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

A Georgian Christmas

Sat 16 Dec 2017
10:30-16:00
Join us this festive season and explore a traditional Georgian Christmas at Quarry Bank. Enjoy the sophisticated celebrations of the mill owning Gregs, and experience the humble festivities of the apprentices.

Christmas in the gardens

Sat 16 Dec 2017
10:30-16:00
For the first time, the Quarry Bank gardens will be open across the winter season with festive planting and Christmas activities.

SOLD OUT Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

Sat 16 Dec 2017
12:30-13:00
Wish lists at the ready! Join in with a special half-hour session of festive activities, including a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift.

Explore the Outdoors

Wed 24 Jan 2018
10:30-16:00
Head outside and discover all the wonderful wildlife and amazing family adventures you can have in the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank.

Lost Voices

Sat 03 Mar 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.