The Mill’s 18th century garden will be the backdrop to a Wallace & Gromit extravaganza and, in this Diamond Jubilee year, the loveable duo have had the royal seal of approval, with the Duchess of Cornwall declaring that they are Prince Charles’s “favourite people in the world!”
Rachel Whalley, Visitor Experience Officer at Quarry Bank Mill, said: “This is the first time the National Trust has opened its doors and worked with animators – in this case Aardman Productions – and the first time we’ll have had outdoor cinema here in Quarry Bank Garden.
Wallace & Gromit films will be shown throughout the day starting at 11am. In between these there’ll be a one minute animation, especially commissioned by the National Trust.
It begins in the familiar setting of the Wallace & Gromit household – 62 West Wallaby Street – with faithful and long-suffering Gromit sitting at his sewing machine making miles of bunting for the ‘Grand Day Out.’
After each showing of the main films, there’ll be the chance to see how Aardman goes about making its Wallace & Gromit animations, with a behind-the-scenes film. For example, a one-minute film, commissioned by the National Trust, took Aardman three months to make, with a total of 500 hours from storyboard to post production.
Quarry Bank will also be welcoming members of Aardman’s animation team on 15 July. They’ll be running at least two workshops during the day where children can make their own model of Gromit to take away.
For younger children there’ll be a colouring competition, complete with Wallace & Gromit DVDs as prizes, themed lunch packs in the restaurant, and Gromit cookies to eat.
Rachel Whalley said: “We hope lots of people will bring their own picnics and settle down in the garden to watch the films.
“Even if it’s wet, in the best traditions of showbiz, the shows will go on! So don’t let our very un-summery weather spoil your ‘Grand Day Out!”.
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Day Out takes place at Quarry Bank Mill on Sunday, 15 July. Gates open at 10.30am with film shows beginning at 11am.
The film running order is:
A Grand Day Out; A Matter of Loaf and Death; The Wrong Trousers; A Close Shave;
A Grand Day Out. The final showing is at 3pm.
Garden admission rates apply: £5 adult/£2.50 child. The Aardman workshops are £3 per child. Places are limited and are bookable on arrival only.
For details of ‘A Grand Day Out,’ and other events at Quarry Bank Mill, go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarrybankmill or call the Infoline on 01625 445896.