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Be Part of the Next Chapter with The Reader at Calderstones

Written by Rachael Norris, 31st July 2019

If you’ve visited Calderstones Park, home of The Reader, you'll have seen the Mansion House is a hive of activity as we get ready to reopen its doors after three years of careful restoration.

If you’ve never been to this beautiful park in South Liverpool – now’s your chance to get involved with a unique community where there’s something for everyone.

The Calder Stones that give the area its name have been restored, 5,000 years of local history has been collected to share with visitors and a new programme of activity is coming to life.

The opening weekend is 14 and 15 September – and everyone’s invited, so we would love to see you there.

Restored to life - The Mansion House

But, before the housewarming gets into full swing, The Reader needs 100 people to help make the Mansion House a home ahead of the opening date.

You may have seen a show in the Garden Theatre as a child, celebrated your wedding here, or are excited to get involved for the very first time.

The place is full of memories and we need people to help us make more for future generations.

There are lots of ways to get involved, could you...

  • Provide a warm greeting as a reception or welcome volunteer?
  • Explore the history of the Calder Stones with people of all ages, or help care for the gardens?
  • Give visitors something real to carry home by helping in the shop?

There’ll be new Shared Reading groups... a library, house and garden to look after... arts and wellbeing activities... community events... and more.

Whatever time or talent you have, there’s something here for everyone.

You can email, visit or call 0151 729 2200 to get started.

When you get in touch, you’ll be offered a free tour of the Mansion House, so you can explore the community that you’re going to be part of.

They’re happening every Friday at 12noon until 6 September - but don't forget to book.

Friday 2 August

Friday 9 August

Friday 16 August

Friday 23 August

Friday 30 August

Friday 6 September

If you’d like to share your memories of the park for inclusion in The Reader’s archive, email with ‘Calder Story’ in the subject line.


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