Quarry bank mill, National Trust

Quarry bank mill, National Trust

What do you do on a cold but sunny January weekend at the end of a wet and windy school holiday? Wrap up warm and head out for a Winter walk.

On Saturday we woke to sunshine and blue skies so we decided to head out for a walk to blow away the cobwebs (and work off some of the mince pies). We chose one of our local National Trust properties, Quarry bank mill. The mill is currently closed for renovation but we mainly go for the outdoor space.


Quarry Bank Mill

We started with a walk around the top garden where there were a few bells hidden about for children to spot. I love the glass house which I believe was only restored in the last few years. It was a nice break from the cold too.

Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill Quarry Bank Mill Quarry Bank Mill

I love this little area at the back of the shop where there is always a little seasonal activity for kids. This time it was making a nature garland. Last time it was potting seeds.

Quarry Bank Mill

After exploring the walled garden some more it was time for lunch. It was too cold for the girls really so we had a picnic in the car.

Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill Quarry Bank Mill

Once we’d eaten and warmed up a bit we head back out for a walk. We walked into the little village and down into the woods as far as we could before the paths got too steep for the pushchair.

Quarry Bank Mill

Then it was down to the park. They seem to have added a natural play area since our last visit but F said she wasn’t big enough. I suspect she would have been for some of it. We had planned to head home after a few goes on the slide for F but she spotted the lower gardens and requested we walk that way.

Quarry Bank Mill

Finally, we stopped and had a quick look around the newly restored mill owners house. It was all dressed for a twelfth night party where we were told turtle soup followed by pigeon pie amongst other things was on the menu. You can imagine what my fussy eaters thought of that idea.

We love visiting quarry bank as there are lots of different areas to walk around. There are also usually lots of activities on for children of different ages, especially in the school holidays. We spotted that they are starting a monthly nature explorers event next month which I think F will love.

Looking for another family day out in Cheshire? What about another of my favourite National Trust Properties – Dunham Massey

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  1. January 9, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    National Trust properties are so perfect for kids these days – they really get how to cater for them! This looks like a lovely trip – I have a soft spot for a glasshouse and could spend hours browsing through them. We love a visit to our local one for an easy morning out. The annual membership makes it the perfect trip out for when you need to get out (and with kids, that’s basically at least once a day), but the winter weather means you don’t want to spend all day out somewhere – it’s just too cold for that! We usually end up warming up with a hot chocolate in the cafe by lunchtime 🙂

  2. January 9, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    It looks like a lovely place to visit an that you had a great day out despite the cold. You took some really lovely photos on the day too. Picnics in the car I remember them so much from my childhood but not sure I’ve done one with my children yet!
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  3. January 9, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place before but it’s going on my list now! We are definitely getting a National Trust membership this year so I can’t wait to get exploring x

  4. January 10, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Having a child makes you go out in all sorts of weather to tire them out doesn’t it. Looks like you had a lovely time though despite the temp 🙂

  5. January 10, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    This looks like a magical place to visit! The little play section for kids has so much learning to it. Your photos are really stunning!

  6. January 11, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    I love National Trust properties and have been fortunate enough to visit a number in our area. I am hoping we can go further a field this year and listed twelve on our bucket list as such. This one looks like great fun although Cheshire is a little far from Sussex. Although I will make a note incase we are very up your way x
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    • Claire
      January 12, 2018 / 9:29 am

      I enjoyed your bucket list of your local properties but all a bit far from us. I should write one on those local to us.

  7. January 11, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    This is why we love our National Trust membership, the properties are just perfect for days out with the children. We go all the time to ones near us. This looks a great one, shame we are so far away x

    • Claire
      January 12, 2018 / 9:27 am

      I’m sure you have some equally as good ones near you. I thought we would get sick of going to the same places but it turns out we have enough variety of local ones that are great for us and also the events are really good for families.

  8. January 13, 2018 / 8:55 am

    What a lovely use of a cold January day. the seasonal area is very clever, it reminds me of our activity hour here on the farm. I wonder if I could create a seasonal station like this somewhere where I leave props and instructions for families to make their own things like nature garlands, I ‘m liking this idea more and more as I type! There is something special about a walled garden and the National Trust do maintain them perfectly. I don’t blame you having your picnic in the car, but well done on getting out and enjoying the short weekend daylight hours of cold.

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  9. January 13, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    That sounds like the perfect mix for little explorers. I love old glass houses and imagining the gardeners who would have tended them over the years #CountryKids

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