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Join the Reading Revolution

We’re a national charity that wants to bring about a Reading Revolution so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which we believe is a tool for helping humans survive and live well.

From our global Shared Reading movement, to our Calderstones Park home – The Reader builds lively communities that bring people together and books to life.

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  • 93%

    Felt better after a session

  • 700

    Groups around the UK

  • 10,000+

    Readers a year

  • 84%

    Made new friends

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Love reading? Love meeting new people? Want to make a difference locally? If so, Shared Reading could be the thing for you. And you could be just the person for us.

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The Reader at Calderstones

The Reader at Calderstones is a community unlike any other, somewhere people can get together, experience literature and try something new.

Drop in at the Mansion House to get a bite to eat at The Reader Café, join a Shared Reading group or explore 5,000 years of storytelling in our dedicated exhibition.

Explore the park, where you’ll find the Storybarn play space and The Reader Ice Cream Parlour.

The Storybarn

The Storybarn exists to spark a life-long love of books and reading, and an unending curiosity for exploring the astonishing worlds of our imagination.

Whether you’re coming as family, party or school, this imaginative play space is dedicated to sharing the delights of reading with babies and children.


Come and play!
  • 8,937

    Storyhunter and Incy Wincy Rhymer attendees

  • 95

    Birthday parties

  • 111

    School visits

  • 23

    Family fun days