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Get On (card)Board for Castle Creations!

Six extraordinary structures made of cardboard, tape and community spirit will be created in each borough this summer in what is a cultural first for Liverpool City Region.

Lost Castles will see hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures, some of which will be based on actual medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time.

Members of the public - individuals and community groups - are being urged to get involved in the event which is set to take place from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 August.

Anyone who signs up can help create these magical structures and then join in the fun of toppling them at the end of the weekend.

Some of the creations are expected to be as tall as 20 metres and will be located in:

  • Williamson Square (Liverpool)
  • Knowsley Safari Park
  • Norton Priory Museum (Halton)
  • Ashton Park, West Kirby (Wirral)
  • North Park, Bootle (Sefton)
  • Victoria Square, near the Town Hall (St Helens)


The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire city region.

Olivier and members of his team will work with people across Merseyside at a number of free workshops which will take place in July and August – these are drop in sessions and people can get involved as much or as little as they like.  Find out more by visiting www.lostcastles.co.uk

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Culture should be for everyone, and that’s why I’m delighted that Arts Council England has awarded this grant for an exciting cultural project that will take place in all of the boroughs of the Liverpool City Region.

“I introduced 1% for culture to kick start delivery of the new Liverpool City Region culture and creativity strategy, to help unlock other funding and change the way we work together.

“Exciting engagement projects and events such as Lost Castles, which is all about telling stories at a local level, can only come about through partnerships. All of our local councils have all worked fantastically well on this and it’s great that Arts Council England has helped us to bring Lost Castles to life.

“We look forward to a strong working relationship with Arts Council England and together we can increase access to excellent arts and culture for all over the coming years.”

Jane Beardsworth, Director North, Arts Council England said: “The Lost Castles project is a great idea and a way of getting the communities of all six Liverpool City Region boroughs involved in marking the ten year anniversary of Liverpool08. I’m pleased that we have supported this endeavour through our National Lottery Project Grants and look forward to seeing how the castles materialise.”

All the cardboard will be responsibly recycled after the event.

Leader of Knowsley Council, Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “For almost four hundred years the small town of Prescot in Knowsley held a secret. It was the only place in England, outside of London, to have a freestanding purpose-built Elizabethan theatre!  

“Across the way, at Knowsley Hall, Lord Strange (Ferdinando Stanley, later fifth Earl of Derby) was patron to an acting company called Lord Strange’s Men. Strange’s Men was the precursor to the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Shakespeare’s company at The Globe and is known to have performed at Knowsley Hall.  

Knowsley’s Lost Castle will celebrate this fascinating history by creating Elsinore, the castle from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  We are delighted to be part of this exciting Liverpool City Region project that captures imaginations and shines the light on the wonderful history and heritage from across the region.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get actively involved in something creative that will stay in people’s memories for years to come.

“Given Knowsley’s fascinating links with Shakespeare and the new Shakespeare North Playhouse coming to Prescot, this exciting project will be a further celebration of how the work of the Bard continues to inspire and influence people today.”

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