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10 Facts about Andy Warhol

10 Facts about Andy Warhol

Here at New Lanark, we are delighted to be exhibiting ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol until 29 April 2018. The exhibition traces 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashions with highlights including prints of work by Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse. ARTIST TEXTILES was curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and has previously toured internationally to the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

This will be the first time the collection of over 200 rare and vintage pieces have been shown in Scotland!

To celebrate the exhibition we are going to be sharing a series of ‘Artist in Focus’ blog posts, to let you know more about these fascinating artists whose work will be shown at New Lanark…

Artist in Focus: Andy Warhol

  1. Early Years

Andy Warhol was born on 6th August 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Andy Warhol’s actual name was Andy Warhola. He changed his last name and dropped the ending alphabet “a” when he moved to the state of New York to pursue a career in the arts after completing his Bachelor degree in the year 1949. Andy Warhol’s parents namely Ondrej Varhola and Julia were immigrants from Slovakia. His father was a laborer and his mother used to earn by cleaning houses and making handicrafts. The couple’s first child was born when they were still in Slovakia but he died before they migrated to the United States of America. They later had three sons namely Paul (1923), John (1925) and Andy (1928).

As a child, Andy Warhol enjoyed drawing immensely. He drew many portraits of his friends and family. In 1945, Andy graduated Schenley High School at the young age of sixteen. He started his studies at Carnegie Tech the following September and t wasn’t long before his drawing abilities became known amongst his peers. A small number of drawings from his time at college are housed in The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Warhol’s primary ambition while at Carnegie Tech was to become a fine artist and possibly teach art like some of his professors. Instead, the opportunity came up to leave Pittsburgh and pursue art in New York City with Philip Pearlstein. He immediately started into the field of illustration. His aspirations in becoming a fine artist were postponed since the illustration work earned him a very good income.


2. Illustration

Andy Warhol’s earliest work was for a magazine titled “Glamour”. It was his first ever assignment in which he was given a task to write an article. His article was titled as “Success is a Job in New York.”

3. POP!

Warhol is considered a pioneer of “Pop Art” which was an art movement during 1950s. The movement started in Britain during the mid-1950s and was initiated in America in the latter part of the 1950s. Pop art was contradictory to the well-known traditional ways of art.

4. Mixing Media

He worked with many forms of media, including: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and music. He also started a magazine (called Interview Magazine) and he wrote several books.


5. The Factory

Warhol’s studio was called The Factory, which was a reference to the mass-produced nature of his artworks. He saw art as a product, the same as the clothes you wear and the food you eat. He had a very particular personal style. He had a shock of white hair and was usually seen wearing a lot of black, leather jackets and glasses or sunglasses.


6. Born in the USA

In the 1960s he produced a series of paintings of iconic American images and objects, these included: Campbell’s Soup cans, dollar bills, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola bottles.

7. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

In the 1970s Warhol produced work for many celebrities, including: Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Diana Ross.


8. New York Academy of Art

In 1980, Andy Warhol was involved in the founding of The New York Academy of Art along with other artists, scholars and patrons of the arts including Stuart Pivar, Dennis Smith and Russell Wilkinson. The founders were passionate about fostering the resurgence of representational and figurative art and recognized the importance of classical education in drawing, painting and sculpture as a solid foundation for contemporary artists.

9. Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Andy Warhol died on 22nd February 1987 following post gallbladder surgery complications. He is buried at St John the Baptist Byzantine Cemetery, next to his parents. After Andy Warhol’s death, his will was read out. According to his will, his estate (except for a few things) was to be auctioned to create a foundation that would work for the advancement of the visual arts. The auction of his estate resulted in collecting around $20 million. This money resulted in the formation of “Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts”. The foundation has been contributing towards the enhancement of arts and overcoming the challenges it possesses since then.

10. Inspiration

Andy Warhol is an inspiration to many young and aspiring artists around the world. For this very reason, “The Andy Warhol Museum” has been built in his memory. The museum stands in Andy’s hometown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the largest museum in America solely devoted to the art collection of a single artist. It has seven floors with over 17 galleries, 77 sculptures, 900 paintings, 2,000 paper works, 1,000 prints, 4,000 photographs and 4,350 films and videos.


