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Meet the panto cast of Sister Ella’s Slippers!

Meet the panto cast of Sister Ella’s Slippers!

Arkeen Theatre Company

Director and writer – Joanne Tulips

Musical Director – Raymond Tulips

Arkeen Theatre Company was established in 1997 and have been writing and producing the pantomime in New Lanark for over 15 years.  With stories including Miss Molly’s Curiosity Shop, Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat last year and Sister Ella’s Slippers this year ; our original pantomimes include traditional characters, a few from the future and the past;  within quality, fun and entertaining productions.

Arkeen also have the privilege of delivering many Theatre In Education productions across South Lanarkshire; including the acclaimed production Is This Me?  This production, commissioned by SLC highlights the dangers of Alcohol and Drug abuse in a dynamic way raising awareness for young people at secondary school level.

They have also written and delivered the SLC Artsnet Workshops and Production Safe & Sound for10 years.   This project raises Child Protection issues for P5-7 and has been recognised as ‘good practice’ by HMIe twice.

The dynamic Firework Safety Production Toast by John McClelland has also been a huge hit with audiences from Secondary Schools across SLC; with Arkeen producing 6 successful tours.

Arkeen Theatre Company also work in partnership with Jazzart UK Full time HNC/HND students; touring pantomime around Primary schools in the Glasgow/Lanarkshire area.

New Lanark is no doubt the most picturesque backdrop for Arkeen’s productions with the company also performing their ever-popular Murder Mystery events for the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Arkeen hope you enjoy this year’s Panto treat, with plenty of booing hissing, laughing, singing and dancing.


Joseph Gallagher

Joseph Gallagher

Joseph is currently studying Musical Theatre at JazzArtUK and is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to understudy both Ugly Stepsisters and Prince Charm-a lot. As part of JazzArtUK Joseph has featured in numerous dance shows including “Go Dance” at the Theatre Royal Glasgow, ensemble in Fiona Kennedys “The Kist” as well as having a feature role in JazzArtUK’s very own pantomime “ The Wiz That Woz”. Joseph would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and he hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show!






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Fiona Harris

Fiona spent 3 years at Motherwell College where she graduated with a BA Hon(s) in Musical Theatre in 2013. Her theatre credits include: Empress in Aladdin at Bathgate Regal. Amy/Sarah in ‘Is This Me  and Kate in Maw McLeods Festive Treat both with Arkeen Theatre Company. Fiona has been fortunate enough to have taught in both Scotland and Northern Ireand teaching drama and dance. This year’s performance will be Fiona’s second appearance at New Lanark and she is thrilled and excited to starring as Princess Ella and a ‘mysterious other’.






Katy-Louise Pritchett

I am delighted to say that this is my 6th Christmas season working for “Arkeen Theatre Company” in the New Lanark pantomime.  This is my favourite time of year.  I trained in “Acting and Performance” then went on to perform in touring theatre and work as an entertainer.  I have produced my own one-woman sing-along shows “The Great Big Sing-a-long”, “Sing-a-long a 60s” and, new this year, “The romantic 40s”.  I now live in Inverness and run my own entertainment business “Trapeze Entertainment” specialising in circus skills and performing arts workshops as well as traditional children’s entertainment throughout the Highlands.  I love my job and there is never a dull moment!



Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is currently in the process of completing his last year of studies at JazzartUK in Motherwell.  He has so far gathered a certificate for musical theatre with distinction from the Trinity College of London.

His theatre credits include: Old Deuteronomy in Cats at Dundee Repertory Theatre. An ensemble in ‘Our House’ at Dundee Repertory theatre.

Jonathan has been fortunate enough to be cast as an extra for Ben Harts’s up and coming BBC 3 show premiering early next year.

This years performance will be Jonathan’s first appearance at New Lanark and he is thrilled and excited to be starring as Prince Charmalot.


Paul Stirrat

Paul Stirrat

This is Paul’s first performance with Arkeen. Paul trained at Motherwell college for three years and gained a B.A.(Hons) in Acting. Since graduating last year Paul has appeared in several independent films, corporate videos and a viral ad. This will be Paul’s debut performance at New Lanark.





Book your tickets now for New Lanark’s Christmas Experience! 

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10/11/15 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

A cool  wet  summer  followed  by  a warm,  settled  spell in September and October  resulted in a beautiful display of autumn colour in and around New Lanark Roof Garden.   The woodlands on the hillside overlooking   the  village  were  originally planted in the early 19th century by New Lanark’s pioneering mill manager, Robert Owen, so that his millworkers could enjoy walks in the fresh air in an attractive natural environment.   New Lanark Roof Garden offers a great view of the trees, and this autumn they provided a splendid backdrop in russet and gold!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

New Lanark World Heritage Site is gearing up for a fantastic festive season with this year’s Christmas Experience.

