January in The Storybarn

 It’s a new year and there’s much excitement ahead!
If you come down to The Storybarn this month….

FRIDAY 13 – SUNDAY 15 january
// underwater adventures

Dive into a fabulous Storybarn weekend as we embark on an exciting aquatic adventure. Whether you’re a fan of pirates and mermaids, or are intrigued by the mysterious world under the ocean, you’re guaranteed to open up a treasure trove of fun at The Storybarn this weekend. Grab your net and help us to fish out some favourite watery stories and fabulously fishy crafts!


// Rhythm, rhyme, poetry and song

Warm up your singing voice and get ready to join in with some of our favourite rhymes, poems and songs! Don’t worry if you can’t remember the words – let’s have a go at inventing our own poetry, writing our own songs and clapping along to some of our favourite nursery rhymes. Why not head down to our craft studio to make your very own little book to fill with your masterpieces?

//celebrating stories

Calling all bookworms! Join us for some fabulous stories all about…stories! Ideal for fans of Oliver Jeffers’ magnificent tale of The Incredible Book Eating Boy, or Ralfy Rabbit, that rather mischievous book burglar, this weekend will see us bringing to life our very own stories and creating some book-themed artwork in our craft studio –  and why not bring along your favourite story to share with us? We’d love to celebrate your best-loved tales-  be sure to invite your imagination along to join in the fun!

Book your visit to The Storybarn now!

December in The Storybarn

“T’was the month before Christmas and all through the ‘barn

Storyelves were spinning a magical yarn!”

Explore The Storybarn this December for great-tidings and yuletide family fun!

Christmas is a time for families to come together and create magical memories. This year, start a new tradition, with a TINSELED TRIP to The Storybarn.

Join our Storyelves and share SEASONAL STORIES, get creative with CHRISTMAS CRAFTING, play our great GIFT-WRAPPED GAMES and sing some FESTIVE FAVOURITES.

We have some seasonal surprises planned all month, but here’s some great important dates that you’ll want to get in your diary now:


Friday 9 – Sunday 11 December
// The Great Storybarn Christmas Crafting Event!

Join us at The Storybarn for a weekend of creative Christmas crafting. With loads to make including decorations and cards, you’re sure to get into the Christmas Spirit. We will of course have time for some seasonal stories too!


Friday 16 – Sunday 18 December
// Sing-A-Long with Santa Claus at The Storybarn!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Can you hear the sound of jingle bells in the distance? Not only jingle bells, but a ukulele too! That will be the sound of Santa and his Storyelves preparing for a magical weekend of stories and songs in The Storybarn.

Pop your Christmas jumper on and come along to meet Santa and enjoy a whole host of festive tales, Christmassy crafts a free book giveaway, and be sure to be in fine voice as we sing along to some festive favourites with Santa and his ukulele!


Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 December
// The Storybarn Christmas Party!

IT’S CHRISTMAS! We’re celebrating the most magical time of the year with The Storybarn’s first Christmas party week. Join us for all the festive fun you can imagine!


Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 December
// Boredom Buster – New Year Creative Crafting

Stuck in that “Chrimbo Limbo”? Join us at The Storybarn for a week of planning ahead for 2017, with loads of creative crafting and stories to explore!

The Elf Who Forgot About Christmas comes to The Storybarn


An enchanting tale all about friendship, adventure and seeking the meaning of Christmas.

The Bookworm Players create shows specifically for ages 7 and under, though the whole family will enjoy this music treat!

Help Jolly the Elf, Fifi the Fairy and Simon the Snowman by singing, dancing and joining in with the storytelling of this charming festive production. It’s going to be a whole LOT of fun!

The Elf Who Stole Christmas:

Monday 19 December

Showings at: 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Duration: 45mins

Tickets: £7 Adult, £5,50 Child



Festive Family Films at Calderstones

Free Festive Fun

Free festive film screenings at The reader ice cream parlour!

