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 and an awe-inspiring cosmodome show.

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

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. Tickets £2, please book in advance by going to the What's On section below.

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 find out how rocks burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere in an experiment involving just a piece of cotton, a syringe, and the air around us.

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

Arts and Wonder Season

Sun 22 Oct 2017
10:30-16:30
Arts and Wonder is a season of creative responses to the themes of work, leisure and the legacy of industrialisation. Supported by Trust New Art.

Meteorites & Fireballs - Cosmodome

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:00-11:30
Step into space and learn about astronomy in our interactive inflatable Cosmodome this October half term. Run by the physics outreach department from the University of York. As part of Manchester Science Festival.

Meteorites & Fireballs

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:00-16:00
Inspired by the Greg's interest in space and science, join us for science family fun at Quarry Bank this October half term. As part of Manchester Science Festival.

Bob-in Sessions

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:30-12:15
Join us at 11:30am on Mondays and 2:30pm each day Tuesday-Friday for a special talk or tour from one of our teams.

Spooky Tours

Fri 27 Oct 2017
18:30-19:15
Join us if you dare for an even scarier, interactive spooky tour of the Mill, performed by the nrg theatre company and students from Staffordshire University.

Behind the scenes - Machines

Sat 18 Nov 2017
14:00-15:00
One Saturday a month we invite you join us as we look at the Mill and its machinery in more depth. Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.