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19/10/17 New Lanark Mill Café , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , ,

Learn, History, Laugh, Repeat

Learn, History, Laugh, Repeat

History in the making

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.”
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans    

Ever wondered what it was like to live in the 1800s?

Are you a History Buff that likes to step back in to yesteryear and discover the very foundation of the land ?

If you have answered yes to either of these questions then New Lanark World Heritage Site is the place for you.

Tour and Attractions

Watch history come alive at New Lanark, with our fantastic tour, where you are taken back to the time of Robert Owen, the revolutionary who took the world of textile production by storm. You  will learn key facts about his time here, what he did and what he is remembered for. History tells us that Robert had a firm belief that  every child had the right to an education and the right to play, and you will learn of New Lanark’s transformation from a humble mill to a hub for all cultures and nationalities, which brought people together for the common good.

Let the spirit of Annie McLeod guide you as you take your journey on the ”Annie  McLeod Experience” Dark Ride, where Annie takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery as she tells her story of life in New Lanark in 1820 and the changes Robert Owens made to the lives of the children who worked in the mill.

Home is where the heart is , visit Robert Owen’s House and also learn of his history , from running New Lanark, to setting up shop on the banks of Indiana’s  Washbank river.

Historic Shopping

Why not pop over to the New Lanark Mill Shop, where we offer a fantastic range of contemporary gifts, books and Scottish produce. Also on display in our shop are fabulous textile creations made from yarn produced on site using our historic textile machinery. Like most of us here, if you have a sweet tooth , then the New Lanark Village Store is for you, where we stock a variety of traditional sweeties ( Yum Yum).

 

Peckish?

After a long day at New Lanark does find one rather Peckish, in that case why not stop in at our New Lanark Mill Café, which offers a fantastic range of lunches, home baking, light bites and also offers our multi award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream

Or if you are up for some fine dining , New Lanark Mill Hotel welcomes non-residents to the Hotel Bar and One Restaurant wither its for a quick bite or sitting down for dinner expect top quality food and service from our wonderful staff.

You cant take in the history of New Lanark  on a empty stomach can you ?

Sound Off

Make history today,  please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Click here to find out more about New Lanark’s Daily Guided Tours

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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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New Lanark Garden Diary: September 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: September 2017

At the start of August, clusters of bright red berries adorned the rowan trees near the Clearburn Natural Picnic & Play Area.  By the end of the month, however, all that bounty had disappeared down the throats of hungry blackbirds and thrushes enjoying a late summer feast.   In folklore, the rowan was known as the Quicken Tree, and was believed to keep away witches and malevolent spirits, so New Lanark should be well protected!

Who are the mystery night-time visitors who have torn up the grass near the rowan trees?  Badgers! These elusive creatures have been pushing their snouts around under the turf, seeking  earthworms  and grubs during the night.

Meanwhile, over in Robert Owen’s Garden, the clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is putting on a wonderful  late summer show of its large dark blue flowers as it ascends to the top of the golden holly bush.

Come down to New Lanark and enjoy!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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09/08/17 New Lanark Visitor Centre , Tours at New Lanark # , ,

Hey Ho, On The Tour l Go

Hey Ho, On The Tour l Go

Afternoon all,

Craig St John , Marketing Intern here , about to regal you in the tale of my first experience of the New Lanark World Heritage Site’s Guided Tour, and little did l know l was in for a treat.

I, like most who visit here , have fond memories of visiting New Lanark in my younger days, whether it was a school trip, day out with the family or just out for a leisurely stroll up the River Clyde, those memories stay with you all your days , but l never truly took in the vast amount of history this place was built upon, that is  until l was invited to take the Guided Tour, and as you imagine l jumped at the chance.

The Tour

Why go on the tour you ask ?

Well the tour is designed to give  visitors the chance to learn about the Mills rise through the industrial revolution.

The tour began just outside the Institute for the Formation of Character, where we were greeted by our tour guide Lesli, who’s passion for New Lanark was truly evident, as she took us back to the beginning of New Lanark. Lesli was very engaging with the visitors , involving them in her tour and the banter was truly flowing.

I always thought it was Robert Owen who got the ball rolling at New Lanark, but it was in fact his father in- law  David Dale , who took 15 years to build  some of the Mills we see today. Trading mostly in cotton shipped over from America and wool from the sheep on our own doorstep. It wasn’t until Robert was welcomed into the family, by marrying David Dale’s daughter, that things really got started at New Lanark

What was really surprising was when Lesli informed us that in the beginning, children as young as six worked the Mills (Its a good thing most of us were born in the 20th century). Robert Owen’s tenure ensured that this stopped of course, his belief was that every child had the right to a education and the right to play.

Lesli also informed us that back then , Robert wanted New Lanark to be a hub for all cultures and nationalities, bringing people together for the common good (She also mentioned that he didn’t like wee Weeji’s or  Edinbronians coming down to spy on his work, which l though was hilarious).