Thank you for reading. I hope we have inspired you to visit the fascinating ARTIST TEXTILES exhibition at New Lanark, where you can see prints of Warhol’s work alongside a host of  other talented artists including Picasso, Dali and Matisse. The exhibition now includes four more pieces of clothing made from printed silk textiles designed by Andy Warhol, all relatively new discoveries, with two of them never having been exhibited to the public before. The garments include two ‘ice cream’ dresses, the ‘Buttons’ dress and the ‘Candy Apple’ blouse.

Click here to book tickets and find out more about ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at New Lanark

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Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer






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16/02/18 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Garden Diary Blog: January & February 2018

Garden Diary Blog: January & February 2018

The main event in January was the snow – covering everything with a deep white blanket that muffled every sound!  In the blast of cold weather,  the robin population of New Lanark living around the lade, the Clearburn Play Area and the Roof Garden, became extra friendly, seeking out human company in the hope of getting some morsels of food.  A pair of wrens kept popping in and out of the lade tunnel at the end of the village next to the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve, enjoying the shelter it gave, and perhaps looking for a place to build a nest when Spring arrives.   Their Latin name is Troglodytes meaning ‘cave dweller’.  Meanwhile, some people had a real thrill of seeing otters in the river and hearing them squeaking to one another as they rolled around in the surf.   There are small green shoots appearing from the earth and the days are beginning to lengthen again, so there is no excuse for not being out and about!

At the end of January, New Lanark opened its first exhibition of 2018  – the stunning ‘ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol’. 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark here.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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10 Facts about Pablo Picasso

10 Facts about Pablo Picasso

It’s likely that most people will have heard of the name ‘Picasso’, even if they do not consider themselves an art lover. That’s because Pablo Picasso was a prolific creator of art who completed more than 1800 paintings, more than 1200 sculptures, more than 2500 ceramic works, more than 10000 drawings and many tapestries during his career. He was a painter, sculptor, print-maker and poet who is widely hailed as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

Here at New Lanark, we are delighted to be opening our new Exhibition Gallery with a stunning exhibition, ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol from 26 January – 29 April 2018. The exhibition traces 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashions with highlights including prints of work by Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse. ARTIST TEXTILES was curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and has previously toured internationally to the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

This will be the first time the collection of over 200 rare and vintage pieces have been shown in Scotland!

To celebrate the exhibition we are going to be sharing a series of ‘Artist in Focus’ blog posts, to let you know more about these fascinating artists whose work will be shown at New Lanark…

 Artist in Focus: Pablo Picasso


1. Picasso’s Full Name Has 23 Words

Picasso was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. He was named after various saints and relatives. The “Picasso” is actually from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father is named Jose Ruiz Blasco.

Picasso at age 10. (Credit: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Picasso at age 10. (Credit: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

2. Picasso’s first word

Picasso’s mother claimed that his first word was “piz,” short of lápiz the Spanish word for ‘pencil.’ It’s like he was born to be an artist! At the age of 7, Picasso’s father Ruiz, who was also a painter and art professor, began to give him a formal education in art, focussing on drawing techniques and oil painting.


3. Picasso’s first paintings

Two years later, at the tender young age of 9, Picasso completed his first painting: Le picador, a man riding a horse in a bullfight. At the age of thirteen, Picasso studied at the School of fine Arts in Barcelona – at this point his father vowed to give up painting as he felt his son had surpassed him!

Pablo Picasso, Le Picador (1890)

Pablo Picasso, Le Picador (1890)

At the age of 15 Picasso completed his first major painting, an “academic” work named ‘First Communion’, featuring a portrait of his father, mother, and younger sister kneeling before an altar. At the age of 16, Picasso entered the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.

