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20/02/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 from 28th June – 9th August – with tickets on sale now.

Brick City Fun Facts

  • Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks.
  • Over 60 models will be on display at New Lanark.
  • The smallest model in Brick City is a New York Fire Hydrant.
  • At a whopping 2×4 metres the biggest model in Brick City is London’s St Pancras Station.
  • St Pancras is also the model with the most LEGO Bricks – an estimated 180,000!
  • Call in the Olympic weightlifters…the model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium is made of an estimated 30,000 LEGO Bricks.
  • Brick City features historical landmarks from 24 cities around the world, from Cape Town to Copenhagen.
  • There are four ‘Scottish’ models in Brick City all from our Capital city, Edinburgh.
  • The exhibition has previously visited London, Newcastle, Belfast and Hamilton – to name a few locations!
  • The most northerly destination Brick City has visited is Thurso in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Brick City is open to the public at New Lanark for 43 days – 28th June – 9th August 2017.

LEGO Fun Facts (source)

  • The plural of LEGO is LEGO. It doesn’t matter if you have one or one hundred pieces of LEGO, it’s still LEGO – although many people call them LEGOs.
  • LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish and LEGO is made from the first two letters of each word.
  • LEGO is 85 years old. The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
  • Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter. He lost his business and began to make toys out of his leftover wood. He was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children and when they loved it he put them into production to sell.
  • In 2000, LEGO was named “Toy of the Century” by the British Association of Toy Retailers. LEGO beat both the common teddy bear and the Barbie doll.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second. By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world.

Just some of the amazing models you can see at New Lanark this summer…

Brick City - Vegas Sign

Brick City - Trevi Fountain
Brick CIty - Macy Parade
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now! Book yours at http://bit.ly/BrickCityNL 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Brick City is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

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07/02/17 Roof Garden # , , , ,

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

February light glows on the stonework of the houses at New Lanark as seen from the path into the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve.   The island in the middle of the river is called Mid Inch on which a tall evergreen Scots pine tree has found a foothold.  The stones at the water’s edge are the haunt of a heron.  Nearby in the village is New Lanark’s Clearburn Natural Outdoor Play & Picnic Area.  There are squirrels hiding under the ivy covering the old trees and a pair of tiny wrens have been spotted flying in and out of the lade tunnel.  (The scientific name for a wren is ‘troglodytes’ meaning ‘cave dweller’!)  Playing outdoors is now recognised as essential for children’s cognitive and emotional development, so bring the kids along and see what else you can spot (entry to the Clearburn Play Area is free). If the weather isn’t great there’s always the indoor Interactive Gallery! 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Here are some more photos of the village in early February…

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02/02/17 New Lanark Health & Fitness Club , New Lanark Ice Cream , New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

It feels as if we’ve just packed away the last of the tinsel and it’s the February Break already! It’s not quite Spring yet, but the mornings and nights are getting lighter so there’s no excuse for not getting out and about to make the most of your time off. With things to do in our historic village for all ages we’ve pulled together a list of 10 things you can do at New Lanark during the February Break weekend, or any weekend really!

 

Talk a walk on the wildlife side

New Lanark rests on the doorstep of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy a stunning woodland walk to see the famous Falls of Clyde Waterfalls! Find out more about the route here.

Falls of Clyde - Corra Linn

 

Brush up on your history

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. Celebrate Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology by discovering the fascinating history of our village. Find out more about visiting.

February Break - New Lanark Visitor Centre

 

 

Jump around!

Something for the little ones, explore a multi-sensory experience of sound, light and colour in the Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Entry to the Interactive Gallery is £3 per child or £1.50 with a Visitor Centre Passport Ticket only on date of purchase. This price allows play for up to 2 hours. Under 1’s go free. Find out more about visiting.

February Break - Interactive Gallery

 

Try something sweet

Our award-winning Ice Cream is made in the hear of our historic village! Whenever you buy a cone or tub of our Ice Cream you’re contributing to the restoration and development of the historic village within New Lanark World Heritage Site. Pick up a cone or tub in our Mill Café!

February Break - New Lanark Ice Cream

 

Enjoy some Retail Therapy

The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, books & Scottish produce. Taking centre stage is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. The shop also features gents fashions from local retailer Brooks Menswear. The New Lanark Mill Shop is also the home of the world’s first Organic Tartan, which is exclusively sold here through a range of beautiful throws, bags, purses and accessories. Open 7 days a week! Find out more about visiting the Mill Shop.

