Kitchen Zoo

Neighbourhood Events

Commissioned by Northern Stage and part of Out On The Toon

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Heading out into Saltwell Park for your daily stroll?
Listen closely and you might find some familiar stories you didn't know were there!
Three bears plodding through the woods. Little red riding hood skipping off to see her Granny. Three little pigs building three little houses. Do you know what happens next?

Join Kitchen Zoo for a stroll through some well known stories. Re-imagining your local landscape as one for stories and adventure.

Audio adventures for 3-7s and their grown-ups.

Time and Location  

Saltwell Park, Gateshead
All day, in your own time. No booking required.

How it works:

Once upon a time there was a map of Saltwell Park.

On the map are three different Story Trails.

Which one will you choose?

Each trail is made up of 3 points where you can stop and listen to the next chapter of your chosen story. Give yourself up to 30 minutes to complete each story at a gentle pace. There is also a craft sheet for each story with suggested activities.

All stories, story trail map and crafts can be accessed on the Northern Stage website between 1st June - 31st August 2021.

All routes are free of steps and perfect for pushchairs, wheelchairs and even bears!

What you will need:

  • A phone with internet capability
  • A Map. You can print the map off at home or just follow it on your phone from the Northern Stage website.
  • A craft. Each story has an accompanying craft that you could do before or after you listen and suggested activities.
  • Your imagination!

For 3 -7s and their grown ups.

We would love to see photos of your adventures in Saltwell Park. You can send them to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @kitchenzoo. Use the hashtags #StoryTrails #OutOnTheToonNS

Or you can send them via email to [email protected]

Have fun story trailers, don’t stray from the path and watch out for the big bad Wolf!



Story Trails: Little Red Riding Hood craft

Story Trails: The Three Bears craft

Story Trails: The Three Little Pigs craft

Little Red Riding Hood transcript

The Three Bears transcript

The Three Little Pigs transcript

About Kitchen Zoo

Kitchen Zoo was co-founded by Hannah Goudie-Hunter and Bob Nicholson. They are both theatre makers and performers who grew up and are now based in the North East. They have worked individually on projects for young audiences with companies such as Northern Stage, Theatre Sans Frontieres, Cap-A-Pie, The D Project, Gala Theatre Durham and Alphabetti Theatre. Kitchen Zoo formed in 2016 having met and created work together through Northern Stage’s NORTH project in 2014. Kitchen Zoo formed with the ambition to create high quality, small scale touring theatre for children and family audiences, that would tour to regional theatres alongside non theatre spaces such as libraries, community venues and arts centres.

They are committed to creating work with and for young audiences who come from areas of low arts engagement and strive to make work accessible. They want all young audience members and their families to feel that theatres and arts centres are spaces that are for them and they aim to create work that reflects that. Since forming in 2016 they have devised, produced and toured four shows: The Owl and the Pussycat, The Tin Foil Astronaut, The Three Bears at Christmas and WOLF! They also co-produced and performed in The Emperor’s Clothes with Northern Stage this past Christmas as a digital performance. They are proud to create work in the North East and tour it nationally.

Neighbourhood Events

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we're inviting you to get Out on the Toon this summer, starting with a series of free outdoor events to reconnect artists and audiences in their local neighbourhoods throughout June.

10 North East theatre makers have been selected to create work in 9 of our region’s 12 local authorities, breathing new life into the places and spaces that have been the backdrop to their lockdown, celebrating the diversity of our region and bringing communities together through immersive live performances, dance, story trails, short stories, films, live music and spoken word.

See what's happening at the other Neighbourhood Events here - we hope to see you Out on the Toon soon!

    Image credit Pamela Raith Photography

    This event is part of our Out On The Toon programme funded by the Weston Culture Fund.