Project Update: Spring 2019

Despite Storms Gareth and Freya doing their best to rip off new roof tiles, The Mansion House is standing strong, and these last months have seen massive progress:

  • the Calder Stones have returned, taking pride of place in the Garden
  • the community theatre roof work is finished
  • flagstones are being laid for the outdoor Café seating area
  • the new Park toilets in the basement are coming along well.

We’ve also had to deal with an unexpected car park closure and a burst water main, which closed the whole site, so thank you for your patience!

The return of the Calder Stones has been a highlight. Following the much-needed conservation work carried out by Orbis Conservation, the Stones are safe and sound in their new enclosure. Before their unveiling, they’ll be treated to one final clean.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our recent volunteer information events, the energy and passion for the project was incredible. We must also say thanks to all of our hard hat tour visitors and everyone who shared their thoughts at our four community co-creation workshops. Your input has helped shape the exciting new programme that we’ll be launching when we open the doors this Summer. Full details of what you can expect will be available very soon, so watch this space.

Project Vision

Having signed a 125-year lease for the site, Calderstones is central to The Reader’s mission to bring people together and books to life. This Summer, following a £5M refurbishment, we will open the doors of The Reader Mansion House, a place where anyone can come to experience literature, find and share meaning, be nourished, develop new skills, explore creativity and, above all, feel valued as part of ‘something real’.

Joining the Storybarn and Ice Cream Parlour, The Reader Mansion House will include new reading rooms, heritage activities, space for workshops, exhibitions and community groups, a shop and Café. The refurbished Garden Theatre will be a licensed space where we can all enjoy engaging community events. It will also be available to hire for your own celebrations.

Public Notice – Car Parking 10 – 21 December 2018

As the refurbishment work at Calderstones Mansion House continues, The Reader and John Turner Construction Group would like to notify park users and local residents of some temporary disruption to the parking facilities.

From Monday 10 to Friday 21 December, six standard and two disabled parking spaces in the car park to the rear of The Storybarn and Ice Cream Parlour will be unavailable. This is to allow the team to complete some light trench work, connecting service routes to the Mansion House.

The car park affected is at the bottom left-hand side of this map.

The car park affected is at the bottom left-hand side of this map.

We appreciate that parking facilities are already limited, and as such we have advised Reader staff and site contractors, where possible, to use alternative travel options and parking facilities. You’ll find details of how to travel to Calderstones Park via public transport below.

If you have any questions or concerns please do get in touch, you can call us on 0151 729 2200, email us at or pop in and speak to us at The Coach House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool, L18 3JB.

Reaching Calderstones Park by public transport

Travelling from Liverpool City Centre:

Arriva services 75 and 76 and Stagecoach service 86C will bring you to Menlove Avenue, close to the Park’s Cromptons Lane entrance. Alternatively, you can travel by the Arriva 86, 86A or 80 to Allerton Road with a short walk via Calderstones Road.

Travelling from Bootle, Aigburth Vale or Queens Drive:

Arriva service 61 travels via Menlove Avenue, dropping off close to the Cromptons Lane entrance.

Find out more

Click here to find out more about what we’re creating at Calderstones and how you can get involved.