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Top 10 Moments at New Lanark 2016

Top 10 Moments at New Lanark 2016

It’s been a busy year again for us here at New Lanark with lots of memorable moments. As we prepare to say ‘Goodbye’ to 2016 and ‘Hello’ to 2017 we’ve managed to pull together a list of our Top 10 Moments, which is no mean feat considering how much exciting activity has been going on! Before we get onto the list we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has visited New Lanark, purchased our wool & ice cream, stayed in our Hotel, attended an event or supported us in any other way – it’s all thanks to you that the New Lanark Trust can continue to care for, and develop our historic village as a living and working community, and one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.

Top 10 2016 Moments at New Lanark…

1. Bicentenary Celebrations

2016 marked the Bicentenary of the Institute for the Formation of Character building at New Lanark. Officially opened by Robert Owen on 1st January 1816, the Institute for the Formation of Character building at New Lanark was built for Learning and Leisure and many of the Millworkers who lived at New Lanark & within the surrounding area enjoyed leisure activities within this building such as dancing, games and musical concerts.

New Lanark Institute Bicentenary

 

2. Double Row Restoration Project gets started!

New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored was Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. Restoration works began in March 2016, and an exiting programme of public heritage activities also kicked off then including Hard Hat Tours and Traditional Building Skills Workshops. As of December 2016 the properties are now on sale! You can find out more on the Rettie & Co website. 

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3. The Mill Shop knits in public

On 18th June 2016 the Mill Shop took part in Worldwide Knit in Public day for the first time! Since the the shop has hosted a monthly ‘Knitting Day’ offering fantastic deals on our beautiful New Lanark wool & textiles products – and a range of free textile workshops including dry felting! You can now ‘like’ the Mill Shop on Facebook for special offers, new product launches and competitions. 

New Lanark Knit in Public Day

 

4. Visit from a special Heilan Coo…

On that day we also had a very special visit from Morag – one of  Visit Scotland Heilan Coo vans! The themed vans have been roaming the country throughout 2016 as part of Visit Scotland’s ‘cattle drive’ to let as many people across Scotland know about all of the fantastic tourist destinations and days out on their doorstep. Did you know 2017 is Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology? You can find out more here!

VisitScotland heilan coo visit to New Lanark

 

5. New Lanark Ice Cream scoops more awards!

Hot on the heels of winning ‘Overall Champion Ice Cream’ at the 2015 Royal Highland Show, at 2016’s event in June New Lanark Ice Cream picked up three more awards to add to its growing collection! Bronze medals were awarded to our Simply Vanilla, Candied Orange and Raspberry Panna Cotta flavours. You can purchase our delicious New Lanark Ice Cream in our Mill Café or you can also contact us if you’d be interested in wholesale opportunities. 

New Lanark Ice Cream bronze medal award

 

6. New Lanark goes back in time for a day!

On Sunday 17th July we went ‘Back in Time’ for a day to let visitors explore what it would have been like to live in the village in the 1820’s. We had traditional food, costume, games, storytelling, music, dancing, crafts and even a visit from a Falconry display and Robert Owen himself! In 2017 we’ll be going back in time to the 1890’s on 27th August. Make sure you’re signed up to our e-newsletter to be first to hear about it!

Back in Time Day at New Lanark

 

7. Ready, set, action….Antiques Roadshow filming!

After months of planning the day was finally here – on 28th July the BBC Antiques Roadshow pressed ‘record’ and began a day of filming an episode of the famous programme at New Lanark! Over 2,200 visitors came down into the village either with their heirlooms to be valued, or just for a day out to see what goes on behind the cameras. Two hour-long episodes will be shown in Spring 2017 so keep an eye out on your TV Guide!

Antiques Roadshow at New Lanark

 

8. LEGO lovers rejoice, New Lanark announced as Brick City venue

In September we were delighted to announce that New Lanark had been chosen as a venue for the Brick City exhibition – giving visitors the chance to see the world in LEGO® Bricks! 2017 marks the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology making it the perfect time for New Lanark to host Brick City which includes a variety of historical icons like the Mona Lisa and landmarks including the Colosseum in Rome, Arc De Triomphe in Paris and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Tickets for the exhibition will be on sale very soon, with details available at www.newlanark.org

Brick City LEGO exhibition at New Lanark

9. Rising Star at New Lanark

At the Association of Scottish Visitor Attraction (ASVA)’s Annual Conference in November, Melissa Reilly – New Lanark’s Marketing and PR Officer – was chosen as the winner of the prestigious ‘Rising Star’ Award which is given to an individual under 30 working in Scotland’s tourism sector who has made a significant contribution to their organisation and who is committed to personal development. You can find out more about ASVA here.

Melissa Reilly ASVA Rising Star

 

10. New Lanark projects Shining Lives for #HHA2017

We had another fantastic announcement to round off the year! On 7 December it was announced that New Lanark would be hosting an event – Shining Lives –  as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Events Fund. Shining Lives will be a spectacular sound and light projection event in New Lanark World Heritage Site. 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. Further details will be available soon, so we’d encourage you to sign up for email updates if you’re interested in hearing more about Shining Lives as details become available.

Hear of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Photo credit VisitScotland

 

Well, as you can see it’s been quite a year for us down at New Lanark with lots of memorable moments! Again, we’d like to thank all of our visitors for your continued support. We’ll hopefully see you again soon for another great year in 2017! You can sign up here for our monthly e-newsletter to be first to hear about our latest news, offers and events. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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27/05/16 Events at New Lanark , volunteers # , , , ,

Support New Lanark with Antiques Roadshow day

Support New Lanark with Antiques Roadshow day

New Lanark World Heritage Site has been chosen as the Scottish host of the BBC Antiques Roadshow on Thursday 28th July 2016. The Antiques Roadshow’s much- loved team of over 30 experts, including many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale finds to New Lanark.

It is a great, free day out and no pre-registration, tickets or appointments are required. 2016 will mark the 39th year of production for Antiques Roadshow which remains one of the BBC’s most watched factual titles with an average of six million viewers watching the current series each Sunday. There’s more information on planning your visit to Antiques Roadshow at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

New Lanark are looking for over 30 friendly and outgoing Volunteer Stewards to assist with event logistics to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible. The main activities of the Volunteer Stewards will be directing visitors around New Lanark and queue management as visitors wait to have their items valued by the Antiques Roadshow team of specialists. Applications are due in by Sunday 12th June.

Click here to view the Volunteer Role Description and click here to download your application form.

Completed application forms should returned no later than Sunday 12 June by emailing [email protected] or by post to:

Evelyn Whitelaw
Events and Exhibitions Officer
New Lanark Trust
Mill 3, Level 6
New Lanark Mills
Lanark
ML119DB

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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25/04/16 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Spring Food & Gift Fair 2016 – Meet the stallholders!

Spring Food & Gift Fair 2016 – Meet the stallholders!

On Monday 2nd May New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair will highlight the best of local goods with a variety of stalls showcasing tasty food, drinks, crafts and gifts from across the country. This is a fun day out for the whole family to make the most of the Early May Bank Holiday, getting a taste of Scotland as well as picking up some beautiful gifts.

The Fair is being held in the forecourt and inside the Institute for the Formation of Character which celebrates its Bicentenary in 2016. Entry is free and the fair is open from 10am – 4pm.

Visitors will be able to choose from a range of Food Stalls selling tasty food such as burgers, cheese, pickles, condiments & a hog roast. This can all be washed down with a range of Drink Stalls selling everything from artisan coffee from Glasgow to locally made cider & beer. For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be a range of Confectionary Stalls selling candy floss, fudge, tablet and lots of other sweet treats. There will even be a special Pop-Up New Lanark Ice Cream Parlour in the Institute’s River Room for children to make their own Ice Cream Sundaes.

At the Fair there will be a fantastic range of Craft Stalls from artisan makers selling glassware, handmade jewellery, cards, paper goods and woodwork. These will be accompanied a selection of Knitwear & Textiles Stalls, including New Lanark Wool & Textiles which is produced on-site using historic textile machinery. There will also be plenty of Gift Stalls, giving visitors the chance to treat themselves or pick up a present for a loved one with Prints & Photos, Health & Beauty Products and Children’s Clothing

Let’s meet some of the stallholders…

 

All Things Nice Food

We are a family run, local business producing artisan products using only the finest ingredients. Our jam, chutney and marmalades are handmade in small batches in a kitchen, not a factory. No artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives are added, only using natural sugar and fruit for sweetness (no fructose, fruit syrup, corn syrup or any other unrecognisable ingredients you’ll often find in your supermarket products). We use traditional recipes, sometimes with a modern twist, resulting in a delicious, quality product which is as good as we can make it. Our gift bags, with your choice of contents, make perfect presents for birthdays, Christmas, special occasions or just to say thankyou to a neighbour, teacher or friend.

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Laura Haining Jewellery

Laura Haining Jewellery offers a diverse range of sterling silver necklaces, bracelets and earrings. These are embellished with pearls and precious gem stones; beautifully simple and balanced for weddings and special occasions. A complimentary collection of desirable and stylish costume jewellery reflects the wearer’s individual personality.

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The TOPMAN

A selection of hand turned spinning tops in a variety of woods. I am based in Ayr South Ayrshire and I sell my tops at fairs throughout the SW of Scotland. Spinning tops are my passion and I have a collection many different styles some of which are hand turned by myself including the traditional whipping top of street play of yesteryear.

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Jessica Stafford Cameron Designs

Jessica Stafford Cameron has a BA in Painting from San Diego State University and MA in Design from University of Leeds. Jessica has illustrated the books ‘The Tale of Jessie the Highland Cow,’ ‘I Once Had a Chimpanzee’ and colouring books, written by her father-in-law Roy Cameron. Jessica has also produced Gaelic greeting cards and prints with Gaelic proverbs paired with her illustrations for the Gaelic Book Council. While working abroad in New Zealand she met her Scottish husband, Roy’s youngest son. They are now living happily ever after in Scotland.

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Superlative Pearls

What started as a hobby, moved quickly to become a passion and ended up an obsession!! Hand made jewellery and all things glittery – I just can’t stop making them, so much so that I had to end up selling them to fund my obsession. My customers seem happy enough with that!!!!
I design and make necklaces and earrings from freshwater pearls, Czech crystal and silver beads. I usually only make one or two of the same designs in my necklace range, not because I want to offer exclusivity, but mainly because my memory is so bad that I cant remember previous designs!!!
My jewellery is sparkly and fun and because this is more a hobby than a business I can afford to sell my gorgeous jewellery at pocket friendly prices. The more I sell the more I get to make!! Everyone wins!

