Lost Castles

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Lost Castles

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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:

LIVERPOOL
What is being built?
Located in Williamson Square, a castle will be built inspired by Liverpool Castle which stood at the top of modern day Lord Street, and is thought to have been built early in the 13th Century – around 1230s.

What to expect on Saturday
From midday to 6pm, expect a fairy-tale themed programme which will see knights in shining armour, juggling and stilt walking jesters, princes, princesses, kings, queens and a dragon to entertain the crowds. There will be story-telling to keep the family entertained throughout the day along with live music supplying a medieval soundtrack to the activities. 

​​What time is it being toppled on Sunday?
5pm

WIRRAL
What is being built?
In Ashton Park West Kirby, a Viking stave church will be built to celebrate Wirral’s unique Viking history and Norse connections. The area is thought to have been almost a Viking state in its own right with its own borders, customs, trading point and language. Come and see how our shipbuilding ancestors might have lived, worked and worshipped in the heart of West Kirby (Norse for 'the West Village of the Church'). 

What to expect on Saturday
The cardboard stave church will provide a spectacular backdrop for free Viking-themed activities from 11am to 3.30pm with demonstrations, led by real-life Vikings, Wirhalh Skip Felagr. See stunning birds of prey take to the skies, with flying displays by Cheshire Falconry. There will also be a selection of food and drink to make it a fun day out for all the family. 

What time is it being toppled on Sunday?
Midday – and before the demolition starts, why not take part in a relaxing Sunday morning stretch in front of the stave church. Yogasmiths will be holding a free 90 minute yoga class (9.30-11am). Bring your own mat if you have one.

KNOWSLEY
What is being built?
Celebrating the Elizabethan and Jacobean heritage of Knowsley, this structure will take inspiration from Elsinore Castle which features in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  It will be constructed at the entrance of Knowsley Safari. 

What to expect on Saturday
Hamlet’s Castle of Cosmic Creatures will come to life around the walls of the castle. Expect entertainment from the castle’s jester; and gaze at the black raven while it flies around the castle grounds. Greet the giant Elizabethan puppets as they roam and watch in awe as two giant smoke breathing Dragons swoop and soar!

Cardboard inspired craft workshops will keep children entertained and performances from local choirs and musicians will celebrate the rich culture, heritage and history of Elizabethan Knowsley, all against the backdrop of the cardboard castle built entirely by local people. 

What time is it being toppled on Sunday?
4pm

HALTON
What is being built?
Norton Priory will be hosting a construction inspired by Halton Castle, a medieval ruin a mile and a half away in Halton village. The castle is believed to have originated as a motte and bailey during the early Norman campaigns in the north of England but this re-imagining of the castle will reflect the imposing 15th century gatehouse when the fortress was at its zenith. The artwork will feature near to Norton Priory’s own medieval ruins, a fitting parallel as the histories of the two complexes were intertwined throughout the Middle Ages. 

What to expect on Saturday
Visitors can hear the tales of St George, face a terrifying giant dragon, be entertained by a juggler and meet villagers to find out about life in medieval times. Children can also build a mini sandcastle and enjoy crafts in the museum. The event includes free admission to Norton Priory Museum & Gardens. Activities take place 11am to 4pm.

What time is it being toppled on Sunday?
3pm. Elements of the castle will be retained for the following weekend’s (18th and 19th August) spectacular medieval re-enactment. Fully armoured knights will clash in fearsome combat, levelling their crude but effective siege weapons at the surviving walls, returning our ‘lost castle’ to rubble and ruin

ST HELENS
What is being built?
In Victoria Square (near the Town Hall), St Helens Council and local arts organisation the Heart of Glass will see Stuttgart Old Castle partially recreated and built to commemorate the 70th twinning anniversary between St Helens and the German city of Stuttgart – which was the first post-war twinning to take place between a British and German town.

What to expect on Saturday
On Victoria Square, St Helens will be embracing the medieval theme of its 10th century castle design, with a range of medieval street performers from Fool’s Paradise. Between 11am and 3pm expect knights in shining armour, stilt-walkers and comediennes Damsels in Distress entertaining the crowds. At 1pm, there’ll be a performance by the Valley Brass Band.

On Church Square, the In The Street event is taking place as part of the St Helens 150 celebrations. Presented by the Citadel in partnership with Heart of Glass and St Helens Council, In the Street is a day of interactive pop up performances, mini festivals, installations and workshops for all the family to enjoy. It features children’s entertainment with the Artful Playground Band; The Vegetable Nannies, based on CBeebies’ Mr Bloom’s Nursery; and Dommy B from BBC’s Rhyme Rocket.

Families can enter The Actual Reality Arcade, a life-sized interactive game zone inspired by classic video games; vintage jazz band The Black Sheikhs will be on stilted legs to entertain with their 20s style jazz interpretations of contemporary hits; and the brand-new St Helens Youth Theatre will be presenting a very special performance celebrating 150 years of St Helens. All events are free.

What time is it being toppled on Sunday?
2pm

SEFTON
What is being built?
Bootle Castle, also known as Miller’s Castle, will be recreated in North Park, along with two nearby Bootle landmarks – the obelisks which in the 1800s acted as a navigation point for ships entering the Mersey. 

What to expect on Saturday
A seaside theme will be reflected in the programme developed by The Atkinson and will include live music, outdoor theatre, arts and crafts, a fairground and food and drink concessions. 

What time is it being toppled on Sunday?
1pm

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

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