Explore the Outdoors at Quarry Bank

Child den building in the woods

As daffodils bloom and baby birds fly the nest, there are wild adventures to be had all over Quarry Bank. As spring bursts into life you can get stuck into 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and look for signs of the season on the spring holiday trail and Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

Spot the signs of spring


Explore the changing seasons as spring bursts into life. Follow the multi-sensory spring nature trail to find out all the family adventures you can have in the gardens and woods, from building dens on the estate to discovering different types of leaves. Keep an eye out for emerging butterflies and dragonflies and borrow a tracker pack from the garden kiosks to help you find the birds and bugs. 


Join us for ‘Have-a-go: nature explorers’ sessions on the fourth Saturday of every month to try out different spring-themed activities, from pond-dipping to wild art.

Child in spring flowers

Spring holidays: bluebells and butterflies

Can you spot the bluebells bursting into life? Or follow the butterflies flitting through the garden? Take in the colours, smells and buzzing sounds of spring as you pick a nature activity from a random generator, make mini homes for mini beasts and have a go at moving like a caterpillar. Spring holiday activities are from 3 - 13 April 2018 (weekdays only).

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt logo 2018

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Celebrate Easter with the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Quarry Bank! Follow the springtime trail from 30 March - 2 April 2018 to get your chocolate treat. £2 per child, normal admission prices apply.

Upcoming events

Lost Voices

Fri 20 Jul 2018
10:30-16:00
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Journeys of the Imagination

Fri 20 Jul 2018
10:30-16:30
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

Lost Voices Exhibition Tour

Fri 20 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join our programming team every Friday and every second and forth Saturday of the month for a special tour of our Lost Voices exhibition.

Summer Holidays: Exploring with Elephants

Mon 23 Jul 2018
11:00-16:00
Join Elizabeth Mary Greg in India. Through her eyes visit the Taj Mahal, sit atop an elephant and camp in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Nature Walk with the Rangers

Mon 23 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join one of our ranger team every Monday for a special nature walk through the Southern Woods.

Garden Tour

Tue 24 Jul 2018
11:30-12:30
Join one of our garden team every Tuesday for a special guided tour.