First Communion, 1869 by Picasso. Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org

4. Picasso at school

Despite his clear artistic abilities, Picasso was not a committed student and he frequently missed classes. He particularly didn’t like being told what to do, and was often sent to ‘detention’, which might not have been much of a punishment after all:

For being a bad student I was banished to the ‘calaboose’ – a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly … I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping ” 
– Pablo Picasso


5. Cubism: Full of Little Cubes

In 1909, Picasso and French artist Georges Braque (whose work is also shown in ARTIST TEXTILES) co-founded an art movement known as cubism. Actually, it was a French art critic Louis Vauxcelles who first called it “bizarre cubiques” or cubism, after noting that Picasso and Braque’s paintings are “full of little cubes.”

Girl with Mandolin, 1910 by Pablo Picasso

Girl with Mandolin, 1910 by Pablo Picasso


6. “Minotaurs and Matadors”

In the 1930s Picasso became fascinated with the mythical creature the Minotaur, a creature with the body of a man and head of a bull. It appeared in many of his pieces of art such as La Minotauromachie VII (1935). Apparently Picasso identified himself with this creature,  its human and animal principle, locked in a maze, hidden from sunlight. In 2017,”Minotaurs and Matadors” – an exhibition curated by Sir John Richardson in partnership with Gagosian and Picasso’s grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, opened in London. The exhibition examined the intersection of Picasso’s bullfighting imagery with his mythological and biographical compositions of the 1930s.

If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a Minotaur.
—Pablo Picasso

La Minotauromachie VII (1935)

La Minotauromachie VII (1935), Pablo Picasso. Photo: Prudence Cumming Associates; Courtesy Gagosian; 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


7. Did Picasso steal the Mona Lisa?

Actually no, but in 1911, when the famous painting Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci was stolen from the Louvre, the police took in Picasso’s friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire fingered Picasso as a suspect, so the police hauled him in for questioning. Both were later released.


8. Most expensive artwork sold at auction

In 2015 Picasso’s ‘Women of Algiers (Version O)’ set a new world record for the most expensive artwork to be sold at auction after reaching $179m (£115m) in New York. The painting had been expected to exceed $140m before the auction but the final price far exceeded those estimates in a sale at Christie’s auction house at a time when collectors’ appetite for masterpieces of impressionist, modern and contemporary art was increasing.  Women of Algiers, once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso’s fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugène Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-1955 designated with the letters A to O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the artist.

'Les femmes d'Alger' or 'Women of Algiers'

‘Les femmes d’Alger’ or ‘Women of Algiers’

Picasso’s record was broken at the end of 2017 when Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ sold for an astonishing $400m (£304m). The picture, of a serene-looking Christ dressed in blue and holding an orb, is one of fewer than 20 works by Leonardo still in existence, and was one of only 10 in history to be sold at auction. Yet most predicted it would sell for about $120m, less than the record-breaking $179.4m which was paid for Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger in 2015.

Salvator Mundi, Leonardo Da Vinci

Salvator Mundi, https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/16/salvator-mundi-leonardo-da-vinci-most-expensive-painting-ever-sold-auction


9. Moving to France

In between his Blue (1901 – 1904) and Rose (1904 – 1906) Periods, Pablo Picasso moved to France. In 1900, Pablo Picasso spent time in Paris for the first time. He shared a room with Max Jacob, a poet and journalist, and Picasso learnt how to speak and read French. In Paris he met and became good friends with the artist Henri Matisse (whose work is also shown in ARTIST TEXTILES). Throughout the early part of the 20th century, Picasso spent time living in both Paris and Barcelona. In 1918 Picasso got married to Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina. they remained legally married until 1955, but they separated in about 1927. During World War 2, Picasso lived in occupied Paris. He continued to produce art but he didn’t exhibit any of his work during the war years.


10. Taking on textile projects…

In the early 1960s, Picasso agreed to design for two almost unknown textile projects, both launched in 1963. In this period, Picasso was allowing his pictures to be printed on almost any fabric, save upholstery. The sofa was a line he wouldn’t cross, as the curators of ARTIST TEXTILES note: ‘Picassos may be leaned against, not sat on.’ Visitors to ARTIST TEXTILES at New Lanark will be able to see a range of Picasso prints used within vintage garments and large textile prints.