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Creative LM’ents

Items are all handmade, including soft furnishings, home décor items and stitched gifts. Some of the items you’ll find on my stall are Cushions, Doorstops, decorative woolen wreaths, stitched gift items for young and old, fabric hangings and fabric embellished cards for a variety of occasions. I’m a self-taught crafter with a passion for creating beautiful items for my clients to enjoy. I love working with fabrics and wool to create a variety of items for your home. I’m a mother, a wife and I also work in a day job for an Architect (so design is in the blood). Crafting is a bit of an escape, something that I can immerse myself in after all the daily chores are complete and I get great enjoyment out of the items I create.
My products are lovingly made; I love using textiles and use a lot of tartan and wool fabrics for my makes. I up cycle items such as travel rugs into cushions and you will sometimes find me raiding the remnant bins in search of those hidden gems! Bits of cut offs that I can create something that will be loved and enjoyed. I like trying out new things, a recent idea is combining my passion for working with textiles and an urge to make cards… the result a range of bespoke fabric decorated cards for all occasions.

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Memories Recaptured – Anne Scott

I am a local artist who resides in Lesmahagow. I love to paint especially Scottish Landscapes and Seascapes. From these paintings I produce glass heat resistant coasters,place settings and paperweights. There are a variety of different sized prints some of which are in mounts and some in frames. The most recent project was to put some of my prints onto mugs. On the day of the Fair I will also have some very reasonably priced original framed oil and acrylic paintings.

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Real Lanarkshire Photography

I am a local photographer, from Hamilton, who has been taking photos for over 20 years. My work mainly consists of urban landscapes and cityscapes of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. I work in both colour and monochrome, with images taken during the day and at night. My portfolio includes both standard and panoramic images which emphasise the natural beauty of our local area. Mounted prints are available in a variety of sizes to suit all pockets and can be supplied with frames or as print only if necessary. Images can also be ordered as acrylic or aluminium prints if desired.

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Pauline Rae – My Secret Kitchen

Our products are made from unique spices and the best ingredients, then custom blended for flavours you can’t find in the supermarket. They are all natural, without MSGs, added preservatives or gluten. We have quite a large product range including olive oils, balsamic vinegars, teas, chocolate powders, herbs and spice blends. Pop along to my stall to taste them for yourself.

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The Funky Fudge Company

The Funky Fudge team are proud to provide a vast range of luxury hand-made Fudge, Tablet, & Macaroon from Hebridean Sea Salt & Caramel to Eton Mess and our now famous Millionaire Fudge. We are also delighted to announce a new addition to the Funky family our hand-made, mouth-watering Chocolate Truffles. Tasting is Believing!!!

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Cabbie Kids

Cabbie kids make slogan giftware for children and babies. Humerous t-shirts and unique Scottish gifts all made from fine, found and vintage fabrics.

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The Floss Boss

Candyfloss & Popcorn machine hire in Ayrshire and Glasgow. Available for birthday parties, weddings, fetes, gala days or any other event!

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The Upcycled Timber Co

All of our products are handcrafted in our workshop in Fife using reclaimed whisky barrels, pallets and timber. We transform discarded wood into beautiful, functional and quirky accessories and furniture for you, your home and your office.

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Linda Slater – Paper Floristry

I use a variety of cardstock, paper,vellum or mirri board to create my flowers. They are hand stamped, heat embossed cut out and shaped to create different effects. I love working with different textures and particularly love creating the different colour combinations.

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Flavours ‘n’ Favours

I am a professional chef/baker and started out making wedding/novelty cakes and favours. With increasing demand for tablet and fudge for favours and subsequently further orders for some of my produce, I decided to branch out and do some local fairs selling my tablet, fudge and some home baking. All my produce is hand made by myself using quality ingredients and no preservatives.

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Jamberry Nails by Gillian

Jamberry Nails Wraps are a durable and easy to apply affordable nail product just launched in the UK. They have no drying time, are chip resistant and waterproof. They come in a wide range of colours and designs with more than 300 to choose from to suit any style or occasion. We even have a Junior Jamberry range with wraps suitable for little hands and fingers.  They are long lasting, and last around 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes.

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Les Plaisirs d’Odette

Les Plaisirs d’Odette produces the finest French cuisine. It’s the ideal gift and the perfect starter and dessert for any dinner table. With French owner Emma’s selection of sweet treats (from gift wrapped French macarons to salted caramel) and savoury jars of pork, duck or fish pâtés and vegetable spreads and relishes, there is something for everyone’s taste and fancy. Just browse through the online store. Alternatively, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for the list of farmers’ markets and food festivals that we attend. See more at www.lesplaisirs.co.uk

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Sew & Saw

We are a couple based in Cumbernauld & having previous careers in Engineering & Nursing we now find ourselves as full time crafters travelling all over the country meeting new & interesting people. When travelling further afield for our “work” we often have our caravan Herbie in tow & stay a few extra days.. It’s a hard life being a crafter!!

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Servus Haggis

Servus Haggis is made from deer offal, toasted pinhead oatmeal, onions, some suet (a mix of beef and venison), some salt and a handful of spices. That’s it. No artificial colours or flavours. No preservatives. Just good, wholesome food plus a load of time, love and attention.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard Remedies are known for their effective, organic, natural and wild harvested health and products.

Our products are certified by the soil association, this means you won’t find parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours, or anything else we believe could cause you or the planet harm in any of our products.  Just lots of lovely pure natural and organic ingredients.

We believe in honesty and indicate every organic ingredient on our labels and website. We are the WORLD’S FIRST health and beauty company to be awarded 100/100 ethics in an independent audit by the Ethical Company Organisation.

