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

Lost Voices

Sat 21 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

Sat 21 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.

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.

Garden Tour

Tue 24 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join one of our garden team every Tuesday for a special guided tour.

Water Power Tour

Wed 25 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join one of our expert power team every Wednesday to discover how water powered the mill.