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Cracking Christmas Days out for Families in Lanarkshire

Cracking Christmas Days out for Families in Lanarkshire

Are you looking for a family day out this Christmas? From pantos to grottos and workshops to foals, there are so many activities to choose from right on your doorstep! In our latest blog post we have gathered together our suggestions for a great festive day out in Lanarkshire.

1. New Lanark World Heritage Site’s Christmas Events 2016

Top of the list are the fantastic Christmas Events we’re hosting here at historic New Lanark. These are running every weekend until Christmas plus the 23rd and 24th!

Christmas at the Mills – Book tickets now

Our ‘Christmas at the Mills’ Experience really is a full day out as it includes entry to Santa’s Grotto (with gift!), the Spirit of Christmas Ride, Christmas Crafts, Rudolph Trail plus entry to all of the New Lanark Visitor Centre buildings including Robert Owen’s House and the School for Children! Tickets are £9.50 per person and just £2 for Under 2s. Tickets can be booked online here or paid ‘on the door’.

New Lanark's Santa's Grotto

New Lanark’s Christmas Carol Pantomime – Book tickets now

At New Lanark we’re also hosting our very own Pantomime! There are multiple daily showings every weekend until Christmas, plus the 23rd & 24th! This year’s panto is ‘New Lanark’s Christmas Carol’ which is based on the classic Dickens’ tale with a New Lanark Mills twist. The panto lasts around 45 minutes so it’s perfect for little ones! Tickets are just £5 per person and FREE for Under 2s. Tickets can be booked online here or paid for ‘on the door’.

The cast of New Lanark's Christmas Carol Pantomime

 

2. National Museum of Rural Life – Christmas Fair and Foal Show
Our friends at the National Museum of Rural Life are hosting their annual Christmas Fair and Foal Show on Sunday 4th December. Get all the details here!

Foal and young girl at NMS Show

 

3. Mrs Claus’ Christmas Caper at Chatelherault Country Park
On Saturday 10th and 17th December you can enjoy an interactive Christmas story telling session at Chatelherault Country Park. Get all the details here!

Chatelherault Country Park

Photo from Visit Scotland

 

4. FunBox Christmas Wonderland
Get ready to sing and dance as the FunBox crew come to Hamilton Town House on Wednesday 28th December. Get all the details here!

 

Fun Box Christmas Wonderland

 

5. Holly the Christmas Elf workshops at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
Take part in Christmas Elf Workshops on Saturdays from 3rd – 24th December at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre. Get all the details here!

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Photo from Visit Scotland

 

We’re certainly feeling ‘christmassy’ after looking through all of those fantastic activities. Let us know if you visit New Lanark by tweeting us @newlanarkwhs or leave a post on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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19/08/16 CAVLP # , , ,

FREE Woodland family fun for award-winning play area

FREE Woodland family fun for award-winning play area

Families are being invited to join in with FREE celebrations for award-winning Clearburn Natural Play Area’s Second Birthday Bash at New Lanark World Heritage Site, on Saturday 10 September, 1 – 3pm.

The FREE family drop-in sessions will include a variety of woodland themed fun and games, including ‘Fab Foraging’ woodland scavenger hunt with Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, Woodland-Walk Storytelling with Mr Fox and Bunny Foo Foo from Storyteller Allison Galbraith and woodland crafts from local artist Shirley Marzella.

No birthday celebration would be complete without balloons and cake – fairy cakes will be available for the first families who turn up on the day.

Clearburn Natural Play Area, comprised of adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome and stage, a burn, a secret hideaway tree house, campfire and bug hotels amongst other features, was created in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site in September 2014 as a Big Lottery and Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) funded project.

“In two years, Clearburn has become an important part of the local community,” says Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark Trust. She continues: “It is used extensively by local schools, nurseries and families, as well as visitors to New Lanark. People can always be found playing in Clearburn – it’s a testament to the fantastic design of the space which incorporates natural areas as well as built structures.”

The design of the play space was led by children from New Lanark Primary School, Robert Owen Memorial Primary School and Lanark Primary School, with involvement from 60 members of the local community, from the initial consultations right through to implementation. The names of school children involved in the projects were carved into a bench beside the willow tunnel so that their contributions will be remembered for years to come.

Since opening, the play area has scooped three prestigious awards; ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards (2016), ‘Commendation for a Community Play Space within a National Tourist Attraction’ Nancy Ovens Play Award (2015) and ‘High Commendation’ in the Scottish Civic Trust ‘My Place’ Awards (2015).

Clearburn Natural Play Area is part of a wider initiative in the Clyde and Avon Valley focussing on wild play and connecting families with nature, such as the Growing Up Wild play sessions at RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Mauldslie Woodlands and Lesmahagow during the summer holidays.

Karen Dobbins, CAVLP Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the celebrations with New Lanark Trust. A key focus for a number of CAVLP projects is to create opportunities for natural play and Clearburn is a fantastic asset to the area.”

She continues: “Surrounded by woodland and with the Clear burn itself flowing through the play area, it allows safe access for children to ‘play wild’ and explore the natural environment. It really is something to celebrate.”

