Nestled among acres of beautiful parkland in South Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, the Grade II listed Mansion House is a unique public space offering experiences that bring people together. The Mansion House is home of The Reader organisation, offering a vibrant programme of literature and group reading, as well as outdoor theatre performances with a unique backdrop of 126 acres of parkland. On sunny days, patrons of The Reader’s café spill out onto the veranda of the Mansion House, and there are always queues at ice cream parlour too.
The Mansion House is far from the only thing Calderstones Park has to offer. The park takes it’s name from the ‘Calder Stones,’ a group of six mysterious megaliths which are said to be older then Stonehenge. Since September 2019, the stones have been housed in a specially designed greenhouse, waiting to enchant visitors – so long as they keep their hands off! Elsewhere in the park, a Japanese garden bursts with Acers in every shade of green, turning a gorgeous red in autumn. A walk in the park can also take in the lake, always dotted with anglers hoping for a catch.
Calderstones Park is the gem in the Allerton neighbourhood. Residential streets surround the park, but only a few minutes away is Allerton Road with great places for food and drink. Many city centre restaurants set up a second venue here; though few are better than Maray with it’s ever-popular small plates of Middle-Eastern inspired food. A short stroll from Maray is the Baltic Bakehouse’s Allerton outpost, selling some of the finest breads and pastries in Liverpool.
So whether you fancy taking in an event at The Mansion House, wondering round the park, or getting something tasty to eat, a trip to Calderstones Park has it all.