Third week into the holidays and I needed to get out of the house. The kids are doing my head in with tv’s, computer games and bickering. I looked for things to do locally and maybe on the way or local to Macclesfield where Neil is currently working. There are lots of things to do but I chose Quarry Bank Mill for our day out.
Quarry Bank Mill is located in Styal not to far from Manchester airport. I have heard people mention it but we have never been before. I checked on the website for prices and opening times and it would cost £40 just for one visit but we could buy the annual National Trust pass for £114. This would allow us entry as often as we like as well as being able to visit other National Trust sites. So we are now officially members of the National Trust for the next 12 months so keep an eye out for more reviews.
When we arrived a gentleman greeted us at the information desk he gave us a map and advice on what to do. We first went to the Apprentice House were there is a guided tour showing you how Children used to live in the mills in the 1800’s.
The first room was the school room and here we learnt about routine and what the children did each day. The tour guide was fabulous in costume and had some great voices. Really good with the kids and entertaining.
The next room was the bedroom the children slept in. They would share little cot beds and sleep on straw with a sheet and woollen blanket. They even had the bed pans underneath and he talked about it to the children.
Next room was the medical room. This is where each child would go for a medical before they could be put to work. Also they would come here if ill. The guide talked about the different remedies they used in those days. The leeches were horrible and probably Jacks favourite part. They were used to help clear infection.
The next room was the kitchen. This is where the children’s chores would take place. The kids got a chance to try some out. They did dusting, ironing, scrubbing and hitting the mats to get rid of the dust. Think I need to introduce some of these at home.
After the apprentice house we had lunch. We just had our picnic at the car but you can take picnics in the grounds and eat in lots of places. There is also a cafe and indoor picnic area should the weather be a bit rubbish.
After lunch we went to the mill. I find these things can be a bit tedious and boring but not this mill. From walking in the very first room it was child friendly, activities and hands on things for them to try. This theme went on throughout the mill.
We also had the chance to make our own cotton cans. All materials were provided and it allowed us to have 15 minutes sit down time. The boys loved this.
The mill has lots of working machinery for you to look at and there are lots of knowledgable guides all around to answer any questions.
We had a fab day at Quarry Bank Mill and will certainly be back again in The future.