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Hat Works


Ever wondered if you look good in a hat? Why not try a few on for size on a day out with kids in Stockport, Manchester?

This award winning attraction is housed in a restored Grade II listed Victorian Mill. Families can view the fascinating assortment of hats covering all shapes and sizes in the museums collection of 20th Century Brittish hats. Learn all about Stockport’s role in the development of the once thriving hatting industry. Imagine life as a hat worker as you go back in time to the kitchen of a small terraced house to see how a worker in a hat factory might have lived in the late 19th century. Explore a hat block maker’s workshop and office. Visitors can even see the type of engine that was used and how machinery completely transformed the industry.

Don’t forget a trip to the family fun area where families can enjoy making a hat of their very own, enjoy dressing up in the dressing up area, or participate in the range of activities and seasonal events on offer.

With live demonstrations of working machinery combined with stimulating audio-visual shows and one of the largest collections of hats you will ever see, families can enjoy a fun and thought-provoking experience.

Additional information:
*Entrance is free but guided tours are charged for.

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