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

Have-a-go - Nature Explorers

Sat 23 Mar 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.

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.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 13 Apr 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.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 19 Apr 2019
10:30-16:00
Follow the springtime nature trail around the gardens at Quarry Bank to get your Easter chocolate treat. Normal Admission charges apply

Make and Take

Sat 04 May 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.