Created by The Reader, the team behind The Storybarn and the much-loved Treasure Island-themed pop up at Liverpool ONE, The Storybarn’s Christmas Grotto is set bring festive cheer to visitors of Liverpool’s Calderstones Park this December.

A truly immersive adventure for the whole family, The Storybarn’s Christmas Grotto will be the traditional yuletide experience visitors know and love, with a suitably seasonal literary twist. Guests of Father Christmas will first journey through the Winter Forest where, after being checked off the Nice List by the Enchanted Elves, they’ll discover the secret entrance of Father Christmas’s cosy grotto.

Father Christmas will be visiting The Reader Gallery in Calderstones Park daily from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 23. With tickets at only £10 per child, each child visiting Father Christmas will receive a take-home gift from the Walker Books’ festive bookshelf worth at least £4.99. Sessions begin each day at 10am and are available to pre-book now at

Kara Orford, The Reader’s Children and Young Person Manager said: “We were thrilled earlier this year when Father Christmas got in touch to ask if he could visit Calderstones Park this December. His elves are already hard at work making the grotto one of Liverpool’s most magical family experiences. We’re really excited to be working with Father Christmas to share some brilliant festive books that families will love to enjoy ahead of the big day. Although it’s only October, we know that Father Christmas will have a very busy December, so we’d suggest families book their visit as early as possible!”

There will be plenty of time to take photographs, so guests are encouraged to bring along their cameras. Visitors to The Storybarn’s Christmas Grottocan extend their visit to Calderstones Park with 20% off at The Reader Café and Ice Cream Parlour, while the kids enjoy free Christmas crafting and festive films.