February Break - New Lanark Mill Shop

 

Meet a musical prodigy!

YEHUDI MENUHIN SCHOOL EMSEMBLE – Thursday 9 February at 7.45 pm 2017 The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

MiL are delighted to welcome back for the third year the latest Ensemble of musical prodigies from the Yehudi Menuhin School. Their February Scottish Tour is particularly a showcase for their exceptional pianists, and the School staff were ‘instrumental’ in our investment in “Ruth”, our new piano. The School has taken strongly to New Lanark both as an educational experience and a performing venue and we eagerly anticipate another evening of extraordinary young talent. Book tickets here.

Music in Lanark - YEHUDI-MENUHIN-SCHOOL-EMSEMBLE-517x382

 

 

Get Knitting

At New Lanark today we produce high quality woollen yarn on historic textile machinery. Our yarn is available in the following weights; Chunky, Aran and Double Knitting, each of which are ideal for both hand knitting and machine knitting. Browse our beautiful range of shades in the New Lanark Mill Shop or buy online at www.newlanarkshop.co.uk for a weekend knitting project!

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles

 

Wine and Dine

Sometimes all you want to do at the weekend is enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine. If that’s the case then look no further than the Mill One Restaurant at New Lanark! Serving up delicious meals daily, this contemporary restaurant which is accredited to the Visit Scotland’s ‘Taste our Best’ scheme is proud to serve a range of local Scottish produce giving visitors and residents an authentic taste of Scotland. Find out more and book your table.

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles

 

Relax in the Spa

The excellent facilities at New Lanark Health and Fitness Club include a swimming pool, bubble pool, steam room, sauna, and a health and fitness studio with full range of gym equipment. Whether you want to shape up and improve your fitness level, or simply relax and unwind, this superb facility is right for you. Why not check out our fantastic Spa Day Packages?

February Break - New Lanark Spa

 

Make a weekend of it

Unlike any other in Scotland, the New Lanark Mill Hotel was originally an 18th century cotton mill. After years of painstaking restoration work by New Lanark Trust, the hotel opened for business and pleasure in May 1998, and has quickly developed into a popular choice for a short break destination. Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site this restored 18th century cotton mill village is nestled in the spectacular south Lanarkshire valley in southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde and less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Find out more and book your stay.

February Break - New Lanark Mill Hotel

 

 

As you can see there are so many options for you to enjoy at New Lanark! Find out more about visiting our historic village at www.newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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25/01/17 CAVLP # , , , ,

Frame the landscape with CAVLP Heritage

Frame the landscape with CAVLP Heritage

Guest post from Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

The Clyde and Avon Valley has long been a destination for visitors, including esteemed artists and writers such as J. M. W. Turner, the Wordsworths and Sir Walter Scott.

Known for its patchwork of nationally important woodlands and stunning geological formations, crumbling castles and orchard heritage, the area has fired the imagination of visitors throughout the ages.

CAVLP Heritage are now offering a unique way to explore the landscape through the eyes of artists, writers, photographers and film-makers by way of a series of six FREE Framing the Landscape walks where paintings, photos, films and literature will be used to see the landscape in new ways.

Taking place every Saturday at 2pm, from 11 February up to and including 19 March, the walks will offer a tantalizing look at figures that have been inspired by the landscape or have made an impact on it in some way. Think Sir Walter Scott and Craignethan Castle, J. M. W. Turner at the Falls of Clyde and even Scott’s Jam Works at Carluke.

These events will form part of a larger project called Local Landscape Heroes which is focusing on the people who historically changed and maintained the character of the historic environment and landscape and those that have been inspired by it.

People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to take part in this programme of exploratory walks throughout the Clyde and Avon Valley.  The events will be led by experienced archaeologists from CAVLP Heritage who will be on hand to offer expert insight into areas at Chatelherault, Lanark, Wishaw, Craignethan Castle, Falls of Clyde and New Lanark, and Carluke.

There are 6 different walks to choose from. Each takes around two hours and is FREE although booking is essential at www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they like.

Saturday 11 February: Inspired by the Oaks – Scenery Stroll at Chatelherault: Join the team at Chatelherault to explore artwork inspired by the Avon Water and Cadzow Oaks.  Learn about the painters including Alexander Fraser and Simon Bough, who were inspired by the natural beauty of the Avon Valley landscape.

Saturday 18 February: Country Makers – Worthy Wander in Lanark: Explore the historical figures who helped to shape the town of Lanark through its early days, including William Wallace, David I, William the Lion and Robert Forrest. Visit sites of local importance to Lanark and explore the artistic representations of the deeds of past country-makers.

