Exciting times ahead at Quarry Bank…

With the Quarry Bank Project entering its second year, we are all set for a very exciting 2016. The Glasshouse The Glasshouse restoration is already underway and when the garden opens again on Saturday 13 February you can see for yourselves how things are coming along.  Throughout the spring and summer you will be able…

Weddings at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank has seen its fair share of iconic moments in its 230 year history, both past and present, but did you know that Quarry Bank can also act as the setting for one of the most iconic moments of your own life – your wedding day? Instead of me trying to convince you of…

Scarecrow Festival 2014

Yesterday morning I found myself manhandling Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Lineker and Miss Havisham. In scarecrow form of course. This year the theme of our annual Scarecrow Festival is ‘Film and TV stars’, as Quarry Bank is set to once more grace TV screens this summer in Series 2 of The Mill. Last year…

Make yourself ‘Styalish’

Quarry Bank is gearing up to once more open our doors 7 days a week when the National trust begins its ‘summer season’ this Saturday. Here at Quarry Bank, this first week of the new season will see us welcome lots of families to our half-term activities. From Mon 17- Fri 21, 12-4pm, kids can…

A day in the life of… Helen and her many guises

This is a special Monday morning treat for you – a ”behind-the-scenes” glimpse into the world of one our Machine Demonstrators/ Apprentice House Interpreters – Helen Mackey… In 1784 Samuel Greg, originally from Belfast, founded Quarry Bank Mill. In 1984, I was born. As the token Northern Irish employee, I like to think that Samuel…

Style at Styal – our new exhibition

Happy New Year to you all! The property has been fairly quiet this week, no doubt everyone is still recovering from Christmas and the aftermath of New Year’s Eve parties. Next week the property is closed as we carry out essential maintenance to the buildings and machinery, giving the place some TLC. During the closed…

A year of Quarry Bank – 2013

This year has been absolutely jam-packed for us at Quarry Bank. It all kicked off back in February when we launched our £1.4m fundraising appeal  to help us complete the story of Quarry Bank. Currently we have managed to raise just over £600,000 – nearly half way there! The appeal will help us to complete…

Victorian Christmas 2013 – the year of the reindeer

We’ve been gearing up for Christmas since about August here at Quarry Bank, and what a Christmas it’s shaping up to be. Once again we are hosting our Victorian Christmas, but with a few added extras this year. In the Mill Yard you can meet costumed interpreters, buy some traditional sweets and warm yourself up…

Revolutionary Walking Tour – The ‘real’ Esther Price

This weekend saw the second of our fundraising village tours, this time led by Archive volunteer Ann-Marie, who I’m handing over to this week… “The tour was called ‘The ‘Real’ Esther Price Trail’ and the idea was to separate the truth from the fiction of ‘The Mill’, and use specific sites at Quarry Bank Mill…

Revolutionary Walking Tours

Over the summer we have had lots of exciting events held in aid of the Quarry Bank Appeal, and as I mentioned in last week’s post there are quite a few more to look forward to. This week I’m handing over to Jane Speller our Archive and Collections Officer to tell you all about the…

What’s coming up at Quarry Bank…

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…

The Big Family Day Out at Quarry Bank

The Big Family Day Out is a festival of volunteering, between 23rd July and 7th August, taking place across six National Trust properties. We’ve just finished up our events here at Quarry Bank which saw 70 people come together to make lots of bat and bird boxes as a family, for use around the estate to give…