Most of you may only have just got back from your jolly holidays but at Quarry Bank we’re already thinking about our Victorian Christmas weekends! We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeve for that weekend that we’re hoping to pull off too… The past few posts have been all about Quarry Bank’s past so this week I wanted to talk you about all the things that you lovely people can get involved with at the property in the next few months.
We’ve got lots of fundraising activities for the Quarry Bank Appeal going on in the next few weeks, including some Textile Workshops which are £15 each, there’s crochet, embroidery, spinning and weaving. The Houghton Weavers are putting on a concert pm Friday 13th September at the Cinnamon club for us and you can book your tickets at www.thecinnamonclub.net or call 0161 926 992. All our other fundraising activities can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the listings for full details here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/things-to-see-and-do/events/
Our Autumn Fair is on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September and includes apple pressing, tasting, displays and guess the weight of the pumpkin in the Apprentice House garden, and chainsaw carving, pole lathing, archery and willow weaving in the Mill Meadow. There will also be the opportunity to buy wood crafts from local tradesmen.
The October half term is jam-packed full of events. First up is our Family Fun-gi Walks (like what we did with the title there?) on 21st, 23rd, and 25th which is a walk in the woods with our rangers to learn all about fungi in Styal Woods, followed by mushroom soup and a traybake. (Adult £10, Child £5 – you can book online here from tomorrow: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/things-to-see-and-do/events/)
From Mon-Fri 21st-25th and 28th-1st November 12-4pm we have family activities inside the Mill (normal admission applies) where children can make their own beastly badge for free and we have our Wild Wednesdays on 23rd and 30th where kids can have a go at some spooky science!
Spooky Tours is of course back on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th. The tours have been running for well over a decade now and it’s a favourite of the staff. The actors of ALRA will be back with a brand new scary story to guide you round the Mill. Tickets are £7 and the advisory is 12+ (I had one woman in her fifties last year ask to be taken out of the Mill as she was too scared, so don’t scoff!) Book your tickets here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/things-to-see-and-do/events/ or call 01625 445 845.
Wonderful Water on 2nd November 12-4pm celebrates the opening of the newly reinterpreted water gallery and will include a trail and water experiments for children.
And yes, as I said, we are already thinking about Christmas. On Sat 23rd and Sun 24th November we have our annual Christmas Gift and Craft fair where you can pick up the perfect presents without braving the shopping centres.
Victorian Christmas (Sat and Sun 7,8, 14,15 December) will see me dressed up once more in my green velvet cloak at Father Christmas’ grotto (already excited obviously). We’ll have carollers, roasted chestnuts, mince pies, dressing up, traditional storytelling at the Apprentice House and as I said, hopefully one or two tricks up our sleeves…
With plenty to get involved in over the next few months we hope we’ll see you soon!