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

Arts and Wonder Season

Sun 22 Oct 2017
10:30-16:30
Arts and Wonder is a season of creative responses to the themes of work, leisure and the legacy of industrialisation. Supported by Trust New Art.

Meteorites & Fireballs - Cosmodome

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:00-11:30
Step into space and learn about astronomy in our interactive inflatable Cosmodome this October half term. Run by the physics outreach department from the University of York. As part of Manchester Science Festival.

Meteorites & Fireballs

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:00-16:00
Inspired by the Greg's interest in space and science, join us for science family fun at Quarry Bank this October half term. As part of Manchester Science Festival.

Bob-in Sessions

Mon 23 Oct 2017
11:30-12:15
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.

Spooky Tours

Fri 27 Oct 2017
18:30-19:15
Join us if you dare for an even scarier, interactive spooky tour of the Mill, performed by the nrg theatre company and students from Staffordshire University.

Behind the scenes - Machines

Sat 18 Nov 2017
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.