O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
October by Charles Dickens
As October comes to an end and the clocks go back, our minds are on last-minute, half-term holiday plans. While the Storybarn's Spooky Roots sessions and Wondrous Welly Walks have limited availability - we might just be able to squeeze you in if you're quick - and there's lots more to explore at The Reader at Calderstones over the next week...
Liverpool-based dance company Movema are hosting two new, energetic storytelling workshops - one for adults and one for the whole family - plus, there's yoga in our Studio and a brand-new Shared Reading group that will take you around the world with poetry.
Looking further ahead, Shared Reading favourite George Eliot would have turned 200 in November, so we're celebrating throughout the month - read on for all the details and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for our latest announcements.
Moving Tales: Storytelling dance workshop for adults
Monday 28 October, 6pm - 7pm
£5, pre-book online
Join this special workshop for adults run by the Liverpool-based dance company Movema, who are known for their high-energy and fun classes, choreographed and taught by global experts. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
Moving Tales: Storytelling dance workshop for families
Friday 1 November, 2pm - 3pm
£3.50, pre-book online
A family-friendly dance workshop that uses the body to tell stories from across the world, suitable for adults and children (5+). Accessible and inclusive, this class explores different cultures through the joy of dance. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
George Eliot in the World:
Conversation and reading
Friday 22 November, 7pm - 8.30pm, Free, pre-book online
Join Professor Alison Liebling from the University of Cambridge and the University of Liverpool's Professor Philip Davis as they ask how George Eliot can help us think about some of the hardest problems in today’s world.
George Eliot at 200:
Saturday 23 November,
10am - 4.30pm,
£50, pre-book online
It’s 200 years since Marian Evans was born, daughter of an estate manager, near Nuneaton. That midlands country girl grew up to be one of the world’s greatest writers, George Eliot, and this day is a celebration of her life and work.
A Poetry World Trip
Every Wednesday, 4pm - 5pm
Free, drop in
Travel across the globe using great poetry as your guide - explore places you might never have been, see things you might not otherwise see.
Perhaps you’d like to come along before joining our Language Café, happening at the Mansion House straight after.
The Friday Flow
- Yoga @ The Mansion House
Every Friday, 5pm - 6pm
£5, pre-book online
‘We think by feeling’, Theodore Roethke wrote. Join us for an energising Vinyasa yoga flow class to end the week. It uses breath and continuous, repeated movements to help enable more feeling, less thinking. Suitable for beginner to intermediate level.
Practice with Poetry
- Yoga @ The Mansion House
Every Saturday, 10am - 11.30am
£7.50, pre-book online
A gentle yoga practice, followed by 15 to 30 minutes sharing a selected poem together – expand body and mind, and connect to the world we live in. Suitable for people who are new to both yoga and poetry.
Be part of the next chapter
Want to make amazing things happen? We’re looking for people of all skills, interests and ages to help make the Mansion House a home.
Maybe you saw a show in the Garden Theatre, celebrated your wedding here, or walk the dog in the park. Whatever memories you have, help make more for future generations and become part of a warm family.
Hire a space and make a difference
The magnificent 1940s Garden Theatre is back to its former glory and is now a licensed space for events. You can hire it for family celebrations and corporate occasions, and we can even lay on a spread from our new catering kitchen.
There's the Studio at Calderstones for wellbeing activities, the Making Room for crafts, and many more spaces besides. We have dedicated parking, AV, whatever your requirements – just ask!
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