The Clockwork Garden

This summer, the gardens of Quarry Bank are the centre of an adventure of inter-galactic proportions...

Quarry Bank's major summer exhibition...

Flying in from somewhere far out in the black of space, helped by the children of Styal and Crossacres primary schools, a strange mechanical seed has landed in our exhibition gallery and unfurled into a beautiful interactive Clockwork Garden Exhibition. It needs to learn the secrets that make our human gardens so full of life and joy and beauty and to take them back to its own planet which has no gardens of its own. But will the ominous Orange Moon and its shadowy Mechanized Grizzlies find the seed before it's ready to return?

Only you can hold them at bay and fill the seed with enough wonder and joy to send it safely back into space…

The Clockwork Garden exhibition is an interactive installation filling the exhibition space with its strange metallic fronds. Within it you will find a puppet theatre in a hedge, play in the clouds, create paper flowers to add blooms of joy to the garden, marvel at mechanical artwork, investigate garden games and the growth of plants, and discover art from some brilliant contemporary artists.

In the Upper Garden you can delve further into this fantastical story with the Clockwork Garden Adventure trail. Follow a curious, illustrated map and explore the gardens, finding tendrils of the mechanical seed, completing tasks and challenges and solving clues left by the wondrous characters of the mill, both historical and fictional...

Working with us to bring this fantastical world to life has been national children's arts charity The House of Fairy Tales. Find out more about The House of Fairy Tales and their work at http://www.houseoffairytales.org/

" The Clockwork Garden was the best event I have ever been to. It was great."
- Evelyn, one of our younger visitors to the Clockwork Garden


Upcoming events

Behind the scenes - Machines

Sat 17 Nov 2018
14:00-15:00
One Saturday a month we invite you join us as we look at the Mill and its machinery in more depth. Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.

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.