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Have A Blast With The Cast!

Have A Blast With The Cast!

Have A Blast With The Cast!

”He’s behind you”, classic phrase from any classic panto. At New Lanark this year, we have a special treat for all the family as we proudly present the cast of   “The Magic Shoes “ which is based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

The cast represent the Arkeen Theatre Company, who at the moment, are putting on a truly wonderful performance here at New Lanark.

The company are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year  having been established in August 1997. The company also has been writing the pantomime in New Lanark for the last 17 years New Lanark for 17 years.  These wonderful tales include  Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat, New Lanark Christmas Carol, Sister Ella’s Slippers, but who are the Arkeen Theatre? Well introducing the cast for  “The Magic Shoes”………


Meet the cast!!


David Parker

Having appeared last year in New Lanark Christmas Carol, David Parker is  back with a bang  for Panto 2017

Having graduated from Reid Kerr College in 2012 with an HND in Acting and Performance, David has gone on to be part of many wonderful performances , including theatre productions such as : Statistics , Tommy Tuppers Terrific Toyshop , When Youre Smiling , Faith, Hope and Clarity ,Sheerluck and The Case of The Missing Case. David has performed  twelve shows with Glasgow based Shoogalie Road Productions, including Blithe Spirit and Boeing, Boeing.

David has also appeared on the silver  screen, with performances in: Dames, Weegies and Today is Yesterdays Tomorrow, Good Intentions and Filth. You may also recognise David from his appearance Earlier when he appeared in  the  Tennents Lager  social media “Funny Money” campaign.

David hopes “The Magic Shoe” wows and excites , and he wishes you all an enjoyable festive season.


Brooke Thomson

Having graduated recently from Jazzartuk with my HND in Musical Theatre, Brooke is thrilled to be playing the role of Rose in ‘The Magic Shoes’ here at New Lanark . Brooke specialises in singing, acting and dancing (the triple threat)  and is  aiming  to get more experience in  other aspects of the Arts industry .

Brooke hopes you all have  enjoy the show and have a very Merry Christmas and Good New Year!


David Lawley

Local boy David Lawley steps back into to his theatre shoes for Arkeen Theatre groups production of “The Magic Shoes” after focusing on television and film for the last couple of years. Showing lack of confidence, David  stated: “Lets do this New Lanark”.


Katie-Louise Pritchett

In 2002 Katie-Louise received her HND in Acting and Performance, from there, she  went on to work as an actor, singer, entertainer and theatre arts tutor.  Nowadays, Katie- Louise  now runs her own company Trapeze Entertainment based in Inverness which specialises in interactive workshops, birthday parties, events and performances.

Katie-Louise has been fairly busy this year with her performances, some of the stuff she’s been up to include:   performing in her  sing-a-long productions, entertaining children at Belladrum and the Girvan Folk festival and delivering a variety of interactive drama and circus skills workshops throughout the highlands.

This time of year is clearly Katie-Louise’s favourite, as this is her 8th New Lanark pantomime with Arkeen Theatre Company, and as Katie- Louise would tell you, you are in for a fun, festive, fabulous treat with ” The Magic Shoes”.


Have A Very Merry Christmas!

Its not to late to book your tickets for the show , their are only two weekends left until the big day.

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


 The Cast and Crew for the “Magic Shoes”, and the team here at New Lanark , would like to wish you all a wonderful and magical Christmas and prosperous New Year!


Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern



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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:, 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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