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Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things – Discover Children’s Story Centre

Posted by on Thursday, 22 October, 2015 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Sunny day

Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things – Discover Children’s Story Centre

Our top recommendation for a day trip in half term, after half term, or in fact any time before next April, is the new Michael Rosen exhibition at Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford. We were feeling very lucky this week to get to attend the launch and hear from the author himself, while filling up on tasty Brick Lane bagels (of which more later)…

For any child (or parent) who has read the classic book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the exhibition’s Bear Hunt trail is wonderfully evocative. You can swish the long grass, splosh in the river, squelch in the mud, stumble through the forest and tiptoe into the Bear’s cave to find out who’s inside. G had a great time and was particularly delighted to lie down on the floor and peer into the tiny bear dens in the tree trunks.

The rest of the immersive and interactive exhibition reflects Michael Rosen’s life and other works. Discover the kitchen hidden inside a giant chocolate cake, dig out the Bad Things in the Dread Shed and spend time in the author’s school classroom and grandparents’ living room. There are little clues and references everywhere you look, from framed poems, photos and maps on the walls, to the food in the larder and the cane in the schoolroom.

These insights into the author’s world are particularly charming – I loved the poem of the young Michael Rosen trying to eat a bagel while saving the hole for his Grandfather (mmm, those Brick Lane bagels were good).

G had a lovely time exploring and playing with the toy cakes in the kitchen, pretending to be on TV in the living room and smelling the nasty smells in the Dread Shed. Older children can enjoy the exhibition on a whole other level, creating their own poetry from wooden word blocks, pretending to be the teacher in the classroom and spotting the quirky little details hidden throughout.

When you’ve had enough, there’s lots more fun to be had in Discover’s permanent Story Trail and Story Garden and you can stock up on children’s story books and pocket money toys (or even just have some chocolate cake) in the café shop before you head home.

Interest rating

Fabulous fun for imaginative little ones. Don’t miss it.


Admission costs £5 per person. A family ticket costs £18. Under 2s free.

Opening times

Discover is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Open every day during the Newham school holidays.

The Michael Rosen exhibition is open from 3pm to 5pm Tuesday to Friday in term time. At weekends and in the school holidays there are hourly sessions starting at 10.20am (weekdays) and 11.20am (weekends).


Discover is accessible to pushchairs and has baby changing facilities.

Contact details


Telephone: 020 8536 5555

Getting there

Address: 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

By train: Discover is a short walk from Stratford station (Central and Jubilee lines, Overground, DLR). Stratford High Street station on the DLR is 1 minute’s walk from the Centre.


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