Join us at The Reader Ice Cream Parlour for a whole host of festive films to get the family into the Christmas spirit with film screenings on Tuesday, Wednesday on Thursday. Each day at 1pm we’ll be showing a Children’s Festive Favourite followed by a Classic Family Favourite at 7pm.

All our film screenings are free but capacity is limited so we recommend booking in advance – you can do so by visiting our Events page on Facebook.

This is all part of our bigger celebration for The Reader’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, which runs between Giving Tuesday, November 29, and Friday 2 December when we’ll be raising money to support older people across the UK who are living with loneliness.

Reader Elves will be on hand throughout the days if you would like to support this fantastic cause – all donations made during the Christmas Challenge will be DOUBLED by our supporters.

Join us at Calderstones to celebrate the Big Give Christmas Challenge!

FREE FESTIVE FUN at Calderstones

Tuesday 29 November – Friday 2 December

We’re throwing open our CALDERSTONES doors for some FREE FESTIVE FUN!

Our Reader Elves will be on hand to invite you to make a donation to our Christmas Challenge during your visit.

In the UK today, 1 million older people will go a month without speaking to anyone. We need your help to support older people experiencing loneliness.

We are taking part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge, an incredible opportunity to raise £40,000 to support older people through Shared Reading.

So join us in The Storybarn and at The Reader Café and Ice Cream Parlour for 72 SEASONAL HOURS!

Advance booking is essential

To claim your FREE tickets*, click here to visit our FACEBOOK page, where you’ll find the special FREE FESTIVE FUN coupon code.

Once you have the code click here to BOOK NOW, choose your number of tickets and time you want to visit*. Enter the coupon code when processing your booking and your tickets will be FREE!

*subject to availability, free tickets only available on TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER, WEDNESDAY 30 NOVMEBER, THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER and FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER.

I Spy a Yeti at The Storybarn


“Did you know that monsters come in all shapes and sizes?”

Fi has made a list and she’s checked it twice but she hasn’t checked under the bed. So when the mince pie she left out for Father Christmas mysteriously disappears, there can be only one culprit.

Join Fi as she goes on a brave and magical mission to steal back Christmas.

This December The Storybarn welcomes Paperwork Theatre to Calderstones for a production of  I Spy A Yeti!, an interactive performance and workshop for adventurous 7 – 10 year olds, using storytelling, Makaton, drama and games.

I Spy A Yeti at The Storybarn

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December

10.30am & 1pm

Tickets: £6.50 – Book your tickets now!

The session lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and there will be activities to take home too, adults are encouraged to wait in the adjoining Ice Cream Parlour during the session.


November in The Storybarn

All Free Friday sessions are now fully booked!

Every weekend throughout November we’ll be exploring a different theme by reading stories, getting creative around the craft table and giving our little visitors the perfect excuse to dig out their favourite fancy dress for the occasion!

So what’s on this month…


Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November // Monsters, Aliens & Wild Things

Join us for a weekend of space exploration and wild rumpuses as we step inside the pages of some truly out-this-world tales. We’ll be making our own monsters, dreaming up our own planets and maybe even going totally wild with a spot of alien dancing!

Don’t forget to come along dressed as the wildest being you can imagine, and see how many of our Storybarn monsters you can spot!


Friday 11 – Sunday 13 November // Crafty Creatures & Critters

A bear who’s lost his hat, a crocodile who doesn’t like water, and one very hungry little caterpillar…come along and meet some of our favourite creatures as we open up a treasure trove of tales all about things with tails (not to mention claws, beaks, wings and fur!) We’ll be getting creative with some critter-themed crafts, and don’t forget to dig out your mouse ears and join us in fancy dress – let’s create our very own Storybarn menagerie!

If you have a favourite cuddly toy creature who you think would enjoy a story or two, feel free to bring them along to join in the fun!


Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November // Fairytales, Magic & Mysteries

Let the Storybarn cast a spell on you this weekend as we wave our magic wand and conjure up a whole host of stories – perhaps a traditional favourite will appear out of the hat, or maybe we’ll be bewitched by a lesser known tale from another culture or era.

