Christmas in the gardens at Quarry Bank

The glass panes in the glasshouse at Quarry Bank

Get into the festive spirit at Quarry Bank. For the first time, the gardens will be open this winter for you to enjoy throughout the festive season. In Quarry Bank House, you can also enjoy the Georgian Christmas celebrations of the wealthy Greg family from Wednesday 29 November 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018.

Walking in a winter wonderland


A walk through the gardens and estate this Christmas will bring a host of seasonal delights. Winter planting in the garden will brighten up the season, and you can spot winter birds and wildlife in Chapel Woods. The restored glasshouse is decked out for Christmas too, with a stunning poinsettia display and homemade decorations made by our garden volunteers.

Christmas retail stock at Quarry Bank

Add a touch of seasonal sparkle

Visit the mill and garden shops this Christmas to add a touch of festive sparkle to your decorations. The wonders of walking through nature on a crisp winter's morning have inspired a range of decorations, gifts and seasonal foods that will make perfect gifts for you and your family.

A Georgian Christmas


In Quarry Bank House and the apprentice house, you can step back into a historic Christmas celebration. Travel back in time as you enter the mill owning Gregs’ family home, and meet their guests for Christmas. You can see their seasonal feast in the dining room, and join in with Christmas riddles and games.

Quarry Bank House in the snow

Keep the festivities going with Twelfth Night

We’re open every day from Boxing Day until Sunday 7 January hosting Twelfth Night celebrations. Find out all about this forgotten Christmas tradition that was all about parties, games and revelry, and join in with your family and friends. By the mid-nineteenth century, Twelfth Night was no longer celebrated in the same way – discover how the Industrial Revolution changed Twelfth Night and Christmas festivities forever.

Upcoming events

Explore the Outdoors

Sun 18 Feb 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.

February half-term - Welly Walks

Mon 19 Feb 2018
11:00-11:30
Get your wellies on and take a walk on the wild side this February half-term. Explore the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank with an interactive, exciting and wild walk for all the family.

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Feb 2018
13:00-15:00
Every month 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.

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.

Lost Voices Launch Event

Sat 03 Mar 2018
11:00-16:00
Explore the lost voices of Quarry Bank's women with a special tour, an opportunity to meet our writer-in-residence and a special performance from AbouTime Dance Company.

Lost Voices Launch Event - Talk and tea with Dr Ruth Colton

Sat 03 Mar 2018
13:00-15:00
Dr Ruth Colton from the University of Manchester will be hosting a talk with tea and cake, exploring the themes of Lost Voices and how they relate to women's experiences today.