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Hello from The Storybarn!


We are getting in touch with news of our latest, FANTASIC and FREE opportunity for you and your family.


Following successful project sessions earlier this year, we are relaunching Story Explorers - weekly sessions for the whole family. Story Explorers is brought to you in partnership with The Mersey Forest Project and Big Lottery Fund. Due to increased demand, we will now be running two Sunday groups. Our new programmes will launch on Sunday 1 October.


We believe that spending time outside not only helps children and adults to stay active but is also a fantastic way to exercise our imaginations. Being outdoors and connecting with stories can help to improve self-confidence, self-esteem and generally make us feel healthier and happier. Getting out into the fresh air is great fun for everybody and is a fantastic way to reconnect with both nature and each other. Adding stories and games into the mix is a recipe for a fabulously creative family experience, and what better place to enjoy the outdoors than the beautiful Calderstones Park? That is why we are running12 lively and fabulously creative sessions out in the park. Each session will include an exciting mix of stories, songs, games and activities, sure to remind everyone who takes part why we should all treat ourselves to a little more time in the great outdoors.


Sessions will run on Sunday mornings for 12 weeks and are suitable for children age 4 - 8 as well as their parents / carers. Each session will include a story themed nature walk in the park, as well as free refreshments in The Storybarn to round off the morning. Places are very limited so if you are interested in signing up for the programme or would like some more information, please contact storybarn@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 729 2227.


Hope to see you there.


The Storybarn Team


Frequently Asked Questions


What is Story Explorers?


A free 12-week programme from The Storybarn, Mersey Forest and Big Lottery Fund designed to help you and your family explore Calderstones Park, share stories and connect with nature.


Who is eligible?


Any family with children aged between 4 and 8.


What if I have other children of a different age?


No problem! We would love to welcome your whole family, but please bear in mind that the sessions will be aimed at children 4 - 8 years old.


What do I need to bring?


Just yourself. We will go exploring regardless of the weather so please dress appropriately. Wellies or sensible shoes are recommended.


Do I need to come to every session?


Ideally yes, we hope to build a real bond with the group so it would be preferable if you could come every week for 12 weeks. Let us know your availability in advance.


How long does each session last and what will we do?


Sessions run for 90 minutes and involve stories, songs, games, adventures and walks around the park.


How much does it cost?


It’s free!


Where is it?


Meet at The Storybarn or The Reader Ice Cream Parlour in the beautiful Calderstones Park.


What time?


You will be able to choose from two sessions on Sundays, please choose one slot to regularly attend. Times to be arranged at booking.


Is there anything else I need to know?


We are working in Partnership with the University of Liverpool and Nature4Health in order to measure the benefits of this scheme. We will ask participating families to support us in evaluating the outcomes of the programme through a simple, non-intrusive process which will be entirely voluntary


Springwood Heath Primary School has been received three significant awards in recognition of the hard work and commitment of the children, staff and governors.




Headteacher Mr Phil Daniels said “I was delighted when this week, following intensive assessment we were granted National Gold Artsmark coming so soon after receiving Gold Standard for the Quality of our Reading Provision and International School Status.


The GoldArtsmark Award not only recognises the quality of provision and performance in all matters related to the Arts i.e. art (drawing, painting etc.,)  the fantastic music, dance and drama activities provided for the children.


The Assessor said “the range of activities and achievements were top class and allowed the children the opportunity to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in so many different and creative ways”. 

Winners of the Echo Schools Active Community Award:

Joe, Dante and Molly represented the children of Springwood Heath at this prestigious award ceremony. We were delighted to be announced the WINNERS in a very strong field.

Well done everybody.