Everything you need to know about the Lost Castles event in your area

Keep your eyes peeled for 6 brand new cardboard super structures popping up in your area and you can help build them.

French artist, Olivier Grossete needs your help! He’s planning to build 6 enormous Lost Castles across the Liverpool City Region between 9th- 12th August, with cardboard, tape and community spirit and that’s where you come in! In times gone by our region was filled with ancient structures, including castles and forts and this summer, for the first time, communities will come together to recreate them, for fun.

In partnership with Arts Council England, Liverpool City Region will ply host to 6 Lost Castles structures, meaning people from Sefton, Halton, Wirral, Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens can take part in their local build. There are drop in preparation sessions ahead of the big build, that people of all ages can attend for free.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Lost Castles events in your area…..

1 – Williamson Square

You can head to Invisible Wind Factory to join in with workshops to prepare the Liverpool Castle boxes between now and 3rd August, between 1pm-5pm and 6pm and 9pm, register here. The Liverpool Castle will be built at William Square on 9th August, just turn up on the day to help lend a hand and on 12th August you can help demolish it too More info here. 

2 – Knowsley Safari Park

Free workshops for the Knowsley Castle will take place from 5th – 9th August with the big build taking place on the Knowsley Safari Park site on 10th August. The demolition takes place on 12th August so bring your stamping feet and have fun being King or Queen of the castle. More information and workshop registration here. 

3 – Norton Priory Museum

Norton Priory is looking for 40 volunteers to help build its lost castle. Workshops take place on Sunday 5th and Wednesday 8th August at Norton Priory Museum. The structure, like the others will be built on site on 10th August and partly demolished on 12th August. Some of the Norton Priory Castle will be kept for the special Medieval weekend on 18th August. More info and workshop details here. 

4 – Ashton Park, West Kirby

There’s a Viking Stave church being built at Ashton Park West Kirby as part of the Lost Castles project and West Kirby Residential School wants you to get sticky tape happy at the free, drop in workshops. Running daily from now until 3rd August, get building those boxes before helping to stick it all together at the park on Thursday 9th and of course, get stamping happy on 12th August to bring it down again. All the info here. 

5 – North Park, Bootle

Sefton’s Lost Castle is exactly that! Communities are invited to come together to recreate Miller’s Castle, which stood in Bootle in the early 19th Century. Free drop in workshops are on now and until 3rd August and the big build takes place on 11th August at North Park with live music and performances too. All the info and workshop times here. 

6 – Victoria Square, St Helens

Completing the Liverpool City Region Lost Castles series of community events, is Victoria Square in St Helens. The town will pay tribute to its twinned town of Stuttgart by creating the German town’s iconic 10th Century Old Castle. St Helens Town Hall is hosting the free drop in workshops from 5th – 8th August and the structure will be built and on display on Friday 10th August. Click here for all the details. 


Lost Castles is a great way for communities to come together, people of all ages, to create something educational and more importantly, fun! Whether you help build the boxes, tape them together or stamp them down for recycling afterwards, Lost Castles is a inclusive event with something for everyone. Find out more over at www.lostcastles.co.uk

You can check out the rest of the Culture Liverpool 2018 events at www.cultureliverpool.co.uk as the city celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Capital of Culture Year. 

We want to see your Lost Castles big build pictures! Are you already elbow deep in cardboard boxes and tape? Send us your pics on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and we’ll share the best on our socials.

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