An extraordinary structure made of cardboard, tape and community spirit is being created in Knowsley in what is a cultural-first.
The workshops as part of Knowsley’s Lost Castles project are now finished and already, the first pieces of a giant reconstruction of Elsinore Castle, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, are emerging from the mound of cardboard boxes!
There’s still time for you to get involved – here’s how
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and his artistic team. You don’t need any special skills – just plenty of enthusiasm and passion to be part of a great team.
On Friday 10 August, you can help to build Knowsley’s Lost Castle. From 8am – 11am the pieces of the castle will be transported from Prescot School to Knowlsey Safari and from 11am – 3pm and 3pm – 7pm the castle itself will be constructed!
(Please wear sensible shoes (closed – toe is advised) as the ground is uneven. The construction will take place outdoors – so please dress appropriately! Light refreshments are provided for all volunteers. There are 100 car parking spaces available at The Prescot School. We recommend you park your car at the school when attending the construction.)
Come and see the Castle this weekend
To see the castle in all its glory, come along to Knowsley Safari on Saturday or Sunday (August 11 and 12). There is no charge to view the castle, but if you want to make a day of it and enjoy a Safari Drive the usual admission price will apply.
On Saturday, from 12noon – 7pm, 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.
The fun continues on Sunday from 10am – 4pm, where you will be able to view the castle and take photos, before it is demolished. (But don’t worry – all the cardboard will be responsibly recycled.)
If you’re coming down to enjoy the event, free car parking is available at The Prescot School, on Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot, L34 3NB, or at the Safari Park itself.
What is Lost Castles?
Lost Castles is bringing together hundreds of volunteers to work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures in each area of the Liverpool City Region.
Some of the structures are based on actual medieval forts which were in the region at one time and some are expected to be as tall as 20 meters.
The inspiration for Knowsley’s design comes from Elsinore Castle from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Hamlet, and it will be constructed in Knowsley Safari.
It’s another wonderful opportunity to celebrate Knowsley’s fascinating links with Shakespeare and the new Shakespeare North Playhouse coming to Prescot. The support and patronage of the Earls of Derby at Knowsley Hall played a notable part in the development of English drama so it is fitting that the castle will be constructed at the Safari, which is part of the Knowsley Estate.
“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.”
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council
About Lost Castles
The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire Liverpool City Region. Find out more by visiting www.lostcastles.co.uk
The project has been made possible thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and is supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and Global Streets.
Olivier Grossetȇte is renowned for creating extraordinary structures out of cardboard.