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05/05/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: May 2015

Roof Garden Diary: May 2015

Once again last month in New Lanark Roof Garden, a mother duck managed to lay eggs and incubate them, in total secret, before showing off her clutch of tiny ducklings to visitors. As the chicks were not able to fly back to the water, rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust quickly rescued them, and the little family were soon relocated to a more suitable habitat. As well as the duck family, a pair of wagtails were seen gathering moss and other materials for a nest somewhere nearby, perhaps across the river. And swallows have been skimming low across the fountain with great acrobatic skill. Meanwhile, let’s not forget the lovely spring flowers. ‘Lemon Beauty’ daffodils are stunning with their perfumed yellow and white petals and the Woolly Willow is covered in furry catkins!

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‘Lemon Beauty’ daffodils

Duck family on the move!

Duck family on the move!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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30/04/15 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

As part of New Lanark’s programme of externally curated exhibitions, Seasonal Inspirations will be displayed in the Institute’s River Room from Friday 1st – Friday 29th May, 10am-5pm. (Closed 16th May) Entry to view the exhibition is free!

Eileen, Evelyn and Nancy have known each other since joining two local art groups over 16 years ago and this year they decided to get together for the ‘SEASONAL INSPIRATIONS’ exhibition. Their subjects and media are varied and in this exhibition the visitor can find art works depicting landscapes, flora, seascapes and abstracts. The three artists will be in The River Room at New Lanark World Heritage Site every Tuesday in May (1pm to 3pm) to meet anyone who wishes to discuss any of the paintings on display.

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Eileen – New Lanark Guest Blogger

You can view New Lanark’s full programme of events, exhibitions, talks and tours at 

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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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02/03/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

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:

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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06/02/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , ,

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.

New Lanark Prestonpans Tapestry














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’.

Prestonpans Tapestry Ted

New Lanark Wool & Textiles











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:

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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23/01/15 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , , ,

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

Given at the Camp of HRH Charles Edward Stuart, Prince of Wales

It is with great pleasure that we received notice that, as of the 27th day of this month, the famous Prestonpans Tapestry will be on display for our subjects to view at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

This striking community artwork, stitched with tender care by countless volunteers across the country, follows the fortunes of our army on its first campaign in 1745, from the inception of this grand scheme for the Restoration of our family to that remarkable and game-changing victory at Prestonpans.

Bonnie Prince Charlie (Arran Johnston)We encourage all those who are able to visit and to enjoy this exhibition, which reveals the heroic efforts of our loyal Highland men, alongside the endeavours of our gallant if misguided opponents, as those two armies traversed the landscape of Scotland to determine who might be its King.

In the wake of our victory at Prestonpans, our army has been busily engaged in an attempt to bring this regrettable war to a glorious conclusion. How events will play out we can only at this stage imagine. What we can know is that our achievements in 1745 will ever be remembered, and that no telling of our story will rival the Prestonpans Tapestry for its detail and its charm. Never has a project so encapsulated the spirit of our quest: Victory, Hope, and Ambition!

To celebrate the Tapestry’s visit to New Lanark, we have authorised the deployment of some of our soldiers to said place on Saturday 21st February. They are instructed to answer any questions you might have as to their modes of dress and combat. I expect that our enemies might do the same.

We are pleased also to note that the historian Arran Johnston, who has not been unkind to our character in his works, will be presenting about the Battle at Prestonpans and the Tapestry’s creation on Friday 13th March. (tickets available to purchase for £4)

It remains only for us to encourage all our father’s subjects to notify their friends and family of this opportunity to view the Tapestry, which will remain in New Lanark until 19th March.

God Save the King.

Charles signature

Find out more about The Prestonpans Tapestry at  New Lanark. 

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19/11/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , , ,

Gina McKie’s Christmas Experience

Gina McKie’s Christmas Experience

With just over one week until the New Lanark Christmas Experience opens, we’re delighted to welcome Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 DJ Gina McKie as a guest blogger here on the New Lanark Blog. Gina and fellow Clyde 1 presenter Gavin Pearson attended our Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the summer, and Gina will be working with us again to promote our Christmas Experience online and on Clyde 1 throughout December. Remember to listen out for our advert!

Here’s Gina’s first guest post:

I love Christmas. Magical surroundings always add that extra sparkle too. I am so excited to be part of the Christmas Experience this year at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I am going to be filming my experience in a few weeks and can’t wait. I have visited New Lanark many times but never over the festive period. I can smell the mince pies and mulled wine already. Oh, and If you have never tasted their own homemade Ice Cream (parma violets flavour is my favourite) then you are in for a special treat.

My first actual experience of New Lanark was a few years ago. It was a beautiful summer day and I quite simply was on a day out, discovering beautiful places in Scotland and I stumbled across New Lanark. As I approached this spectacular site, I felt as if i was driving into another world. There is a sense of peace and tranquility around this site. Everyone was so friendly. I met various tourists (from Russia to Australia) and some lively Scottish families also ‘on a good day out’. My only regret is that I didn’t stay but I definitely plan an overnight experience over the festive period.

You can’t diet at this time of year and not when you see the awesome menu of glorious food at New Lanark. I can justify this over indulgence by reassuring myself that I will have a brisk walk ‘the morning after’. If you have never felt the freshness from the Falls Of The Clyde just by New Lanark, I recommend you take a stroll. It’s beautiful and rather enchanting. Mystical and magical at this time of year.

The cotton mill village is most impressive and there are various walks and talks throughout the year, taking you back in time as you learn about the incredible life of mill manager Robert Owen. I can’t wait to see the magical touch the staff will add to the mill! The staff are more than helpful and want you to have a great time; they are full of pride and enthusiasm. Quite right too!

As I write this, I am getting in the Christmas spirit. Bring on The Christmas Experience! At New Lanark, it’s extra special this year and of course it is for the whole family. Classy and cool, you won’t be disappointed. Whether it’s the The Spirit of Christmas Ride or Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat pantomime, you will just love it. Oh yes, and you are never too old for the Toy Kingdom Santa’s Grotto. There are various Christmas craft activities too and I know my nephew will spend all day making cards for the family. I hope to see you there. You will probably find me in the Mill Shop doing a little Christmas shopping for unusual gifts. Hopefully see you soon….

Gina McKie – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Tickets for the New Lanark Christmas Experience are £9.50pp, and fantastic value family tickets are available – book now.

New Lanark Christmas Experience

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