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Julia and Axel - Thirty Years of Favourite Stories


The Lowry in collaboration with publishers Macmillan Children’s Books and Scholastic, are hosting a new exhibition celebrating the acclaimed partnership between Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, who have created some of the world’s best-loved, and best-selling children’s books, including The GruffaloZogRoom on the BroomThe Smeds and the Smoos, and most recently, The Baddies.

This free family-friendly exhibition features several of Julia Donaldson’s personal writing notebooks; containing the very first ideas and creative thinking behind her picture book stories. These are shown alongside Axel Scheffler’s artwork, showing the process of his illustrations from sketches and works in progress, to full page final illustrations that readers are familiar with seeing in the finished books.

Throughout the exhibition there are:

  • lots of fun opportunities for children to be creative themselves,
  • they are guided to write their own stories,
  • draw pictures,
  • dress up,
  • play fun games inspired by the books.

Artwork by Axel Scheffler. Copyright © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2023.

Planning your visit

  • At busy times a queuing system may be in place
  • Last entry is 30 minutes before the exhibition closes
  • Baby changing facilities are available throughout the building – please ask a member of staff for assistance.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • For families with access requirements who would prefer to experience our Galleries in a calmer and less busy environment we have a relaxed hour every Sunday from 9am-10am. Pre-booking recommended
  • Groups of 10+ to book tickets email or call 0161 876 2003
  • If you have additional needs when visiting the busy exhibition please contact our team
    call 0161 876 2183
    or make yourself known to a member of staff.

Julia and Axel - Thirty Years of Favourite Stories Tickets



The Lowry

Tue 3 Oct 2023 - Mon 1 Jan 2024


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