Family Adventures at Quarry Bank

There’s a whole host of fantastic family fun to be had at Quarry Bank. Styal’s National Trust property has extensive grounds to explore, a range of events taking place across the year and is home to one of the country’s most significant cotton mills.

INSERTWe’re certain that your little ones, big ones and even Granny and Grandad will find something to love on a visit to the property. There’s so much to learn about the history of the cotton trade, gruesome stories to be told and deafening demonstrations of the noisy machinery that drove Manchester’s industrial past. There’s picturesque scenery to explore outside, an array of wonderful plants and wildlife to see and quiet strolls to be enjoyed into Styal Village. If this wasn’t already enough, there’s a delicious café where you can enjoy a quick snack or tasty meal before popping your head into the estate’s gift shop and admiring the beautiful trinkets and treats on display.

This weekend, your family can enjoy the Cadbury Egg Hunt on the estate. The Easter Bunny has been hopping across the property hiding secret clues that are waiting to be found. Take a map, use your detective skills and solve the clues to claim your chocolate prize! The Egg Hunt will be running from 14 April – 17 April and costs just £2 to join in. There’s nothing quite as exciting as an Easter Egg Hunt to put a smile on a child’s face!

The staff at Quarry Bank are busy getting ready for their new exhibition, ‘The Worst Children’s Jobs in History’. Saturday 29 April will kick start their launch weekend and the exhibition itself will run until Sunday 10 September. At the launch weekend, you will find interactive shows, get hands on with the most awful jobs and the overlookers will be assessing your performance. Make sure to practice your sweeping skills or you might be in trouble!

If you do end up visiting this Easte13r, make sure to take a look at ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’. The fascinating exhibit will be on display until Monday 17 April. Learn about the women that shaped the history of Manchester’s cotton industry and the strength and resilience that they displayed daily. There’s the opportunity to learn about the apprentice girls that worked in the mill, the wealthy ladies that ran the house and the women of the village that juggled their domestic duties with self-employment. Within the gallery, Quarry Bank are collating a record of children’s drawings that depict traditional female roles. Before you leave the exhibition, make sure that your children make use of the paper and pencils and add their on artwork to the collection.

The team at Go See This urge you to make the scenic trip to Styal and enjoy the beauty and history of Quarry Bank. If you take photos during your visit, remember to send them across to our Facebook and twitter pages along with your favourite memories of the day.

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