Fun for families at Quarry Bank

A family hunt for bugs at Quarry Bank

We've got lots of ideas for you to have a great day out with your family. From going back in time and learning about children of the past to exploring the great outdoors there's something for everyone to enjoy.

There are a lot of things for families to do on a day out at Quarry Bank but here are six fun ideas to get you started...

1. Watch the different machines whirr and clatter. The machines move at Quarry Bank which makes them fun to see. The huge waterwheel is a definite favourite.

See live demonstrations of working mill machinery
Machinery is demonstrated to visitors

2. Join a family tour of the Apprentice House, where kids can explore how the child workers lived and see if they would have been passed fit to work at Quarry Bank, or sent back to the workhouse... 

Children learning new skills at the Apprentice House
Children learning new skills at the Apprentice House

3. Explore the woods and wander around the beautiful Styal Estate the perfect place to tick off some of your '50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4'

Children playing in the woods at Quarry Bank
Children playing in the woods at Quarry Bank

4. Pick up a tracker pack in the gardens and search for wildlife. From minibeasts to birds we’ll help you find and identify them.

Have fun exploring the site and hunting for mini beasts
Boy looking at the mini beast he has found at Quarry Bank

5. Head to our natural play area to run around and let their imaginations go wild.

6. For the littlest ones, we have free baby and toddler sessions on the second Saturday of every month.  Bring them along for storytelling and play just for them.

Let your little one discover sights and sounds at our toddler sessions
Little one playing at our toddler session

With trails in the Mill all year round, and activities every school holiday, there is always something new to do whenever you visit Quarry Bank.