An out-of-this-world October half-term

Image of whirling space from inside the inflatable cosmodome

Explore the sky, space and the things that fall out of it this October half-term. Taking inspiration from the mill-owning Greg family’s interest in space, you can discover the world of meteorites and fireballs with interactive experiments, meteorite handling and storytelling.

You might know that the Greg family founded the cotton mill at Quarry Bank. But do you know that they also studied the night sky and wrote science fiction? This half-term, as part of Manchester Science Festival, we’re shooting for the stars with an amazing week of experiments, games and storytelling.

Are you an Earthling?

Do you think that Martians would believe in life on other planets? In 1880, Percy Greg wrote a sci fi novel about a man who takes a trip to Mars and meets an alien race who don’t believe that he’s real. Percy created a Martian language for his book, and his novel is thought to be the first written use of the word ‘astronaut’ in the English language. Join us for interactive storytelling and meet a Martian for yourself. Do you think that you can convince him that you’re a real Earthling?

Visitors inside the inflatable cosmodome

Sold out: Be wowed by the night sky at a cosmodome show

Step into the inflatable cosmodome in the mill and explore the wonders of the universe. You’ll have an opportunity to meet physicists from the University of York, who will guide you through the cosmos and help to uncover the secrets of the stars. The cosmodome show is now sold out; however there are lots of other half-term activities to keep you and your young space explorers entertained.

Experiment with space

Become a scientist yourself and have a go at experiments and science games. You can handle samples of real meteorites, as well as an actual piece of Mars, and play Musical Meteorites as you discover how meteors fire through the sky. In the garden, you can help Robert Phillips Greg to catalogue his meteorite collection, and cause the extinction of the dinosaurs with Dinosaur Skittles.

The activities for October half-term are included in the Quarry Bank admission price (excluding the cosmodome show). Metorites and Fireballs is part of Manchester Science Festival, and is sponsored by Waters.

Manchester Science Festival

Thursday 19 October – Sunday 29 October
Play with science, create something amazing and discover art, workshops, performances and big experience at England’s largest science festival. For all ages, across Greater Manchester. 
For more information visit www.manchestersciencefestival.com.

Upcoming events

February Half Term - Trouble at t' Mill

Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:00-16:00
Become a factory inspector and try out the brand new family trail in the mill created by Philip Ardagh and Jamie Littler. On Monday 18th February there will also be an opportunity to meet Philip Ardagh himself!

Have-a-go - Nature Explorers

Sat 23 Feb 2019
13:00-15:00
Every month in Spring you can have a go at a wild outdoor activity at Quarry Bank. From pond-dipping to wild art, there's always a new adventure to enjoy.

Make and Take

Sat 02 Mar 2019
13:00-15:00
Give us a helping hand at making sessions where you can make one for Quarry Bank and one for you to take home.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 09 Mar 2019
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Suitable for children 6 months - 4 years. Please book your tickets in advance.

Rights of the Child

Sat 06 Apr 2019
10:30-17:00
In this new exhibition, explore the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank and discover how children's rights have changed over time.

Spring Holidays - Right to Play

Sat 06 Apr 2019
11:00-16:00
Join us as we launch our Rights of the Child exhibition with two weeks of activities all about the right to play.