The Lost Words at Quarry Bank

Illustration of two otters swimming around each other, from The Lost Words

From Saturday 29 May – Monday 30 August, explore the gardens at Quarry Bank to rediscover nature's disappearing words with a family trail inspired by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris's spellbook, The Lost Words.

Dandelion. Newt. Wren  In an ever modernising world, words like these are becoming lost from our day to day conversation.

The Lost Words features words from the natural world that have disappeared from the Oxford Junior Dictionary as children spend less time outdoors. Words like 'broadband' and 'chatroom' have replaced others describing the natural world, like 'bramble' and 'conker'.

Children playing on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank

Take part

You can join us every day of the week, 10.30am-5pm, to explore the trail at your own pace. Both adults and families alike will have plenty of fun bringing these lost words back into the modern world as you journey through the gardens.

Pick up a trail pack from Visitor Reception for £1.50 each and get going.

Entry is free for National Trust members and under 5s, admission fees apply for non-members.

Visitors walking the gardens at Quarry Bank

Visiting Quarry Bank: what you need to know

The gardens, estate, mill, Apprentice House, restaurant, café and shops at Quarry Bank are open. On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry.