World Nursery Rhyme Week

In celebration of World Nursery Rhyme Week we’re holding a whole week of Incy Wincy Rhymers
– sessions are carefully crafted for you and your little ones. We’ll explore classic stories, family
favourites and nursery rhymes through storytelling and sing-a-longs.

Come along and enjoy free play, creative exploration and take-home crafts. Free tea or coffee
included for accompanying adults.

Half-Term Halloween

‘In fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. Listen very carefully…’
Roald Dahl, The Witches

Tip-toe through The Storybarn’s creaky doors and embark on a haunted story-telling adventure. What will you find? It might be a petrifying pumpkin enjoying Meg and Mog, a ghastly ghoul reciting Mildred’s adventures from The Worst Witch or a villainous vampire exploring The Dark with Laszlo.

Whatever we discover, there will be more fun than frights in our Halloween Half-Term sessions for the whole family. Join us for Incy Wincy Rhymers sessions for newborn to three or The Storyhunters for children aged three to eight.

10am 12noon 2pm
Monday 22 October CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday 23 October Incy Wincy Rhymers The Storyhunters The Storyhunters
Wednesday 24 October Incy Wincy Rhymers The Storyhunters The Storyhunters
Thursday 25 October CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Friday 26 October Incy Wincy Rhymers Incy Wincy Rhymers (11.30am) Incy Wincy Rhymers
Saturday 27 October Incy Wincy Rhymers CLOSED The Storyhunters
Sunday 28 October Incy Wincy Rhymers The Storyhunters The Storyhunters


Treasure Island sets sail from Liverpool ONE

Credit: Liverpool ONE

After an incredible five months berthed on Paradise Street, on Sunday 2 September, we wished the Hispaniola and its crew of Story Shipmates ‘bon voyage!’ as they set off for a new adventure on the wide open seas!

We have absolutely loved bringing a touch of The Storybarn magic to Liverpool ONE during our pop-up Treasure Island adventure – and it’s been a pleasure to welcome more than 6,800 pirate friends to our castaway island, underwater grotto and, of course, our very own pirate ship.

Huge thanks to Liverpool ONE for hosting our adventure and Make Liverpool for helping us build an incredible Treasure Island that inspired the imaginations of Shipmates from across Liverpool – and beyond!

It was a magical experience for our 20-month-old. He loved steering the ship and searching for treasure. We especially loved the two stories that were read beautifully and really held the attention of each child there. Loved the dressing up box!

– Treasure Island parent

“Me and my son have been to Treasure Island several times now.  He is nine and has autism. Treasure Island is his favourite place at the moment.  The staff are so attentive to him and very friendly.  The visits have helped him to engage more with reading and fired his imagination.”

– Treasure Island parent

During its stay in Liverpool, the Hispaniola team welcomed school visitors from St. Vincent  de Paul Catholic Primary School, Wavertree C of E Primary School and two groups from LIPA Primary School for free Shared Reading fun.

Waverton House, Litherland Moss, Honey Pot Day Nursery in Aigburth, Auckland House and more nurseries from across Liverpool were invited to set sail for reading adventures too, and we also hosted a group of children from Liverpool ONE’s chosen charity KIND, which supports those in most need.

Ahoy me hearties!

Storytime adventures continue at The Storybarn…

We may have closed the book on Treasure Island at Liverpool ONE but the storytime fun and games continue at The Storybarn in Calderstones Park. You’ll find the same warm welcome and that bit of magic at our Incy Wincy Rhymer and Storyhunter sessions every single week.

Treasure Island Nursery Competition

Ahoy there!

The Storybarn’s Treasure Island – The Reader’s interactive reading experience at Liverpool ONE – is offering FREE story sessions for nursery groups between Monday 25 June and Thursday 5 July. For a chance to win a swashbuckling session, tell us what reading together means for your nursery in no more than 10 words.

Entries close at 12noon on Friday 22 June 2018. Winning nurseries will be contacted on Friday 22 June. If you have not heard from us after 5pm on Friday 22 June then your entry has been unsuccessful.

Click here to enter the prize draw

The Storybarn’s Treasure Island

WE’RE COMING BACK TO LIVERPOOL ONE…

Opening Monday 9 April

Suitable for children, new-born – eight and their families.

From the team that brought Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things to the city comes Treasure Island!

The Storybarn is launching a brand-new immersive experience to inspire families to read. Taking inspiration from a treasure trove of children’s books, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, which gives our children’s experience its name, The Storybarn’s Treasure Island will set sail as part of Liverpool ONE’s Story Season.

