A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures at Z-arts

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Gemma Gibb, Families Editor
A World Inside A Book courtesy Suzi Corker
Ludovic Des Cogents

A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures at Z-arts, Manchester, 12 February–26 October 2019, from £6 - Book now

Book now to step into the colourful worlds of some of the best-loved bedtime stories read across the land at Z-arts. Fresh from London’s Discover Story Centre comes A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures, the UK’s first interactive exhibition of tales by illustrator Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Aimed at ages zero to eight, crawl, walk and play through a wonderland of worlds together. The exhibition starts with the sitting room setting of Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book where it’s storytime.

Magical set design re-creates enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds so little ones really do feel they are experiencing the worlds of the book just as their favourite characters are.

A World Inside a Book courtesy Suzi Corker

All the A-list are here at Z-arts including The Gruffalo, Zog, Tiddler and The Snail and the Whale. Climb through The Highway Rat‘s cave, adventure through the Monkey Puzzle jungle and brace yourself for take off with Room on the Broom.

Expect all the senses to be bombarded (in a good way) and, as it’s Z-arts, the exhibition includes the chance to express yourselves through dressing up or creation of your own artistic or storytelling endeavours.

We love that this sort of experience gives families the chance to explore familiar stories in a brand new, playful way.

A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures at Z-arts, Manchester

12 February–26 October 2019
From £6

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