The magical event will open on Saturday 28th November, and then run every weekend until Sunday 20th December, plus Wednesday 23rd December and Christmas Eve.

The World Heritage Site will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with lots of fun activities to enjoy on a family Christmas day out, right on Lanark’s doorstep!

The famous ‘Annie McLeod Experience’ Ride will be transformed into the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Ride. This takes visitors on a magical journey into Christmas past and present with Holly, the virtual tour guide.

Children will then be able to visit Santa’s Grotto and let him know what’s on their Christmas list, before visiting the ‘Activity, Craft & Photo Zone’ to enjoy some Christmas crafts & take selfies with the festive characters.

The Christmas Experience tickets are fantastic value at just £9.50pp and £35 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) with under 2’s going free.

Families who wish to add a bit more theatre to their day can purchase Pantomime Package tickets which include the Spirit of Christmas Ride, Santa’s Grotto and the fantastic pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers, specially written and performed for New Lanark by Arkeen Theatre Company. Pantomime Package tickets are just £11.50pp and £43 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). The pantomime is expected to be very popular so advance booking via www.newlanark.org is essential.

No trip to New Lanark this Christmas would be complete without visiting the Mill Shop for their fantastic range of festive decorations, contemporary gifts, kids toys and treats! The Mill Café will also be serving up a range of hot drinks, tasty snacks and hot lunches.

Further information on prices, dates & ticket booking for the New Lanark Christmas Experience is available at www.newlanark.org or by calling 01555 661345. (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

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06/11/15 Events at New Lanark

New Lanark Mill Shop BIG Christmas Event!

New Lanark Mill Shop BIG Christmas Event!

On Thursday 19th November the Mill Shop at New Lanark World Heritage Site will be hosting its annual BIG Christmas Event with a range of fantastic offers available.

Running from 12-8pm, the Mill Shop will be hosting a day of Christmas shopping fun with 15% off its beautiful range of Christmas decorations, gifts, textiles and homeware.

For one day only visitors will also be able to get 10% off Bonmarché’s range of Ladies Fashions and 15% off Brooks Menswear, a local retailer who also have a concession within the New Lanark Mill Shop. There will be lots of tasty treats on offer including festive fizz and tasty canapés served up by the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

For those with a sweet tooth New Lanark Ice Cream will also be making an appearance with their festive themed ‘Snow Cones’! Joining the New Lanark Mill Shop will be representatives from Shearer Candles who will be demonstrating their stunning range of candles, and Scottish Fine Soaps who will be providing guests with free samples & testers of their bath & beauty collections.

New Lanark Mill Shop

If carrying all those shopping bags is too tiring, then New Lanark Health and Fitness will be ‘on hand’ to offer complimentary hand massages! Just one of the many treatments they offer at their three new beauty rooms within the New Lanark Mill Hotel’s Leisure Suite.

Also appearing at the BIG Christmas Event will be author C A Hope who is launching her third book in the trilogy of historical novels set in New Lanark, entitled ‘In Search of Utopia’. C A Hope will be appearing from 3-8pm for book sales & signings.

If all of that’s not enough, New Lanark volunteer Pamela Hoskins will be running a free Crochet Masterclass in the Mill Shop from 1pm using New Lanark wool!

The Mill Shop is located through the New Lanark Mill Café, which is accessed by ramp and therefore suitable for wheelchairs.

Further information on the Mill Shop’s BIG Christmas Event can be found at www.newlanark.org or by calling the Mill Shop directly on 01555 667240.

New Lanark Mill Shop

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22/10/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October now – where has this year gone? We’ve been really busy at New Lanark with our Book Festival, the October week and getting all set for our Spook-tacular Halloween events!

Like I said, we kicked off the month with the first ever ‘New Lanark Book Festival’ with lots of author sessions for adults and children to enjoy! Here’s a photo of my helping out author Chae Strathie (who used to live in New Lanark!)  at his Book Festival session.

Chae Strathie at the New Lanark Book Festival

Once upon a time…


We had great weather here at New Lanark over the October Week! The site was busy with lots of people enjoying walks to the Falls of Clyde and taking part in our Daily Tours and Autumn Craft Workshops!

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Enjoying the autumn sun on the New Lanark Roof Garden


Next Friday (30th October) Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony in Indiana will be giving a free talk at New Lanark! She’ll be discussing Robert Owen and his family in New Harmony, with a focus on Jane Blaffer Owen CBE – the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen, Robert Owen’s great-great- grandson.

Robert Owen's House at New Lanark

Reading about New Harmony in Robert Owen’s House


I’m getting so excited for my first Halloween at New Lanark! On Saturday 31st October we’re hosting a fun day of crafts, games and storytelling in the ‘old gift shop’ at New Lanark which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. Entry is just £3 per child and you can get in free with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket! At nighttime there will be Spooky Tours of New Lanark Village, but these have been really popular and are almost all sold out!

