Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been enjoying June so far – I’ve had a really busy month already celebrating Lanark Lanimers. You’ve probably heard of it already, but if not you just need to know that it’s a traditional week of celebrations in the town of Lanark which all cumulates on Lanimer Day when the Lanimer Queen is crowned and there’s a big procession down the High Street with local schools & groups dressed up in brilliant costumes.
To look my best for the week, I decided to dress up as a Lanimer Lord Cornet complete with Harris Tweed jacket, hat, sash & flag (all that’s missing is a horse!). My fantastic Harris Tweed jacket was made by Irene Murray from I heart bags. Irene makes lots of wonderful products, like bags and tablet cases using lovely bright colours of Harris Tweed. She can be emailed on [email protected] if you’d like to find out more about her products. My jodhpurs and riding boots were knitted by Janice and Lesli from the New Lanark Visitor Centre using New Lanark wool, they certainly did keep my paws warm!
Posing with the traditional Lanimer birch trees
I showcased my new outfit at the Ride Out at New Lanark on the Tuesday night of Lanimer Week where I even got to meet the Lanimer Queen Jenna and Gordon the Lord Cornet!
Jenna the Lanimer Queen, Gordon the Lord Cornet and myself!
Spot the difference?!
On Thursday the sun was shining for the people of Lanark to enjoy Lanimer Day. It was my first time watching the procession and I can’t wait until next year!
Prime viewing spot for the crowning of the Lanimer Queen!
After the excitement of Lanimer Week I visited the new exhibition in the New Lanark River Room. Run by Spectrum Art Group, there are some wonderful paintings from the art group’s members. The exhibition is free to view, and it’s running until Saturday 4th July.
It won’t be long now until the local schools finish up for the Summer holidays! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids then why not check out New Lanark’s programme of Summer Craft Workshops? Ruth from the New Lanark Learning Team gave me a sneak peek at some of the brilliant crafts the kids will be making – like this mythical dragon costume and paper lantern hot air balloon! Find out more & book a place today.
Summer Craft workshops – mythical creature costume!
Summer Craft workshops – paper lantern hot air balloon!
On Monday 15th June the refurbished Village Store opened again! It’s looking great and is the perfect place to pick up traditional sweeties, toys, New Lanark food & gifts, guide books and postcards.
The new bike was a bit big for me so I just had a go in the basket!
Us bears do love sweet treats!
Lots of fun New Lanark souvenirs to pick up!
Later on this month…
On Friday 19th June Malcolm Muir is giving a talk at New Lanark on the fascinating restoration project of Hamilton High Parks’ Ancient Treescape. Tickets are just £4 and can be bought by emailing [email protected], calling 01555 661345, online or ‘on the door’ on the night. The talk starts at 7.30pm in Robert Owen’s School for Children. (past the waterwheel)
I can’t wait for Live at New Lanark on Saturday 27th June! It’s going to be a day of live music for the whole family to enjoy, hosted in the beautiful Robert Owen’s Garden. You can bring a picnic or pick up a snack from some food & drink stalls. Tickets are just £6 for adults (or 2 for £10), Under 16s are £4 and Under 3s are free! Find out more and buy tickets. I’ll see you then – I’ll be hanging with the bands backstage! 🙂
Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger