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11/04/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

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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29/03/17 New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , , ,

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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06/04/16 Roof Garden # , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: April 2016

Roof Garden Diary: April 2016

The star of these damp April days in New Lanark Roof Garden is the tree heather (Erica arborea var.  alpina).  Unlike low-growing heathers, this shrub can grow up to two metres.  It has beautiful upswept evergreen branches covered in tiny flowers that show pink at first before opening into clusters of exquisite miniature white bells.  On the other side of the garden, a newly planted Buddleia shrub has taken root in spite of suffering a blast of hard frost early on.  During blinks of sunshine, a few blue anemones open their lovely star-shaped flowers.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)
 

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New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Scotland Traveloholic

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Scotland Traveloholic

Are you looking to spend a fantastic day out in a nature reserve? Do you want to get back to the past and experience the life of an enlightened community in Europe? If so you must visit the New Lanark World Heritage Site and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve.

Throughout the Easter weekend the site organised two events – Easter Holidays Daily Tours and Peregrine Watch with Scottish Wildlife Trust Association.

New Lanark rooftops

PEREGRINE WATCH TRAIL

From the 3rd to the 6th of April in the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve there was the Easter Weekend Special at the Peregrine Watch. This special event has encouraged people to visit the viewing station, which has the best views of nesting peregrine falcons in Britain! We followed the red trail called the “Clyde Walkway”. On this trail all visitors learn about these lovely wild creatures in 10 exciting stages. At each of the stages there is a quiz and you can check your answers at the end of the trail in the viewing station.

New Lanark Peregrine watchNew Lanark Peregrine watch

The trail goes along the beautiful, tumbling River Clyde. It was easy to miss some of the stages because of the awe-inspiring natural beauty and scenery all around. An interesting fact is that the area has been a conservation success story with peregrine falcons returning to nest there in 1997 after a long absence. People coming back from the viewing station were very excited that they had seen peregrines. Their excitement was understandable, I discovered, when we reached the viewing station. At the station staff were describing exactly what was happening with the nesting peregrines. The brilliant thing was that you could look at any time through telescopes if you had not brought your own binoculars. We saw a sitting female peregrine and something more exciting- a peregrine eating it’s mid-air caught pigeon.

New Lanark nature reserve

New Lanark - Bonnington Linn

Don’t worry if you missed the Easter Weekend Special, you can still follow the peregrine clue trail until the 21st of June from 10am to 4pm or you can visit the Scottish Wildlife Trust website to see peregrines live on webcam! I warmly recommend it.

THE NEW LANARK TOURS

During the school holiday period until the 19th of April you can take part in the Easter Holidays Daily Tours with one of New Lanark’s guides. The first group of 25 people leaves the reception every day at 2pm and goes to the Millworkers’ Houses and The New Lanark Village Store.

New Lanark tours

New Lanark tours

This 45 minute tour takes you back into the past, to the 1820s when workers’ families often lived 10 in one small room. Our guide Lesley brought the past of New Lanark back to life in a fantastic, humorous and interesting way. It was surprising, especially for younger visitors, to hear how people were lived in such different conditions to the modern day. The room from the 1930s showed the contrast in living standards. The oldest visitors in our group remembered their childhood homes, so it was nice to hear them share their stories.

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The second part of the tour was in The New Lanark Store, established in 1813 by Robert Owen. It provided goods at retail prices so that anyone in the village could buy whatever they needed. From the historic displays you can find out how New Lanark became the biggest cotton mill in Scotland exporting vast amounts of cotton, how the manufacturing looks today and which famous brands use organic cotton made in New Lanark.

New Lanark Roof Garden

New Lanark buildings

After this short but brilliant tour you can continue to explore the rest of the interesting sites. Highly recommended is taking part in the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, where you really feel like you going back in time in a dark ride which features mill girl Annie who magically appears and reveals the amazing story of her life and times in New Lanark in 1820. If you then take a rest on the Roof Garden you will be delighted by the stunning views around New Lanark and the River Clyde. Don’t forget to take your children to Clearburn Picnic & Play Area, which opened last year. It has a fantastic giant willow storytelling dome, bug hotels and a secret hideaway tree house. Your kids will love this unique adventure playground!

