Christmas days out at Quarry Bank

Illustration showing the mill on a snowy day with two children making a snowman

Get lost in traditional winter stories this Christmas. From Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019 you can step into a magical Christmas wonderland and explore the worlds of ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’, ‘The Snow Queen’ and more.

Once upon a winter’s day…

Wrap up warm and head out on a wintery adventure at Quarry Bank. In the garden you can follow the frozen clues to find where Jack Frost is making his mischief. Make sure you’re careful on your travels though – the Snow Queen is about and looking for children to take back to her icy home.

In Quarry Bank House the Nutcracker and the Mouse King are locked in battle. Can you help Marie to break the Nutcracker’s curse and escape to the doll kingdom? Meanwhile in the Apprentice House you might just spot some reindeer flying over the roof as Father Christmas drops off his presents on ‘The Night Before Christmas’. All activities in 'Once Upon a Winter's Day', excluding visits to Father Christmas, are included in the Quarry Bank admission price.

Illustration showing reindeer flying through a winter sky

Christmas in the mill

This winter the mill has become the office of two of the most famous Christmas characters of all, Ebenzer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit. Rediscover the magic of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and see whether you can reform Scrooge’s cruel ways before Christmas Day. Head to the Exhibition Space to explore all the winter stories and have a go at festive crafts, or explore the indoor winter woodland to find the secret story corner.

Upcoming events

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Mon 17 Jun 2019
Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

Rights of the Child

Mon 17 Jun 2019
In this new exhibition, explore the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank and discover how children's rights have changed over time.

Nature Walk

Mon 17 Jun 2019
Join one of our ranger team every Monday and experience Quarry Bank's seasonal sights and sounds.

Water Power Tour

Wed 19 Jun 2019
Join one of our expert team for a specialised tour on all things water power.

Conservation in Action

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Come and join our dedicated conservation team as they help to care and conserve Quarry Bank so it is here for years to come.

Steam Power Tour

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Join us for a specialised tour to find out why steam power was so important and how it changed the very fabric of Quarry Bank.