Saturday 25 February: Wishaw on Film – Snapshot Saunter in Wishaw: Explore how Wishaw has been represented on film and visit some of the sites featured in old photographs and films. Learn about the lives of local photographers and filmmakers such as Charles Reid and Enrico Cocozza, and how they were inspired by their local landscape.

Saturday 4 March: Inspired by the Castle: Poetic Promenade at Craignethan: Join us on a journey from the Clyde Valley up to Craignethan Castle and enjoy the literature of local and visiting writers such as Sir Walter Scott and Janet Hamilton, who were inspired by the landscape and the castle.

Saturday 11 March: Inspired by the Falls – Representation Ramble at New Lanark: Take a look at the art and literature inspired by the Falls of Clyde and New Lanark, and learn about ­the artists such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and J. M. W. Turner who created it.

Saturday 18 March: Strawberry Fields – Jelly Jaunt in Carluke: Celebrate the achievements of the Scott brothers in starting the strawberry growing industry in the Clyde and Avon Valley, and the long heritage of preserve making that continues today. Take a look at old photographs that help to tell their story and the story of fruit growing in the Carluke area.

Karen McCusker, CAVLP Heritage Project Assistant, says: “This is a great opportunity to get to know a little bit more about the local people who have shaped the Clyde and Avon Valley that we know and love today, in a fun and unexpected way.”

The walks are part of the Local Landscape Heroes project which celebrates the people that have shaped and been inspired the Clyde and Avon Valley, from farmers to millers and poets to painters. The project is managed by Northlight Heritage with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and Historic Environment Scotland.

Volunteers can also join CAVLP Heritage in researching Local Landscape Heroes of the Clyde and Avon Valley in Hamilton Town House Archives every Thursday up to and including 30 March, between 11am – 7pm.

If you would like to get involved, or would love to know more, please get in touch with CAVLP Heritage at cavlp.heritage@gmail.com or 01555 661 555. Booking is necessary in order to take part and can be done through e-mail.

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23/01/17 New Lanark Ice Cream , New Lanark Mill Hotel # , , , ,

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

On of the first nights of celebration in the Scottish calendar is Burns Night! Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January each year. The first celebration took place in 1801 in Alloway, and today Burns Night is celebrated around the world. The traditional fare is Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) and of course a few drams of whisky. If you fancy shaking things up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of some other Scottish food & drink you can incorporate into your Burns Night meal…


New Lanark Ice Cream – made at New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanarkshire

End your meal with something sweet and enjoy some award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream! Made to a traditional recipe in the historic Mechanics’ Workshop building in the village of New Lanark. We produce a range of flavours from the classic Simply Vanilla to more adventurous Scottish flavours like Irn Bru , Puff Candy and Raspberry Cranachan! Available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Café. (for wholesale enquiries please contact 01555 666875). Find out more about New Lanark Ice Cream here.


Ooft! Scotch Bonnet Sauce sauce – made in the Scottish Borders

Spice up your meal with some Scotch Bonnet sauce! The pepper used to make the sauce is named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat.

“This is a sauce made to an old family recipe from Trinidad and is aged for between one and two years before bottling. The recipe was developed by my wife’s father Rudy DeCoteau who was a master peppers maker living in Maracas St Joseph. The unique smooth flavor is developed when the sauce is laid down like fine wine to mature in vats for over a year before bottling. During that time the vats are checked and shaken weekly. Its along slow process but we think its worth it. Hot sauce, chilli sauce, pepper sauce.” Find out more about buying  Ooft! Scotch Bonner Sauce.

Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce

Image Credit – Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce Facebook page


Seriously Good Venison – reared in Cupar, Fife

Try something other than Haggis…..Seriously Good award winning venison, Highland beef, Hebridean hogget & mutton and rare breed Perthshire pork. Find out more about buying Seriously Good Venison.

 

Seriously Good Venison

Image Credit https://seriouslygoodvenison.co.uk/


Dunlop Dairy Cheeses – made in Ayrshire

Finishing your meal with a cheese board? Enjoy a selection of Scottish cheeses from Dunlop Dairy – a traditional Ayrshire cheesemaker. Find out more about buying Dunlop Dairy Cheese.

Image Credit Dunlop Dairy Facebook page

 


Isle of Harris Gin – made on the Isle of Harris

If whisky isn’t your tipple of choice why not try some Isle of Harris gin? Distilled in the heart of Harris, this gin is made with local waters and made by local hands. Find out more about buying Isle of Harris Gin.