Halloween Ted

Is there something on my face? I feel like there’s something on my face!


So that’s what I’ve been up to in October! As November rolls around we’ll be getting ready for our Christmas Experience at New Lanark which opens on Saturday 28th November!

I’ll hopefully see you soon :)

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger


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19/10/15 Talks at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Free talk at New Lanark on Historic New Harmony & Jane Blaffer Owen

Free talk at New Lanark on Historic New Harmony & Jane Blaffer Owen

Robert Owen is known for being one of New Lanark’s most enlightened mill managers, but perhaps one of the lesser known facts about Owen is that in 1825, frustrated by constant opposition to his new ideas, Robert Owen sold the Mills at New Lanark and decided to buy the settlement of Harmony in Indiana, which he renamed New Harmony.

In the less conservative climate of the New World, Owen planned to create a Utopian Community or Village of Unity and Mutual Co-operation. Owen was partnered by William Maclure, a Scottish Geologist and social experimenter who shared his belief in rational and scientific education.

Just 2 years later, in the spring of 1827 the Owen / Maclure New Harmony was abandoned after a series of disagreements within the community organisation. Despite the failure of Owen’s utopian dream, New Harmony did not disintegrate completely. Some of its most brilliant settlers remained and made significant contributions to American scientific and educational theory, study and practice.

Over the years the relationship between New Lanark and New Harmony has continued to grow, with many visits ‘across the pond’ being made by residents and representatives from both communities.

On Friday 30th October, Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony will be giving a free talk at New Lanark related to New Harmony and Jane Blaffer Owen CBE, the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen – Robert Owen’s great-great grandson.

“In 1941, Kenneth Dale Owen, great-great grandson of Robert Owen, brought his bride, Jane Blaffer Owen, to his ancestral hometown, New Harmony, Indiana, where two communal societies took root in the early 1800s: the religious Harmonie Society from Germany, who relocated and sold their entire town to Robert Owen, who together with a like-minded Scotsman and scientist William Maclure, began an educational and scientific model community based on mutual cooperation. New Harmony’s historic significance, however, had faded by the time of her arrival in the 1940s.”

Jane Blaffer Owen dedicated herself not only to the preservation and revitalization of the historic buildings but also to bringing some of the finest intellects of her time to the town. Jane Blaffer Owen recounts her activities in the posthumously published memoir New Harmony, Indiana: Like a River, Not a Lake (published by Indiana University Press, 2015) and edited by Nancy Mangum McCaslin, who also serves on the Advisory Board of Historic New Harmony.

Nancy will give a presentation on Robert Owen & his family in New Harmony, followed by a brief documentary showing an interview with Jane Blaffer Owen, entitled Conversations in New Harmony. The free talk will take place on Friday 30th October 2015 at 2.30pm within the New Lanark River Room. Afterwards, copies of New Harmony, Indiana: Like a River, Not a Lake will be available for sale and signings.

No booking is required for the talk. For further information please call New Lanark Trust on 01555 661345.

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An evening with Lorna Gibb, author of A Ghost’s Story

An evening with Lorna Gibb, author of A Ghost’s Story

North Lanarkshire author, Lorna Gibb, will be launching her latest book, A Ghost’s Story: A Novel, at a special event at the New Lanark Institute on Tuesday 10th November at 6pm.

At this special launch event, Gibb will discuss the haunted history of New Lanark and explore why we continue to be fascinated by the spirit world.

A Ghost’s Story, Gibb’s first novel, is a spell-binding tale which tells the story of Katie King, the most famous ghost of the last two centuries. Katie King made her first appearance in New Lanark and infamously haunted the social pioneer and mill-owner Robert Owen throughout his life.

From the candle-lit drawing rooms of the Victorian era through to the appearance of spirits in the 21st century, Gibb will take you on a social history of the séance from the 19th century to present day, exploring the boundaries between what is real and what is unreal and ultimately examining why we are all so gripped by ghost stories.

A Ghost’s Story will be on sale at the event at the special discounted price of £10.00.

Date: Tuesday 10th November

Time: 6-8pm

Location: River Room, New Lanark Institute, South Lanarkshire ML11 9DB

Entry: Free but RSVP is essential: [email protected]

LORNA GIBB was born in Belshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She is a university lecturer and now lives in London. She is the author of Lady Hester: Queen of the East and West’s World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West.  A Ghost’s Story is her first novel and will be published in hardback by Granta Books on 12th November 2015 priced £12.99.


For more information, please contact Sara D’Arcy: [email protected] / 020 7605 1374

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14/10/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

On Saturday 31st October, New Lanark will be hosting a full day of Halloween activities for the whole family to enjoy.

