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…

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…

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…

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…

‘So when are the coconuts arriving?’

Today is an absolutely glorious day here and I’ve actually managed to venture out into the garden without being shrouded in my ski jacket! It seems that spring has finally sprung here at Quarry Bank and the garden is looking absolutely stunning, and full of beautiful colour. Come Monday the garden will be jam-packed with…

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…

Dan Snow visits Quarry Bank!

Last week we welcomed TV historian Dan Snow to Quarry Bank. He was filming a piece for BBC’s The One Show on the links between the cotton industry and the abolition of slavery, prompted by the Oscar nominated film ‘Lincoln’. We managed to catch Dan for a couple of minutes and he very kindly agreed to record the…

‘Best Wishes’ – Emily Gair Greg

Our wonderful exhibition ‘Best Wishes’ has been open for over a month now and hopefully you’ve had the chance to come and see it. I thought as a way to entice you to visit the exhibition if you haven’t already would be to tell you the story of the inspiration behind ‘Best Wishes’; Emily Gair Greg….

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…

And we have lift off!

So a few weeks ago I hopefully convinced you all why Quarry Bank is such a special place, and hinted at the big changes that are about to happen at the property. Today we officially launched our appeal for £1.4 million in the hopes of bringing together the jigsaw that is all the parts of…