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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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12/11/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , ,

A volunteer’s day at the Great Tapestry of Scotland

A volunteer’s day at the Great Tapestry of Scotland

We’re more than three weeks into the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark and so far over 6,000 visitors have come through the doors for a chance to see the stunning Scottish artwork. With an average of 300 visitors each day, the successful running of the exhibition would not be possible without the generous help of our tapestry volunteers!

“We recently gained ‘Volunteer Friendly’ status from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, and we believe that has had a huge impact in attracting people to volunteer at the tapestry” said Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Over 30 volunteers are involved in the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark and they undertake a range of tasks – from providing a friendly welcome to the exhibition and answering questions, to helping people leave their stitch on the People’s Panel. A number of the tapestry volunteers already volunteer at New Lanark in the Search Room, working on digitising the vast range of  archives from the World Heritage Site. The rest have chosen to give up their free time for a number of reasons – some have even volunteered at previous Great Tapestry exhibitions around Scotland and couldn’t resist the chance to be involved again.

We asked some of our volunteers what their favourite thing about volunteering at the Great Tapestry was:

“It’s really interesting to be volunteering here, and it’s amazing to be able to see all of the incredible detail that has went into the panels. I’ve met lots of people I wouldn’t normally have met, and it’s great to be able to answer peoples questions about the tapestry. The question I get asked most is where it’ll be exhibited next…but that’s not been announced yet!” Helen Bell

 

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to show people around the tapestry. It’s 143m long, so you really appreciate all the work that has gone into it. My favourite thing about volunteering is talking to people, and being able to answer their questions about the tapestry. I’d recommend volunteering to anyone as it’s really worthwhile, and it’s nice being able to help the public” Kenneth Ellis

 

“I helped to stitch Panel 97, and have been part of a banner group since 1990. After we stitched a banner for ‘Glasgow: City of Culture’ in 1990, we received a certificate saying we could graze our sheep and hang our washing in Glasgow Green. We told Andrew Crummy that and he included a little washing line and sheep in Panel 97’s football design! I love meeting everyone who visits the tapestry, hearing their positive comments and where they’ve come from”  Marilyn Caddell

 

“I used to teach in Carluke, so it’s been great meeting people that I wouldn’t have expected to see here: parents, pupils and friends!” Lorna Chapman

 

“I live locally and saw an advert looking for volunteers in the paper. I enjoy Arts & Crafts, and I helped embroider the Millenium Tablecloth for Lanark Rural – so it seemed like it would be very interesting to volunteer at the tapestry. It’s wonderful seeing the fantastic reception the tapestry receives from visitors from around the world” Eileen Greig

We spent the day at the Great Tapestry with our volunteers on Saturday 8th November. It was one of our busiest days with almost 500 visitors! The highlights of the day were two storytelling sessions with best-selling Scottish author Allan Burnett. Visitors young and old crowded round to hear Allan tell fantastic tales from his book “The Story of Scotland” which is inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland. From Macbeth to Mary Queen of Scots, history really came alive as Allan interpreted details from the Tapestry into fascinating Scottish stories.

Great Tapestry of Scotland - Allan Burnett

Looking the part for some 16th century story telling.

Great Tapestry of Scotland - Allan Burnett

Children listen on eagerly to author Allan Burnett.

There are now less than two weeks left to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland at New Lanark before the exhibition ends on Sunday 23 November at 5pm. (last entry 4pm) Don’t miss out!

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New Lanark Wool Used in Tapestry Exhibition

Don’t miss the ‘Inspired Landscapes’ exhibition of wall hangings by Forth Community Resource Centre, in the River Room at New Lanark until 11 October.  The hangings are approximately the size of postcards and are very appealing.  Inspired by local landscapes, many of the tapestry items are woven from New Lanark wool in soft natural colours. Weaving, embroidery and crochet stitches are combined to create impressions of trees, water, moorland and hills.  One hanging shows Dundaff Linn waterfall at the end of New Lanark village.  Brilliant!

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