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31/03/16 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , ,

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

This year the Early May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May. Make it a ‘May Day’ to remember with a trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

 

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Spring Food & Gift Fair – Monday 2nd May

Our annual Spring Food & Gift Fair will be taking place on the May Bank Holiday, with a host of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts! Entry is free and the fair runs from 10am-4pm. Also available will be New Lanark Ice Cream, New Lanark Wool & Textiles and special stalls from the Mill Shop & Village Store!

 

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New Lanark Visitor Centre

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. There are many attractions to enjoy within the Visitor Centre, including: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Robert Owen’s School for Children, Millworkers’ House in 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and the Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton Exhibition. A full day at New Lanark Visitor Centre can be complemented by lunch in the Mill Café, and a browse in the two shopping areas – the Mill Shop & Village Store.

 

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Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks this May Bank Holiday and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers.

 

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Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

In March 2016 Clearburn was awarded ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards 2016. In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

 

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New Lanark Mill Hotel

Why not make a full weekend away of your May Bank Holiday? We have a number of accommodation options onsite so you can wake up in a World Heritage Site! We have the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering Waterhouses.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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21/03/16 Latest News at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

House History Project at New Lanark needs you!

House History Project at New Lanark needs you!

New Lanark Trust has launched a House History project to discover more about the lives of the people who used to live and work in the historic village.

New Lanark Trust is placing a call out for people with family connections to anyone who used to live and/or work at New Lanark, specifically with a focus on anyone who used to live in the Double Row or Water Row tenement blocks as part of their House History Project. 

The information gathered will be used to form a permanent record of the families who used to live in, or were connected to New Lanark. These details will be collated into a cohesive family portfolio within New Lanark’s Search Room Archive and will also be available to the public as a publication.

The research from the ‘House History’ project will also form the historical basis for the interpretation activities linked to New Lanark’s Double Row Restoration Project. This is a major Townscape Heritage / CARS Project at New Lanark to restore Double Row, the last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored at the historic site. Building works started on Double Row in late February 2016, and are expected to continue until the end of the year.  The £4m project is being funded by a number of organisations, with the two main funders being the Heritage Lottery Fund (through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme) and Historic Environment Scotland (through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

Ruth Beattie, Lead Researcher says “The ‘House History’ project is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about New Lanark’s people in the early 20th century and bring to light family stories and memories. We look forward to hearing from past residents or their relatives, and would encourage anyone with a story to share to contact us using the details below.”

Anyone with information, photographs or artefacts they would like to share should contact Ruth Beattie at New Lanark Trust on:

  • Email: ruth.beattie@newlanark.org
  • Call: 01555 661345
  • Post: ‘House History Project’, New Lanark trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB.

Further information on the House History Project and New Lanark can be found at www.newlanark.org

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17/03/16 New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark World Heritage Site , New Lanark Youth Hostel # , , , , , , , , ,

Activity Breaks at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Activity Breaks at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Looking for an activity break in Scotland? New Lanark World Heritage Site is the perfect base for your adventure!

New Lanark is located in Lanarkshire’s beautiful Clyde Valley, around 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh  – making it the perfect central location for an activity break and exploring Scotland. There are a number of accommodation options at New Lanark to suit a variety of needs and budgets…

The stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel has 38 spacious and stylish bedrooms with free wifi access. All of the bedrooms enjoy spectacular views across the River Clyde or the historic village of New Lanark.

There are also 8 self-catering Waterhouses which rest on the banks of the River Clyde. These 4 star cottages all feature open plan living room, dining and kitchen areas as well as a fully fitted kitchen, freeview TV and family bathroom.

For those looking for a unique hostel experience, the Wee Row Hostel has it all! The hostel has 18 rooms, all with river views and ensuite facilities. There is a choice of twin, double, triple and quad rooms with linen provided on all beds for arrival. Wee Row Hostel also features full catering & self-catering kitchens, Dining Room, TV Lounge, Meeting Room, Wifi Access, Laundry Room and Bike Store.

