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…

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…

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…

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…

A new type of adventure…

For this post I’m handing over to Carrie-Anne, our Learning and Interpretation Assistant and new Geocaching expert! Go Geocaching with the National Trust My name is Carrie-Anne and I am a Geocacher!  One of my jobs at Quarry Bank is creating trails for our visitors to use.  Most recently I created a geocaching trail around Styal Village, along…

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…

A mysterious letter arrives…

One of the main reasons I love working here at Quarry Bank is that the element of surprise is guaranteed and all manner of weird and wonderful occurrences have been known to happen… Recently we opened up our second-hand bookshop and one shopper got more than a good story and a bargain. Upon getting home…

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…