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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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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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21/09/17 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , ,

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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LEGO® Challenge Workshops

LEGO® Challenge Workshops

Hi, my name is Alexandra and I’m a Visitor Attraction Assistant at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I have been lucky enough to be able to plan the Lego Challenge Workshops for the Brick City Exhibition. It’s been great fun building all the models and mosaics and finding out how Lego works. My favourite things to build are mosaics and castles. I’ve also visited the Lego Clubs at Lanark Library and Low Parks Museum in Hamilton to see what they’ve been building.

The Challenge workshops are an opportunity to test your creativity and Lego building skills. Each session is 45 minutes and best suited to people six and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. As there is a new theme every week, you can come back and do a different workshop. Booking is essential. The themes are: towers, bridges; mosaics; cars and mazes.  The workshops will take on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3rd July to 2nd August. There are two  workshops a day at 10.30 and 2.30. Some of the Challenges will be fast-paced and against the clock.

You will get a chance to work in pairs and teams to build: the highest tower and the best castle; the longest and the strongest bridge; the most creative mosaic; the fastest balloon car and the most confusing maze. You will be helped with your Challenges by New Lanark’s friendly staff and volunteers. It will be a great way to meet new friends who love playing with Lego. I’ll be looking forward to meeting you in July and August.

Click here to book your Challenge Workshops!

Alex – New Lanark Visitor Attraction Assistant

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Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Hi, I’m Alexandra and I’m a Visitor Attraction Assistant at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’ve been lucky enough to get to plan the DUPLO Stories and Songs Sessions for the Brick City Exhibition. These will take place in the Interactive Gallery in Robert Owen’s School for Children on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4th July and 3rd August for half an hour from 10.00.

In these sessions, you will have a chance to share songs, stories and simple Duplo modelling with your wee ones. They are targeted at 3yrs and under, but brothers and sisters 7yrs and under should enjoy them too for the price of a ticket to the Interactive Gallery. Booking is essential. There will be a new theme each story time and a chance to build with Duplo.

I have had great fun choosing the stories and songs and collecting and making props (toys) to share them with you. This should be a lovely relaxed way to meet new parents and carers and children. Bring your singing voices and your creativity!

Click here to book your Storytime, Singing and DUPLO Sessions!

Alex – New Lanark Visitor Attraction Assistant

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Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Guest blog from Sara at DigIt!

Calling all knitters, crochet-fiends and all other woolcraft folk!  Have you ever wanted to yarnbomb a World Heritage site?

On Tuesday 18th April – World Heritage Day – we’re staging six events across Scotland, one for each of our UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of Scotland in Six, an Event Scotland signature event for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  At New Lanark, we’re going to yarnbomb the Institute – the traditional social hub of the village – and have a day of workshops, talks, plenty of tea & biscuits, and of course, knitting!  The event is free but ticketed (so we know how many of you are coming), and you can pick yours up here: http://digit2017.com/events/knit-new-lanark-scotland-in-six/

Can’t make it on the day?  Well, we still need your help…

It’s going to take a lot of wool to transform the site, so we’re looking for advance submissions from individuals and groups all over Scotland – and we can offer you a free workshop box to get you started.  Our workshops-in-a-box contain all sorts of goodies, including some suggested patterns, and of course, some New Lanark yarn.  If you’d like one sent out, just email [email protected]  We’re looking for bunting, flowers, vines, squares, and pennants – all kinds of goodies that we can tie to railings, drop out of windows, wrap around pillars, and generally decorate this wonderful site.

So whether you’re a craft group, knitters’ collective, or solo stitcher, we’d love to hear from you!

Sara – DigIt!

www.digit2017.com

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New Lanark hosts first Scanathon!

New Lanark hosts first Scanathon!

On Monday 17th April, New Lanark will be running the village’s first ever Scanathon!

New Lanark’s team of friendly volunteers will be looking for photographs and documents of people living and working in New Lanark and the surrounding area and will scan these materials, incorporating them into the New Lanark Search Room Archive.