Picasso Unseen

Picasso Unseen, ‘ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol’


Thank you for reading. I hope we have inspired you to visit the fascinating ARTIST TEXTILES exhibition at New Lanark, where you can see prints of Picasso’s work alongside a host of  other talented artists including Warhol, Dali and Matisse.

Click here to book tickets and find out more about ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at New Lanark

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer


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Textile Print design competition

Textile Print design competition

We are delighted to announce the launch of a Textile Print competition to celebrate the opening of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol exhibition at New Lanark on the 26th January 2018.

Textile Print Competition

Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015. Through an exciting new partnership, New Lanark will be hosting a prominent touring exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum in London in 2018. ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

To celebrate the arrival of this exhibition and the village’s textile production history, New Lanark are launching a design competition to commission a special ‘New Lanark’ textile print, to incorporate into a new range of promotional merchandise which will be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

Aerial view of New Lanark

The textile print should be an all over repeat pattern that embodies the theme of ‘Living and Working at New Lanark’. This theme can incorporate a number of topics such as the village’s social history & industrial heritage, textile production, New Lanark’s unique architecture, natural surroundings and the Falls of Clyde. This is a non-exhaustive list and entrants are encouraged to be inspired by conducting their own research into New Lanark by visiting the village or viewing content at www.newlanark.org , www.instagram.com/NewLanark and www.facebook.com/NewLanark

The competition is open to everyone including the general public, design students and existing designers. In conjunction with the Year of Young People 2018, New Lanark would be particularly interested to see entries from aspiring designers and young creatives and as such have designated an ‘Under 16’ prize category.

Entries are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whilst keeping in mind the commercial viability of the design and its appeal to New Lanark visitors including international tourists, visitors from elsewhere in Scotland and the local community.

New Lanark will work with the overall winner to incorporate the winning pattern into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop. The winner will also receive a Place on a specialist workshop (‘Couture Inside Out’ OR ‘Fashion Drawing’) at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (Travel and accommodation NOT included), aswell as Remnant Kings fabric vouchers, a framed copy of print and  Complimentary passes to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. There will also be an under 16 Winner and runner up prizes.

To enter click here >> www.newlanark.org

Entrants should submit their work, following the T&Cs, by emailing [email protected]

Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday 11th February 2018.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer


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ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

We are delighted to announce it will be hosting London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s international travelling exhibition ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol from 26 January – 29 April 2018 in our NEW exhibition gallery. This touring display from the Fashion and Textile Museum, London traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.

Picasso works image

ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol has toured internationally since 2014, visiting London, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA, making its return to the UK in 2018 at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before, including some of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes personal collection.

Zhandra Rhodes work

Curator Dennis Nothdruft from the Fashion and Textile Museum, who developed the exhibition, said  “This exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art.  Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”

3 dresses on mannequins

Behind the scenes, the stunning scenery and breath-taking views at New Lanark World Heritage Site offer a tremendous backdrop for the exhibition. A former 18th century cotton spinning mill village, founded by David Dale and Richard Arkwright in 1785, its history transports visitors back to the height of the cotton spinning industry.

Aerial view of New Lanark

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who is working with the team from London to coordinate the exhibition, commented “We hope that this exhibition will allow visitors to learn more about the resurgence of the textile sector. We will be holding Printmaking workshops and will be launching a ‘textile design competition’ to engage and develop design skills within the community in due course.”

Located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde just under 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968. New Lanark village is now owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, a registered Scottish Charity (SC008552) who, since 1974, have been restoring and revitalising the village as a living and working community. Today, New Lanark is recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’ and welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually to the site.

Spinning Mule with green yarn

Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, commented “we are very proud that ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new Temporary Exhibition Gallery. This bespoke exhibition space will be housed within one of New Lanark’s 18th century cotton mill buildings which is also home to New Lanark’s woollen yarn production. We hope that hosting ARTIST TEXTILES will begin a flourishing relationship with the Fashion & Textile Museum, giving visitors to New Lanark and the local community a chance to see some truly fantastic designs on their doorstep.”

