Every shade of the spectrum – half term at Quarry Bank

If you’re feeling slightly harassed by children old and young alike for something fun to do this half term then look no further because here at Quarry Bank we have a week full of fun activities for you and the family to try!

All week-long (Mon-Fri) we are running our ‘All the colours of the rainbow’ workshop, where you can try your hand at tie-dye – what colourful patterns do you think you can create? You can also try out our ‘Tassel Trail’ – spot the different coloured tassels throughout the Mill and you can enter into a prize draw!

Tie-dye at Quarry Bank

The sun has been absolutely glorious today and I, along with nearly 1,000 visitors, did not hesitate to take full advantage of the beaming rays, and headed out to the gardens which have reopened after the winter. Our garden tracker packs seemed to prove particularly popular with kids today and I spotted lots of children having great fun hunting for insects around the grounds. One visitor commented that she and her grandsons had been having an ‘absolutley wonderful day’, which we always like to hear!

Two young boys playing in the Mill Meadow

For the first time I have been able to feast my eyes on all the hard work that the garden team and our volunteers have being doing over the past few months, restoring the Upper gardens, and what a sight it was – check out the new glasshouse, and behind it the sadly dilapidated curvilinear glasshouses which we want to restore as part of our appeal, which you can read about here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/donate-now/.The curvilinear glasshouses at Quarry Bank

But should the weather behave in its usual British fashion you can always visit two fantastic exhibitions currently on display here at Quarry Bank. We have our main exhibition ‘Best Wishes’ which is all about the Victorian custom of sending greetings cards, and we have our special exhibition ‘Cotton Pickers’ by Simon Jones, which features miniature photographic scenes depicting cotton workers as a gesture of recollection. You may have spotted a piece by BBC Northwest Tonight last week about ‘Best Wishes’ with our Learning and Interpretation Officer Carrie-Anne looking lovely in her bonnet! Unfortunately, the piece is not available to watch online but here is a link to the BBC’s article about ‘Best Wishes’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21081253

We hope to see you here this week!

Laura

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