Scanathon - New Lanark Millworkers

New Lanark Millworkers

The Scanathon will be running from 11am-4pm in the Institute River Room at New Lanark on Monday 17th April with free entry. Visitors who cannot make the event on Monday 17th April can submit their photographs or documents digitally – full details of how to do this are available at www.newlanark.org. Any enquiries about the Scanathon should be forwarded to [email protected]

New Lanark are particularly interested to hear from anyone who has connections with people who used to live in Double Row and Mantilla Row at New Lanark.

The Scanathon is being supported by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership.

Visitors who submit their photographs and stories may have the chance to see them projected on a massive scale as part of New Lanark’s Shining Lives event this autumn.

Scanathon - The Harkness family who lived at 9 Double Row.

The Harkness family who lived at 9 Double Row

Shining Lives will be a spectacular sound and light projection event in New Lanark World Heritage Site on 20th and 21st October 2017. 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.

Shining Lives is part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Events Programme and as such entry to the event will be free. There will be a limited capacity per evening and those interested in registering for ticket updates should sign-up for email updates at www.newlanark.org/shininglives ­­

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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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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The Antiques Roadshow came to town!

The Antiques Roadshow came to town!

New Lanark was the BBC’s ninth location for The Antiques Roadshow on Thursday the 28th of August, 2016. Thousands from around the country came to New Lanark to witness the experts from the show value antiques brought to them by the public – with a little help from Fiona Bruce!

The process, for those of you who do not watch the show, is that anyone can come down with any antique and meet an expert of the show who listens to their story and values their antiques. The show has had many success stories in the past of people realising their antique is worth much more than they thought. We even had some success stories on our day, for example, Mr and Mrs Berkley were the owners of a set of Japanese chairs who were left in Mr Berkley family home when they moved in. The chairs turned out to be worth £1,500. The expert also said that identical chairs had been spotted in the palace of the Sultan of Selangor state, Malaysia.

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Japanese chairs from 1910

Another success story was from Primilia, who lives in Lanark, who brought along a Dumb Waiter Statue that her parents were given as a wedding gift in 1933. The antique was a success as it was valued as more than she had anticipated. Primilia was filmed with her antique and left New Lanark with a smile on her face!

The owner of this Grandfather clock also discovered that his possession was worth more than he originally thought! Not only did the gentleman discover the price but he also found out more information about the previous owner of the clock. I guess his visit was certainly worth his time…

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The Lanark Silver Bell: one of the oldest racing trophies in Europe, made between the years of 1608 and 1610. Lanark’s oldest antique which can be deemed as priceless.

The Lanark Silver Bell

The Silver Bell was a trophy given to the race winner. The earliest silver shield is dated 1628 and is engraved ‘John Hamilton of Traboun’. The holes in the bell were for the rings which used to hold the shields. Due to the number of the shields rising the Victorian silver stand was added.

The event was enjoyed by all as these are just some of the comments left on our Facebook page…

“Thanks for a fab day out!!”

“Great day out and weather was much better than forecast.”

“had a great day”

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Each expert has their own specialised field, therefore, they have their own table for said field. All around the site there were tables with the iconic red umbrellas and the respective name of department on top. So each person would queue for their ticket and be directed to whatever section their antique falls into. The Miscellaneous area was the busiest of them all as that had four tables worth of experts!

In order to organise and arrange such an event a lot of planning and effort has to go into it. On Wednesday, the 27th, both the BBC and New Lanark staff were here setting up from the early hours of the morning in order to make sure the day was a success.  The event could not have been run without the help of our volunteers who are avid fans of the show. Each volunteer had a certain area where they would help keep the queues moving efficiently and also provided much needed tea and coffee for the experts!

 

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VIP Tour

Once the event was in full swing, I was lucky enough to join a certain group for a VIP tour, hosted by a member of the BBC production team. The tour allowed us to see behind the scenes of the Antiques Roadshow including the make-up room and the tents where the production team would listen and dictate the recordings. Those on the tour were New Lanark Trustees and some members of parliament.

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We started off our tour by standing on the PODA and get a brief understanding of what the tour would entail.

