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25/02/15 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , , , ,

10 most popular shades of New Lanark Wool

10 most popular shades of New Lanark Wool

New Lanark was formed as a cotton spinning village in 1785 by David Dale. It gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968. Since 1974, the site has been restored and brought back to life by New Lanark Trust and is now once more an internationally famous World Heritage Site.

Today we produce yarn using traditional methods in one of the historic mills, where a 19th century spinning mule is still working. We specialise in producing high quality British Organic wool, Aran wool, Double Knitting and Chunky woollen yarns, which are ideal for hand knitting.

We offer three fantastic ranges spun from British wool: Donegal Silk Tweed, Heather Mixtures and Natural Blend – all available in a range of stunning shades.

Our wool is sold in the Mill Shop, online and wholesale around the world. To give you some knitting inspiration we’ve pulled together a list of some of most popular shades…

1. Blue John

Blue John wool

Did you know that New Lanark Wool was used to create the iconic Christmas jumpers featured in the Harry Potter films? ‘Blue John’ and ‘Damson‘ are sold to Lochaven International, in Stewarton Ayrshire who make the replica Harry Potter jumpers that are sold at Universal Studios in Orlando and Warner’s Bros Studios Leavesdon near London.

2. Damson


Our range of natural colours are also very popular…

3. Pebble


4. Woodland


5. Ecru


6. Limestone


Not fogetting the bright colours!

7. Denim


8. Cherry


9. Heather


10. Sky


All proceeds from the sale of New Lanark Wool and Textiles are returned to New Lanark Trust to be reinvested in the care and development of New Lanark World Heritage Site. You can learn more about the wool making process at New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

We hope to see you soon…Happy Knitting!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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06/02/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Ted’s February at New Lanark

Ted’s February at New Lanark

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’m here to let you know about all of the exciting events and exhibitions happening in February at New Lanark…

The month got off to a pretty chilly start – with a downfall of snow that my cousins in the Arctic would have been proud of!

New Lanark snowNew Lanark snow telephone box









I decided to keep warm with a trip to the newly opened Prestonpans Tapestry. The tapestry is a whopping 104m long, and it was stitched entirely by volunteer embroiderers along the route. If you’re a bit of a history buff you’ll love the tapestry! It tells the story of the journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France to Victory at Prestonpans in 1745.

New Lanark Prestonpans Tapestry














For my trip to the tapestry I donned a new hat just like the ones the Jacobites depicted in the tapestry are wearing – complete with a knitted white cockade! The Jacobites wore a white rose in their hats to celebrate Bonnie Prince Charlie’s birthday, or to show their support for his cause. My hat was knitted using cosy New Lanark Wool (Double Knitting – 100% Pure New Wool) in a dashing shade of ‘Denim’.

Prestonpans Tapestry Ted

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You’ve got plenty of time to see the Prestonpans Tapestry, its open 10am-4pm daily until 19th March. Did I mention it’s free entry? (knitted hats are optional)

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There’s a special event happening on Saturday 21st February to celebrate the Prestonpans Tapestry. Visitors can experience ‘Living History’ as the British Redcoats and Jacobites parade around New Lanark, displaying their uniforms and weaponry. (11.30am-4pm, free to view)

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If you’re down at New Lanark this February be sure to pick up one of our new ‘Spring Events’ flyers. There’s a lot going on over the next couple of months including Stargazing LIVE on 21st and 22nd March, our Easter Egg-Stravaganza on 5th & 6th April and a Spring Food & Gift Fair on 4th May!

Here’s a look at what’s happening later on in February…

6th – 10th February – Daily Tours. Explore New Lanark with one of our guides and discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Tours are included with the Visitor Centre ticket and leave daily at 2pm from the reception in the Institute for the Formation of Character during school holiday periods.

12th February – Music in Lanark’s Yehundi Menuhin School Chamber Ensemble. Since 1963 the school has provided the environment and tuition for over 60 musically gifted children from all over the world. An ensemble of pianists and string players comes to Scotland annually. Music in Lanark is proud to host the first concert of 2015’s tour! More info: http://www.musicinlanark.co.uk/

14th February – Valentines Dinner in the New Lanark Mill Hotel. Love is in the air! Enjoy a 3 course dinner with glass of bubbly on arrival, red rose & pianist in lounge for £29pp. Contact the New Lanark Mill Hotel on 01555 667200 or email [email protected]


Phew – that’s a busy month! We’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark very soon.

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger


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04/02/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

New Lanark Roof Garden February 2015

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

Winter arrived in earnest in mid-January and a coating of frozen snow still lingers over New Lanark Roof Garden.  Even the stalwart heather ‘Silver Knight’ and the grasses have been flattened by the blanket of white.  The snowdrops, normally in bloom by February, are hardly showing.  Yet the days are slowly lengthening towards Spring.   In the photograph, the Braxfield Row houses are caught by the gold light of the February sun.