Click here to book tickets for ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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01/12/17 Roof Garden # , , , ,

New Lanark Gardens Diary: Winter 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary: Winter 2017

November / December  2017

The neat beech hedge in front of David Dale’s House glows with copper and gold tones contrasting with the stonework and the blue of the sky in the late November sunshine.   Next door in Robert Owen’s Garden, the apple tree hangs thick with fruit.

Robert Owen was the social pioneer who took over the cotton mills at New Lanark from his father-in-law, David Dale.  Owen then went on to develop his enlightened vision for education and working conditions there.  We know that apple dumpling was one of Robert Owen’s favourite foods and that he asked his housekeeper to make one for him every day!  Meanwhile, down in the gorge below the village, the Clyde churns itself into misty foam. We celebrated St Andrew’s Day by lighting up the Falls and other parts of the village  blue, making them look a lot different than normal!

Remember to book online for our Christmas events, then come and enjoy it all, indoors and outside! Click here to find out more and book tickets.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Fun Facts about Christmas

Christmas is coming!

“The best way to spread Christmas is cheer singing loud for all to hear”. Buddy the Elf

The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us , get out your stockings, dust off your sledges, for Christmas is almost here again and the magic is spreading throughout Scotland faster than you can say Rudolph.

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At all  ?

When  Christmas comes to town we eat drink and be merry all season long, but there is much more to Christmas than meets the eye. Christmas is my favourite time of year, so l decided to share with you all some fun (some being totally  bizarre)  facts about the holiday season, so kick back, relax and come in from the cold , and listen to the facts of the  Christmases of old.

Christmas Trees

” Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall”.

-Larry Wilde

Nothing beats the smell of pine floating round your living room. As soon as December hits ( sometimes late November) family’s dig out the decorations for Santa and adorn the tree with baubles, tinsel and candy canes, its a time of togetherness and family bonding. Here are some fun facts about Christmas tress you might not know about:

  • Nearly 60 million Christmas Trees are grown each year in Europe.
  •  8 million natural Christmas trees are consumed by the UK each year.
  •  In the UK, natural Christmas trees outsell artificial Christmas trees by a ratio of 3:1.
  • Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.
  • Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they’re sold.
  • On average, three Christmas trees are planted to replace each one harvested.


Christmas Songs

”One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth”.

-Zooey Deschanel

One of my earliest memories of Christmas was going round to my gran and grandpas house, indulging myself in mince pies and hot chocolate, and my grandpa would set up his old  record player and we would here old classic Christmas songs from many of the greats like Bing Crosby, Old Blue eyes Frank Sinatra and of course Dean Martin. I am sure  many of you feel the same, Christmas music fills me with joy and warmth, and the feeling of nostalgia takes hold.

Here are some fun facts about Christmas song:

  •  The bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, shifting over 50 million copies worldwide since 1942.
  •  In Britain, the best-selling festive single is Band Aid’s 1984 track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which sold 3.5million copies. Wham! is next in the same year with Last Christmas, selling 1.4million.
  •  The Beatles hold the record for most Christmas number 1 singles, topping the charts in 1963, 64, 65 and 67. Cliff Richard (1960, 1988 and 1990) and The Spice Girls (1996, 1997 and 1998) have three each.
  •  Paul McCartney earns £250,000 a year off his Christmas song, which is widely regarded as the worst song he ever recorded.
  •  Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is the only record to get the UK Christmas Singles Chart Number One twice, once in 1975 and again in 1991. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was number 1 three times (1984, 1989 and 2004), but technically it was by different groups, so doesn’t count.
  •  Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song” (more commonly known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) was written during a summer heatwave in 1944.


Christmas At The Movies

” Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing”.

–  The Santa Claus (1994)

Nothing beats a good old fashioned Christmas movie, all bundled up in blankets, popcorn at your side, nothing gets you more excited for Christmas than that.

