Image courtesy of National Trust/ Quarry Bank

Summer Holidays at Quarry Bank

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

School’s out for summer! And luckily for all of us, Quarry Bank has a packed programme of seasonal and cultural activities planned. Many of the events are inspired by the wonderful great outdoors, so round up the family, pack up some picnic treats and head out for adventures in Cheshire.

Drive for just 20 minutes outside of Manchester and find yourself 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.

Be sure to step inside the huge mill and learn more about the Industrial Revolution and the cotton industry. Watch the thunderous heritage machinery turn and weave, while you learn more about the people who lived and worked in the mill.

Join factory inspector Augustus Snout and his assistant Scuttle on the interactive mill trail created by award-winning children’s writer Philip Ardagh. Find out more about the dangers of working in the mill, before exploring the homes of the mill owners, workers and child apprentices who lived and worked at Quarry Bank.

Take time to refuel with an ice-cream before running wild on the mill meadow and exploring in the gardens. Don’t forget to collect your ’50 Things to do before your 11 3/4’ pack to try out the most fun-packed and exciting things to do in the great outdoors.

With daily tours running every day throughout the summer holidays too, there are plenty of reasons to keep coming back for more adventures. Happy exploring and discovering this summer at Quarry Bank.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Summer Gardens at Quarry Bank

    Summer gardens at Quarry Bank
    John Millar

    Summer gardens at Quarry Bank, 9 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now

    Whether you’re a keen gardener or just want to escape the buzz of the city, the summer gardens are bursting with colour this time of year.

  • 2. Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector at Quarry Bank

    Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector at Quarry Bank
    Arnhel de Serra

    Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector, 10 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now

    Head back to the nineteenth century for super adventuring. Become a factory inspector in this mill trail by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

  • 3. Heritage Days Out at Quarry Bank

    Andrew Butler

    Heritage days out at Quarry Bank, 9 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now

    Nestled in a picturesque valley just a short drive from Manchester, visit Quarry Bank this summer and discover one of the UK’s greatest industrial heritage sites.

  • 4. Daily Tours: Nature, power, conservation & cotton at Quarry Bank

    Daily Tours: Nature, power, conservation & cotton at Quarry Bank
    Arnhel de Serra

    Daily tours - Nature, power, conservation & cotton, 10 July–30 October 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now

    With an impressive programme of daily tours all about nature, power, conservation and cotton – learn something new this summer.

  • 5. Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank

    National Trust Images, John Millar

    Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank, 6 April–29 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now

    Discover how children’s rights have changed over time in a brand new exhibition at Quarry Bank, Rights of the Child.

Things to do at Summer Holidays at Quarry Bank

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Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector at Quarry Bank
Families 10 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector at Quarry Bank

Families 9 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Heritage Days Out at Quarry Bank

Summer gardens at Quarry Bank
Families 9 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Summer Gardens at Quarry Bank

Activity 22 July–6 October 2019, from £2.90

Guided Tour of Nether Alderley Mill

Daily Tours: Nature, power, conservation & cotton at Quarry Bank
Families 10 July–30 October 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Daily Tours: Nature, power, conservation & cotton at Quarry Bank

Exhibitions 29 June–3 November 2019, normal admission charges apply

Gathering at Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall
Activity 3 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall