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Half-Term Hijinks at Calderstones Mansion House

Written by Beth Pochin, 15th October 2013
We're extremely excited for our first October half term at Calderstones - and to celebrate, we've planned a full schedule of  exciting Halloween themedPrint events for children, young people and families.
Monday 21st October:
We will kick-start the week on Monday morning with our 'Get Into Reading Spooky Special' (10-11.30am, ages 14+).  For this spine-tingling event, we've plenty of horror stories at the ready for you, but BEWARE! This is not for the faint hearted! The fun will continue into the afternoon from 2-5pm with The Worst Witch Academy, as we read about Mildred Hubble’s chaotic first year in Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. We have a craft session especially for young witches and wizards following this where you can make your own hat. This session is suitable for ages 4-11.
Tuesday 22nd October:
On Tuesday you can come and join in with more Halloween fun from 10am-12pm, with a reading of the fantastic Room on the Broom, and some Pumpkin Painting! Bring your family for a fantastic storytelling session and have a go at some Pumpkin Painting afterwards.  This special session is for under 7s. Following this, there will be another lovely family event where you can carve your own pumpkin whilst listening to the legend of sleepy hollow from 1-4pm. After an afternoon of creativity, if you're feeling brave enough, come and join us for our Horowitz Horror Night (5-6.30pm, aged 11+). Be prepared to be terrified as we read a selection of horror stories from young adult writer Anthony Horowitz. In these tales the weird, the surprising and the truly terrifying are lurking just out of sight...
Wednesday 23rd October: 
The spooky fun continues on Wednesday, where we have another great morning of activities planned for under 5s. We'll be reading the classic children's story Funny Bones and singing some children's songs, from 10-11.30am. On top of this, we'll play some of our favourite games and make spooky spiders! From 6-7.30pm, as the night draws in, things are going to get pretty scary at we deliver another Get Into Reading Spooky Special; this time we will transport you into the supernatural world of Edgar Allen Poe as we read some of his greatest works (for adults and aged 14+).
Thursday 24th October:
To finish off our Half-Term Hijinks and top off a great week of activities, come and join us from 1-5pm for Where the Wild Things Are. This is a family afternoon for all ages filled with reading, Halloween games and crafts.

All of these events are free but booking is required. Contact Roisin Hyland on or call 0151 724 5000. All craft materials will be provided. For more information please click here.

Let the wild Rumpus start!


Finally, on Saturday 26th October, there is an opportunity for adults to do something for themselves, and join The Reader Organisation for our latest Short Course for Serious Readers: The Test of the Sea. This special one-day course will take you on a journey across the seas, exploring life and the lights and shadows of the soul reading Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad together. Come along to discover some great literature in good company in the beautiful surroundings of Calderstones Park this Autumn.

See our Courses section for full details.

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