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Top 10 Moments at New Lanark 2016

Top 10 Moments at New Lanark 2016

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

Top 10 2016 Moments at New Lanark…

1. Bicentenary Celebrations

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

New Lanark Institute Bicentenary

 

2. Double Row Restoration Project gets started!

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

View of New Lanark from Double Row roof

 

3. The Mill Shop knits in public

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

New Lanark Knit in Public Day

 

4. Visit from a special Heilan Coo…

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

VisitScotland heilan coo visit to New Lanark

 

5. New Lanark Ice Cream scoops more awards!

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

New Lanark Ice Cream bronze medal award

 

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

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

Back in Time Day at New Lanark

 

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

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

Antiques Roadshow at New Lanark

 

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

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

Brick City LEGO exhibition at New Lanark

9. Rising Star at New Lanark

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

Melissa Reilly ASVA Rising Star

 

10. New Lanark projects Shining Lives for #HHA2017

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

Hear of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Photo credit VisitScotland

 

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

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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New Lanark Garden Diary: December 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary: December 2016

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

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

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

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

Winter woods at New Lanark

Frosty grass at New Lanark

Frozen leaves at New Lanark

Winter Falls of Clyde at New Lanark

Winter river at New Lanark

Winter in Robert Owen's Garden at New Lanark

The Bell Tower at New Lanark

Frozen ice crystals at New Lanark

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this Christmas!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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06/12/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , , ,

5 Winter Walks in Scotland you can’t miss!

5 Winter Walks in Scotland you can’t miss!

Looking for some stunning winter walks? We’ve pulled together our Top 5 favourite walks to enjoy this festive season. From leisurley strolls to work off that extra Christmas portion, to more advanced hikes – in Scotland there are a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. In New Lanark we’re very lucky to have the stunning Falls of Clyde on our doorstep as well as a variety of other top walking spots including Lanark Loch / Racecourse, Tinto Hill, Cartland Craigs and Strathclyde Loch.

 

 1. Falls of Clyde and New Lanark

These magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde have been impressing visitors for centuries – from Wordsworth to Coleridge, and J. M. W. Turner to Sir Walter Scott. The four linn (Scots: waterfalls) compromise of the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet. Bonnington Linn (fall of 30 feet), Corra Linn and Dundaff Linn (fall of 10 feet) are above New Lanark and located within the Falls of Clyde Reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, a national nature conservation charity. Stonebyres Linn is located several miles downstream from the reserve and New Lanark.

Visitors can enjoy walks within the native woodlands, spotting wildlife and wondering at the flora & fauna all around them. Look our for kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers!

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

The Scottish Wildlife Trust have produced this very useful step-by-step guide to the Falls of Clyde walk.

Once you have completed your walk stop off for refreshments in the Mill Café or treat yourself in the welcoming Mill Shop!

walks - New Lanark Bell Tower in snow

walks - Frozen Falls of Clyde

walks - New Lanark village in snow

 

2. Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Traditionally a place of recreation for Edinburgh residents, Calton Hill, with its numerous monuments and buildings is popular as a fine viewpoint over the city. 1 miles – 1.5 hours. View more about the walk here.

walks - Calton Hill - Edinburgh - Flick - Ross G.Strachan

Flick – Ross G.Strachan

 

3. Cardrona Forest

If walking over remote moorland and through peaceful forest appeals to you, then this route in the Scottish Borders is perfect. 9 miles. View more about the walk here. 

walks - Richard Webb - Cardrona Forest snow

Richard Webb

 

4. Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. The route has been well made, however the optional return down the Ptarmigan ridge can be muddy and is rocky in places making the going more difficult in poor visibility. 7.5 miles. 4-5 hours. View more about the walk here. 

walks - Walk Highlands - Ben Lomond - Snow

Walk Highlands

 

5. Castle Fraser, Aberdeen

Castle Fraser is an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the Fraser family. As you venture through the castle and up to the round tower, with its panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond, you get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period. The estate has two easily followed trails taking you through a mixture of parkland, farmland and woodland, opening out to give views of Bennachie.View more about the walks here.

walks - Visit Scotland - Castle Fraser - snow

Visit Scotland

 

Well that’s certainly got us inspired to bundle up and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Let us know if you have any other ideas for winter walks in Scotland. Merry Christmas!

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and walking the Falls of Clyde route

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this Christmas!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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02/12/16 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Cracking Christmas Days out for Families in Lanarkshire

Cracking Christmas Days out for Families in Lanarkshire

Are you looking for a family day out this Christmas? From pantos to grottos and workshops to foals, there are so many activities to choose from right on your doorstep! In our latest blog post we have gathered together our suggestions for a great festive day out in Lanarkshire.

1. New Lanark World Heritage Site’s Christmas Events 2016

Top of the list are the fantastic Christmas Events we’re hosting here at historic New Lanark. These are running every weekend until Christmas plus the 23rd and 24th!

Christmas at the Mills – Book tickets now

Our ‘Christmas at the Mills’ Experience really is a full day out as it includes entry to Santa’s Grotto (with gift!), the Spirit of Christmas Ride, Christmas Crafts, Rudolph Trail plus entry to all of the New Lanark Visitor Centre buildings including Robert Owen’s House and the School for Children! Tickets are £9.50 per person and just £2 for Under 2s. Tickets can be booked online here or paid ‘on the door’.

New Lanark's Santa's Grotto

New Lanark’s Christmas Carol Pantomime – Book tickets now

At New Lanark we’re also hosting our very own Pantomime! There are multiple daily showings every weekend until Christmas, plus the 23rd & 24th! This year’s panto is ‘New Lanark’s Christmas Carol’ which is based on the classic Dickens’ tale with a New Lanark Mills twist. The panto lasts around 45 minutes so it’s perfect for little ones! Tickets are just £5 per person and FREE for Under 2s. Tickets can be booked online here or paid for ‘on the door’.

The cast of New Lanark's Christmas Carol Pantomime

 

2. National Museum of Rural Life – Christmas Fair and Foal Show
Our friends at the National Museum of Rural Life are hosting their annual Christmas Fair and Foal Show on Sunday 4th December. Get all the details here!

Foal and young girl at NMS Show

 

3. Mrs Claus’ Christmas Caper at Chatelherault Country Park
On Saturday 10th and 17th December you can enjoy an interactive Christmas story telling session at Chatelherault Country Park. Get all the details here!

Chatelherault Country Park

Photo from Visit Scotland

 

4. FunBox Christmas Wonderland
Get ready to sing and dance as the FunBox crew come to Hamilton Town House on Wednesday 28th December. Get all the details here!

 

Fun Box Christmas Wonderland

 

5. Holly the Christmas Elf workshops at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
Take part in Christmas Elf Workshops on Saturdays from 3rd – 24th December at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre. Get all the details here!

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Photo from Visit Scotland

 

We’re certainly feeling ‘christmassy’ after looking through all of those fantastic activities. Let us know if you visit New Lanark by tweeting us @newlanarkwhs or leave a post on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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