Some may be grim (or even Grimm!), cautionary or grisly – beware the peculiar creature Baba Yaga, and don’t venture too far into the woods in search of gingerbread houses. Some may warm our hearts and sprinkle some magic – keep your eyes peeled for elves with an eye for designing beautiful shoes, and bears with a great love of porridge.

Don your fairy wings, capes and crowns and join us as we share stories and create some magical masterpieces.


Friday 25 November – Sunday 27 November // The Great Outdoors

Step inside the big barn doors as we bring the outside in this weekend. We’ll be unpacking our rugs and tents as we fire up our imaginations to build a cosy campfire – perfect for braving the imaginary elements and huddling together to share some stories set in The Great Outdoors. What will we find hiding in The Foggy Foggy Forest? Will our Bear Hunt prove fruitful? Can we stop our little Owl friend from feeling A Bit Lost?

Explorer outfits at the ready – join us as we share stories, create maps of our adventures, and marvel at the great natural beauty of Calderstones Park through those beautiful barn windows.

Book Your Tickets Now.

Free Fridays at The Storybarn


Here at The Storybarn we love stories, adventures and all things creative. . . and we really love Fridays!

To celebrate our favourite day of the week we are inviting storylovers to join us for FREE every Friday in November!*

Each weekend we’ll be embarking on a different adventure, join us for:

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November – Monsters, Aliens and Wild Things

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 November – Crafty Creatures and Critters

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November – Fairytales, Magic and Mysteries

Friday 25 November – The Great Outdoors

Advance booking is essential for Free Fridays at The Storybarn.

To claim your FREE tickets*, click here to visit our FACEBOOK page, where you’ll find the special FREE FRIDAYS coupon code.

Once you have the code click here to BOOK NOW, choose your Friday in November  (4, 11, 18 or 25) enter the coupon code when processing your booking and your tickets will be FREE!

*subject to availability, free tickets only available on Fridays 4, 11, 18 and 25 November.

A Spine-Chillingly Successful Halloween!


As  we hang up our witch’s hat for another year and put the broom to good use sweeping up the cobwebs we’ve been thinking back over the last week of celebrations and we wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined in the fun.

Our Halloween Half-term fun was a great success thanks to all the little ghouls and ghosts (and big ghouls and ghosts too!) who came along to The Storybarn to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.

We were well and truly spooked by our many visitors who came to the party dressed in fabulously frightening costumes – everything from baby pumpkins to bats and witches. We all huddled around our story cauldron and stirred it until it bubbled, full to the brim of the most horrifying ingredients our imaginations could muster… slime soup, anyone? After some spooky songs, chants and dancing, we delved into some creepy tales…

We helped Meg and Mog to cast a spell (and Meg still managed to get it wrong!), we were kept in suspense as we tried to figure out if there was any more Room on the Broom, and joined in with some blood-curdling screams throughout Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

The frights didn’t stop when the party moved into the craft studio. Our little ghouls created some terrifyingly imaginative masterpieces – there’ll be many a window adorned with collage pumpkins, ghosts with some fantastic facial expressions, and a whole array of rainbow-coloured bats! Finally, well done to everyone who hunted high and low to bravely complete our spooky book hunt trail.

 Thank you to everyone who visited us last week- you made our Halloween Half-term Party a spine-chilling success!

We looking forward to seeing you again soon in The Storybarn!


Half-term Halloween Party

Half-term Halloween

The witching hour is nearly here, so grab your fancy dress and join us for a SPOOK-TACULAR HALLOWEEN PARTY this half-term!

We’ll be sharing some SCARYSPINE-CHILLING and SILLY STORIES. There will of course be time for CREEPY CRAFTING and GHOULISH GAMES plus we’ll be singing a selection of SUPERNATURAL SONGS; it’s sure to be FRIGHTFUL FUN for all the family.

During half-term The Storybarn is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5.30pm.


Our Storysharer’s Top Tips

Top three books to share with your little ones this Halloween:

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Winnie’s Big Bad Robot by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

Come read them with us at The Storybarn or visit your local library.