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.

Range of Christmas gifts in the shop including wines and chutneys

Gifts for all the family

Find the perfect gifts for friends and family in the mill and garden shops. Don’t miss out on the full Christmas range, from delicate tree decorations to warming winter tipples. Discover a variety of locally made gifts, including ceramic jewellery by Cheshire-based designer Claire Gorton, who you might also meet while she’s demonstrating the machinery in the mill.

Visitors enjoying a hot drink outside in winter

Delicious festive treats

Cosy up in the mill and garden cafés with a hearty stew or warming hot chocolate. You can also indulge in all your festive favourites, from mince pies to gingerbread men, and enjoy local recipes using ingredients grown in the gardens at Quarry Bank.

Upcoming events

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Sun 18 Aug 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

Sun 18 Aug 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.

Glorious Phantoms

Sun 18 Aug 2019
200 years after the Peterloo Massacre, two films created by artist family Gary, Grace, Hope and Merrick will inspire conversations about rights and responsibilities, freedoms and the power to create change. Shown at Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey

Nature Walk

Mon 19 Aug 2019
Join one of our ranger team every Monday and experience Quarry Bank's seasonal sights and sounds.

Summer holidays: Strike a chord

Mon 19 Aug 2019
Quarry Bank’s machines and River Bollin form a unique rhythm. Come along this summer and explore new ways to create and enjoy music with us.

Cotton Lords: an afternoon of poetry and song

Mon 19 Aug 2019
Come and join us for a wonderful afternoon of moving poetry and music about the Lancashire Cotton Famine, in the atmospheric environment of a building directly affected by the events of the 1860s.