We have products suitable for all the family from beautiful skin care to treating the treatment of eczema. Visit me online at https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/racheljohnston and follow me on Facebook for special offers and monthly free prize giveaways www.facebook.com/RachelJohnstonNYROrganic/

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That’s My Fleece

Small family business specialising in producing hand-knitted baby garments. Christening Shawls and Gowns, Girl’s and Boy’s wear and not forgetting a range of premature babywear. All our garments are hand produced using machine washable wools, allowing for everyday use. We also have a range of baby accessories, gifts and cards, as well as seasonal children’s sweater for the Halloween and Christmas periods. Orders can be taken for any garments which do not appear on our current range for both children and adults.

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FOAL drinks

Support new, local, Scottish business today and try a bottle of FOAL. This brand new drinks concept brings the flavours of fantastic orange and lemonade to the premium, craft soft drinks market in a classy glass bottle. Try it on its own or as a mixer with your favourite gin and JOIN THE REVOLUTION.

FOAL was born from an idea – one of the favourite non-alcoholic drinks throughout the UK has always been fresh orange and lemonade. However, with such a tipple comes the problem of having to buy two separate drinks– there is no ready to drink, convenient alternative.

Two years on, FOAL (Fantastic Orange and Lemonade) was brought to the market in March 2016. Now it’s available to enjoy guilt-free – at only 80 calories per bottle – with your favourite meal, or as a refreshing mixer with gin or vodka.

FOAL aims to retain its key values and prides itself on being a Scottish Brand with a Scottish Attitude. We are a proud, determined and honest brand. We may be the underdog, but we are not afraid to stand up and fight for our place in the market.

Stockists are starting to pop up across Scotland, so whenever you see the black silhouette, Join the Revolution, try a fantastic new soft drink and support young, brave new business!

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22/10/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October now – where has this year gone? We’ve been really busy at New Lanark with our Book Festival, the October week and getting all set for our Spook-tacular Halloween events!

Like I said, we kicked off the month with the first ever ‘New Lanark Book Festival’ with lots of author sessions for adults and children to enjoy! Here’s a photo of my helping out author Chae Strathie (who used to live in New Lanark!)  at his Book Festival session.

Chae Strathie at the New Lanark Book Festival

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We had great weather here at New Lanark over the October Week! The site was busy with lots of people enjoying walks to the Falls of Clyde and taking part in our Daily Tours and Autumn Craft Workshops!

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Enjoying the autumn sun on the New Lanark Roof Garden

 

Next Friday (30th October) Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony in Indiana will be giving a free talk at New Lanark! She’ll be discussing Robert Owen and his family in New Harmony, with a focus on Jane Blaffer Owen CBE – the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen, Robert Owen’s great-great- grandson.

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Reading about New Harmony in Robert Owen’s House

 

I’m getting so excited for my first Halloween at New Lanark! On Saturday 31st October we’re hosting a fun day of crafts, games and storytelling in the ‘old gift shop’ at New Lanark which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. Entry is just £3 per child and you can get in free with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket! At nighttime there will be Spooky Tours of New Lanark Village, but these have been really popular and are almost all sold out!

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So that’s what I’ve been up to in October! As November rolls around we’ll be getting ready for our Christmas Experience at New Lanark which opens on Saturday 28th November!

I’ll hopefully see you soon 🙂

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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19/10/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

An evening with Lorna Gibb, author of A Ghost’s Story

An evening with Lorna Gibb, author of A Ghost’s Story

North Lanarkshire author, Lorna Gibb, will be launching her latest book, A Ghost’s Story: A Novel, at a special event at the New Lanark Institute on Tuesday 10th November at 6pm.

At this special launch event, Gibb will discuss the haunted history of New Lanark and explore why we continue to be fascinated by the spirit world.

A Ghost’s Story, Gibb’s first novel, is a spell-binding tale which tells the story of Katie King, the most famous ghost of the last two centuries. Katie King made her first appearance in New Lanark and infamously haunted the social pioneer and mill-owner Robert Owen throughout his life.

From the candle-lit drawing rooms of the Victorian era through to the appearance of spirits in the 21st century, Gibb will take you on a social history of the séance from the 19th century to present day, exploring the boundaries between what is real and what is unreal and ultimately examining why we are all so gripped by ghost stories.

A Ghost’s Story will be on sale at the event at the special discounted price of £10.00.

Date: Tuesday 10th November

Time: 6-8pm

Location: River Room, New Lanark Institute, South Lanarkshire ML11 9DB

Entry: Free but RSVP is essential: [email protected]

LORNA GIBB was born in Belshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She is a university lecturer and now lives in London. She is the author of Lady Hester: Queen of the East and West’s World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West.  A Ghost’s Story is her first novel and will be published in hardback by Granta Books on 12th November 2015 priced £12.99.

 

For more information, please contact Sara D’Arcy: [email protected] / 020 7605 1374

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Programme announced for New Lanark’s 2015 Book Festival!

Programme announced for New Lanark’s 2015 Book Festival!

The historic setting of New Lanark will host its very own Book Festival from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October 2015, with a host of well-known Scottish authors, such as Alistair Moffat, speaking at the 4-day event.  

There will be a rich programme of sessions on offer designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of literary tastes, the themes of which all have a link to New Lanark in some way. From Scottish Fiction and History, to Whisky, Food and Drink – there will be a session for everyone to enjoy!

“With its fascinating history and colourful characters, New Lanark has often appeared in books and even had its own Reading Room 200 years ago. This year we are celebrating this link to literature by holding our first ever Book Festival!” says Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager.

