Mansion House

Half term hijinks at the Mansion House

The Reader Organisation has packed schedule of free Halloween themed half term hijinks planned for all the family this October at Calderstones Mansion House.

From Monday 21st until Thursday 24th October, there will be spooky reading and craft sessions every day for the young and the young at heart – let the wild rumpus begin!

Monday 21st October:

• Get Into Reading Spooky Special (10-11.30am, 14+/adults) – BEWARE! We’ve plenty of horror stories not for the faint hearted.
• The Worst Witch Academy (2-5pm, ages 4-11) – enjoy reading about Mildred Hubble’s chaotic first year in Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches and make your own witch or wizard’s hat.

Tuesday 22nd October:

• Room on the Broom and Pumpkin Painting (10am-12pm, under 7s with family/carers) – be prepared to get messy with storytelling and painting!
• Pumpkin Carving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1-4pm, all ages) – the perfect family afternoon out.
• Horowitz Horror Night (5-6.30pm, 11+) – the weird, the surprising and the truly terrifying are lurking just out of sight in Anthony Horowitz’s short stories!

Wednesday 23rd October

• Funny Bones (10-11.30am, under 5s with parent/carer) – join us for the classic children’s story and some favourite songs.
• Get Into Reading Spooky Special (6-7.30pm, 14+/adults) – be transported into the supernatural world of Edgar Allen Poe.

Thursday 24th October

• Where the Wild Things Are (1-5pm, all ages) – round off a great week of activities with a fun-filled afternoon of reading, Halloween games and crafts.

Sophie Povey, Reader Places Manager, said: “There’s something for everyone at Calderstones this half term and we can’t wait to welcome young and old in for some truly terrifying stories!

It’s been wonderful to bring the Mansion House back to life over the last few months and we hope this week will bring even more people through the door as we move one step further towards creating the International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing.”

All of these events are free with materials provided, but booking is required. Please contact Roisin Hyland at or call 0151 724 5000. More information can be found on the Reader Organisation’s website:

The activity doesn’t stop there as park users and visitors will also be welcomed into the Coach House Gallery from 10am-4pm on Saturday 26th October for a consultation open day to view Cass Architect’s drawings of the two options for the preservation of the Calder Stones, a project that The Reader Organisation is working on with Liverpool City Council as part of the regeneration.

Finally, lovers of literature can embark on an epic journey with the classic tale Lord Jim on the latest of The Reader Organisation’s Short Courses for Serious Readers, ‘The Test of the Sea’, also taking place in the Mansion House on Saturday 26th October. More information is available at

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