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During your full-day visit, your class will discover the joy of Shared Reading, enjoy outdoor activities, and explore the history of the Park and The Reader Mansion House.

  • Prices start at £300 for a full-day adventure, which runs from 10am to 2.30pm.
  • Sessions available Tuesday to Thursday for classes of up to 35 children.
  • More than one class? Speak to us about group booking discounts.
  • Can’t make it to Calderstones? How about Storybarn on the Road? We’ll bring a magical, 45-minute experience to you.
  • We also create bespoke sessions for SEND and pre-school groups.

For more details email storybarn@thereader.org.uk or speak to us on 0151 729 2227.

The Storybarn (90 minutes)

Filled with objects to inspire and hundreds of books to read, during your visit your class will experience: Shared Reading, book talk, story building, creative crafts and imaginative play.

Our unique Shared Reading activities involve stories or poems being read aloud and discussed. This allows children to express themselves individually and practise listening kindly to others.

Story building, which encourages imagination, is a great hook for continued classroom learning. Together we’ll create a weird and wonderful tale!

Story Discovery Outdoor Trail (1 hour)

Join our Storyhunters for an outdoor adventure to discover the stories of Calderstones Park.

Explore some of the park’s important historical features, including the Allerton Oak, a 1,000-year-old tree, the walled gardens, and the Jet of Iada memorial, celebrating the wartime efforts of a brave German Shepherd dog.

Playing outside at Calderstones Park

The Calderstones Story

With our Heritage Story Sharers, your class will travel back more than 5,000 years during their visit to the newly transformed Mansion House.

They’ll enjoy spending time at our heritage exhibition where they can get up close to the Stone Age Calder Stones that gave the Park its name. Here they’ll explore the history of Merseyside’s most ancient monuments and discover their elaborately carved symbols.

A school visit to the Calder Stones

National Curriculum Links

Pupils should:

  • be encouraged to read for pleasure and encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences.
  • explore significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
  • take part in outdoor activity challenges.
  • develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.