The sessions will run on Thursday & Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a variety of reasonably priced ticket options available including a ‘4-day pass’ and individual author session tickets.

The Book Festival begins with a thrilling evening session on Thursday 1st from Jonathan Whitelaw, author of Morbid Relations, and Scottish crime writer Christopher Brookmyre, author of eighteen published novels to-date, the latest being Dead Girl Walking.

Friday evening sees writer and poet Mandy Haggith discuss her nature novels The Last Bear & Bear Witness, before renowned broadcaster Billy Kay steps behind the podium to speak about his writing including The Scottish World – a book which celebrates the enormous contribution the Scots have made to the modern world.

The Book Festival activity ramps up on Saturday 3rd October with a full day of sessions from 10am-7pm across New Lanark. Throughout the day a number of interesting themes will be covered including New Lanark & Textiles, Scottish Food & Drink, Exploring Scotland and Scottish Fiction. The 11 speakers on Saturday include Janet Renouf-Miller, C A Hope, David McLaren, Catherine Brown, Charles MacLean, Ian Crofton, David Spaven, Daniel MacCannell, Kerry Hudson, Peter Ranscombe and headliner James Robertson.  

New Lanark’s Book Festival concludes on Sunday 4th October with 8 authors speaking throughout the day. Sunday is the perfect day for young families and children to attend with interactive Storytelling with Gerry Durkin and sessions with children’s authors Chae Strathie and Keith Gray.

The headliner of Sunday night is Alistair Moffat, an award winning Writer, Historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. Together with author Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Andrew Crummy, Alastair Moffat was part of the team whose idea developed into the famous The Great Tapestry of Scotland which was exhibited at New Lanark in 2014. Other speakers on Sunday include Roger Hutchinson, Ed Hollis, Ken Cockburn and Peter Ross.

Visitors who attend New Lanark’s Book Festival can also receive 25% off Visitor Centre tickets, giving them the perfect chance to make the most of their visit & learn about the history of New Lanark with the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Working textile machinery, Historic Housing exhibits, Clearburn Picnic & Play Area & lots more.

Early Bird tickets for the New Lanark Book Festival are currently on sale! The full programme for the Book Festival, along with ticket details can be found at www.newlanark.org

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Meet the Stallholders: New Lanark Food & Gift Fair

Meet the Stallholders: New Lanark Food & Gift Fair

To celebrate Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Food and Drink’, New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May will highlight the best of local produce and include demonstrations by chefs and producers from across Scotland. The fair will also include arts & crafts and gifts & accessories, along with demonstrations from traditional crafters and artisan producers. Our in-house produced New Lanark wool will feature and there will be the chance to take part in some knitting and crafting workshops! Entry to the fair is free. Ticket required for Visitor Centre Exhibitions.

Take a look at some of the wonderful crafts & produce on offer…

James Dinnen – painter
James Dinnen is a Scottish artist selling his original artwork and prints. He specialises in stunning colourist Scottish west coast landscapes , cityscapes and figurative work. His work is colourful modern and bold and will add colour and vibrance to any room. His work is in private collections around the world such is the demand from expatriate Scots for his nostalgic and modern cityscapes and landscapes.

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The Bijou Wine Co
Why not enjoy a beautiful glass of wine whilst wandering around the many stalls at The Food and Gift Fair? The Bijou Wine Co is a quirky wee wine bar serving stunning wines to enjoy at the Fair or you can buy a bottle (or two) to enjoy at home.

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Janet and John – shop/gallery
Janet & John is a small shop/gallery just off Byres Road in Glasgow’s West End, promoting the work of almost 50 artists and crafters, all of whom are based in Scotland. I sell my handknitting through the shop, some of which will be included on the stall and I will be demonstrating one of my patterns at the fair. Visit our website, Facebook page or Twitter.

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Angel Wire Jewellery – Vibrant Fun Aluminium
Unique hand crafted Jewellery made from Light, Non Allergenic Aluminium. Fun and vibrant inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean.

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Tom’s Tablet – Scottish tablet
“Tablet is something I remember from my own childhood growing up in Scotland. My Grandma used to make it for us to enjoy – happy memories!  I took her recipe and after much practice to perfect the flavour, the colour, and consistency, I taste-tested it on my Dad. I worked hard to make the ‘best batch’ especially for him.  Today, I pay homage to his memory by producing… TOM’S TABLET,  ‘the best batch of finest quality Scottish Tablet’ from Rona Orr, Founding Partner

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Rona has been producing tablet for 10 years now and after much practice has perfected her Grandma’s version of the “best batch”. Diane, her childhood friend, brings 20 years of brand experience having worked for some of the globe’s most influential brands. Together, they have pulled on each others strengths to develop Tom’s Tablet!

OUR VALUES
Quality is key to our success.  We work extremely hard to produce ‘our best batch of Scottish Tablet’ using the highest quality of ingredients.  As soon as the tablet has cooled, our customer service team aim to provide the best service possible to our valued customers.

OUR BELIEFS
TOM’S TABLET is based in Scotland.  Our product is, and will always be  ‘made in Scotland’.  Both Rona and Diane lost their Dads prematurely.  To mark this, each season, we donate a percentage of profits to our nominated charities.