Here are some facts  about some of your favourite Christmas movies:

  • In a recent Yahoo poll, users voted the most popular Christmas film of all time as Home Alone, with The Muppet Christmas Carol second, and It’s a Wonderful Life third.
  • Like so many other Christmas movies, Home Alone slips in a reference to another Christmas classic: while (most) of the family is in the hotel room in France, they’re shown watching It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • The ugly photo of Buzz’s girlfriend is actually a boy because director Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a real girl. The boy used in the picture is the art director’s son.
  • Love Actually didn’t start out as a holiday movie, but director Richard Curtis loves Christmas films and really wanted to make one of his own.
  • In the movie ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas,’ ,the film used 1,938 candy canes, 8,200 ornaments, 45 make up artists, 443 different outfits and 152,000 pounds of crushed marble that was used to imitate snow.
  • The Grinch suit is covered in yak hairs that were dyed green and sewed onto a spandex suit one by one.
  • For one week during The Santa Clause’s box office run in 1994, Tim Allen had the number one movie, the number one TV show (Home Improvement) and the number one best-selling book (Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man).

Christmas Food Facts

“The holidays, the only time eating less and eating more are equally appealing, and calories fail to exist”.

-everyone on the planet

Mouths watering, expendable trouser worn, Christmas dinner is every ones  favourite time of the day on Christmas. After labouring a way in the kitchen all day, there is nothing more satisfying than watching the family tuck in to your delicious meal.

Here are some interesting and delicious facts about Christmas dinner :

  • 57- the number of Olympic sized swimming pools that could be filled with the beer consumed in the U.K over Christmas
  • 230,000 tonnes- The amount of wasted Christmas food that is thrown away each year
  • 957- The typical number of calories in your average Christmas dinner
  • £48,000,000- The total amount spent on Christmas pudding by the U.K
  • Christmas pudding was originally a soup with raisin and wine


Wonderful World Records

“World Records are only borrowed”.

  • Sebastian Coe

There is a world record for anything these day and Christmas is no different. From the tallest tree, biggest light display and even the biggest Secret Santa, these should hopefully surprise and amaze you as you wait for the holiday season to arrive.

  • 32.56 metres – The length of the longest ever Christmas Stocking. It was also 14.97 metres wide.
  • According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
  • In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
  • 30,000 – The number of participants in the largest ever Secret Santa, organised by Reddit in 2012.
  • The most expensively dressed Christmas tree was valued at just under £7,000,000 and was erected and displayed by the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 16 to 29 December 2010.
  • The most lights lit simultaneously on a Christmas tree is 194,672 and was achieved by Kiwanis Malmedy and Haute Fagnes in Malmedy, Belgium, on 10 December 2010


Hopefully these fun facts have gotten you into the Christmas spirit, and if you are also looking for something to do this holiday season let us help you spread the magic . For more information on the magical event we have on this year, please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected].

Remember to have a wonderful and magical Christmas this year!

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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19/10/17 New Lanark Mill Café , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , ,

Learn, History, Laugh, Repeat

Learn, History, Laugh, Repeat

History in the making

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.”
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans    

Ever wondered what it was like to live in the 1800s?

Are you a History Buff that likes to step back in to yesteryear and discover the very foundation of the land ?

If you have answered yes to either of these questions then New Lanark World Heritage Site is the place for you.

Tour and Attractions

Watch history come alive at New Lanark, with our fantastic tour, where you are taken back to the time of Robert Owen, the revolutionary who took the world of textile production by storm. You  will learn key facts about his time here, what he did and what he is remembered for. History tells us that Robert had a firm belief that  every child had the right to an education and the right to play, and you will learn of New Lanark’s transformation from a humble mill to a hub for all cultures and nationalities, which brought people together for the common good.

Let the spirit of Annie McLeod guide you as you take your journey on the ”Annie  McLeod Experience” Dark Ride, where Annie takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery as she tells her story of life in New Lanark in 1820 and the changes Robert Owens made to the lives of the children who worked in the mill.

