Step into Christmas…

Quarry Bank Mill is already getting into the Christmas spirit and this weekend we had a fantastic Christmas Craft fair with stalls packed with wonderful gifts and treats for all, and we loved hearing from many of you on Twitter about the great bargains you were able to snatch up!

Speaking of shopping, as part of our Christmas preparations the Mill Shop is now packed with Christmassy items, from the perfect winter gifts to gorgeous decorations. And remember, whilst the Mill is closed on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, the shop and the Mill Restaurant are both open on Tuesdays from 11am-3pm.

The shop at Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property, has a range of Christmas gifts on sale.
Don’t forget to check out our Christmas items in the Mill Shop!

Above is Gill our Shop Manager with her favourite item from the shop, a gorgeous scarf which she says is the perfect gift as it’s increcibly cosy with a lovely pattern and is always one of our best sellers, so grab it fast!

 

Victorian parlour set up for Victorian Christmas at Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property.
‘Grandmother’s Parlour’ begins to take shape, just a few finishing touches needed!

 

A lot of preparation has been going on behind the scenes here at Quarry Bank to get ready for our ‘Victorian Christmas’ event, which will be running on the 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th of December, 11am-3pm. Yesterday I helped out Jenny, (who creates all the historical costumes for the site and is also mum to Ros, our Visitor Experience and Marketing Manager), and Terry (one of our fantastic volunteers) to set up ‘Grandmother’s Parlour’ in the Introductory Gallery.

Victorian Christmas is a fantastic event at Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property
Terry starts fixing the hook to hang Jenny’s carefully crafted Christmas wreath.

Jenny is a complete perfectionist and spent a good half an hour creating the gorgeous wreath that is hanging above the traditional Victorian fireplace at the tableux we set up yesterday, so make sure you take a second to appreciate her hard work, and see the finished product of our efforts!

Victorian Christmas is assembled at Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property
Berries or no berries?

The next step for ‘Victorian Christmas’ is to have costume fittings for those of us dressing up in Victorian costume, and fingers crossed I’m going to be one of them (I couldn’t be more excited at this prospect!). As I mentioned above these will all have been created by Jenny, who informed me yesterday that she only took up historical costume making to help out Ros! So we’ll be saying a massive thank you to her for all her efforts to make ‘Victorian Christmas’ perfect! And then next Tuesday I’ll be on hand to help Jenny and other staff members and volunteers with the finishing touches, and to set up one of the most Christmassy things I can think of – the gingerbread house!

Christmas decorations are put up at Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property.
Just a bit more to the left Jenny!

We hope we’ll see you at this amazing event and for all the info you need about the event here‘s a handy link to our website:

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/things-to-see-and-do/view-page/item987358/269325/

Laura

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