The Clearburn second birthday bash is a FREE, family drop-in event on Saturday 10 September, 1 – 3pm.

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23/06/16 New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

With the summer holidays fast approaching families across the country will be wondering to take the kids on a day out? Luckily for us in Scotland we have a fantastic range of attractions, parks and fun places to visit. As part of our Summer Blog programme, we’ve pulled together a list of days out in Scotland we think would be fantastic for Grandparents to take their Grandchildren. Keeping everyone happy with some nature, a bit of history & the chance to learn…and a nice hot cuppa at the end of the day!

New Lanark World Heritage Site – Visitor Centre 

First up is the Visitor Centre at New Lanark World Heritage Site. New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village which became famous under the enlightened management of Robert Owen. In 2001 the village was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘outstanding universal value’. Today visitors can learn about the fascinating industrial heritage and social history of the village through our award-winning Visitor Centre. Attractions in the Visitor Centre include the Annie McLeod Experience Ride (which takes you back in time!), the Roof Garden, Working textile machinery (where we now produce New Lanark wool), Housing Exhibits, the School for Children and the Village Store – complete with retro sweeties! We have a range of facilities on-site including the Mill Café, outdoor picnic & play areas, WiFi in selected areas, free accessible toilets & baby change and a beautiful Mill Shop which sells a range of gifts, homeware, clothing, books, accessories and of course, New Lanark wool! For those who love the great outdoors our village is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, and is the gateway to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve which is home to the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Enjoy a woodland walk to see the Falls and then return to the village to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream – made on site!

During the summer months we offer a programme of fun craft workshops for kids and daily guided tours of the village. To find out more about visiting please visit our website at www.newlanark.org or feel free to contact us with any enquiries at [email protected] / 01555 661345.

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Pittencrief Park 

There are three seperate play areas at Pittencrief Park in Dunfermline! This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist. There you can also enjoy woodland trails, nature spotting, green houses and the Rubbings Trail. Don’t forget to look out for the resident peacocks!

Pittencrief Park

Photo credit: Fife Council Flickr

 

Scotland Street School Museum 

Scotland Street School is a must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. In telling the story of education during this time, Scotland Street School Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Find out what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in the three reconstructed classrooms.

Photo credit: Glasgow Life website

Scotland Street School

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the three engaging floors of the Science Mall. There’s also Scotland’s biggest IMAX Cinema, the Glasgow Tower and a programme of fascinating live shows.

Photo credit: Expedia

Photo credit: Expedia

David Livingstone Centre

The David Livingstone Centre is a child-friendly museum with hands-on exhibits and packed with items relating to David Livingstone’s explorations in Africa. The museum is set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde with woodland walks, a play park and a Nature Explorers Club that runs once a month on Saturday mornings. A shop and cafe might tempt you and these plus the grounds are free to visit.

David Livingstone Centre

Photo credit: the National Trust for Scotland website

 

With all of these great locations on your doorstep there’s more than enough to keep the grandchildren entertained this summer! If you’d like to find out more about visiting New Lanark, and our programme of tours and craft workshops over the summer please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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15/06/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , ,

10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

Wondering where to take the kids this summer? There are some fantastic family days out right on your doorstep – from historic New Lanark to zoos & pools!

 

1. New Lanark World Heritage Site

The historic village of New Lanark is the perfect location for a family day out this summer! There’s so much on offer you could easily spend a full day here – from exploring our award-winning Visitor Centre to enjoying a woodland walk to see the famous three ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls!

New Lanark is a cotton-spinning mill village which was founded in 1785 by David Dale & Richard Arkwright. Over 200 years later the village has been recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal significance’.

The New Lanark Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, and during the summer holidays we run a programme of craft workshops and daily guided tours. UK Tax payers can ‘GiftAid’ their Visitor Centre admission making it valid for a whole year – meaning you can visit again and again!

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Over 200 years of fascinating social history & industrial heritage. Plus the stunning Falls of Clyde!
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2. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

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Image credit: Blair Drummond Facebook page

 

3. Chatelherault Country Park

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Image credit: Visit Hamilton

 

4. M&Ds Theme Park

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Image credit: M&Ds website www.scotlandsthemepark.com

 

 

5. Deep Sea World

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Image credit: Deep Sea World Facebook page

 

6. Calderglen Country Park

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Image credit: Visit Scotland

 

7. Biggar Puppet Theatre

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8. Summerlee Industrial Museum

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Image credit: Visit Scotland

 

9. The Time Capsule

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10. National Museum of Rural Life

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As you can see there’s a huge selection of fun days out for families to enjoy this summer! You can find out more about visiting New Lanark on our website at www.newlanark.org 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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14/10/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

New Lanark set to host Spook-tacular Halloween events!

On Saturday 31st October, New Lanark will be hosting a full day of Halloween activities for the whole family to enjoy.

During the day children will be able to enjoy Halloween themed crafts & games within the “old gift shop”, which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. There will also be a Storyteller with plenty of Halloween tales, and a photo competition for the best costume! Entrance is £3 per child, or £1.50 with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket with the main activities running from 12-5pm.