During the day children will be able to enjoy Halloween themed crafts & games within the “old gift shop”, which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. There will also be a Storyteller with plenty of Halloween tales, and a photo competition for the best costume! Entrance is £3 per child, or £1.50 with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket with the main activities running from 12-5pm.

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning Officer said “We run craft workshops for kids throughout the year, so we’re really excited to be planning some crafts especially for Halloween. Kids will be able to make and take home their own pumpkin, skull & ghost masks as well as taking part in fun games like Broomstick races and ‘pin the hat on the witch’”

Once the sun has set, New Lanark will be hosting a series of Spooky Tours of the village to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! The ghost of one of New Lanark’s Millworkers, Mary, will be coming back especially for Halloween to lead the tours around the village visiting the School for Children, textile machinery floor and Robert Owen’s House. Mary will tell stories of people she used to know at New Lanark, local superstitions and some of the history of the village. Photo 3
Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events Officer said “New Lanark was formed over 200 years ago and thousands of people have worked and lived here over the years, so who knows who you may meet on one of the Spooky Tours!”

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The tours will be leaving at 5.15pm, 6.15pm, and 7.15pm and will last around 45 minutes. There are limited places available so booking is essential for the tours at a cost of £5 per person. To book a place visit www.newlanark.org or call 01555 661345. (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Further information on New Lanark’s Halloween events can be found on our website.

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12/10/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Autumn is always a colourful time in New Lanark Roof Garden!  The highlight this month is surely the curved border with its riot of beautiful anemones glowing pink and purple in the slanting sunlight.  These plants are real toughies that can stand up well to Scotland’s climate.  The swallows have now disappeared to spend winter in Africa, but the autumn song of the robin trills out from the trees in the village below, and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly made an appearance in the warm spell at the start of the month.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden this Autumn. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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24/09/15 CAVLP # , , , , ,

Celebrate 100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle at Fruit Day

Celebrate 100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle at Fruit Day

Celebrate the Clyde Valley orchards and local produce for free at the 6th annual Fruit Day on Saturday 3 October at Overton Farm, Crossford between 9am and 1.30pm.

Enjoy fresh local produce from Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market alongside the local food demo tent, live music, food and craft stalls, woodturning, a variety of children’s activities and an orchard themed Scarecrow Competition.

This year’s Fruit Day will also see the launch of Clyde Valley Apple Juice – grown, processed and bottled locally by the newly formed Clyde Valley Orchards Cooperative Ltd. Once again local apple juice is being produced for sale drawing on a long tradition of fruit growing and market gardening in the Clyde Valley, once known as the Fruit Basket of Scotland. Demonstration pressings will be taking place throughout the day, letting visitors see the whole apple to bottle process.

Celebrating ‘100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle’ the group are encouraging orchard owners to make any excess apple crops available for pressing. All money raised through sales will be put back into Clyde Valley community initiatives.

“Fruit Day is also an opportunity for people to find out more about the history of the Valley,” explains Chair of the Cooperative Cheryl Osbourne. “This year we are launching our branded Clyde Valley Apple Juice. We have been working towards this for a while and are delighted to now be able to offer our new locally grown and produced juice for sale.”

Orchards are an important part of our local heritage and in their heyday in the 19th century the Clyde Valley was Scotland’s leading commercial fruit producing area. The orchards are a beautiful feature of our landscape and provide an important resource at a time when local produce is starting to be valued by consumers. The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is promoting the restoration of the orchards and have supported the planting of almost 700 new apple, plum and pear trees over the last two years.

Entries to this year’s Annual Scarecrow Competition are invited on the theme of orchards, in keeping with the launch of the local juice. The competition is open to all families, nurseries and primary schools and they are encouraged to take inspiration from types of tree, blossom, fruit or biodiversity in the orchards.

A free class trip to Overton Farm is just one of the fantastic prizes to be one which are being sponsored by the Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market. Entry forms can be obtained by emailing [email protected].

Maggie Young from Overton Farm said, “We are delighted to be able to host the event for the 6th year. This year’s Fruit Day will again see a wide range of stalls, apple pressing, displays and information with something to interest to all the family. The Strathaven Jazz Band will have us dancing round the stalls and there’ll be loads of extra fun for the kids.”

There will be cookery demonstrations using local food and an opportunity to sample some special healthy recipes. Strathclyde Woodturners will be offering children the opportunity of ‘turning their own toy’ from local wood and ‘kids’ of all ages can also make their own bird feeders with the RSPB Scotland or self-power their own healthy drink with CAVLP on a smoothie bike.

Fruit Day is being organised by the Rural Development Trust, Clyde Valley Orchards Cooperative Ltd., Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market and Overton Farm. It is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and the Scottish Government Community Food Fund.

For more information on the Fruit Day please contact Chris or Cheryl on 01555 665064 or email [email protected]

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