Enjoy the Roof Garden as part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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23/01/15 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , , ,

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

Given at the Camp of HRH Charles Edward Stuart, Prince of Wales

It is with great pleasure that we received notice that, as of the 27th day of this month, the famous Prestonpans Tapestry will be on display for our subjects to view at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

This striking community artwork, stitched with tender care by countless volunteers across the country, follows the fortunes of our army on its first campaign in 1745, from the inception of this grand scheme for the Restoration of our family to that remarkable and game-changing victory at Prestonpans.

Bonnie Prince Charlie (Arran Johnston)We encourage all those who are able to visit and to enjoy this exhibition, which reveals the heroic efforts of our loyal Highland men, alongside the endeavours of our gallant if misguided opponents, as those two armies traversed the landscape of Scotland to determine who might be its King.

In the wake of our victory at Prestonpans, our army has been busily engaged in an attempt to bring this regrettable war to a glorious conclusion. How events will play out we can only at this stage imagine. What we can know is that our achievements in 1745 will ever be remembered, and that no telling of our story will rival the Prestonpans Tapestry for its detail and its charm. Never has a project so encapsulated the spirit of our quest: Victory, Hope, and Ambition!

To celebrate the Tapestry’s visit to New Lanark, we have authorised the deployment of some of our soldiers to said place on Saturday 21st February. They are instructed to answer any questions you might have as to their modes of dress and combat. I expect that our enemies might do the same.

We are pleased also to note that the historian Arran Johnston, who has not been unkind to our character in his works, will be presenting about the Battle at Prestonpans and the Tapestry’s creation on Friday 13th March. (tickets available to purchase for £4)

It remains only for us to encourage all our father’s subjects to notify their friends and family of this opportunity to view the Tapestry, which will remain in New Lanark until 19th March.

God Save the King.

Charles signature

Find out more about The Prestonpans Tapestry at  New Lanark. 

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19/01/15 CAVLP , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , ,

Celebrating a Unique Landscape in the Clyde and Avon Valleys

We’re very happy to welcome Sarah from our partner organisation, The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership to write a guest post for our blog…

New Lanark World Heritage Site is the most spectacular place I’ve worked in. I could never tire of the sight of the rooftops (blanketed in snow as I type) as I descend the hill in the morning and the powerful flow of the rusty coloured Clyde from our office window in the Old School.

Birds Eye of New Lanark

And that’s what my job as Communications Support at the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is all about- celebrating the amazing landscape and heritage that make the Clyde and Avon Valleys unique.

New Lanark World Heritage Site is just one of our 10 partners that we work with to deliver 68 different environmental, cultural and historical projects across the Clyde and Avon valleys- distinct through their unmistakeable patchwork of ancient woodlands, gorges, country estates, orchards and market gardening heritage, farmland and industry.

Mauldslie Estate

Projects range from undertaking essential woodland management that look after the area’s rich biodiversity to researching and recording designed landscapes, exhibitions and events.

Here at New Lanark a number of projects have already been completed. Offering something for everyone, these have included woodland pathway restoration, landscape art courses and the creation of Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site.

Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy the re-instated pathways that criss-cross the woodland overlooking New Lanark. In the 19th century, Robert Owen laid out these pathways for the benefit of the mill-workers which eventually became overgrown and impassable through years of neglect. Now walkers can once again enjoy walks taking in the stunning views down on to the mill complex and the Clyde, just as they were intended.

woodland paths

Those with an interest in the arts were also able to enjoy a talk on the History of Art in the Clyde Valley by Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark in Autumn 2013. Following in the footsteps of famous artists such as Alexander Naysmyth and J.M.W. Turner, local artist Veronica Liddell then guided 11 budding artistes in a Landscape Painting Course, using Dundaff Linn as inspiration.

For the more playfully inclined, Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site at New Lanark offers far more than a traditional playpark. Opened last Autumn, swings and roundabouts have been omitted in favour of burns and fire pits, and it’s been a joy watching muddy but happy children enjoy the site and surrounding woodland, even through the bleak winter weather.

Lanark Primary School

And there’s plenty more to come, funding dependent. An Art Sculpture Trail featuring artworks will tell stories from local folklore to history and nature of the area, leading from Castlebank Park through New Lanark to the Falls of Clyde, offering new ways to enjoy the landscape. North Lodge Bridge, which once housed a lodge where 19th century visitors would buy tickets to visit the Falls of Clyde, will also be restored as an important access point for visitors to New Lanark and the neighbouring Falls of Clyde.

