Explore the Outdoors at Quarry Bank

Child den building in the woods

There are wild adventures to be had all over Quarry Bank this spring. Wrap up warm and gather the family together for a wintery wander on the estate, and get stuck into 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. As spring bursts into life, you can discover all the wonderful wildlife that calls Quarry Bank home.

Take a walk on the wild side

On a wet wintery day, there’s nothing better than putting your coat and wellies on and splashing around in as many puddles as you can find. Pick up a copy of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ booklet from visitor reception, and head out into the garden and woodland to see what you can get up to. 

Child on welly walk

February half-term: welly walks

Splash about this half term on a welly walk! From 19 - 23 February 2018 play pooh sticks in the stream and have a go at some 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ on an interactive family walk. Scroll down to 'upcoming events' to book your free tickets.

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. 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

Explore the Outdoors

Wed 24 Jan 2018
Head outside and discover all the wonderful wildlife and amazing family adventures you can have in the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank.

February half-term - Welly Walks

Mon 19 Feb 2018
Get your wellies on and take a walk on the wild side this February half-term. Explore the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank with an interactive, exciting and wild walk for all the family.

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Feb 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.

Lost Voices

Sat 03 Mar 2018
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.

Lost Voices Launch Event

Sat 03 Mar 2018
Explore the lost voices of Quarry Bank's women with a special tour, an opportunity to meet our writer-in-residence and a special performance from AbouTime Dance Company.

Lost Voices Launch Event - Talk and tea with Dr Ruth Colton

Sat 03 Mar 2018
Dr Ruth Colton from the University of Manchester will be hosting a talk with tea and cake, exploring the themes of Lost Voices and how they relate to women's experiences today.