Isle of Harris Gin

Image credit – Isle of Harris Gin Facebook page

 

If you don’t fancy cooking why not visit the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One Restaurant for a delicious meal? Take a look at the menu here!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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18/01/17 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Days out in Scotland for History Buffs

Days out in Scotland for History Buffs

Are you a self proclaimed history buff? Scotland is the place for you to be! From castles on (almost) every corner, and lochs strewn across the land – our country is packed full of fascinating historical locations which make for a great day out.

As if you needed another reason to get exploring, 2017 has been designated as the ‘Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology’ by Visit Scotland! If you need some inspiration, below are some of our favourite suggestions for ‘historic’ days out in Scotland. Many of these locations are around 1 hour from New Lanark, making the New Lanark Hotel or Wee Row Hostel a perfect base to explore from if you’re planning a holiday to Scotland.

 

 

New Lanark World Heritage Site

Visit New Lanark Mills to discover one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal importance’. Explore the stunning woodland surroundings and see the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Experience over 200 years of social history and industrial heritage.

Find out more about visiting at www.newlanark.org

New Lanark World Heritage Site

 

 

Scottish Fisheries Museum (2 hours from New Lanark)

“In a spectacular location opposite the harbour in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife, we are a National Museum, telling the story of the Scottish fishing industry, its boats, harbours and communities.”

Find out more about visiting at www.scotfishmuseum.org

 

Glasgow Cathedral (50 minutes from New Lanark)

The first stone built Glasgow Cathedral was dedicated in the presence of King David I in 1136. The present building was consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and the worship of God has been carried out within its walls for more than 800 years.

The splendid achievements of the architects and builders of those far off days can be studied and admired. Not everything, however, is old and the Cathedral has one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows to be found in Britain.

Find out more about visiting at www.glasgowcathedral.org

 

National Mining Museum (1 hour from New Lanark)

“The museum provides a great day out for all ages! We’re based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just nine miles south of Edinburgh. Visitors to the museum will marvel at the sheer size of the place, be astounded by the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps and struggles of the thousands of miners and their families before them.”

Find out more about visiting at www.nationalminingmuseum.com

 

Rosslyn Chapel (1 hour from New Lanark)

Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held here weekly. The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film. Rosslyn Chapel Trust was established in 1995 to care for the Chapel and oversee its conservation and public access.

Find out more about visiting at www.rosslynchapel.com

Rosslyn Chapel

Image Credit http://www.rosslynchapel.com/

 

Palace of Holyroodhouse ( 1 hour 15 minutes from New Lanark)

Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history. At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary audio tour. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign. Today, the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining. The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

Find out more about visiting here.

 

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (1 hour from New Lanark)

“Our heritage railway is only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh. We are located in the historic town of Bo’ness. Friendly staff will welcome you aboard a heritage steam or diesel-hauled train and wish you a pleasant journey. The train travels along the shore of the Firth of Forth with views of the majestic Ochil Hills, before climbing a tree-lined gradient, passing woodland, wild flowers and waterfalls to the country station of Birkhill. Alight here to take a stroll in the ancient woodlands of the Avon Gorge.”

Find out more about visiting at www.www.bkrailway.co.uk

 

Dunadd Fort (suggested by our Facebook fan Samantha Grant)

Dunadd Fort rises proudly from Moine Mhor – the ‘great moss’ – an expanse of bog that carpets the southern end of Kilmartin Glen. It was home to a fort 2,000 years ago, and a royal power centre of Gaelic kings in the 500s to 800s AD. Below the mighty fort site are some extraordinary features carved into the rock, including two human footprint shapes – similar to a pair found at Clickimin Broch.

Find out more about visiting here.

 

Govan Stones (suggested by our Facebook fan Philip Pohler)

History buffs can discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th-11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde. One of Glasgow’s most important historical and cultural assets, explore the 31 monuments within the beautiful setting of Govan Old Church.

Find out more about visiting at www.thegovanstones.org.uk

Govan Stones

Image credit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-18172678

 

We’ve definitely been inspired to get out and explore after reading about all of these amazing locations! You can find out more about visiting New Lanark here.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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13/01/17 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Winter Wonderland

New Lanark Winter Wonderland

After a fairly mild start to 2017 on Thursday 12th January winter truly arrived at New Lanark World Heritage Site (as well as across the rest of Scotland). Traffic wasn’t moving very far so our morning commute into work turned into a Narnia-esque walk through Lanark and then down through the snow-dusted woods until we could see the tops of the Mills peeking through the white-out backdrop. The village really does look magical in the snow – worthy of a christmas card or winter postcard! When the snow stops falling it’s the perfect chance to enjoy a cold, crisp walk along the riverside to see the famous Falls of Clyde.