 

Lochielknits
Lochielknits is a home based business which is situated in a small rural location, 2 miles from the historic market town of Lanark. I take pride in making quality hand knits in a smoke free environment. The yarns which I use include alpaca, cotton and merino wool although I also provide items knitted in acrylic for those whose allergies require it. I stock a selection of women’s accessories, children and baby items and cushion, e reader and phone covers. Visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lochielknits

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Thistly Cross Cider
Established in 2008, Thistly Cross has gained a reputation for making award winning ciders that people rave about. Using fresh fruit, including strawberries from our own farm, we pride ourselves on maintaining our core values and pride in everything we make; we’re invested at every step of the cider-making process, from apple to bottle. We’re bringing all 6 of our cider varieties to New Lanark: Original, Traditional, Whisky Cask, Strawberry, Ginger and Elderflower. Visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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The Linen Chest
I have had the Linen Chest for 22 years and deal in soft furnishings. I try to source all my stock in Scotland failing that UK . I have throws, cushions draught excluders (mainly in winter), coasters . Candles (which are made in Scotland), fridge magnets and small household giftware. I also have a small selection of tablecloths and napkins but usually in winter.

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Agnes MacLean Glass
I am a glass artist who specialises in stained glass specifically tiffany style wall art/sun catchers, clocks, mirrors and tea light holders. You can visit my website or like my Facebook page here.
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Superlative Pearls
What started as a hobby, moved quickly to become a passion and ended up an obsession! Hand made jewellery and all things glittery – I just can’t stop making them, so much so that I had to end up selling them to fund my obsession. My customers seem happy enough with that! My jewellery is sparkly and beautiful and because this is more a hobby than a business I can afford to sell gorgeous jewellery at pocket friendly prices. The more I sell the more I get to make – everyone wins!

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All That’s Delicious
“All That’s Delicious” was set up in 2012, after working as a professional chef for high end hotels and international cruise ships around the world. During this time I worked with some of Britain’s well known celebrity Chefs who gave me the inspiration to create my own brand. We have created a fabulous range of baking mixes using quality ingredients, measured out and ready to bake. Our mixes make home baking fun, quick, easy and enjoyable. In our range we have also crafted an indulgent,melt-in-the-mouth collection of handmade Scottish Tablet. Including our Award winning Traditional which was awarded a Great Taste award in 2014. We currently stock Farm shops, Gift Shops and Delicatessens throughout Scotland. Including the luxury Gleneagles hotel and Scottish Parliament to name a few.

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Video History Scotland
Video History Scotland are an independent producer and distributor of a range of unique Scottish archive history and nostalgic Scottish memories DVD titles covering areas that include the Clyde and Highland Steamer fleet and Scottish maritime history, historic accounts of towns and islands of the Clyde and the West Highlands and historic archive titles covering Scottish Steam train and railway journeys amongst others. Our titles have been written produced and manufactured in Scotland. These are unique productions that have been written and produced using rare archive materials from our archive libraries. Visit us online at www.videohistoryscotland.com
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Karuna’s Sweet Gifts
I will be selling handmade Belgian chocolate. These will be in the form of 3d shoes, trucks etc, lollies, and chocolate cards. Chocolate bouquets and sweet cones. For pictures of many more www.facebook.com/KarunasSweetGifts.
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 COUTAL
We are a Scottish company dealing directly with a woman’s co-operative in Morocco. We bring over argan nut kernel powder which we refine and add essential oils in a 7 stage process.

Our main product is our argan powder face and body scrub and we also hand craft a range soaps with Scottish flowers, herbs and argan powder, which is our unique selling point. We give on site free hand treatment demonstrations so people can sample our products.

COUTAL exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin. It removes impurities and refines and softens skin texture. The concentrated oils in the argan powder superhydrate the epidermis; regenerating, replenishing and nourishing the skin.

COUTAL is completely authentic and non-gimmicky. It is simply a product that works…

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iheartbags – Harris tweed bags and accessories
My company, iheartbags is pleased to introduce itself to your readers. I design and make Harris tweed bags and accessories. I started off a couple of years ago making bags for friends before finding some Harris tweed and have not done any other make since then. I develop different styles suggested by my customers, such as tote bags of two sizes. I also make I-pad and kindle covers as well as phone covers and cushions. I have a small workroom which is packed with tweeds and enjoy spending as many hours sewing as possible.

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Unique Shabby Chic
We are two ladies who created a company with a vision to make original hand crafted gifts from scratch. We work from home and love attending craft fayres. We also sell online at www.facebook.com/unique.shabbychic.589. Bespoke wooden gifts hand crafted with love and personalised to order. Your vision is our creation. If in doubt add glitter ♥

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The Wee Fudge Company
The Wee Fudge Company is an award winning artisan producer of Scottish Fudge. Voted Best Producer at Feastren 2012 the business also holds a Great Taste Award and was a finalist in the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2014. They will be selling an extensive range of fresh fudge made from fine natural ingredients; all free of artificial additives, colourings and flavourings.

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Glam Glass

Local artisan glassware. Individually designed and handcrafted pieces to provide sparkle to your home, or a special gift. From beautiful plates,bowls and coasters to stunning light catching candle waves, suncatchers and tealight holders. Each item is unique and crafted by me in my own studio. Commissions a speciality. Classes and workshops available. Join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Glamglass2.

