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

February Half Term - Trouble at t' Mill

Mon 18 Feb 2019
Become a factory inspector and try out the brand new family trail in the mill created by Philip Ardagh and Jamie Littler. On Monday 18th February there will also be an opportunity to meet Philip Ardagh himself!

Have-a-go - Nature Explorers

Sat 23 Feb 2019
Every month in Spring 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.

Make and Take

Sat 02 Mar 2019
Give us a helping hand at making sessions where you can make one for Quarry Bank and one for you to take home.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 09 Mar 2019
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Suitable for children 6 months - 4 years. Please book your tickets in advance.

Rights of the Child

Sat 06 Apr 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.

Spring Holidays - Right to Play

Sat 06 Apr 2019
Join us as we launch our Rights of the Child exhibition with two weeks of activities all about the right to play.