We were invited along to Quarry Bank Mill near Styal to preview their new interactive, play-based exhibition – An Apprentice Adventure. I don’t need much persuading to go to Quarry Bank, it’s one of my favourite National Trust properties as it’s constantly evolving. It’s also a great place to go when family are visiting and is a lovely walk with the kids and the dog.
The new exhibition, on until the 6th September, is aimed at 1-11 year olds and is based on three apprentices, the Baker children (and Boris the cat) and their adventures around the Mill.
For little ones there are lots of indoor play-based activities, from making your own puppet show, building dens, gardening and fishing from a little raft. For older children there is a trail that takes you around both the mill and into the woods with lots of clues and learning along the way.
As part of a £3.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Northern Woods are currently under restoration with the aim to create trails along the pathways and folly bridges allowing you to explore and play in the woods as the Gregs children did. The woods are open now but more interactive play will be added over time.
Over the May half-term Quarry Bank are running a fabulous Scarecrow Festival which takes you all over the estate. 50p per person.