By the time we got out of the house it was relatively late, around 2:30 and seeing as Tatton is roughly 30-40 minutes drive away, we started to weigh up the practicality of actually bothering! After a quick re-think, we decided it best we find something closer. Quarry Bank Mill was on the “we’ll get round to it” list. It’s always felt like one of those places I just drive past.
Quarry Bank Mill is situated just outside the village of Style, Cheshire. The Mill sits alongside the River Bollin which provided water to power the iron water wheel that powered the machinery. Now a museum of the cotton industry, it is one of the best-preserved textile mills of the industrial revolution.
As you follow the marked path through the mill, each room tells a compelling story of its founder Samuel Greg and the community of workers and child apprentices throughout the ages. There are plenty of buttons to press and activities going on for kids to keep them interested along the way!
During October, Quarry Bank Mill takes on a Halloween theme.
Ghosts and bats hang from trees and intricately carved lit pumpkins line the paths. Once inside, the kids are given a challenge sheet. They have to find nine of “Sid the spider’s” webs, each containing a letter to form an anagram of a word. We almost missed the final web as its pretty well hidden, but it really wouldn’t have been difficult to work out the word anyway! 😉
The bat making activity was super fun! Several tables were laden with some card, paper, pencils, sticky eyes, scissors, paperclips, and string. Easy to follow instructions offering a card cut out or origami style bat. Lauren and H chose to create the cut-out bats and sat absorbed in sketching, cutting and selecting eyeballs for a good 30 minutes, The longest I have seen them sit quietly for a while!
Outside, the beautifully preserved hilly gardens provided a perfect opportunity for the kids to let off some steam! We wandered alongside the river and climbed stone steps. We all gazed in awe at some of the fantastic rock and cave formations.
Quarry Bank’s picturesque scenery is a carefully curated collection of plants and trees from all ends of the earth.
Quarry Bank Mill is indeed a sanctuary and well worth a visit if you ever get the opportunity; I could spend an entire day intentionally lost just taking in the breathtaking beauty of this place.