Home is where the heart is , visit Robert Owen’s House and also learn of his history , from running New Lanark, to setting up shop on the banks of Indiana’s  Washbank river.

Historic Shopping

Why not pop over to the New Lanark Mill Shop, where we offer a fantastic range of contemporary gifts, books and Scottish produce. Also on display in our shop are fabulous textile creations made from yarn produced on site using our historic textile machinery. Like most of us here, if you have a sweet tooth , then the New Lanark Village Store is for you, where we stock a variety of traditional sweeties ( Yum Yum).



After a long day at New Lanark does find one rather Peckish, in that case why not stop in at our New Lanark Mill Café, which offers a fantastic range of lunches, home baking, light bites and also offers our multi award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream

Or if you are up for some fine dining , New Lanark Mill Hotel welcomes non-residents to the Hotel Bar and One Restaurant wither its for a quick bite or sitting down for dinner expect top quality food and service from our wonderful staff.

You cant take in the history of New Lanark  on a empty stomach can you ?

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Make history today,  please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Click here to find out more about New Lanark’s Daily Guided Tours

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Ciao For Now

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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New Lanark Gardens Diary: October 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary: October 2017

 A Peacock butterfly was one of the last summer butterflies to visit New Lanark Roof Garden during a short warm spell at the end of September.  We can see how it got its name from the large eye shapes on its wings reminiscent of the pattern on a peacock bird.   The  butterfly’s glowing eyespots are thought to be a defensive mechanism to trick predators into thinking it’s a much larger creature.  The autumn nights are drawing in now, but it’s not all bad news, especially for the star gazers among you!  You can start now to enjoy the night sky providing that the skies are clear.  This month Jupiter is not visible, but Venus appears as a bright morning star.   Look out for the Orionid meteor shower, due around 20-21 October near  the constellation (star-shape) Orion in the southern sky.  Orion is the imaginary hunter with his sparkling belt and starry sword!

Walk, Shop and Explore at New Lanark this autumn – there’s lots going on!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Top Christmas Events in Scotland for Families

Top Christmas Events in Scotland for Families

Christmas is coming!

“The best way to spread Christmas is cheer singing loud for all to hear”. Buddy the Elf

Yes it’s almost that time of year again, get out your stockings, dust off your sledges, for Christmas is almost here again and the magic is spreading throughout Scotland faster than you can say mistletoe. What are you waiting for ? Get those Christmas jumpers out, drink, eat and be merry for there is loads to do this Christmas time in bonnie ol’ Scotland .

New Lanark's Santa's Grotto

Christmas at the Mills

Here at New Lanark we are not short of holiday cheer, come join us for a magical family  day out as there are loads of things to do to help spread the yuletide cheer. These are running every weekend from the 2nd-24th December, plus the 22nd December. You can purchase two types of tickets to make your day as magical as possible, they are ‘Christmas at the Mills’ and ‘Festive Pantomime’.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

The ‘Christmas at the Mills’ ticket unlocks the door to a truly magical experience. Let us take you on a journey with ‘ The Spirit of Christmas Ride ‘were you will meet Holly, who will enthral you with tales of Christmas past and present. Little ones will have a twinkle in their eye when they visit Santa’s Grotto to see Santa, taking time out from North Pole to come and see us  and give us pressies  and spreading that holiday cheer.

“He’s behind you!!”,

Everyone loves a good Pantomine  and this year we are pleased to announce that New Lanark will be hosting ‘The Red Shoes ‘ brought to you by  the Arkeen Theatre Company. The performance is based on the classic Hans Christian fairy tail and features all your favourite characters, Jack, Rose, Rose’s mum and that naughty shoemaker.

Pantomime  tickets DO NOT  include entry to the New Lanark Visitor Attraction or Santa’s Grotto. If you would like to visit these attractions you must purchase  the ‘ Christmas at the Mills’ ticket.

Christmas at New Lanark is truly a spectacular  and magical day out. Don’t believe us , check out the comments from our patrons from last years festivities.

” Having been as a child myself, it’s a great place to visit and very interesting and loads for the kids to get involved in”. 

