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Upcoming events

Looking for bugs at Quarry Bank Mill

Come along to Quarry Bank in 2015

There are lots of fun events lined up. We've got talks, walks, exhibitions and traditional Quarry Bank fun. Quarry Bank is also the perfect place to tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4.

Rights of the Child

Join us for 'The Rights of the Child', part of the Festival of Freedoms

Join us for 'The Rights of the Child', part of the Festival of Freedoms

Wednesday 16 September, 7pm

As part of the Festival of Freedoms, Quarry Bank presents a free talk by Archives and Collections Manager Alkestis Tsilika.

During the early Industrial Revolution, pauper apprentice children were brought from workhouses, to a new life far from home. Using original records from the extensive Quarry Bank archive, this talk will provide a poignant insight to their rights and the reality of their daily lives.

This is a free talk but booking is essential.

An Apprentice Adventure

Have fun in our Apprentice Adventure exhibition © Catherine Jackman

Have fun in our Apprentice Adventure exhibition

2 May - 6 September

The Baker children (and Boris the cat) invite children of all ages to join their adventure at Quarry Bank this summer.

Featuring an interactive exhibition full of fun, play-based activities; discover why Job and George ran away from the Mill and what happened next! Fish from a raft, make your own puppet show and even explore the woods…

You can also create your own adventure on the story trail through the Mill and beyond!


An Apprentice Adventure extra activities

Sail away on An Apprentice Adventure at Quarry Bank © Catherine Jackman

Sail away on An Apprentice Adventure at Quarry Bank

Would you like to have even more fun with the Baker children and Boris the cat?

From story character scarecrows in May half term, to hands-on craft activities, there are lots of ways to have extra fun with An Apprentice Adventure. 

In the summer holidays (weekdays only), enjoy a different hands-on craft activity each week, including making mini rafts or nature print magnets.

On Thursdays during summer,  you can also join our Rangers and find out more about 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾.

For babies and toddlers, we are holding special free storytelling sessions in the exhibition space on Sat 13 June, 11 July and 8 August, 10-11am.


Quarry Bank is a place of striking contrasts: industry and nature, a river valley and working farmland, a noisy mill next to a picturesque garden. It tells a story of social change and industrial revolution, mill owner and mill worker, the power of nature and the ingenuity of man; of benevolence and exploitation.

Eleanor Underhill, General Manager