Easter holidays at Quarry Bank

Play out this spring at Quarry Bank

This Easter, have fun in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank and find out why play matters. Join us as we celebrate the launch of our brand new Rights of the Child exhibition, with two weeks of outdoor activities all about the right to play.

Explore 'The Right to Play', 6-18 April, 11am - 4pm (not including 13 or 14 April)

Discover how children from the past didn't always have the right to play and unleash your imagination as you follow the brand new trail through the garden. Join in with giant garden games, have a go at den building and try your hand at crafts.

And for those rainy days. . . try out the brand new story trail through the mill to discover more about the dangerous jobs that children did to keep the mill running.

Have fun in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank and discover why play matters
Have fun in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank and discover why play matters
Have fun in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank and discover why play matters

Follow the garden trail and join in with garden games

Can you imagine never being able to play games with a friend or run around in the great outdoors? The formal gardens were where the Greg children played, but the apprentices could only watch from a distance. Follow the garden trail and let your imagination run wild, as we ask how would the apprentices have imagined this place to be if they were allowed the right to play?

Pick up a trail map and let your imagination lead you into a land of fantastical things, where you decide the stories behind what lives in the garden. Who lives under the bridge, or in the cave? What snapped the trees and who turned Pan into stone? You can also join in with giant garden games in the upper garden.

Follow the garden trail and let your imagination run wild
Follow the garden trail and let your imagination run wild
Follow the garden trail and let your imagination run wild

Have a go at den building and try out a new craft

Join us in the natural play area for a den building workshop, or head over to the learning space in the mill for indoor crafting. Den building workshops run twice daily from 6 April – 18 April (not including the 13th and 14th) at 11am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm.

Play in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank
Play in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank
Play in the great outdoors at Quarry Bank

And for those rainy days

Try out the brand new story trail through the mill to learn more about the dangerous jobs that children did to keep the mill running. Don’t forget to collect your stamps in your inspectors booklet as you go! Written by children’s author Philip Ardagh, the trail invites young visitors to step into the nineteenth century and become a factory inspector, to discover what life was like for the children living and working at Quarry Bank.

Try out the new story trail through the mill
Try out the new story trail through the mill
Try out the new story trail through the mill