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Chocolaaah!
I’m a small, fledgling company based in Hyndford Bridge, and I started making chocolate goodies last year with the view to being able to work from home. Everything is made by my own fair hands, adding no artificial preservatives. My filled chocolates don’t have a long shelf life because of this, but this just means that there’s no excuse for not eating them straight away! I also produce novelty chocolate gifts such as hand decorated chocolate shoes, champagne bottles, mini chocolate pizzas, thank you gifts for teachers, teapots…anything that’s hopefully just a little bit different. Join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Chocolaaah

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Lilias Silk Paintings
As a Silk Painter working from my own studio in the south side of Glasgow,I exhibit and sell throughout Scotland including Paisley Art Gallery,Auld Kirk Museum,Stirling Castle and Kirkcubright Art Festival. Working on pure silk with vibrant dyes I specialise in the “Gutta Resist” technique which allows me to indulge my passion for unusual architecture.My quirky buildings and atmospheric landscapes are inspired by our travels throughout Scotland and Ireland. My work also includes handpainted silk scarves,ties,corsages and cards with many pieces going abroad. I am happy to accept painting commissions. Visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiliasSilkPaintings

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Damn Delicious
We are a family run farm based near Biggar, Scotland and we take great pride in using unique and natural farming methods to ensure that our meat is of the finest quality and always tastes absolutely delicious – it’s meat like it should be. At the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair we will be offering our Amazing Damn Delicious Aberdeen Angus Burgers as well as Wild Venison Burgers. We will also have a selection of our Grass fed Natural Beef and Lamb  for sale. Visit our website or join us on Facebook.

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Mulberry Foods
Selling a delicious selection of preserves, sauces and sweet treats!

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Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership – Victorian Tour
Come say hello to the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership team and find out what projects they’re working on which celebrate and enhance the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the area from ancient wooded gorges to designed landscapes. Join the free Victorian themed tour to Corra Linn by booking at www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk.

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Clydesdale Community Initiatives – Free woodworking course
Join the FREE Green Woodworking Course and make your own stool with Clydesdale Community Initiatives! Specialist workshops start at 11am and 2pm, lasting 2 hours each. Materials and equipment are provided free of charge but places are limited so call 01555 664 211 or email [email protected] to book, quick!

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RSPB Scotland – sowing wildflower seeds
Come along and sow some wildflower seeds with RSPB Scotland. These will grow into some beautiful plants that will attract bees and butterflies to your garden. You can also find out about the stunning Baron’s Haugh RSPB nature reserve in Motherwell. You can visit our website here!

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 Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’ve had a very busy March so far taking trips to other visitor attractions in Scotland, and have even been working on my wardrobe with New Lanark Primary…but more about that later!

Battle of Bannockburn
Last week I packed my backpack, donned my cardigan and headed to The Battle of Bannockburn experience with some of my friends at New Lanark. When we got there we met lots of other people from visitor attractions across Scotland through who are all linked together through ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions)…I can’t wait until I get the chance to visit another attraction! All offers to my personal assistant [email protected].

 

Ted and Robert the Bruce statue

We had a brilliant day at the Bannockburn Experience. First of all we entered the ‘Prepare for Battle’ room where you can discover the weapons used in the battle, experience 3D film all around you and best of all – talk to some characters who would have been involved in the battle. I liked this bit the best and think it would be really cool at New Lanark, what kind of stories would you like to hear from people who used to live/work in the mills? Let me know by commenting below.

Bannockburn Experience

After ‘preparing for Battle’ we put the tactics we had learned to good use and teamed up as the Scottish and English army to play against each other in an interactive Battle Game!

Battle Game

Fresh from battle I met up with Bruce the Bear who lives at the Bannockburn Experience. I commented that he looked a lot more regal than me so he suggested trying on some of the chainmail and other armour soldiers would have worn in 1314. Wow, that stuff is heavy!

Ted and Bruce the bear in chainmail

New Lanark Primary ‘Dress Ted’ competition
After my trip to the Battle of Bannockburn I went to see the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal, and ventured more locally to New Lanark Primary School. As my cardigan and wooly hat are getting a bit warm for Spring, the pupils have entered a competition to design me a new outfit fit for a Spring Fling! I’ve had a look at some of the entries so far and there are some very talented children at the school. Keep an eye out for my April blog as I’ll be modelling the winning entry!
Ted and his Dress Ted competition entries

I’ve also been busy helping the New Lanark team get ready for Stargazing LIVE this weekend on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March. (5-8.30pm) The event is going to be great, with a talk from Clydesdale Astronomical Society, Stargazing on the Roof Garden and some amazing Cosmic Crafts – including this ‘Build your own Jet Pack’!
Ted and his Stargazing LIVE jetpack
The £4 tickets are selling really fast, and Saturday night has now sold out totally! If you want to go along to the Sunday night try and book them as soon as possible by calling 01555 66134, emailing [email protected] or buy them online.

After Stargazing LIVE there are lots of fun Easter events happening at New Lanark in April. You can visit this page on the New Lanark website to find out lots more about them, but here’s a wee idea of what will be going on:

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April – Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Friday 3rd – Sunday 19th April – Easter Holidays Daily Tours
Wednesday 8th April – Clearburn Family Drop-in nature workshop
7th, 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th April – Easter Craft Workshops

I’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark soon. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to meet the Easter Bunny!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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The Music in Lanark 2015-2016 Series

The Music in Lanark 2015-2016 Series

Since 2000 Music in Lanark has been bringing exceptional talent to the people of Clydesdale. From September through to March of the following year they present concerts showcasing a wide range of musical styles, from classical chamber music, opera and jazz to traditional Scottish. They also provide a regular platform for young musicians to perform at the beginning of each concert, thus enabling talent to flourish.

Music in Lanark have hosted many fantastic concerts in their base at The Institute in New Lanark,  and will even host a concert in the Mill Café later this year!

We invited Music in Lanark to write a guest blog on their confirmed concerts you can enjoy this year…

 

Music in Lanark – Eclectic is Us!

