Festive fun at Calderstones with The Reader and Independent Liverpool The Reader’s Christmas Courtyard Fair on Saturday the 2nd of December.

Following the success of September’s Courtyard Fair celebrating Heritage Open Days, The Reader and Independent Liverpool are once again joining forces for a special Christmas community event at Calderstones Park next month. The Reader’s Christmas Courtyard Fair in partnership with Independent Liverpool on Saturday 2 December will be a bumper day of festive fun for all the family.

We are delighted again to work alongside the wonderful, award-winning Reader. For those that don’t know, they’re a charitable social enterprise which brings people together, changes lives and builds communities through sharing great literature. Their unique Shared Reading model brings small groups together each week to read aloud a story and poem with group discussion led by a trained Reader Leader.

Makers, creatives and small businesses from across the city will be selling their wares at a specially curated market including vintage, craft and local produce – perfect for Christmas shopping. Visitors will also have the chance to see the Neolithic Calder Stones up close, find out more about The Reader’s refurbishment plans for the Georgian Mansion House and get creative with a variety of workshops making festive decorations and hand-crafted goods with The Reader’s Knit and Natter group.

Families can enjoy a variety of traditional games and activities, and there will be free storytelling sessions at The Storybarn, The Reader’s interactive story centre for children where The Storyhunters will be exploring a Winter Wonderland of poems and stories. The day’s events will also include pop-up poetry, face painting, festive food, music and much more.

Jane Davis, director of The Reader said: “Everything we do at The Reader is about bringing people together and Christmas is the perfect opportunity for a community gathering at Calderstones. It will be a big week at The Reader as we attempt to raise vital funds to train and support 50 new volunteers who will bring Shared Reading to lonely older people here in Liverpool and right across the country. If visitors to The Christmas Courtyard Fair want to find out more they can come and talk to us about how they can double their donation and make a Christmas gift go even further!”

Running between Tuesday 28 November (Giving Tuesday) and November 5 December, The Reader are taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge. During this period, The Reader will be fundraising to support their work with socially isolated older people across the UK and every pound donated will be doubled by Big Give Supporters The Reed Foundation and two individual donors.

10am – 3pm: Christmas Stalls

11am – 1pm: Knit & Natter Family Workshops

11am – 2pm: Heritage Tours