Dundaff Linn can be seen from the far end of New Lanark village. From there it is around a 20-30 minute walk along the river boardwalk until you arrive at Corra Linn. It is then another 20-30 minutes before you arrive at Bonnington Linn. (in total this route is 3 miles)

You can find out more about this walking route on our website and enjoy some teaser photos below!

New lanark winter scene

New lanark winter scene

New lanark winter scene
New lanark winter scene
New lanark winter scene
New lanark winter scene
New lanark winter scene
New lanark winter scene

New lanark winter scene

 

Photo credit: Ciaran Cruise

Photo credit: Ciaran Cruise

Photo credit: Jack Alston

Photo credit: Jack Alston

I hope that’s inspired you to enjoy a winter walk to the Falls of Clyde at New Lanark – just remember your hat and gloves! You can always pop into the Mill Café on the return journey for a warming treat. 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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05/01/17 Roof Garden # , , , ,

New Lanark Gardens Diary: January 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary: January 2017

Welcome to the first New Lanark Gardens Diary of 2017!

Up until about 100 years ago in Scotland, the first Monday in the new year was known as Handsel Monday and this was the day on which people exchanged presents. The First Statistical Account tells us that it was a day ‘for recreation and merry-making’.   The word ‘handsel’ meant to put a gift in someone’s hand and could also mean to inaugurate or start something new.  The first photo for New Lanark Gardens Diary 2017 shows  the houses at Caithness Row in low-angled sunlight with birch trees in the foreground  and a crisp frost on the grass. Very best wishes for 2017 to all our readers, guests and visitors!

2017 also happens to be Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. You can find out more about how you can be involved in this exciting year at New Lanark by visiting our website.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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Top 10 Moments at New Lanark 2016

Top 10 Moments at New Lanark 2016

It’s been a busy year again for us here at New Lanark with lots of memorable moments. As we prepare to say ‘Goodbye’ to 2016 and ‘Hello’ to 2017 we’ve managed to pull together a list of our Top 10 Moments, which is no mean feat considering how much exciting activity has been going on! Before we get onto the list we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has visited New Lanark, purchased our wool & ice cream, stayed in our Hotel, attended an event or supported us in any other way – it’s all thanks to you that the New Lanark Trust can continue to care for, and develop our historic village as a living and working community, and one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.

Top 10 2016 Moments at New Lanark…

1. Bicentenary Celebrations

2016 marked the Bicentenary of the Institute for the Formation of Character building at New Lanark. Officially opened by Robert Owen on 1st January 1816, the Institute for the Formation of Character building at New Lanark was built for Learning and Leisure and many of the Millworkers who lived at New Lanark & within the surrounding area enjoyed leisure activities within this building such as dancing, games and musical concerts.

New Lanark Institute Bicentenary

 

2. Double Row Restoration Project gets started!

New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored was Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. Restoration works began in March 2016, and an exiting programme of public heritage activities also kicked off then including Hard Hat Tours and Traditional Building Skills Workshops. As of December 2016 the properties are now on sale! You can find out more on the Rettie & Co website. 

View of New Lanark from Double Row roof

 

3. The Mill Shop knits in public

On 18th June 2016 the Mill Shop took part in Worldwide Knit in Public day for the first time! Since the the shop has hosted a monthly ‘Knitting Day’ offering fantastic deals on our beautiful New Lanark wool & textiles products – and a range of free textile workshops including dry felting! You can now ‘like’ the Mill Shop on Facebook for special offers, new product launches and competitions. 

New Lanark Knit in Public Day

 

4. Visit from a special Heilan Coo…

On that day we also had a very special visit from Morag – one of  Visit Scotland Heilan Coo vans! The themed vans have been roaming the country throughout 2016 as part of Visit Scotland’s ‘cattle drive’ to let as many people across Scotland know about all of the fantastic tourist destinations and days out on their doorstep. Did you know 2017 is Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology? You can find out more here!

