Lost Castles

Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 August

Ashton Park, West Kirby


**UPDATE - FRIDAY 10 AUGUST**

Downpours have sadly had an adverse effect on our cardboard stave church. 1,500 people came to see it in all its glory today but the rain and breezy conditions proved too much and it fell down at around 4.15pm this afternoon. Although the structure is more crumpled than we'd imagined, our activities will still go ahead as planned this weekend and we hope to see you down there to celebrate the fantastic achievement of all of our volunteers.

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For one awe-inspiring weekend this summer, six extraordinary structures built entirely from cardboard, tape and community spirit will be constructed in public places across Liverpool City Region.

Based on actual medieval forts and historic structures reflecting local heritage, many of these impressive structures are expected to reach at least 20m in height!

In Ashton Park, we will be building a Viking stave church to celebrate our 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'). Hundreds of volunteers will come together to prepare, construct and topple these incredible cardboard structures - and you can be part of it! Find out more here: Get Involved

All the cardboard will be responsibly recycled after the event.

Events & Activities

THURSDAY 9 AUGUST, FROM 8.30AM: BUILD

We'll be building the stave church! Come along throughout the day and help us raise this enormous structure which will be more than 20m tall. We're expecting to finish around 7pm (timings are approximate) Find out more: Get Involved

FRIDAY 10 AUGUST: PUBLIC VIEWING

SATURDAY 11 AUGUST, 10AM - 5PM: VIKING FAMILY FUN DAY

The cardboard stave church will provide a spectacular backdrop for free Viking-themed activities and 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 stands on site to make it a fun day out for all the family.

SUNDAY 12 AUGUST, FROM 10AM: DEMOLITION (AND YOGA!)

Before we start the demolition, join us for a relaxing Sunday morning stretch in front of the stave church! Yogasmiths will be holding a free 90 minute yoga class (10-11.30am). Please bring your own mat if you have one. The structure will then be toppled at 12pm and you can get involved with trampling the hundreds of boxes that made up the stave church!

Visit other Lost Castles

During the weekend of 11-12 August, you are also invited to explore some of the other incredible Lost Castles:

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

For more information about the project and the other Lost Castles around Liverpool City Region visit: www.lostcastles.co.uk

The project has been made possible thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and is supported by the City Region Combined Authority.