Next on the tour was the wash house,  and Lesli informed that this was the main meeting place where if you had the gift of the gab ( like most woman do )  this was the perfect place for women to socialise and gossip till their heart’s were content.

We were then taken through to witness the living conditions of the townspeople of New Lanark, and it was fare to say it seemed like a bit of a tight squeeze, but they made the best out of the situation, even if they had to life with the chamber pot under the bed , which contents funnily enough Robert Owen (ever the visionary) sold to farmers for fertiliser for crops.

To end the tour  we had a nice stroll by the River Clyde, taking in natures beauty and serenity.

Sound Off

Obviously, l am not going to spoil the full context of the tour, but if your a history buff like myself or you just looking for a super day out please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Click here to find out more about New Lanark’s Daily Guided Tours

But from me it’s

Ciao For Now

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

After the long dry Spring, the summer weather has been very wet.  The white Buddleia named ‘Peace’ is in full bloom in New Lanark’s War Memorial Garden, but its flowers have been somewhat spoiled by the rain, and the butterflies that usually arrive in abundance at this time of year have not so far appeared.

However, there is one butterfly that has been seen in the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve and in New Lanark Roof Garden where it was spotted drinking nectar from a purple-flowered buddleia.  (See photo.) This lovely butterfly is the Comma, so called because it has a tiny mark shaped like a comma (or small letter C) on its undersides.  The Comma’s story is one of remarkable  survival and  adaptation.

Comma caterpillars used to feed on hops and the butterfly was plentiful in Kent and the hop-growing areas of south east England.  However, when the industry went into decline, the butterfly’s population dropped severely.  In the past few years, however, it has staged an amazing recovery after the caterpillars adapted to eating the leaves of stinging nettles instead of hops.  As nettles grow nearly everywhere, the butterfly is now expanding its range right to the north of Scotland!  Global warming may also be having an effect on its expansion.   Visit New Lanark and see if you can spot this wonderful  butterfly!

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and What’s On…

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

June and July 2017

As the longest day passes, the summer begins.  In New Lanark Roof Garden, the combination of curry plant, and lavender with the dark pink of the tall penstemons, creates the appearance of a soft summer meadow in miniature. The yellow flag irises at the back of the garden didn’t do too well this year as the spring was warm and very dry, and they like moist soil.   At ground level, the area  between the Hotel and the first bridge over the lade is the lade overflow.  It is a full working part of New Lanark’s power generation system but has become an ecological niche in its own right.  Look out for the lovely flowing green stems and white flowers of the water crowfoot.  This amazing plant is adapted to live under the water with the flowers emerging on the surface.

Water crowfoot in the Mill Lade

Also look for the purple spires of watermint and frothy white heads of meadowsweet.  Later in July, little yellow monkey flowers will appear with them.  Robins, dippers and wagtails, also enjoy this environment with its flowing water and plenty of places at the side to perch.

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and our current summer exhibition, Brick City!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

May is a lovely time at New Lanark.  Earlier in the month the apple tree in Robert Owen’s Garden was covered in white blossom, and around  the village the sprouting green foliage contrasts with the stone of the 200-year-old mill buildings.

The Apple Tree in Robert Owen’s Garden

The mavis or song-thrush pours out its song over the valley.  Mavis derives its name from May and avis, the Latin word for bird.   The spell of long, dry weather had left the River Clyde very low, exposing  its flat gray rocks,  but with the recent return of the rain, the river is just covering them again.

Where have the Falls gone?!

 

In New Lanark Roof Garden, as in previous years, a mother duck and her chicks had to be rescued by rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust after the chicks hatched out in the roof garden and were trapped there!

Last year’s duck family on the go

 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this spring. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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New Lanark Gardens Diary – April 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – April 2017

This month lovely wood anemones carpet the floor of New Lanark’s woodland with a flush of starry white flowers.  You can see these precious wild flowers, also known as Lady’s Nightcap, beside the Clearburn Natural Outdoor Play Area next to the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve at New Lanark.  According to the charity Plantlife, wood anemones are a well-known indicator of ancient woodland as they spread very slowly from rootstocks rather than seeds.  On the grassy bank below Caithness Row,  the  daffodils are giving a brilliant display just now.  It won’t last, so come along soon and enjoy the fresh air and flowers!

You can find out more about visiting New Lanark at www.newlanark.org 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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New staff guiding the way at New Lanark World Heritage Site

New staff guiding the way at New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark is preparing for a busy spring season by welcoming on board 6 lively new staff members who will be offering visitors guided tours of the historic village as part of their new role along with our existing tour guides.

The new staff members all have a keen interest in history and are delighted to be working at one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – “Revolutionary, Unexpected, Scenic and Inspirational” are some of the words they used when asked to describe New Lanark in one word.

Claudia Castelini, one of the new Visitor Attraction Assistants said “My favourite thing about working at New Lanark is the interest and enthusiasm you can create when telling visitors about all of the significant events in the village’s history”. Ciaran Cruise also added that he is “proud to say we’re still a living and working community”.