VisitScotland heilan coo visit to New Lanark

 

5. New Lanark Ice Cream scoops more awards!

Hot on the heels of winning ‘Overall Champion Ice Cream’ at the 2015 Royal Highland Show, at 2016’s event in June New Lanark Ice Cream picked up three more awards to add to its growing collection! Bronze medals were awarded to our Simply Vanilla, Candied Orange and Raspberry Panna Cotta flavours. You can purchase our delicious New Lanark Ice Cream in our Mill Café or you can also contact us if you’d be interested in wholesale opportunities. 

New Lanark Ice Cream bronze medal award

 

6. New Lanark goes back in time for a day!

On Sunday 17th July we went ‘Back in Time’ for a day to let visitors explore what it would have been like to live in the village in the 1820’s. We had traditional food, costume, games, storytelling, music, dancing, crafts and even a visit from a Falconry display and Robert Owen himself! In 2017 we’ll be going back in time to the 1890’s on 27th August. Make sure you’re signed up to our e-newsletter to be first to hear about it!

Back in Time Day at New Lanark

 

7. Ready, set, action….Antiques Roadshow filming!

After months of planning the day was finally here – on 28th July the BBC Antiques Roadshow pressed ‘record’ and began a day of filming an episode of the famous programme at New Lanark! Over 2,200 visitors came down into the village either with their heirlooms to be valued, or just for a day out to see what goes on behind the cameras. Two hour-long episodes will be shown in Spring 2017 so keep an eye out on your TV Guide!

Antiques Roadshow at New Lanark

 

8. LEGO lovers rejoice, New Lanark announced as Brick City venue

In September we were delighted to announce that New Lanark had been chosen as a venue for the Brick City exhibition – giving visitors the chance to see the world in LEGO® Bricks! 2017 marks the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology making it the perfect time for New Lanark to host Brick City which includes a variety of historical icons like the Mona Lisa and landmarks including the Colosseum in Rome, Arc De Triomphe in Paris and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Tickets for the exhibition will be on sale very soon, with details available at www.newlanark.org

Brick City LEGO exhibition at New Lanark

9. Rising Star at New Lanark

At the Association of Scottish Visitor Attraction (ASVA)’s Annual Conference in November, Melissa Reilly – New Lanark’s Marketing and PR Officer – was chosen as the winner of the prestigious ‘Rising Star’ Award which is given to an individual under 30 working in Scotland’s tourism sector who has made a significant contribution to their organisation and who is committed to personal development. You can find out more about ASVA here.

Melissa Reilly ASVA Rising Star

 

10. New Lanark projects Shining Lives for #HHA2017

We had another fantastic announcement to round off the year! On 7 December it was announced that New Lanark would be hosting an event – Shining Lives –  as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Events Fund. Shining Lives will be a spectacular sound and light projection event in New Lanark World Heritage Site. With the stunning 230 year old buildings acting as the display surface, historic images & video footage from New Lanark and the surrounding area will be brought to life on a grand scale, augmented by a soundtrack, lighting and living history which echo the life of the mills and the workers. Through this innovative event, the tangible and intangible heritage of New Lanark will be combined to capture imaginations and provide a unique interpretation of this famous site. Further details will be available soon, so we’d encourage you to sign up for email updates if you’re interested in hearing more about Shining Lives as details become available.

Hear of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Photo credit VisitScotland

 

Well, as you can see it’s been quite a year for us down at New Lanark with lots of memorable moments! Again, we’d like to thank all of our visitors for your continued support. We’ll hopefully see you again soon for another great year in 2017! You can sign up here for our monthly e-newsletter to be first to hear about our latest news, offers and events. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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New Lanark Garden Diary: December 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary: December 2016

In our monthly Garden Diary Liz lets us know what’s happening in the world of nature at New Lanark…

Winter has begun bringing with it some frosty spells.  These transformed the trees across the Clyde at New Lanark into a sparkling Christmas card scene with curtains of icicles hanging from the rocks.

The bare branches of the trees made a delicate white tracery against the background of darker evergreens further up the bank.   This was the perfect setting for the start of New Lanark’s Christmas at the Mills event – tickets are still available for the weekends and 23 and 24 December by booking online at www.newlanark.org.   Come and have some fun following the Rudolph Trail!  See if you can find his little wooden house and discover what he likes to do there!

Here are some more photos from our frosty spell at New Lanark…

Winter woods at New Lanark

Frosty grass at New Lanark

Frozen leaves at New Lanark

Winter Falls of Clyde at New Lanark

Winter river at New Lanark

Winter in Robert Owen's Garden at New Lanark

The Bell Tower at New Lanark

Frozen ice crystals at New Lanark

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this Christmas!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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New Lanark World Heritage Site Aerial View

New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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