October half-term at Quarry Bank

Part of our Families guide

Debbie Cowley, Families Editor
Young girl turning a wheel at Quarry Bank
Paul Harris

October half-term at Quarry Bank, 19 October–1 November 2019, free entry - Visit now

Autumn is in full swing and there’s no better place to enjoy the beauty of the season than in the picturesque valley and extensive grounds of Quarry Bank. There’s a complete industrial heritage site waiting to be discovered, alongside acres of beautiful gardens and woodland to explore.

Managed by The National Trust, this half term Quarry Bank invites you to discover what life in the mill was really like, through family crafts and science experiments. The whole family will be amazed to see the historic machinery roar into action inside the mill. You’ll also have the opportunity to follow the factory inspector story trail and learn more about life as an apprentice at Quarry Bank.

Visitors at Quarry Bank

At Quarry Bank the focus is well truly on the stories behind the people who worked in the mill. Discover how mill work impacted the human body. How did the apprentices feel after a long day at the mill? What did working 12 hours a day really do to your body? You and your family can get involved in activities that will bring all of the aches, pains and injuries of 18th Century mill work to life.

Alongside the activities in the mill make sure you take time to explore the beautiful gardens and the meadows behind the mill. The site is also surrounded by woods that are great for those of us with canine members of the family to entertain. Dogs must be kept on short leads around the mill and aren’t permitted inside the mill or gardens.

The National Trust have produced a fabulous ‘50 Things to do before your 11 3/4’ pack – make sure you pick one up from the information desk and try out their exciting things to do in the great outdoors. Half-term activities run from 19 October to 1 November (not including weekends). The event is free but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

19 October–1 November 2019
Free entry

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