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

Behind the scenes - Machines

Sat 17 Nov 2018
One Saturday a month we invite you join us as we look at the Mill and its machinery in more depth. Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Nov 2018
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.

Baby and Toddler meet Father Christmas

Fri 30 Nov 2018
Join us for a special Christmas baby and toddler storytelling and play session which includes a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift just for your little one. Normal admission charges apply.

Once Upon a Winter's Day

Fri 30 Nov 2018
Get lost in traditional stories at Quarry Bank this Christmas. Explore the mill, gardens and houses to re-discover festive classics such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and The Snow Queen.

Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

Sat 01 Dec 2018
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. Admission charges apply.