Discover something new in 2017

In 2016 we transformed the garden; discover our exciting plans for 2017.

2017: New areas will be open to explore

2016 was a fantastic year at Quarry Bank as the project to transform the site got underway. Work began to restore the rare curvilinear glasshouse and it now sparkles once again. In spring 2017, for the first time you will be able to step inside the newly planted glasshouse and explore the interactive backsheds and learn all about the fascinating story of the garden. Our new garden café and shop will be open once more for you all to enjoy.

That's not all. 2017 will be a very special year as we open the Greg family home and a worker's cottage for the first time as well as create new and exciting events and exhibitions that will excite and enthuse you.

Quarry Bank House

In early autumn, Quarry Bank House, the Gregs family home will open its doors. You will be immersed into an atmosphere of homeliness, comfort and warmth, through set dressing, and interesting artistic responses. Find out more below...

A view of Quarry Bank House

Unlocking Quarry Bank House  

For the first time, step inside the Greg family home and take a unique opportunity to visit a mill owner's house which is a rare survival here in the UK.

A Worker's Cottage

A worker's cottage in Styal, that has been kept in its orginal state from the 1970s will be restored and opened for guided tours. You will be able to explore the two up two down house that was home to up to twelve people at any one time. Due to the size of the house, tours will be limited so check back with us to find out how you can visit this amazing space in 2017. Find out more...

Oak Cottages at Styal Village, Quarry Bank

The Real Mill Workers' World 

Styal village was home to the mill workers at Quarry Bank. For the first time, you will be able to take a tour of a worker's cottage and experience first hand what home life was like for the workers of Quarry Bank.

The Apprentice House

We will be enhancing your visit to the Apprentice House by introducing new and immersive experiences. There will also be exciting things to see in the garden and outhouses for you to enjoy.

New Welcome Building and Car Park extension

To improve your visit to Quarry Bank we will be extending the car park in 2017. The normal car park will be open whilst we complete this work. By June 2017, the new extension will be open along with our new welcome building. The welcome building will be on the same level as the car park and will make accessing the site so much easier. Our new orientation point will give you all the information you will need to enjoy your visit at Quarry Bank.

The mill

In preparation for our new passenger lift in the mill and the reinterpretation of the galleries over winter 2017, we are making a few minor changes in the mill this year. Our much loved handspinning and weaving space has been relocated and throughout the year we will be trying to do bits and bobs to ensure we are ready to start the lift work next winter. Please bear with us whilst we carry out this work.

New exhibitions and events

The Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!)

Saturday 29 April — Sunday 10 September

Fancy twisting together pieces of cotton for 12 hours a day? Perhaps you’d rather sweep the floors? Follow in the footsteps of the Gong Scourers, Mole Catchers, Piecers and Bird Scarers this summer as you have a go at some of the worst jobs that children had to do in the past. Find out exactly what kids had to put up with to earn a day’s wages, and try out the jobs in the interactive exhibition and trail.

The Worst Children’s Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!) combines Sir Tony Robinson’s captivating Worst Jobs series with our amazing archive to uncover what life was really like for the children at Quarry Bank.

More exciting exhibitions to be announced...

" There really is something new to see and do at Quarry Bank every time you visit. With the restoration of the gardens and the glasshouse now complete, we’re working to open Quarry Bank House and the mill worker’s cottage for the very first time this autumn. With an ever-changing programme of events and exhibitions, a visit to Quarry Bank is never the same twice."
- Eleanor Underhill, General Manager