Christmas days out at Quarry Bank

Visitors on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank in winter

Discover Christmas traditions from the past and make new memories as a family at Quarry Bank. Follow the reindeer trail in the garden, experience what Christmas would’ve been like for the apprentices, and warm up with a hot chocolate topped off with marshmallows. Experience Christmas at Quarry Bank from 27 November - 5 January.

Family on the reindeer trail

Seek out reindeers on a festive winter trail

Grab those hats and scarves, pull on your boots and head out with the family on our festive reindeer trail. Follow the trail through the winter gardens and count how many reindeer you can spot to be in for a chance of winning a special reindeer prize. And after a frosty walk, you can warm up with hot chocolates, or rest little legs and hop aboard Father Christmas’s sleigh which will be parked outside the mill.

Family exploring the apprentice at christmas

Discover Christmasses past

Step back in time to see the mill owners’ Georgian home decked with Christmas decorations, then head over to the Apprentice House to experience what Christmas would have been like for the children who worked in the mill. For the apprentices who rarely had a treat or even a day off, a cup of tea and a slice of current loaf was a real luxury to be enjoyed on Christmas day.

Meet Father Christmas

Girl enjoying a hot chocolate with marshmallows

Warm up with hot chocolates (with marshmallows of course!)

Tuck into mince pies and warm up with hot chocolates and all the trimmings besides the Christmas tree. Treat yourself to a sweet treat with a range of cakes and bakes, or choose from a menu of delicious, freshly prepared meals. From light snacks to hearty meals, and with a children’s menu for younger visitors with smaller appetites, there’s something for everyone.

Gifts from the christmas range

Finish your list for Father Christmas

Make a start on the Christmas shopping and head over to the Mill Shop which is bursting with gift ideas for all the family. From gadgets to games, to books and tasty treats there’s plenty to help fill those Christmas lists and get you stocked up on stocking fillers.

Quarry Bank in the snow

About Quarry Bank - plan your visit

Situated just south of Manchester, Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, once home to a community of cotton mill owners, mill workers and child apprentices. Explore the family homes of owner and worker, go on a nature adventure in the woodland estate and step inside the mill to hear the clatter and roar of the machinery as the floors shake beneath your feet.

Experience Christmas at Quarry Bank from 27 November to 5 January
A robin at Quarry Bank
Experience Christmas at Quarry Bank from 27 November to 5 January


Upcoming events

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Wed 13 Nov 2019
Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

Exhibition: A Healthy Profit

Wed 13 Nov 2019
In a new exhibition we explore the physical, mental and emotional toil of working in a mill.

#ThanksToYou - National Lottery Thank You Campaign 2019

Sat 23 Nov 2019
We are once again this year participating in the National Lottery's #ThanksToYou campaign which offers free entry to Quarry Bank to anyone with a National Lottery ticket or scratch card from 23-24 November and 27-29 November.

Reindeer Winter Walk

Wed 27 Nov 2019
Take a walk at Quarry Bank this winter and see if you can spot the reindeer hidden around the gardens. How many can you find?

Christmas at Quarry Bank

Wed 27 Nov 2019
Explore Quarry Bank this Christmas with a variety of festive activities for all ages.

Baby and Toddler meet Father Christmas

Fri 29 Nov 2019
Join us for a special Christmas baby and toddler story-telling and play session which includes a private family visit to Father Christmas and gift just for your little one.