Have tea with a tiger

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition banner

From 8 September to 28 October 2018 we have a very special, very stripy visitor at Quarry Bank. ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ is on a nationwide tour of National Trust places and is stopping in to see us for an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s classic.

In the exhibition in the mill you can meet a giant cuddly tiger and make tea for him in an interactive play kitchen. You can also take a look at facsimiles of Judith Kerr’s original illustrations, notes and drawings and watch on film about her remarkable life. 

Alongside the ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, we’re finding out about other children’s classics and in the exhibition we’ll be featuring books from the Workers’ Library collection. The Workers’ Library was used by Quarry Bank’s cotton mill workers and the residents of Styal village in the early twentieth century and had a large selection of children’s books. You can explore the children’s books that people loved in the past, and share your family’s favourites with us too. 

Step into the pages of The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Afternoon tea with ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ 

Book tickets for your very own afternoon tea with a tiger. There’ll be tiger storytelling and crafts alongside delicious cakes and scones for all the family. Visit the What’s On pages for details, and we’ll make sure that the tiger doesn’t eat all the buns, all the biscuits and ALL the cake!

October half-term and Halloween at Quarry Bank

From Saturday 27 October to Friday 2 November you can get stuck into ghosts, ghouls and all things Halloween. Have a go at apple bobbing, create your own spooky story and ‘snap a spook’. Follow the link to find out more.

Journeys of the Imagination title illustration

Continue your adventures with Journeys of the Imagination 

There are two tigers to meet at Quarry Bank this autumn! Go on a journey into the past and your own imagination with the Journeys of the Imagination exhibition and trail. Look out for the tiger that Elizabeth Mary Greg met on her travels in India, or head into the mill to travel the world and find out more about the journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank.

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.