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

A Woman's Work is Never Done exhibition

Thu 23 Mar 2017
10:30-17:00
From the girls who lived and worked in the Apprentice House to the ladies in the Greg family, women form the backbone of the Quarry Bank story. This exhibition shines a light on the experiences of the women and girls whose stories have often been...

Bob-in Sessions

Thu 23 Mar 2017
14:30-15:15
Join us at 2:30pm each day Monday-Friday for a special talk or tour from one of our teams.

Behind the scenes - machines

Sat 25 Mar 2017
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.

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Sun 26 Mar 2017
12:00-13:00
Treat your Mum on Mother's Day with a delicious afternoon tea at Quarry Bank. Our afternoon tea includes a selection of dainty sandwiches, handmade scones with jam and cream, Victoria sponge, lemon posset and mini raspberry tarts. Free glass of...

Spring holiday fun

Mon 03 Apr 2017
11:00-16:00
Get creative with textiles in the mill. Have a go at weaving a basket, braiding a friendship bracelet or help to create a rag rug on our peg loom at this event exploring all things textiles.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 08 Apr 2017
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Please book your free ticket in advance.