Summer days out at Quarry Bank

Children playing on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank

Step into summer at Quarry Bank and enjoy a jam-packed day out with the family come rain or shine! With a whole industrial heritage site to discover, and acres of gardens and woodland to explore, there’s plenty of places to play.

Fun for families

Children playing in the woodland at Quarry Bank

Bushcraft and guided walks

Join a bushcraft session and create a forest door to another world, using tools and natural materials [running: 19, 25, 26 August]. Take a guided walk around the woods to discover the secret forms of communication happening right under our noses. Can you hear the trees whisper their secret messages? How does a bird of prey spot a mouse from so far away? [running: 4, 5, 11, 12 August]. Or join Ranger Max for a walk across the site to show you the diverse and exciting life of our local plants.Learn about the folklore that surrounds certain species, as well as their medicinal and culinary uses both past and present. But beware! Not all greenery is friendly! [running: 2, 6, 9 August]. Please note there is limited availability for these activities. Tickets must be booked on the day at Visitor Welcome and are available on a first come first served basis.

The apprentice house garden at Quarry Bank

Apprentice House Activities

Head to the Apprentice House to learn more about what life was like at Quarry Bank during the Industrial Revolution. Wash Day: Join in with wash day to see how clothes were washed, dried and ironed, and make your own mini herb bag to take home [running 31 July and 1, 14, 15, 28, 29 August]. Garden chores: Have a go at garden chores to see what the apprentices would do after working in the mill, including picking out snails and catching naughty garden pests [running 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 August]. Medicine in the Apprentice House: Head to the herb garden to learn about plants and fruits that were often used in medicines [running 7, 8, 21, 22, 24, 25 August]. Please note that the above Apprentice House activities are drop-in activities running throughout the day.

Children watching the machinery in action in the mill

Rainy day discoveries  

We can’t promise sunshine, but at Quarry Bank you can enjoy a full day out whatever the weather. On those drizzly days, step inside the mill to watch the machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath your feet. Or join a guided tour of the Apprentice House to learn more about where the child apprentices lived, ate and slept after a long days work inside the mill.

Family enjoying ice creams at Quarry Bank

Enjoy ice creams, hot lunches and picnics

After a long day exploring cool off with ice creams, refuel with sandwiches, hot snacks and freshly prepared hot lunches, or treat yourself to one of our cakes and bakes. Choose from our child friendly menu, or bring along a picnic to soak up the summer sun.


Upcoming events

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