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning Officer said “We run craft workshops for kids throughout the year, so we’re really excited to be planning some crafts especially for Halloween. Kids will be able to make and take home their own pumpkin, skull & ghost masks as well as taking part in fun games like Broomstick races and ‘pin the hat on the witch’”


Once the sun has set, New Lanark will be hosting a series of Spooky Tours of the village to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! The ghost of one of New Lanark’s Millworkers, Mary, will be coming back especially for Halloween to lead the tours around the village visiting the School for Children, textile machinery floor and Robert Owen’s House. Mary will tell stories of people she used to know at New Lanark, local superstitions and some of the history of the village. Photo 3
Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Events Officer said “New Lanark was formed over 200 years ago and thousands of people have worked and lived here over the years, so who knows who you may meet on one of the Spooky Tours!”

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The tours will be leaving at 5.15pm, 6.15pm, and 7.15pm and will last around 45 minutes. There are limited places available so booking is essential for the tours at a cost of £5 per person. To book a place visit www.newlanark.org or call 01555 661345. (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Further information on New Lanark’s Halloween events can be found on our website.

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07/05/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Getting the kids outside – child friendly New Lanark!

Getting the kids outside – child friendly New Lanark!

Guest blog by Sally Rogers. 

As a mother, I seem to be constantly fighting a (mostly losing battle) with screens. I want my small brood to go outside, to engage with the world, to run and jump and use their imaginations and get all the wonderful benefits of outdoor play that I keep reading about [1]. They would rather stay inside and ‘live’ through a CGI avatar. So I’m absolutely delighted when I find somewhere for which the kids are happy to tear their eyes from the backlit LCDs and head eagerly out into the world – and not even complain about lack of wifi and charging points! New Lanark has proven to be such a place, and has been a fantastic boon to me. It’s great to watch your children using their own imaginations rather than that of a game designer. If you think that a heritage village is ‘stuffy’ and boring for kids – think again. There’s plenty for children to do, and mine are always delighted to take a trip out here.

 

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Clearburn Picnic And Play Area
I was so happy with what I found in this play area when I first visited that we’ve been back several times purely because of it. I was delighted by the response of my youngest, in particular. He was diagnosed with ADHD last year. Like many parents of children with ADHD, I tend to experience a degree of trepidation when taking him to new environments as the nature of the condition [2] means that he can have difficulty behaving normally. This doesn’t mean I don’t try, though, and this year’s discovery of the Clearburn Picnic and Play Area was a much-needed tonic for a sometimes despairing mother! The place is like an enchanted land in which he and his sister can wander, explore, and play out limitless imaginary scenarios facilitated by things like a willow tunnel, a tree house, and all the usual play equipment. His absorption in the make-believe world he finds here is total, and clearly very enjoyable. He doesn’t even squabble with his sister – not even when she wants to use the play equipment at the same time as him! After our first visit, he seemed so very happy and relaxed in himself when we got home that I was prompted to do a little research on outdoor play and ADHD. I have since discovered that outdoor play in green spaces of this kind can be fantastic for kids with ADHD [3] – so we’ll definitely be back! However, there’s more than just this play area to draw the kids…

 

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The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden [4] is my daughter’s favourite thing about this place. It’s on the top of one of the mill buildings, and gives a brilliant view of the village and surrounding area. That’s not why my daughter likes it, though. She likes the animal sculptures and the butterflies attracted by the flowers. We spent a happy half hour up here once while she followed a butterfly from bush to bush and tried to identify it with an app on her phone (yes, I know, screens again – but at least she was using it kind of productively!). Given that our children are increasingly failing to engage with nature, a resource like this which gently encourages them to enjoy the natural world of their own accord is very much needed [5]. It didn’t hurt, of course, that there were cute baby ducklings to be seen up there on one of our visits, either (even if I did spend the trip home fending off requests for a pet duck…).

 


The Historic Classroom
The Robert Owen School classroom may not be outside, exactly, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. My two both love dressing up as Victorian school children and pretending to be the offspring of mill workers for a bit. What they especially love is being able to take the costumes off at the end of it and return to being modern children. I was surprised by the depth of their understanding on our first visit – they seemed genuinely grateful for the facilities (and lack of caning!) at their primary school, and were shocked when I told them that this was one of the good places and conditions were a lot worse for most Victorian children [6]! If your kids need a sense of perspective, bring them here!

 

[1] Mark Kinver, “Does outdoor play help keep the doctor away?”, BBC, Feb 2012      

[2] PsychGuides, “ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder)”

[3] Diana Yates, “For kids with ADHD, regular ‘green time’ is linked to milder symptoms”, University of Illinois, Sept 2011

[4] New Lanark Visitor Centre, “The Roof Garden”

[5] The Telegraph, “Children’s knowledge of nature is dwindling, study finds”, Apr 2015

[6] Infed, “Education in Robert Owen’s new society: the New Lanark institute and schools”

 

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