Left to right: Claudia Castellini, Josh Currie, Alexandra Davies, Jamie McCaw, Paige Hughes and Darren Hardie.

Left to right: Claudia Castellini, Josh Currie, Alexandra Davies, Jamie McCaw, Paige Hughes and Darren Hardie.

Visitors will be able to discover more about the fascinating history of the village through ‘The Story of New Lanark’ guided tours which will last around 45 minutes and highlight the key historical milestones on the village’s timeline that helped shape it into the UNESCO World Heritage Site it is today. The tours will be running twice daily at 11am and 2pm and will be included in the price of the New Lanark Visitor Attraction ticket. Additional thematic and behind the scenes tours will be rolled out later in the year, giving visitors the chance to discover more about the buildings, power, industry and people that shaped New Lanark.

Visitors who don’t have time to visit the whole Visitor Attraction, or have visited before can still have a chance to discover more about the history of the village by paying £5 to join one of the tours.

Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager said “Following public consultation through our online survey we discovered that a large proportion of our visitors were keen to learn more about the history of New Lanark through guided tours. We’re delighted that we are now able to begin offering these tours and would like to give a very warm welcome to all of our new staff”.

New Lanark is a perfect day out this Easter for all ages where visitors can explore the New Lanark Visitor Attraction, enjoy a guided tour, walk to the Falls of Clyde or simply enjoy a picnic at Clearburn Play and Picnic Area. In the village there are also Mill Shops, the informal Mill Café for light bites and the stunning Mill One Restaurant for exquisite Scottish dining.

Further information on visiting New Lanark and tickets can be purchased at www.newlanark.org

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Easter activities at New Lanark

Easter activities at New Lanark

Easter is almost here and it’s the perfect time to be thinking about a day out with your family! Look no further than New Lanark World Heritage Site. We have lots of activities going on here over the Easter Holidays to suit all ages, from wee kids to ‘big kids’! We are located less than an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and have a range of facilities onsite, like our Mill Café, Mill Shop and picnic areas – meaning you really can enjoy a full day out here. Take a look at what’s on offer…

 

Itison voucher – 1st to 31st April

Grab a bargain and purchase this Itison voucher to get up to 38% off our award-winning Visitor Attraction tickets! One child ticket (£5), one adult ticket (£7) or a family pass for up to four (£22).

 

Daily Guided Tours – From 1st April

Discover the ‘Story of New Lanark’ on our new guided tours which will be running daily at 11am and 2pm! Included in a Visitor Attraction ticket or £5pp. Limited places available per tour, book at our Visitor Attraction Reception Desk. Click here to find out more.

Free Easter Activities – 3rd to 17th April

The following Easter themed activities will be available at New Lanark from 3rd – 17th April:

  • Easter colouring-in (self-led in our Mill 3 ‘Recreation Area’)
  • Easter Stories (running once an hour, at half past the hour from 10.30am – 3.30pm in our Mill 3 ‘Recreation Area’)
  • Easter Trail (pick up at our Visitor Centre reception)

Click here to find out more.

 

Archaeology Taster Tours – 16th to 18th April

Archaeology Taster Tours – Sunday 16th, Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th April. Running at 11am and 2pm. A unique opportunity to get a taster of archaeology by seeing volunteers at work excavating post-abandonment deposits from 1 Double Row’s basement. There will be an archaeologist on hand to explain the process and let you know about any interesting “finds”. As well as visiting the Double Row tenement block, the tour will also visit the site of Mantilla Row where you’ll have a chance to find out more about this lost building in New Lanark’s history. Click here to book your place.

 

Scanathon – 17th April

Shining Lives will be a spectacular sound, light and projection event taking place on 20th & 21st October. On Monday 17th April, New Lanark are inviting people to bring in their photographs and stories of people who worked in the industries of New Lanark, Lanark and the Clyde Valley to be recorded at our ‘scanathon’. These will be scanned and then incorporated into the New Lanark archive and may be projected onto our historic buildings as part of Shining Lives! 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. Click here to find out more.

 

Knit New Lanark – 18th April

Grab your knitting needles and craft supplies and celebrate World Heritage Day with Dig It! 2017 through yarnbombing, taster sessions, interactive workshops and plenty of tea.

If you would like to get involved ahead of the event by sending in your own knitting creations to add to the yarnbomb please contact [email protected]

If you’d like to come along to the event on 18th April to help with the yarnbombing please register for a place on this Eventbrite page.

 


 

New Lanark is a perfect day out this Easter for all ages where visitors can explore the New Lanark Visitor Attraction, enjoy a guided tour, walk to the Falls of Clyde or simply enjoy a picnic at Clearburn Play and Picnic Area. In the village there are also Mill Shops, the informal Mill Café for light bites and the stunning Mill One Restaurant for exquisite Scottish dining.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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