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New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

February light glows on the stonework of the houses at New Lanark as seen from the path into the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve.   The island in the middle of the river is called Mid Inch on which a tall evergreen Scots pine tree has found a foothold.  The stones at the water’s edge are the haunt of a heron.  Nearby in the village is New Lanark’s Clearburn Natural Outdoor Play & Picnic Area.  There are squirrels hiding under the ivy covering the old trees and a pair of tiny wrens have been spotted flying in and out of the lade tunnel.  (The scientific name for a wren is ‘troglodytes’ meaning ‘cave dweller’!)  Playing outdoors is now recognised as essential for children’s cognitive and emotional development, so bring the kids along and see what else you can spot (entry to the Clearburn Play Area is free). If the weather isn’t great there’s always the indoor Interactive Gallery! 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Here are some more photos of the village in early February…

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10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

10 February Break ideas at New Lanark

It feels as if we’ve just packed away the last of the tinsel and it’s the February Break already! It’s not quite Spring yet, but the mornings and nights are getting lighter so there’s no excuse for not getting out and about to make the most of your time off. With things to do in our historic village for all ages we’ve pulled together a list of 10 things you can do at New Lanark during the February Break weekend, or any weekend really!

 

Talk a walk on the wildlife side

New Lanark rests on the doorstep of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy a stunning woodland walk to see the famous Falls of Clyde Waterfalls! Find out more about the route here.

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Brush up on your history

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. Celebrate Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology by discovering the fascinating history of our village. Find out more about visiting.

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Jump around!

Something for the little ones, explore a multi-sensory experience of sound, light and colour in the Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Entry to the Interactive Gallery is £3 per child or £1.50 with a Visitor Centre Passport Ticket only on date of purchase. This price allows play for up to 2 hours. Under 1’s go free. Find out more about visiting.

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Try something sweet

Our award-winning Ice Cream is made in the hear of our historic village! Whenever you buy a cone or tub of our Ice Cream you’re contributing to the restoration and development of the historic village within New Lanark World Heritage Site. Pick up a cone or tub in our Mill Café!

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Enjoy some Retail Therapy

The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, books & Scottish produce. Taking centre stage is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. The shop also features gents fashions from local retailer Brooks Menswear. The New Lanark Mill Shop is also the home of the world’s first Organic Tartan, which is exclusively sold here through a range of beautiful throws, bags, purses and accessories. Open 7 days a week! Find out more about visiting the Mill Shop.

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Meet a musical prodigy!

YEHUDI MENUHIN SCHOOL EMSEMBLE – Thursday 9 February at 7.45 pm 2017 The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

MiL are delighted to welcome back for the third year the latest Ensemble of musical prodigies from the Yehudi Menuhin School. Their February Scottish Tour is particularly a showcase for their exceptional pianists, and the School staff were ‘instrumental’ in our investment in “Ruth”, our new piano. The School has taken strongly to New Lanark both as an educational experience and a performing venue and we eagerly anticipate another evening of extraordinary young talent. Book tickets here.

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Get Knitting

At New Lanark today we produce high quality woollen yarn on historic textile machinery. Our yarn is available in the following weights; Chunky, Aran and Double Knitting, each of which are ideal for both hand knitting and machine knitting. Browse our beautiful range of shades in the New Lanark Mill Shop or buy online at www.newlanarkshop.co.uk for a weekend knitting project!

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles

 

Wine and Dine

Sometimes all you want to do at the weekend is enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine. If that’s the case then look no further than the Mill One Restaurant at New Lanark! Serving up delicious meals daily, this contemporary restaurant which is accredited to the Visit Scotland’s ‘Taste our Best’ scheme is proud to serve a range of local Scottish produce giving visitors and residents an authentic taste of Scotland. Find out more and book your table.

