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

Rights of the Child

Sun 21 Jul 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.

People's Landscapes: Unearthing Passion and Protest

Sun 21 Jul 2019
10:30-17:00
200 years after the Peterloo Massacre, two films created by artist family Gary, Grace, Hope and Merrick will inspire conversations about rights and responsibilities, freedoms and the power to create change. Shown at Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey

Summer holidays: Find your Styal

Mon 22 Jul 2019
11:00-16:00
Try your hand at new, exciting skills with the team at Quarry Bank, from forest school fun to crafts in the mill.

Nature Walk

Mon 22 Jul 2019
11:30-12:00
Join one of our ranger team every Monday and experience Quarry Bank's seasonal sights and sounds.

Water Power Tour

Wed 24 Jul 2019
14:30-15:00
Join one of our expert team for a specialised tour on all things water power.

Conservation in Action

Thu 25 Jul 2019
11:30-12:30
Come and join our dedicated conservation team as they help to care and conserve Quarry Bank so it is here for years to come.