After enjoying a day of activities, New Lanark is the perfect place to come home to for a relaxing evening. There is an onsite Health & Fitness Club with a 16m pool, sauna, steam room and spa for an extra special treat! We also have the Mill One Restaurant which serves delicious dishes made using local produce, and the Mill One Bar & Lounge for a refreshing drink at the end of the day.

 

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The first of the three Falls of Clyde waterfalls at New Lanark

Activities on your doorstep…

 

 

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Tinto Hill – credit Visit Lanarkshire

Activities a short drive away…

  • Kypeside Fishery – in the 30 acre Kype Resevoir, boasts three Lochs, one fly & Bait fishing and two Fly only.
  • Tinto Hill – one of central Scotland’s best walks with a superbview point (5 miles, 2-3 hours)
  • Culter Fell – the most popular, highest and most shapely of this rolling range of hills on the Lanarkshire / Borders boundary, south of Biggar.
  • Biggar Adventures Ltd – abseiling, canoeing, mountain biking and more!
  • Chatelherault Country Park – 10 miles of stunning gorge walks along the River Avon + a visitor centre, café & more.
  • Strathclyde Park  – One of Scotland’s best locations for watersports, walking, cycling and other outdoor activities!
  • M&Ds – Scotland’s Theme Park with rides, indoor bowling, soft play area & AMAZONIA – Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest.

 

 

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Mountain Biking at Glentress – credit Visit Tweed Valley.

A full day out of activities…

 

As you can see, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained on an activity break to Scotland – and you can make it even more memorable by waking up in one of Scotland’s 6 World Heritage Sites!

Please do not hesitate to contact New Lanark Trust if you have any enquiries about visiting. 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

#ScotSpirit – the Spirit of Scotland!

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08/03/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: March 2016

Roof Garden Diary: March 2016

At first sight not much seems to be happening in New Lanark Roof Garden this month. Look closer, however,  and you will see the first tentative flowers of Spring appearing in spite of the wild and changeable weather. A few snowdrops are quivering under the hornbeam hedging, and some early daffodils have big buds full of the promise of the yellow trumpets to come.  The tree heather shrub creates  a vigorous splash of green  covered in tiny pink bell-like flowers, and there are buds waiting to burst on the Woolly Willow.

Click here to find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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07/03/16 Latest News at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Double Row Restoration Project launches at New Lanark

Double Row Restoration Project launches at New Lanark

Building works have begun at New Lanark World Heritage Site on Double Row, the last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored at the historic site. To coincide with the works beginning, bookings are now open for a range of free heritage-based community activities linked to the project.

Double Row has a beautiful location overlooking the River Clyde

Double Row has a beautiful location overlooking the River Clyde

Since its formation in 1974, New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. This important project will ensure the survival of this A-listed building of international architectural and historical significance by restoring it as residential accommodation.

The ‘Museum Stair’, a tenement within Double Row, was in continuous occupation from the 1790s – 1970s and is designated a Scheduled Monument, due to the remarkable survival of original artefacts and materials such as fireplaces, sinks, ‘set-in’ beds, remnants of wallpaper and linoleum. This rare example of early industrial workers’ housing is in a very poor, deteriorating condition and requires urgent conservation work. Due to the building’s fragile interior, access is currently restricted but this project will provide remote access and interpretation through the creation of a 3D Virtual Tour, which will offer a ground-breaking new visitor experience.

Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Additional funding has been secured from the Renewable Energy Fund (South Lanarkshire Council), The Wolfson Foundation and New Lanark Trust.

A range of free heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel with the construction works. For the first half of 2016, these include:

There are also a number of volunteering opportunities available, from undertaking historical research to assisting with project events. For more information please contact THproject@newlanark.org.

Miranda Lorraine, New Lanark’s Townscape Heritage Project Officer said “After years of planning we are delighted that works have begun to restore the Double Row tenement block to its former glory. We’d love the residents of New Lanark and the local community to get involved with the project, from taking part in the Traditional Building Skills Workshops to donning a hard hat and joining us for a guided tour of the site – there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy”

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