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

February Half Term - Trouble at t' Mill

Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:00-16:00
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
13:00-15:00
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
13:00-15:00
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
09:30-10:15
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
10:30-17:00
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
11:00-16:00
Join us as we launch our Rights of the Child exhibition with two weeks of activities all about the right to play.