A Quarry Bank Christmas

Father Christmas meeting a child at Quarry Bank

Create family memories this Christmas at Quarry Bank on 3 - 4 and 10 - 11 December. Enjoy dressing up, a Christmas trail, storytelling, and a visit to Father Christmas.

The mill

Get dressed up in traditional costume and take a snap of you and your family dressed to impress. Follow our fun Christmas story trail around the mill, and find all the sparkles, glitter and stars you need to make a beautiful Christmas tree craft. 

Quarry Bank
Child in Victorian costume next to Chirstmas tree

Apprentice House

Head over to the Apprentice House to find out what Christmas was like at home for the apprentice children. Here you can find out about the annual school prize giving and try a slice of the currant loaf given to apprentices as a treat on Christmas Day?

Caught a winter sniffle? Then pop into the Apprentice House kitchen where the doctor is in and ready to tell you all about the remedies used throughout the festive season.

The Apprentice House where the pauper children lived
Apprentice House in the snow

Christmas traditions

The mill yard presents a festive scene with decorations including wreaths, lights and of course the Christmas tree. Outside, brass bands perform your favourite carols, all whilst enjoying a warm mince pie and delicious hot drink.

Enjoy the decorated tree in the Mill Yard
Child with large star Christmas decoration

Father Christmas

Bring your wish list along and visit Father Christmas; he has a present for those who have behaved well this year! The special half hour sessions include festive storytelling, toys and games, decorating a gingerbread man, and a private family visit to Father Christmas. Father Christmas visits are available to book on the day (£7 per child).

Bring your wishlist and enjoy a family visit to Father Christmas
Children meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

After Christmas

Even after all the mince pies are eaten there’s still lots to enjoy. The mill and Apprentice House are open throughout the Christmas holidays, and from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December there will be family craft activities every day between 11am and 3pm.   

Upcoming events

The Worst Children's Jobs in History - at Quarry Bank

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Inspired by Sir Tony Robinson's Worst Jobs in History series, find out about the worst children's jobs at Quarry Bank this summer

Summer Holidays: 'Ard work at the Apprentice House

Wed 23 Aug 2017
This fortnight at Quarry Bank come and have a go if you think you're 'ard enough to tackle the worst jobs done by children at the Apprentice House

Bob-in Sessions

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Join us at 11:30am on Mondays and 2:30pm each day Tuesday-Friday for a special talk or tour from one of our teams.

Go Batty!

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Head along the River Bollin with our ranger team to find out about the night time residents of Quarry Bank estate.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 09 Sep 2017
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Please book your free tickets in advance.

Heritage Open Day

Sat 09 Sep 2017
Quarry Bank opens its doors for free as part of the national Heritage Open Day event.