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

Let's Play at Quarry Bank

Thu 11 Aug 2022
10:30-17:00
Ready for an adventure? Then head for the special summer pavilions of play. Available until the end of the summer holidays, you can use the look-out point to survey your surroundings, listen out for nearby wildlife, or invent your own way to play.

Gathering Downstream Exhibition

Thu 11 Aug 2022
10:30-17:00
A brand-new exhibition exploring the legacy of the industrial revolution is now open at Quarry Bank.

Free Nature Superhero Obstacle Course at Quarry Bank

Thu 11 Aug 2022
10:30-17:00
Be a nature hero – and save the world! Will you conquer our obstacle course?

Storytelling artwork at Quarry Bank

Sat 13 Aug 2022
11:00-11:45
Create your own artwork inspired by the story of Quarry Bank

Wild Science at Quarry Bank

Sun 14 Aug 2022
11:00-11:45
Come and meet our wildlife friends that live in our back gardens and hedgerows.

Explorer dome at Quarry Bank

Sat 20 Aug 2022
11:00-11:45
Calling all explorers! Crawl down the tunnel into the Dome, to visit some of the great natural habitats of Earth.