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

February Half Term - Trouble at t' Mill

Tue 19 Feb 2019
11:00-16:00
Become a factory inspector and try out the brand new family trail in the mill created by Philip Ardagh and Jamie Littler. On Monday 18th February there will also be an opportunity to meet Philip Ardagh himself!

Have-a-go - Nature Explorers

Sat 23 Feb 2019
13:00-15:00
Every month in Spring 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.

Make and Take

Sat 02 Mar 2019
13:00-15:00
Give us a helping hand at making sessions where you can make one for Quarry Bank and one for you to take home.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 09 Mar 2019
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Suitable for children 6 months - 4 years. Please book your tickets in advance.

Rights of the Child

Sat 06 Apr 2019
10:30-17:00
In this new exhibition, explore the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank and discover how children's rights have changed over time.

Spring Holidays - Right to Play

Sat 06 Apr 2019
11:00-16:00
Join us as we launch our Rights of the Child exhibition with two weeks of activities all about the right to play.