February Break - New Lanark Wool & textiles

 

Relax in the Spa

The excellent facilities at New Lanark Health and Fitness Club include a swimming pool, bubble pool, steam room, sauna, and a health and fitness studio with full range of gym equipment. Whether you want to shape up and improve your fitness level, or simply relax and unwind, this superb facility is right for you. Why not check out our fantastic Spa Day Packages?

February Break - New Lanark Spa

 

Make a weekend of it

Unlike any other in Scotland, the New Lanark Mill Hotel was originally an 18th century cotton mill. After years of painstaking restoration work by New Lanark Trust, the hotel opened for business and pleasure in May 1998, and has quickly developed into a popular choice for a short break destination. Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site this restored 18th century cotton mill village is nestled in the spectacular south Lanarkshire valley in southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde and less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Find out more and book your stay.

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As you can see there are so many options for you to enjoy at New Lanark! Find out more about visiting our historic village at www.newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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New Lanark Gardens Diary: January 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary: January 2017

Welcome to the first New Lanark Gardens Diary of 2017!

Up until about 100 years ago in Scotland, the first Monday in the new year was known as Handsel Monday and this was the day on which people exchanged presents. The First Statistical Account tells us that it was a day ‘for recreation and merry-making’.   The word ‘handsel’ meant to put a gift in someone’s hand and could also mean to inaugurate or start something new.  The first photo for New Lanark Gardens Diary 2017 shows  the houses at Caithness Row in low-angled sunlight with birch trees in the foreground  and a crisp frost on the grass. Very best wishes for 2017 to all our readers, guests and visitors!

2017 also happens to be Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. You can find out more about how you can be involved in this exciting year at New Lanark by visiting our website.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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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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Unique crafts from New Lanark wood

Unique crafts from New Lanark wood

Unique Hardwood Bowls made from locally sourced wood. 

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This beautiful collection of unique hardwood bowls have been made using storm damaged trees from New Lanark and the local area. No two bowls are the same, with a range of woods being used including Lime, Elm, Cherry, Olive Ash and Hawthorn.

The bowls are hand turned & worked by Jack, a member of the New Lanark maintenance team who lives locally. Jack is self-taught and has used online videos to teach himself the intricate woodwork craft. A hobby has turned into a passion and he now has 3 lathes at home!

The bowls are finished with a nut oil to enhance the natural grain and unique markings of the wood.

The bowls are sold exclusively in the Mill Shop. Visit and take home a unique piece of Scotland, today! The Mill Shop is open 7 days a week. 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

The original native New Lanark woodland would probably have consisted mostly of ash, elm and oak trees. However, much of the mature woodland that was planted by Robert Owen in the early 19th century is dominated by mature beech and Scots pine as well as the lime trees that line the School path. In addition to their ecological value, the woodlands around New Lanark have a historical signficance as an early example of a designed landscape and, together with Corehouse, Bonnington and Braxfield estates and Castlebank Park, form a part of the Falls of Clyde Designed Landscape. There are also an important resource for local people and visitors and provide a glorious ever-changing backdrop to the village.  In the aerial view of New Lanark below, the woodland footpaths recorded in john Clark’s 1825 engraving can still be clearly seen. The woodlands themselves have matured, but the footpaths and the “diversified views of a beautiful country” can still be enjoyed today.

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Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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New Lanark Garden Diary – November 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary – November 2016

On 2 November after a frosty start to the day, the stonework of the houses at New Lanark’s Long Row was glowing in the early afternoon sunshine.  Above the Row, the trees are holding on to their leaves in all their glorious autumn colours while crows  wheel  in the clear air overhead.   On the right of the photo is one of the lime trees originally planted by Robert Owen about 1800 when he laid out the paths above the village so that his millworkers could take exercise and enjoy some fresh air after a hard day in the cotton mills.  If you come and visit, you can still enjoy that today!

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Visit New Lanark during one of our Christmas Events weekends and you can also enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto, Spirit of Christmas Ride and even a festive pantomime! Click here to find out more and book your tickets. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Christmas in the Mill Shop

Christmas in the Mill Shop

Visit us in the New Lanark Mill Shop and pick up a fantastic range of gifts for the whole family. We’ll also be hosting a series of BIG Christmas Shopping Days with special offers & discounts, festive nibbles and a free prize draw! Shoppers will be able to take advantage of 15% off everything in store (excluding Brooks Menswear)

1st date: Wednesday 26th October (Join the Facebook event)

2nd date: Thursday 17th November (Join the Facebook event)

Event times: 12-8pm

Free entry and free parking!

Get 15% off your food bill when you dine the in the New Lanark Mill Hotel’s Restaurant on the date of one of our Big Christmas Shopping days. Simply show your Mill Shop receipt on the date of 26th October or 17th November before dining to claim your discount. (Discount must be used on the same date the receipt was printed) Please book in advance by calling 01555 667200.

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Visit our website to find out more about visiting the New Lanark Mill Shop!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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September Bestsellers in the Mill Shop

September Bestsellers in the Mill Shop

Time to start thinking about Chritsmas presents? Get some fantastic ideas for gifts with the Mill Shop’s September Bestsellers!

The Mill Shop at New Lanark is much more than just a gift shop! Open 7 days a week, the Mill Shop is a new shopping experience right on your doorstep for people living in Lanark and the local area. From clothing and jewellery to homeware and toys, there is a huge choice of gifting options or treats for yourself! The Mill Shop is open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Sundays. Find out more about visiting at www.newlanark.org

Here are our September Bestsellers…

All Things Wood collection

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The Just Slate Company’s Hot Copper collection

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Scottish Fine Soaps collection

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Frank Ross Poppies collection

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Sheepskin Slippers in a range of colours

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Organic Jams & Chutneys made by a Camphill community in Edinburgh

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Katie Loxton candle collection

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Stoneglow range of candles, diffusers and room sprays.

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Our collection of cookery books!

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Visit the Mill Shop 7 days a week! 9am-5pm Monday – Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sundays. Don’t forget to ask about our new Loyalty Cards!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Roof Garden Diary: September 2016

Roof Garden Diary: September 2016

Many thanks to the stalwart team of volunteers from Portakabin who turned up in New Lanark Roof Garden on a wet August day and enthusiastically set about clearing away most of the invasive burnet plant (Sanguisorba officinalis) that was spoiling the garden!   As a result of their efforts, we will now be able to plant some new bulbs in the cleared areas.  Burnet is an attractive plant with tall thin stems, but it is very invasive! If you want to grow it in your garden, the key is to choose a garden variety that doesn’t set seed.

Portakabin volunteers on the New Lanark Roof Garden

Portakabin staff volunteering on the New Lanark Roof Garden

For New Lanark Roof Garden, we now plan to put in allium and daffodil bulbs to give a springtime display.  Daffodils are always cheerful after winter and alliums with their big spherical heads give height and structure, and are also good for early bees and butterflies.

To find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden please visit the New Lanark website. 

Purple aneomone with hoverfly on the New Lanark Roof Garden

Purple aneomone with hoverfly

 Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Mill Shop August Bestsellers

Mill Shop August Bestsellers

The Mill Shop at New Lanark is much more than just a gift shop! Open 7 days a week, the Mill Shop is a new shopping experience right on your doorstep for people living in Lanark and the local area. From clothing and jewellery to homeware and toys, there is a huge choice of gifting options or treats for yourself! The Mill Shop is open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Sundays. Find out more about visiting at www.newlanark.org

 

These are the Mill Shop’s August Bestsellers!

Times Table Book

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Dora – Mr.Fox Door Stop

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Powder – Socks

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Spirit – Lightweight Bags

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Seasalt – Sea Folly Jacket

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Peach – Cashmere Mix Pashmina

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Joules – Floral Wellie Bobs

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Joules – Coast Jacket

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CBG – His Lordship / Her Ladyship Keys

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Black Yak – Hats & Wristwarmers

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Frank Ross – Poppies Collection

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Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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