” Very magical. Staff friendly and great with the children. A very good Santa. Thoroughly enjoyed our day”. 

” Well done whoever organised this! We attend a lot of Christmas events but this one will be hard to beat”. 

” Santa was excellent and the activities for everyone while you were waiting on Santa kept children and adults alike amused”.

New Lanark: Christmas at the Mills
Price: £45 for Family (2 adults + 2/3 children) or £35 for family (2 adults + 2 children), £10.50 Adults, £10.50 (children 2-15) , £2.50 (children under 2), Essential Carers- Free (please complete booking online then contact us to add a free place)

Booking: Book online here

What’s included? The Spirit of Christmas Ride/ Santa’s Grotto/ Entry to New Lanark Visitor Centre/ Crafts and activities.

New Lanark Pantomime: The Red Shoes
Price: £21 for Family (2 adults + 2/3 children) or £17 for family (2 adults + 2 children), £5 Adults, £5 (children 2-15) , free (children under 2), Essential Carers- Free (please complete booking online then contact us to add a free place)

Booking: Book online here

Show Times: 12pm / 2pm / 3.30pm

Here are some other festive events around Scotland for families to enjoy…


IRN-BRU Carnival
Location: Glasgow SEC
21st December- 4th January
What is it: Europes biggest indoor funfair, The Irn Bru Carnival, is returning once again to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow.
Price: General Admission – £13/Group of 4 – £50 /OAP (over 60s) – £8/ Children aged 3 and under – FREE /Groups of 10 or more – 10% discount
Click here for more information.


5 Sisters Zoo Illuminations 2017
Location: 5 Sisters Zoo, Edinburgh
Dates & Times: Nov 3-30, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Nights, Dec 1-23, Daily, until last show on December 23rd.
What is it: From November 3rd until December 23rd, see the wooded paths and animal enclosures wreathed in mesmerising winter hues. It’s a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the zoo’s nocturnal residents while experiencing the magic of Christmas
What is included: Your ticket for Zoo Illuminations 2017 includes access to the Lost Kingdom Reptile House, one glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or sweet. Juice will be available for under 18s. Younger visitors also get one free shot on the kiddie ride. Subsequent shots on other rides cost £1 a time.
Price: Adult (16+ years) – £12/ Child(3-15) – £7
Click here for more information.


itison Drive-In Movies Christmas!
Location: Loch Lomond
Dates & Times: 20th December- 24th December
What Is It: All your favourite Christmas movies inc Elf on the worlds biggest mobile LED screen with gourmet food, festive fun and much more
Price: £26 per Car
Click here for more information.


Edinburgh Christmas Market
Location: Edinburgh
Date & Times: 17th November – 7 January 2018
What Is It: Enjoy delicious food and drink and traditional crafts at the Scottish Market on George Street, pick up unique gifts and goods at the European Market in the Mound Precinct, or choose presents for the wee ones in the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.
Click here for more information. 


Santa’s Woodland Experience
Dates & Times: Friday – Sunday , 25th November – 24th December
Location: North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station, Stirlingshire
What is it: Visit Santa’s Woodland Cabin, where Santa will be waiting to hear all about what you would like for Christmas.
Price: Adults £7.50 / Children £15 / Infants (0-18 months) £6.50 (with gift) or Free (without)
Click here for more information. 


Santa’s Magical Wonderland
Dates & Times: 18/11/17 , 19/11/17 , Every Friday (24/11/17 – 15/12/17) , Every Saturday, Sunday (25/11/17 – 10/12/17), Every day (18/12/17 – 21/12/17)
Location: M&D’S, Strathclyde Country Park
What is it: Open Air Ice Rink , Elfie & Kevin present their enchanting Christmas show, Visit the Reindeer, Meet Santa in Scotland’s largest grotto
Price: £6.55 per child, £4.25 per adult
Click here for more information.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful” – Norman Vincent Peale

Let us help you spread the magic of Christmas this year. For more information on the magical event we have on this year, please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected].


Remember to have a wonderful and magical Christmas this year!

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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