You can get married at the historic Mansion House in Calderstones Park

By Jess Flaherty

The historic Mansion House at Calderstones Park is a popular destination in the city, though you may not know it plays host to weddings.

Since The Reader won the bid to restore and transform the historic home into a centre for Shared Reading in 2014, the Grade II listed building has undergone an extensive and respectful refurbishment.

It was re-opened to the public in September 2019 and now boasts kitted out indoor spots including a stylish bar and events space.

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Built in 1868, The Mansion House has been the location of many weddings over the years, dating back as far at the 1950s.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, large gatherings were halted which meant many weddings and big occasions were cancelled, re-imagined or rescheduled.

This meant the first wedding to be held in the park since the 1970s didn't take place until lockdown restrictions eased in the summer of 2020.

Now, couples looking for a Liverpool wedding venue could see themselves getting married among acres of beautiful parkland.

This January marks the start of a new chapter for national charity The Reader as it relaunches its ceremonies and celebrations offer for 2022, allowing a new generation of couples to tie the knot at the much-loved, historic venue.

Laura McCarten, head of events and front of house at The Reader said: "Weddings are such a special and happy occasion and the rich history of the building adds that extra touch.

"Every celebration we host here brings a new burst of energy and it’s wonderful to see the Mansion House back to life again."

Those looking to find out more about hiring the Mansion House are invited to a Wedding Open Day on Sunday, January 16, from 10am until 4pm.

Tickets are free and can be booked online here.

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