add on.
The centre is also available for venue hire and birthday parties which I’m definitely going to look into next year.
The Discover Children’s Story Centre is extremely child friendly with a buggy park located at the entrance. There is also a lift available for buggy/wheelchair accessibility. Food and picnics can be brought in from outside, however, they do request that you use the picnic area outside and reserve the cafe for paying customers.
The Discover Children’s Story Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm
Exhibition and Storytelling sessions run at set times throughout the day.
Fairy Tales launched in February, and is now running until January 2021
383-387 High Street
London E15 4QZ
5 minute walk from Stratford Station. Easily accessible on all major London transport
More info and ticket purchases can be found online here
Disclosure: Our visit was gifted for the purpose of this review