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Help Build Knowsley’s Lost Castle

Help Build Knowsley’s Lost Castle! 

Working as part of a creative team, with renowned French artist Olivier Grossetete, you will help to create a huge cardboard castle that will amaze all of the people who come along to see it in its full splendour at Knowsley Safari.  You will be remembered as someone who made this happen! Taking inspiration from Elsinore Castle, one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Hamlet,  Knowsley’s Lost Castle will be constructed at Knowsley Safari and will and be in situ from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August.

Knowsley’s Lost Castle celebrates Knowsley’s fascinating links with Shakespeare, as it is the only English town outside of London to have a purpose built indoor playhouse and the support and patronage of the Earls of Derby at Knowsley Hall. 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 is constructed at the Safari which is part of the Knowsley Estate. And with the new Shakespeare North Playhouse iconic reproduction of a 350 seat Jacobean theatre and education space to open in 2020, it will also celebrate Knowsley’s links with Elizabethan drama and Shakespeare.

Get Involved!

Free workshops will take place from 5th to 8th August at The Prescot School, Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot, L34 3NB. There will be two workshops per day, plus one evening session on Tuesday 7th.

On Saturday 11th August ‘Hamlets Castle of Cosmic Creatures’ will come to life around Knowsley’s Elsinore Castle including pop up performances, street theatre, Shakespeare inspired spoken word drama, music and crafts, in celebration of the rich culture, heritage and history of Knowsley against the beautiful backdrop of the castle.

For more information about how to get involved email Rachael.Treacher@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 5618


Sunday 5th August / (AM) 09:00 – 12:00 / (PM) 13:00 – 17:00

Monday  6th August / (AM) 09:00 – 12:00 / (PM) 13:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 7th August / (AM) 09:00 – 12:00 / (PM) 13:00 – 17:00 / 18:00 – 21:00

Wednesday 8th August / (AM) 09:00 – 12:00 / (PM) 13:00 – 17:00


Lost Castle Build

Friday 10th August / (AM) 08:00 – 11:00 / 11:00 – 15:00 / (PM) 15:00 – 19:00


Hamlets Castle of Cosmic Creatures

Saturday 11th August – 12pm – 7pm

Lost Castle Visit & Flattening

Sunday 12th August  10am – 4pm

*The minimum age to get involved with the project is age 8 – there is no maximum age! All those participating under the age of 16 must attend with a responsible adult, or adult per group