Part-interactive theatre, part story-telling, The Storybarn’s Treasure Island at Paradise Street, near The Reading Trees, includes a tropical desert island, a sensory underwater grotto and pirate shipwreck to explore.

What’s on Offer? (From the 9th April)

Running 7 days a week:

  • 45-minute interactive sessions, £4.50 per person at 10 am 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm BOOK NOW. (This includes an additional 15-minute lead crafting activity).
  • A FREE Crafting Cove 10 am – 5 pm. Pop in any time, no pre-booking required.
  • FREE 30 minute Treasure Trail Hunts around Liverpool ONE (11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm). Sign up in-person at The Storybarn’s Treasure Island, near the Reading Trees on Paradise Street.

The Storybarn’s Treasure Island is set to open on Monday, April 9. But the fun is starting earlier, with FREE daily Treasure Trails from Friday, March 30. (11 am, 12 noon and 1 pm). The guided trail will take parents and children around the streets of Liverpool ONE in search of story clues and pirate treasure. Adventuring families can sign up for free, in person, at Liverpool ONE’s Reading Trees.

So pack your telescopes, compasses, buckets and spades and as we head for the horizon in search of sensational stories!

READ MORE about the event.

Spring Sessions now on sale

Spring is most definitely in the air in Calderstones Park. Tickets are now on sale for our Spring Sessions, which include our extra dates over the Easter break! Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

The Storyhunters

THE STORYHUNTERS FOR CHILDREN AGED 3 – 8, AND THEIR FAMILIES

Join us for a part interactive theatre, part literature-based experience where everyone becomes Storyhunters. During the colder months we’ll be indoors only, so come in for some fun in the heart of Liverpool’s Calderstones Park.

Incy WIncy Rhymers FOR NEWBORN – 3

We’ll explore classic stories, family favourites and nursery rhymes through storytelling and sing-a-longs. You and your little one will discover new rhymes, enjoy creative exploration and take-home crafts with a tea or coffee included for accompanying adults.

Calling all teachers – World Book Day Celebration

 

Our Storyhunters are so excited about World Book Day that we’ve decided one day just isn’t enough to celebrate!

Join us for a week-long of celebration, where The Storyhunters will honour our, and your,
favourite stories. Our extra special half-day sessions are available 10am – 12noon or 12:30pm
– 2:30pm.

For one week only, these special celebration sessions are available for only £200! Before you arrive – make sure you choose a story that your WHOLE class loves to read and bring it
along with you.

Want to book or have a question? – Send us an email to storybarn@thereader.org.uk or give us a ring on 0151 729 2227.

Prinovis UK gift The Storybarn’s literary adventure to schoolchildren in Garston

Christmas came early for the pupils of Banks Road Primary Schools this week as The Reader’s Storyhunters brought the magic of The Storybarn into the classroom thanks to the sponsorship of Speke-based printing specialists, Prinovis UK.

As ongoing partners of The Reader and signatories to the National Literacy Trust’s Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, Prinovis UK funded a full day of Storybarn on the Road at the Garston Primary School meaning that every pupil had the opportunity to experience the thrilling interactive adventure with The Storyhunters in their own classroom.

Combining immersive storytelling with games, songs and creative play, The Storyhunters took up residence at The Reader’s interactive children’s story centre The Storybarn at Calderstones Park in March 2017. On Thursday 16 November, Storyhunters Hilly and Tilly brought bring seasonal part-storytelling, part interactive theatre experience to Bank Roads Primary as part of the new Storybarn on the Road initiative.

The Storybarn’s Annie Lord said:

“We’re thrilled to bring Storybarn on the Road to the pupils of Banks Road. Our Storyhunters bring stories to life and can find the magic to delight and inspire children wherever they go, thanks to Prinovis we can bring the adventure right into the classroom at Banks Road Primary!”

As signatories to the Vision for Literary Business Pledge, Prinovis UK are committed to raising literacy levels and boosting social mobility in Liverpool. Every year the team undertake a number of activities in partnership with The Reader to promote literacy and reading for pleasure among their staff and throughout the local community.

Matthew Cox of Prinovis UK said:

“We’re delighted to be working with The Reader to bring this incredible opportunity to children in the local area. We’re committed to our Vision for Literacy Pledge and see raising literacy levels and reading for pleasure as a way to change lives.”

Download the full press release.