We have an eclectic programme put together for the coming season, embracing classical, vocal, jazz, traditional, Eastern Mediterranean and Hebridean traditions. Tickets for all concerts are available to purchase at: www.musicinlanark.co.uk

APOLLO 5 : Saturday 22 August, 7.45 in The Institute.
This British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 has been praised for its engaging and entertaining performances. With a repertoire ranging from retro jazz, pop and classical arrangements a cappella, they are adept performers on the concert platform, at festivals, private parties and corporate events.

POMEGRANATE PIANO TRIO : Saturday 19 September, 7.45 in The Institute
In their first year Pomegranate quickly established a reputation for fine performances. Fenella Barton (violin), Rebecca Hewes (cello) and Robin Green (piano) have a broad core programme and have played in the major UK concert halls: a night of quality culture!

Pomegranate Trio

LORNA REID QUINTET : Saturday 17 October, 7.45 in The Institute
The last time Lorna and her quintet visited MiL there was standing room only! The hugely talented jazz diva (compared to Diana Krail, Caro Emerald and Bonnie Raitt) travels with as classy a band as you will find. She will present her “Lounge” programme of songs crossing jazz, blues and Americana.

Lorna Reid

KOSMOS ENSEMBLE : Friday 13 November, 7.45 in the Mill Café
“Telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship. I defy you not to be mesmerised” [Richard Morrison, The Times]. Come and be mesmerised – not to be missed!

Kosmos Ensemble

ROSANNO SPORTIELLO : Saturday 12 December, 7.45 in The Institute
The fabulous Italian-American swing pianist Rossano Sportiello comes for a pre-Christmas highlight as part of a UK tour. He graduated in classical piano aged only 16 and then transferred his allegiance to jazz. He can, as they say, do it all. His aim? “I want to see people smiling and having fun!”

Rossano Sportiello

TYDE : Saturday 16 January 2016, 7.45 in the Institute
A folk night to start the new year in relaxed vein. “Three brilliant players with a musical maturity way beyond their years. Their music goes straight to the heart of the audience, with an appeal second to none. Pure Joy.” [Tom McConville]; “The best young band I’ve heard in years” [Mike Harding – BBC Radio2]

CUILLIN SOUND : Saturday 5 March 2016, 7.45 in The Institute
Three of Britain’s leading woodwind players offer an inspiring evening of traditional Hebridean folk melodies played alongside a slide show of magnificent colour photographs and vintage Scottish films of life in Eriskay, Skye and St Kilda the early 20th century – stunning!

Cuillin Sound

FERIO SAXOPHONE QUARTET : Friday 18 March 2016, 7.45 in The Institute
A Tunnell Trust Award brings this exciting young chamber ensemble on tour to Scotland. Graduates of the RCM, they aim to widen the horizons of the saxophone quartet repertoire and have received enthusiastic reviews wherever they have performed.

Find out more about Music in Lanark. 

Music in Lanark – New Lanark guest blogger

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Ted’s February at New Lanark

Ted’s February at New Lanark

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’m here to let you know about all of the exciting events and exhibitions happening in February at New Lanark…

The month got off to a pretty chilly start – with a downfall of snow that my cousins in the Arctic would have been proud of!

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I decided to keep warm with a trip to the newly opened Prestonpans Tapestry. The tapestry is a whopping 104m long, and it was stitched entirely by volunteer embroiderers along the route. If you’re a bit of a history buff you’ll love the tapestry! It tells the story of the journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France to Victory at Prestonpans in 1745.

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For my trip to the tapestry I donned a new hat just like the ones the Jacobites depicted in the tapestry are wearing – complete with a knitted white cockade! The Jacobites wore a white rose in their hats to celebrate Bonnie Prince Charlie’s birthday, or to show their support for his cause. My hat was knitted using cosy New Lanark Wool (Double Knitting – 100% Pure New Wool) in a dashing shade of ‘Denim’.

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You’ve got plenty of time to see the Prestonpans Tapestry, its open 10am-4pm daily until 19th March. Did I mention it’s free entry? (knitted hats are optional)

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There’s a special event happening on Saturday 21st February to celebrate the Prestonpans Tapestry. Visitors can experience ‘Living History’ as the British Redcoats and Jacobites parade around New Lanark, displaying their uniforms and weaponry. (11.30am-4pm, free to view)

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If you’re down at New Lanark this February be sure to pick up one of our new ‘Spring Events’ flyers. There’s a lot going on over the next couple of months including Stargazing LIVE on 21st and 22nd March, our Easter Egg-Stravaganza on 5th & 6th April and a Spring Food & Gift Fair on 4th May!

Here’s a look at what’s happening later on in February…

6th – 10th February – Daily Tours. Explore New Lanark with one of our guides and discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Tours are included with the Visitor Centre ticket and leave daily at 2pm from the reception in the Institute for the Formation of Character during school holiday periods.

12th February – Music in Lanark’s Yehundi Menuhin School Chamber Ensemble. Since 1963 the school has provided the environment and tuition for over 60 musically gifted children from all over the world. An ensemble of pianists and string players comes to Scotland annually. Music in Lanark is proud to host the first concert of 2015’s tour! More info: http://www.musicinlanark.co.uk/

14th February – Valentines Dinner in the New Lanark Mill Hotel. Love is in the air! Enjoy a 3 course dinner with glass of bubbly on arrival, red rose & pianist in lounge for £29pp. Contact the New Lanark Mill Hotel on 01555 667200 or email [email protected]

 

Phew – that’s a busy month! We’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark very soon.

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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