School Groups


Created by The Reader, a national charity that aims to bring people together and books to life, The Storybarn is a unique children’s story centre in the heart of Liverpool’s Calderstones Park.

Filled with objects to inspire and hundreds of books to read as well as a giant robot, a swamp and a hot air balloon to explore, your class will experience Shared Reading, Book Talk, Story Building, Creative Crafts and Imaginative Play during your visit.

Half-day sessions from £240 now booking.

Book your class trip today:
0151 729 2227


Shared Reading

Bringing children together to explore literature aloud. Encouraging discussion and kind listening to others.

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.”
Roald Dahl, Matilda

Book Talk

Engaging in open discussions around individual experiences of books and stories, to model enthusiasm and plant a life-long seed of reading for pleasure.

“The function of a book or a poem or a story is to delight, to enchant, to beguile.”
Phillip Pullman

Story Building

Using a collaborative technique of re-imagining, we facilitate the creation of wonderful narratives and stories using children’s ideas – a great hook for continued classroom learning.

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

Creative Crafts

Responding to a text stimulus the group will be encouraged to paint pictures in their minds – mixed craft materials will be used to bring these to life.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton

Imaginative Play

Play and exploration is key to The Storybarn experience, to nurture a suspension of disbelief and imaginative thinking.

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning”
Diana Ackerman

National Curriculum Links

A visit to The Storybarn inspires pupils to. . .

  • read for pleasure.
  • link what they read or hear read to their own experiences.
  • participate in discussions about what is being read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say.
  • develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will help them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.
  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experience and imagination.

Session Details

    • Sessions run Tuesday – Thursday at 10am and 1pm for classes of up to 35 children.
    • Thinking about bringing more than one class? Speak to us about our multi-class discounts.
    • Can’t make it to Calderstones? Speak to us about Storybarn on the Road – we can bring a magical 45-minute experience to your classroom.
  • We create bespoke sessions for SEND and pre-school groups

Half-day sessions from £240 now booking.

Book your class trip today:
0151 729 2227

EXTEND YOUR visit with an outdoor heritage adventure of the park’s historical features.
“Learning outside of the classroom provides an environment and activities that foster positive relationships, which are central to a young person’s health and well-being.”
Council for Learning Outside of the Classroom