And that’s just a taster of the variety of projects that are part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. Check out www.clydeandavonvalley.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for further information on projects, partners, training and volunteering opportunities as well as events.

Sarah – New Lanark Guest blogger (Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership)

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14/01/15 Roof Garden

Roof Garden Diary: January 2015

In New Lanark Roof Garden this month, a few small spikes of bulbs are slowly inching up through the soil. The seed heads of the purple anemones (near the lift) are like little speckled buttons that keep their shape for a long time and look attractive with a dusting of frost or snow. On the village side of the Roof Garden, you are at eye level with the top of a tall Scots pine tree showing off its green needles in spite of the wind, rain and snow!

Scots pine from the New lanark Roof Garden

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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13/01/15 Ted at New Lanark

Ted’s January at New Lanark

Ted’s January at New Lanark

Hi there! My name’s Ted and I’m the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. With my cosy hat & cardigan knitted with New Lanark Wool I’m always ready to explore the historic village & go to exciting events at New Lanark!



There’s so much going on here each month, that my friends in the New Lanark Trust offices asked me to update the New Lanark blog and let you all know about all the exciting events, exhibitions and talks that you can enjoy here. First up, let’s take a look at what’s happening at New Lanark in January!

We kicked off the New Year by launching our 2015 Events Programme. There really is something for everyone, check it out here and see what you fancy.

January has gotten off to a pretty wet and windy start, so I think it sounds like a good idea to keep dry and take a trip to the New Lanark Visitor Centre. There’s lots to keep you entertained indoors including the: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Working textile machinery, Millworkers’ House & Robert Owen’s House,  Historic Classroom, and don’t forget to check out the Woven through History exhibition. Keep an eye on wowcher.com for an exciting offer for the New Lanark Visitor Centre!

Tedplans his next adventure  in the Historic Classroom

Ted plans his next adventure in the Historic Classroom

Checking out the 'Woven through History' exhibition

Checking out the ‘Woven through History’ exhibition

Whilst you’re down here why not pop into the Mill Shop and take a look at the January Sale? I had a chat with some of the Christmas bears and they said the shop had been really busy in December, but they’re looking forward to finding a new home now.

If you’re a Pa De Basque pro (like me!) then you can’t miss the New Lanark Mill Hotel’s ‘Burns Supper Ceilidh’ on Friday 23rd January. The tickets are just £12 per person and include a traditional supper of haggies, neeps and tatties. To book just call 01555 667220 or email [email protected]

I can’t wait until the end of the month when the Prestonpans Tapestry opens. Did you know it was the tapestry that inspired the Great Tapestry of Scotland? At 104m long, the Prestonpans Tapestry was stitched entirely by volunteers! It tells the story of the journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France then through the Scottish Highlands to Victory at Prestonpans in 1745. The exhibition is open from the 27th of January to the 19th of March, and entry is free.

I’ll hopefully see you all at New Lanark throughout the year. If you want to keep up to date with our latest news then you can sign up for emails, like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter.


Wow – just look at the falls!


Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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09/12/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Events at New Lanark # , , , ,

Meet our pantomime cast!

Meet our pantomime cast!

New Lanark are delighted to welcome back Arkeen Theatre Company to produce the wonderful pantomime for our Christmas Experience 2014. This year’s fun-filled show ‘Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat’ is showing three times a day every weekend (12.15pm, 2pm & 3.30pm) until Sunday 21st December, and again on Christmas Eve!

Read on to find out more about Arkeen and meet the cast of the show…

Arkeen Theatre Company was established in 1997 and have been writing and producing the pantomime in New Lanark for 15 years.  With stories including The Enchanted Forest, Miss Molly’s Curiosity Shop and Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat 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 their original script Is This Me? to S1 in South Lanarkshire secondary schools commissioned by SLC .  This production 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 highly acclaimed SLC Artsnet Workshops and Production Safe & Sound for 8 years.   This project raises Child Protection issues for  P5-7. 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. 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 and The Victorian Christmas Workshops in the School for Children. Arkeen hope you enjoy this year’s Panto treat, with plenty of booing hissing, laughing, singing and dancing.

Director and writer – Joanne Tulips

Musical Director – Raymond Tulips


james James Muldoon – Maw McLeod
James began his training at Jazzart Uk and then continued on to London and graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  Since graduating, James has performed in various musicals and was one of 4 lead singers, onboard the Queen Mary 2, ocean liner. This is James 5th year working with Arkeen Theatre Company and his 5th Panto season at New Lanark. As well as panto he has performed Arkeen’s Victorian Christmas in New Lanark School House, and Is This Me? touring South Lanarkshire secondary schools highlighting the effect of alcohol misuse. James is delighted to be back in pantoland at New Lanark and to be first male Dame! Maw McLeod is certainly alive and kicking!


