Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good summer so far! The wet weather we’ve been having hasn’t stopped me exploring New Lanark and this month I’ve been busy checking out Wee Row Hostel, the latest exhibition in the Gallery Room and peeking at my reflection in New Lanark Ice Cream’s huge trophy from the Royal Highland Show!
In my last blog I was telling you about Live at New Lanark at the end of June, so I thought I’d show you a photo of the great day it turned out to be! Nearly 300 people came down to Robert Owen’s Garden to listen to the brilliant music from 15 local bands & artists. You can listen to this podcast by bloggers Scots Whay Hae to hear interviews with some of the performers. I can’t wait for next year’s event that’s going to be even bigger and better!
Hanging out backstage with the Live at New Lanark crew!
On 19th July I got my picnic ready (jam sandwiches for me please!) and took my very own teddy to the BIG Picnic at New Lanark! The fun activities had to move indoors because of the weather, but everyone still had a great time with over 700 people attending the event! My favourite part was the Birds of Prey in the garden, but there was also Face painting, Balloon modelling, Storytelling and a Teddy Bear’s Picnic Trail!
Meeting up with some old friends at the Big Picnic
Last week I popped over to Wee Row Hostel at New Lanark. It’s now independently owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, but it’s still an affiliate member of the Scottish Youth Hostel Association. Wee Row Hostel has a selection of 18 rooms (Double, Triple, Quad, Studio) – all of which have views of the River Clyde, along with loads of other facilities like a self-catering kitchen, dining room, TV lounge, laundry, internet access, lockers, bike store & meeting room! Wee Row Hostel is popular with individual travellers, families, small and large groups – making a stay here a really unique and interesting experience. Let’s take a look around…
Checking out Wee Row Hostel!
Plenty of seats in the Dining Area to enjoy your tea
…comfy couches too!
Taking a break in the TV Room …now where’s the remote?
Outside Wee Row Hostel
The view’s not bad either!
After all that exploring I thought I deserved a treat so I headed over to the Mill Café to try some of their award winning Simply Vanilla Ice Cream! It recently scooped two fantastic awards at the Royal Highland Show 2015 including ‘Gold’ in the Vanilla Flavour Class and ‘Overall Champion Ice Cream’ – beating off competition from some of the top ice cream producers across Scotland. I may be biased but I can say it’s the best ice cream this bear has ever tasted!
Now THAT’S a big cup…I wonder how much ice cream it can hold!
Don’t mind if I do!
If you’re thinking of visiting New Lanark in the next couple of weeks be sure to pop up to the Gallery Room to check out the current ‘World Wide Weave’ exhibition. This exhibition has been put together by Peter Bateson to celebrate the Camphill Foundation’s 75th anniversary and features fantastic textile art from Camphill communities around the world. Entry is free and the exhibition is open every day from 10am-5pm until Thursday 6th August.
World Wide Weave exhibition at New Lanark!
Coming up at New Lanark is a unique performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday 15th August! This will be performed by the four strong, mad-cap HandleBards who travel the country carrying all their props and costumes on their bikes – phew! Tickets for the performance are £10 for Adults and £5 for under 16s. You can find out more here and purchase tickets online or by calling 01555 661345.
The madcap HandleBards!
That’s all for now – here’s hoping the sun comes out for the rest of July! 🙂
Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger