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13/12/17 Events at New Lanark , Uncategorized # , ,

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: 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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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

But from me it’s

Ciao For Now

Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern

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17/10/17 Uncategorized

New Lanark Gardens Diary: October 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary: October 2017

 A Peacock butterfly was one of the last summer butterflies to visit New Lanark Roof Garden during a short warm spell at the end of September.  We can see how it got its name from the large eye shapes on its wings reminiscent of the pattern on a peacock bird.   The  butterfly’s glowing eyespots are thought to be a defensive mechanism to trick predators into thinking it’s a much larger creature.  The autumn nights are drawing in now, but it’s not all bad news, especially for the star gazers among you!  You can start now to enjoy the night sky providing that the skies are clear.  This month Jupiter is not visible, but Venus appears as a bright morning star.   Look out for the Orionid meteor shower, due around 20-21 October near  the constellation (star-shape) Orion in the southern sky.  Orion is the imaginary hunter with his sparkling belt and starry sword!

Walk, Shop and Explore at New Lanark this autumn – there’s lots going on!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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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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