Farewell to the Clockwork Garden

Imagery from 'The Clockwork Garden' exhibition and event

The mechanical seed in the Clockwork Garden has been learning about gardens all summer long at Quarry Bank. But what happened next? Did the seed make it safely home? Did the Donks learn to love gardens? Find out what happened when the seed landed back on Meccha_Donk...

Thank you to everyone who's visited The Clockwork Garden this summer to protect it from the mechanised grizzlies and taught the mechanical seed all you know about gardens.

Today the mechanical seed folded up and soared back to planet Meccha_Donk, packed full of all the colours and sounds, inventions and stories of a real human garden. It landed right beside Clever-Jin’s house and began to reveal the marvels it had learned. As it did so, it flourished into a huge and wondrous garden that spread out across the planet.

The sound of the blooming seed startled the other Donks out of their work. They looked around them wide eyed and saw their world as if for the very first time. When they caught sight of the garden their ticking hearts felt completely new feelings: amazement, curiosity, and especially joy. So much joy that they began to laugh and laugh and LAUGH! This clamorous sound echoed all the way up to the dark Orange Moon high above.

There is a rumour that hearing all those gleeful Donks made the Orange Moon have a little change of heart. That it’s freezing, fearful core softened just a little. They say that deep down it might actually prefer it when the Donks are happy and not just working all the time. There are even whispers that the mechanized grizzlies are being re-trained as secret gardeners to help look after the wondrous new garden. The garden that YOU made possible.

Through all your games, all your creativity and your laughter this summer you have made something truly brilliant happen. As the season drifts from summer into autumn, we hope that you will follow the garden philosophers’ way and seek out all the fresh wonders of the Earth’s beautiful and ever-changing gardens.

Upcoming events

February Half Term - Trouble at t' Mill

Tue 19 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.