It has surely proven to be one of the best places to visit in Scotland!

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10/04/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Hi there, do you notice anything different? It might just be my amazing new outfit! In my last blog I was looking through all of the entries from the Dress Ted competition we ran with New Lanark Primary School. It was really hard to pick the winner, but in the end P7 pupil Kiera Lee Donaghy’s design caught my eye! Using New Lanark wool shades like Sky, Clementine and Copper Blue I thought it was perfect looking for spring – and the cap will help to keep the sun out of my eyes. Janice from the New Lanark Visitor Centre very kindly then knitted up Kiera’s design into my new outfit. I’ll have to get a wardrobe soon to keep them all in! Take a look at Kiera’s great design and the runners up from the rest of the school classes.

 

Dress Ted winners

Dress Ted winners

I showcased my new outfit at the New Lanark Easter Egg-Stravaganza last weekend. What an amazing couple of days! I met up with my old pal the Easter Bunny and we had a great day meeting hundreds of families who were down at New Lanark enjoying the sunshine and all of the fun Easter activities. Did you go along? We’d love to know if you enjoyed yourselves, you can tell us about your experience by filling out this short survey.

Ted at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza

On Wednesday 8th April I went down to Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Area to catch up with the folks from Clydesdale Community Initiatives who were running free nature workshops for families. Everyone was really busy working on the bug hotel, wild flower seed sowing , pot seed sowing, willow weaving and general maintenance – all to keep Clearburn nice and tidy and get it ready for the summer months!

Ted at New Lanark

Taking a seat in the Willow Dome…

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Clearing out Clearburn river!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Sowing seeds!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Check into the Bug Hotel!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Trying out some willow weaving

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Keeping the pathway tidy!

Clydesdale Community Initiatives are running more workshops at Clearburn in the summer, here’s all the details:

 

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 3rd June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Learn about plant anatomy and wild flower ID workshop plus tidy up for summer. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 24th June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Workshop including wild flower foray and maintenance. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

 

After getting my nature fill at Clearburn I popped into the new Homecoming exhibition in Robert Owen’s School for Children which is part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. This really interesting exhibition explores the lives of the families who have lived and worked at New Lanark for generations. From owners including David Dale and Robert Owen to villagers and millworkers, it traces family histories and connections formed throughout the world. I wonder if they can trace my teddy bear ancestors?

Ted at New Lanark's Homecoming exhibition

Later on this month I’m looking forward to the Robert Owen Commemoration Lecture on Friday 24th April. This year Docey Lewis is speaking at it, she’s a direct descendant of Robert Owen! Docey is a textile designer, and she’ll be talking about developing the Full Circle programme – a community development and social enterprise project in the mountains of Nepal which uses 17th and 18th century weaving and spinning skills for 21st century projects! Tickets for the talk are £4 and you can buy them here, call 01555 661345 or buy them at the door.

I’ve got a grumble in my tummy thinking about all of the tasty treats that will be on sale at the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May. This year’s event is going to be better than ever as we’re celebrating Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with lots of local produce, crafters, gifts and of course – New Lanark wool and textiles. The fair is open 10am-4pm and entry is free, so I’ll see you there!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger 

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07/04/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: April 2015

Roof Garden Diary: April 2015

Thrushes singing, woodpeckers drumming and robins courting in the woods all around – it’s springtime at New Lanark!  In New Lanark Roof Garden, the bright yellow daffodils are a cheerful sight beside the faded, wispy grasses.  The ‘Garden in the Sky’ also recently witnessed two exciting events.  On 20 March a small group of people watched the amazing partial eclipse of the sun from the viewing platform, and, once again, the Stargazing event was a huge success, with Venus and a slender crescent moon creating a stunning display up above.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger 

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