Make yourself at home

Join us for a special housewarming weekend as we re-open the doors to the Calderstones Mansion House

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th September

8.30am – 8.00pm

Come along to celebrate a new chapter in the life of the Grade II listed Calderstones Mansion House as we throw open the doors for a special housewarming that promises something for everyone!

Home of The Reader, the Calderstones Mansion House

10 reasons to come in and explore:

  1. Take a tour to hear about the people and the stories behind the Mansion – from its original owner, and its connections to a world-famous shipping line, to its place in the hearts of the ordinary people of Liverpool – many of whom still remember it fondly today.
  2. Be among the first to see the ancient Calder Stones that give the park and local area their name, restored and resplendent in a new purpose-built exhibition centre that tells their 5,000-year-old story.
  3. Join in a family storytelling session and get crafty at our imaginative story centre, the Storybarn.
  4. Drop into ‘Round the Clock Dickens’ as we attempt to read the whole of Dickens’ historical novel A Tale of Two Cities from start to finish across 2 days.
  5. Turn a literary quote into an origami bird and leave your mark on the Mansion with our special celebratory installation.
  6. Find out what Shared Reading is all about by joining in a taster session, inspired by one of our programme themes. Shared Reading is for everyone, there’s no pressure to read, just drop in and give it a try – you might even make a new friend!
  7. Get refreshed in the new Café in the Mansion or pop over to the Ice Cream Parlour in the Courtyard for a scoop of your favourite flavour.
  8. Imagine what life was like as one of the Neolithic ancestors who built the Calder Stones by joining in a special reading of the children’s classic Stig of the Dump.
  9. Enjoy some of the foods from your favourite books in our literary-inspired menu.
  10. Unwind your body and your mind in a yoga taster in the Mansion’s new yoga studio.

All activities are free and open to all.

Be Part of the Next Chapter with The Reader at Calderstones

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.

Project Update and FAQs: June 2019


The Reader Mansion House is finally starting to look like a finished building and we can’t wait to offer a warm welcome to everyone who comes in to explore when the doors open later this Summer. Highlights from the last few months include:

  • The installation of a huge new sliding glass wall in the Garden Theatre, which will allow for use of the space as was originally intended when it was built in the 1940s, or as a large internal room.
  • The stonework steps and ramp, that will make the main entrance accessible and welcoming to visitors, have been laid.
  • The Reader Café seating area, on the South East side of the building is looking beautiful. When creating this area, we were excited to uncover the original cast iron fence posts that had been hidden from view.
  • The enclosure for the Calder Stones is now almost complete, with its living roof flourishing. This month the interactive elements of The Calderstones Story heritage attraction will be installed.
  • The first floor and basement are very nearly finished – lights are on, carpets are down.

If you’re interested in getting involved, we’re still looking for volunteers who want to help make the Mansion House a home – click here for details of the roles available.

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