Summer holidays at Quarry Bank

The mechanical seed in The Clockwork Garden has learnt a lot in the last couple of months, but it's a bit confused by these strange 'summer holidays'...

Since arriving at Quarry Bank from the planet Meccha_Donk, far far out in space, the mechanical seed has learnt a lot. Inside the exhibition, the children who have visited us have been making hundreds of paper flowers in all sorts of colours and shapes to decorate the seed. It’s beginning to understand what it means to be bright and colourful instead of mechanical and metallic.

Children (and grown-ups!) have been making lots of Spirograph pictures, and from this the seed has discovered so much about the different shapes and patterns that make up a garden. The seed has found out that shapes don’t have to be perfect and regular; sometimes they’re a bit scribbly but that’s OK!

However, even though it's learnt a lot about gardens, in the last few weeks the seed has been a bit confused by what the children are up to. They seem to be doing this funny thing called ‘the summer holidays’. They’re all having loads and loads of fun, and are playing in Quarry Bank’s garden doing all the different activities that the National Trust grown-ups have set up for them.

The seed has been hearing about storytelling, firing rockets, and even pop up gardens, but it’s not quite sure what it all means. What is this strange ‘summer holiday’? Are the children on planet Earth allowed to have this much fun all summer long? Don’t they need to work all day like the Donks on Meccha_Donk do?

Do you think you can help the mechanical seed? We need you to teach it to let its tendrils down and find out just how much fun summer can be. Take a look at our What’s On pages to see all the things we’re up to this summer. 

Upcoming events

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Nov 2018
13:00-15:00
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.

Baby and Toddler meet Father Christmas

Fri 30 Nov 2018
10:30-11:00
Join us for a special Christmas baby and toddler storytelling and play session which includes a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift just for your little one. Normal admission charges apply.

Once Upon a Winter's Day

Fri 30 Nov 2018
10:30-17:00
Get lost in traditional stories at Quarry Bank this Christmas. Explore the mill, gardens and houses to re-discover festive classics such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and The Snow Queen.

Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

Sat 01 Dec 2018
10:30-11:00
Wish lists at the ready! Join in with a special half-hour session of festive activities, including a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift. Admission charges apply.