Do You Have Nature Deficit Disorder?

“The need of quiet, the need of air, the need of exercise, and the sight of sky and of things growing, seem human needs common to all” – Octavia Hill , Co-founder of the National Trust Feeling sluggish, stressed or anxious? Been slumped over a computer all week, or feeling overwhelmed by your hectic urban lifestyle?…

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…

Apprentice life at Quarry Bank

So who watched The Mill last night on Channel 4? If you did you’ll already have seen that the plight of the apprentices is a central part of the story – but what was life really like for the apprentices of Quarry Bank? Between 1790 and the 1830s approximately one-third of Samuel Greg’s workforce were…

The Mill on Channel 4 – Series 1

I have some seriously exciting news for you all this week! Back in February Channel 4 filmed their first ever factually inspired historical drama series at Quarry Bank, in conjunction with Darlow Smithson Productions. After five months of us staff and volunteers itching with impatience, the show is airing on Sunday 28th July at 8pm! The…

Scarecrow Festival

For the past couple of weeks the word on everyone’s lips here at Quarry Bank has been ‘scarecrow’. We’ve all been busy making our entries for the Scarecrow Festival and in several cases this has led to a heightened atmosphere of competitiveness and secrecy, with lots of entrants determined to win ‘Best Scarecrow’ in their…

A Swinging Success! May Day at Quarry Bank

All that finger crossing and wishing certainly worked for once as we had glorious weather for our Victorian May Day. The day started pretty early for some of our staff, with my poor boss, Rachel, and a couple of our Rangers, Tim and John, arriving at the property at 7:15am to help to set up the Victorian Swing…

Easter at Quarry Bank 2013

We are determined that spring will have sprung by this weekend in time for our Easter Eggstravaganza, so everyone think bright sunny thoughts! We’ve all sorts planned for the perfect family Easter weekend (29 March-1 April, 12-4pm), and will be joined by the Cadburys team on Easter Sunday and Monday, who will be bringing along brilliant activities…

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…

A Victorian Christmas at Quarry Bank

The past couple of weekends here at Quarry Bank we have been celebrating Christmas Victorian style. Both weekends were absolutely fantastic and got everyone into the festive spirit, with well over 2,000 visitors! The Mill Yard was full of costumed characters serving our special mulled wine and roasted chestnuts on an open fire (well it was…

The doctor is in…

For children today being ill means skipping school, staying snuggled up under a blanket and watching cartoons, whilst your parents bring you all manner of hot drinks and soups, dishing out comforting hugs. But for the children of the Apprentice House at Quarry Bank Mill, being ill meant a visit from Dr Peter Holland and…

‘Best wishes’: a glimpse at our upcoming exhibition

As you are no doubt aware; Christmas is coming! Sending your nearest and dearest a card at Christmas is a long-standing tradition reaching back into the Victorian era. They are a way to spread a little good cheer, reconnect with distant family members, recap the year’s events and bring a smile to your loved one’s…

Apple Days

Apples have been a part of mythology, religions and cultures for hundreds of years. They play a part in the Norse and Greek cultures, but something seems fitting about apples in an English country orchard on a crisp October day. At the weekend, hundreds of families experienced the sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional…