50 things at Quarry Bank this autumn

Family playing in the woods

Head outdoors and jump into autumn with our list of 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4. Are you ready to try out 50 of the wildest, most fun-packed and exciting things to do in the great outdoors? Do your favourite activities over and over again, or try all 50: the choice is yours. Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Welcome Building and start your adventure at Quarry Bank.

The best autumn challenges at Quarry Bank

Boy climbing tree

1. Get to know a tree

With acres of woodland to explore, there’s plenty of trees to get to know. Can you learn their names? What colour and shape are the different leaves? How tall are they?

family on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank

6. Go welly wandering

Wrap up warm, head out on a woodland walk and stomp through fallen leaves, or explore the riverside valley gardens with their caves, cliffs and twisting paths.

Derek Hatton

8. Spot a fish

Salmon and Sea Trout start to migrate upriver at this time of year, keep an eye out for them jumping at the weir.

Handful of conkers

10. Play conkers

Can you find a champion conker? Challenge your family and friends to a fun game.

Children on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank

12. Have fun with sticks

Create your very journey own stick by collecting and attaching natures fallen bounty, a great take-home momento of your visit.

Child playing with leaves

18. Create some wild art

When it comes to creating wild art, the only limit is your imagination. What will you use, and how? There's so much to choose from in the natural world - but make sure you're not making your art from another creature's home.


22. Find some funky fungi

See what fungi you can spot emerging after wet weather.

Nut hatch at Quarry Bank

44. Watch a bird

Look up through the trees to glimpse flocks of geese flying overhead, and watch as birds migrate or join us from as far away as Russia and Iceland.

Squirrel holding a nut

48. Keep a nature diary

Spot the varied wildlife who call Quarry Bank their home as they busily stock their larders ready for winter.