Over the weekend we took a trip to Quarry Bank Mill. As National Trust members, it’s a fab and cheap day out for us! Quarry Bank Mill is perfect for families, there’s baby-changing facilities, front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan, children’s play area and (our favourite) family trails.
We packed a picnic and headed there last Sunday morning. It was the last weekend of Christmas and the New Year so we knew there would be plenty of things to see and do.
The weather wasn’t great, not that it bothered us. Wellies and waterproofs it was! We even managed to find a gazebo to sit under whilst we ate our picnic!
We were happy to find out that their Snow Queen and Jack Frost trail was still running, we actually made it on it’s last day! We walked around the gardens, following the trail of frozen creatures left by the Snow Queen and Jack Frost!
The kids were excited and ran ahead along the paths looking for the frozen creatures. Before long we found different creatures including a penguin, a fox and a frog!
As we were leaving, we picked up a Spring 2019 Events Guide and a few events caught me eye:
February Half-term- Trouble at Mill
Monday 18th-Friday 22nd Feb, 11am-4pm
Become a factory inspector and try out the brand new family trail in the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh. Have a go at different jobs and experience the dangers of working in a cotton mill!
Spring Holidays: Right to Play
Saturday 6th-Thursday 18th (excluding 13th&14th) April, 11am-4pm
In the past children at Quarry Bank didn’t always have the right to play. This spring holiday we’re playing in the great outdoors and finding out why play matters. Join in with nature-themed adventures in the garden and woods.
May Half-term: Right to Play Around the World
Monday 27th-Friday 31st May, 11am-4pm
Play your way around the world and explore different games from across the globe. Discover the ways children find to play wherever they live.
Make and Take
Every first Saturday of the month, 1pm-3pm
Give is a helping hand at making sessions where you can make one for Quarry Bank and one for you. Make something different every month from creative crafts to fat cakes for garden birds.
Baby and Toddler Storytelling and Play
Every second Saturday of the month, 9.30am-10.15am, 10.15am-11am, 11am-11,45am
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank for a special storytelling and play session just for them. (Small charge and booking is essential)
Have a Go: Nature Explorers
Every fourth Saturday of the month (from 23rd Feb), 1-3pm
Head outdoors and try your hand at pond dipping, wild art and lots of other nature adventures every month at Quarry Bank.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Friday 19th-Monday 22nd April, 10.30am-4pm
Follow the springtime nature trail around the gardens at Quarry Bank to get your Easter chocolate treat! (Charges apply).