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

Lost Voices

Thu 19 Jul 2018
10:30-16:00
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Journeys of the Imagination

Thu 19 Jul 2018
10:30-16:30
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

Caring for Quarry Bank

Thu 19 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join our expert archives and collections team every Thursday to discover how we look after and tell the stories of Quarry Bank.

Lost Voices Exhibition Tour

Fri 20 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join our programming team every Friday and every second and forth Saturday of the month for a special tour of our Lost Voices exhibition.

Summer Holidays: Exploring with Elephants

Mon 23 Jul 2018
11:00-16:00
Join Elizabeth Mary Greg in India. Through her eyes visit the Taj Mahal, sit atop an elephant and camp in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Nature Walk with the Rangers

Mon 23 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join one of our ranger team every Monday for a special nature walk through the Southern Woods.