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

Lost Voices

Wed 19 Sep 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.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition

Wed 19 Sep 2018
10:30-16:30
Meet the iconic children's character, the Tiger Who Came to Tea, in a special pop-up exhibition celebrating 50 years since the publication of Judith Kerr's classic. In association with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books.

Journeys of the Imagination

Wed 19 Sep 2018
10:30-16:30
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

Wild weekends with The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Nature Explorers

Sat 22 Sep 2018
11:00-15:00
Join us for a tiger related nature trail and scavenger hunt to celebrate The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition.

Wild weekends with The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Family Yoga

Sat 29 Sep 2018
11:30-13:00
Join in with family yoga at Quarry Bank, following The Tiger Who Came to Tea through creative movement, craft activities, storytelling and song.

Afternoon Tea with the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Tue 02 Oct 2018
13:30-14:45
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon tea and storytelling session inspired by the Tiger Who Came to Tea. Combine your afternoon tea with a visit to the Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition inside the mill for even more tiger themed fun.