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

Explore the Outdoors

Wed 24 Jan 2018
10:30-16:00
Head outside and discover all the wonderful wildlife and amazing family adventures you can have in the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank.

February half-term - Welly Walks

Mon 19 Feb 2018
11:00-11:30
Get your wellies on and take a walk on the wild side this February half-term. Explore the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank with an interactive, exciting and wild walk for all the family.

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Feb 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.

Lost Voices

Sat 03 Mar 2018
10:30-16:00
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Lost Voices Launch Event

Sat 03 Mar 2018
11:00-16:00
Explore the lost voices of Quarry Bank's women with a special tour, an opportunity to meet our writer-in-residence and a special performance from AbouTime Dance Company.

Lost Voices Launch Event - Talk and tea with Dr Ruth Colton

Sat 03 Mar 2018
13:00-15:00
Dr Ruth Colton from the University of Manchester will be hosting a talk with tea and cake, exploring the themes of Lost Voices and how they relate to women's experiences today.