DSC_0151We then made our way over to the production tent where producers were listening to the recordings so we had to be quiet. We even managed to get up close to some filming!

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We even managed to get a glimpse of some filming up close!

After this we went into the make-up room to see those who were preparing to be on camera. We then headed back over to the PODA and spotted Fiona Bruce welcoming visitors and helping out with reception.

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Overall, the Antiques Roadshow was a complete success and the weather stayed dry, well… for the majority of the day! Below are some more pictures of the event! Be sure to keep your eye out for Antiques Roadshow on TV, as the series is on in September!

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Fancy visiting New Lanark when the BBC isn’t in town? Visit out website to find out more! 

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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The 1820’s Back In Time Day!

The 1820’s Back In Time Day!

The 1820’s Back In Time Day

On Sunday the 17th of July we hosted a back in time day here at New Lanark World Heritage Site. We managed to capture what life would have been like for a millworker in the 1820s and gave the public an opportunity to ‘step back in time’ to experience it for themselves. This consisted of dancing and music from that period of time, food and craft demonstrations, storytelling and living history. Games, toys and crafts were also available for children on the site! There was also a Clyde 1 Photo Booth for the children to dress up and get their photo taken with a historic background. Stalls were set up along the lade, demonstrating different kinds of activities that millworkers may partake in such as: Spinning, Weaving, Wood Turning and more! There was also a stall which offered free food to the visitors. The food was the type millworkers would have eaten in the 1820’s, for example, Oatcakes, Ham Broth, Porridge Swats and Apple Bake. With Potato Pie, Apple Dumpling and Herring in Oatmeal on display.

This event is part of a Townscape Heritage / Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. Phase 1 of this large-scale regeneration project is the restoration of Double Row, a Category A listed former millworkers’ tenement block, built in the 1790s. A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the construction works.

The day started off with a welcome from Robert Owen himself giving a shortened version of his original speech, known as, Address to the inhabitants of New Lanark. Robert Owen and Miss Winning were accompanied by two of their millworkers who shared their experience with the visitors!

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Robert Owen and Miss Winning!

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Once Robert Own had given his speech to the people of New lanark, it was time for the fun activities to start. There were dancing classes, storytelling and games throughout the day, approximately every 30 minutes. These activities proved to be a success as they were extremely popular!

Dancing Classes 

Dancers from The Glasgow and Edinburgh Assembly came down to teach dance routines from the 1820s in the Musicians’ Room of the Institute for the Formation of Character.

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Storytelling

Children gathered round the storyteller who told early 19th century myths and fairy tales. These stories were the stories that children used to tell each other in the past!

 

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Crafts and Games

Inside we had a range of different games and activities for children to take part in. Activities such as writing with a quill and wool weaving . Hopscotch was also available along with other games child used to play in the 1820s.

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Games in the garden

Several children’s games were held in the garden such as: Tug Of War, Sack races and Potato and Spoon race. The games were organised and manned by our local Lanark Rugby Team.

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Falconry Flying Display

Once all the activities were over, it was time to watch the birds of prey display. The Falconry Flying Display took place in Robert Owen’s garden. This gave everyone a chance to see how certain birds of prey hunt. There was a mix of birds of prey on offer including an African Spotted Eagle Owl and a Peregrine Falcon. Each bird demonstrated its hunting skills and put on a very impressive display for the viewers!

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Ponies

Visitors were able to meet these very cute ponies and learn about the role of horses in the village in the early 19th century!

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Traditional Food Samples

Ham Broth, Oatcakes, Porridge Swats, Apple Bake and Nettle Tea were the 1820’s traditional fair on offer!

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The Back In Time Day turned out to be a great success, enjoyed by all ages. Due to the variety of activities on offer, children were able to enjoy the games and crafts as well as the adults being able to enjoy the woodwork and the spinning wheels! The Back In Time Day will be running over the next three years as parts of the Double Row Restoration project, each year highlighting a different period of time in New Lanark’s history. So look out for our next choice of decade!

Ronan Moore – Marketing Intern

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