  288759  Katy-Louise Pritchett – Baroness Whinge
Katy-Louise trained in Acting and Performance and then went on to work as an actor, entertainer and workshop leader.  She is delighted to be back for her 5th Christmas season working for Arkeen Theatre Company in the New Lanark pantomime and A Victorian Christmas.  It is Katy-Louise’s’ 10th year performing in pantomime and her favourite time of year.  Her previous work has included performing in touring with small scale productions with other Scottish theatre companies and producing her own one-woman sing-along show.  Katy-Louise is based in Inverness and runs her own Entertainment business “Trapeze Entertainment” specialising in workshops and children’s entertainment.  She loves her job as there is never a dull moment!


katy Fiona Harris – Kate Whinge
Fiona began her training in the arts at a young age. After her early education, Fiona spent 3 years at Motherwell College where she graduated with a BA Hon(s) in Musical Theatre in 2013. Since graduating, Fiona has been fortunate enough to be working in a profession in which she has a passion for. Theatre credits include: Empress in Aladdin at Bathgate Regal. Amy/Sarah in ‘Is This Me’ with Arkeen Theatre Company. Fiona is thrilled to be working with Arkeen for the second time and is looking forward to the remainder of her performances as Kate at the New Lanark Panto.


 Robert Aitken – Jock McLeod
Robert graduated in 2012 from Motherwell College where he gained a First Class B.A Honours in Acting. Robert has been working professionally for two years and has portrayed many characters throughout his career from Dracula in Dracula by Liz Lochhead to the Baron in Jack in the Beanstalk. Other credits include: Soldier in Wounds to the Face (Howard Barker), Joey in Road (Jim Cartwright) and Jamie in Is this me? (Arkeen Theatre Company). He has performed all over the country, including the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, however he is thrilled to be working with Arkeen once  Theatre Company again. This is Robert’s second time working with Arkeen and was ecstatic to land a role in the School for Children’s Victorian Christmas and as the hero, Jock, in Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat.   Find out more about New Lanark’s Christmas Experience.


Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer


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03/12/14 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: December 2014

Roof Garden Diary: December 2014

The autumn has been mild with the first frosts arriving only at the start of December. By this time in 2012, the fountain was frozen over and New Lanark Roof Garden coated in white frost. This year, however, the little reindeer are still able to nibble the grass and drink from the flowing fountain!

The darker nights bring stars, so keep an eye on our website towards the end of the year for details of our Stargazing Live event on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2015. December is a good month to see meteor showers wherever you are. The Geminid shower is due on 13-14th December and is expected to peak at 120 meteors per hour. Look out also for the Ursid shower around 22 and 23 December. A good time to look is just after dusk.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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27/11/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Events at New Lanark # , , , ,

Christmas is coming to New Lanark!

Christmas is coming to New Lanark!

New Lanark World Heritage Site is gearing up for a fantastic festive season with this year’s Christmas Experience. Opening on Saturday 29th November, and taking place every weekend until Sunday 21st December, plus Christmas Eve, New Lanark’s Christmas Experience is a great opportunity for a festive day out the whole family can enjoy…and right on Lanark’s doorstep!

We caught up with the New Lanark Christmas Elves to see how they were getting on transforming the site before the opening weekend…

“Santa gave us some time off from the toy factory so we could come down to New Lanark and help turn the site into a winter wonderland. We’ve been very busy decorating, and we can’t wait to see the children’s faces when they arrive at the new-look Christmas Experience 2014!”

Take a look at some of their fantastic work so far!

Painting dolls in the Toy Kingdom Grotto

Getting crafty to create toys for Santa’s ‘Toy Kingdom’ Grotto

Art on the walls in Santa's 'Toy Kingdom' Grotto

This is an art attack! Lots of bright colours going on the walls in Santa’s ‘Toy Kingdom’ Grotto

Christmas trees and critters in the Enchanted Woodland

Christmas trees and critters in the Enchanted Woodland

Say hello to New Lanark's newest resident in the Frozen Falls!

Say hello to New Lanark’s newest resident in the Frozen Falls!

Looks good enough to eat...Santa's Grotto in the 'Toy Kingdom'

Looks good enough to eat…Building work is almost finished on Santa’s Grotto in the ‘Toy Kingdom’

Brrrrrrr....it's looking frosty in the Snow Tunnel!

Brrrrrrr….it’s starting to look frosty in the Snow Tunnel!

Our New Lanark Christmas Elves have been very busy!

Our New Lanark Christmas Elves have been very busy indeed!

We can’t wait to welcome lots of families to the New Lanark Christmas Experience so they can enjoy the finished results! Tickets are available to book now.

Join the event on our Facebook page.

New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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

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