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

February Half Term - Trouble at t' Mill

Mon 18 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.