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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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03/12/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s Christmas at New Lanark!

Ted’s Christmas at New Lanark!

Hi everyone!

Ted here again for this month’s bumper Christmas Blog with everything I’ve been up to at New Lanark over November and December!

During November we were really busy getting everything set up for Christmas, so it was nice to end the month with a extra-special day! On Friday 27th November the New Lanark textiles team launched the world’s first ever Organic Tartan at a special event in the Mill Shop. The tartan was registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in September 2015, and the entire process from sheep to shop has been certified as 100% organic by the Soil Association. I sported a special bow tie made out of the Organic Tartan fabric for the event, which I think looks very dashing indeed! The tartan will be sold exclusively in the New Lanark Mill Shop through a range of bags, purses, wallets, accessories and cosy throws!

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Launching the world’s first ever Organic Tartan!

On Monday 30th November New Lanark joined in with the Scottish Government’s nationwide St.Andrew’s Day celebrations by lighting up the famous Falls of Clyde blue! I think the photo looks pretty cool, and some of the other iconic places lit up looked amazing as well – like Edinburgh Castle and The Kelpies!

St.Andrew's Day 2015 - New Lanark - Dundaff Linn

Dundaff Linn lit up blue to celebrate St.Andrew’s Day!

 

In case you hadn’t realised – it’s almost Christmas! On Saturday 28th November the New Lanark Christmas Experience opened its doors and kicked off the first weekend of the fantastic event. Tickets are really good value, and for £9.50pp you can meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy the photo/craft zone and go on the Spirit of Christmas Ride! If you’d like to pack more into your day for £11.50pp you can do all of that plus see our festive pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers – I went to see it on Saturday and I’d highly recommend it!  New Lanark’s Santa’s Grotto was also recently included in a list of the Top 10 places to meet Santa in the UK, wow!

Giddy up Dasher, Prancer & Vixen!

 

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Meeting some of the other bears at Santa’s Workshop!

 

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Front row seats for the pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers!

 

After all that excitement I thought it would be nice to treat myself to the Mill Café’s Festive Afternoon Tea! They’re running it Monday – Fridays in December from 12-4pm, and it’s only £10.50pp for all of this! You need to book in advance so best to call 01555 667205 to get your place reserved 🙂

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Yum yum, us bears to like a good scone!

Until next year!!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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24/11/15 Uncategorized # , , , , , ,

Meet the panto cast of Sister Ella’s Slippers!

Meet the panto cast of Sister Ella’s Slippers!

Arkeen Theatre Company

Director and writer – Joanne Tulips

Musical Director – Raymond Tulips

Arkeen Theatre Company was established in 1997 and have been writing and producing the pantomime in New Lanark for over 15 years.  With stories including Miss Molly’s Curiosity Shop, Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat last year and Sister Ella’s Slippers this year ; our original pantomimes include traditional characters, a few from the future and the past;  within quality, fun and entertaining productions.

Arkeen also have the privilege of delivering many Theatre In Education productions across South Lanarkshire; including the acclaimed production Is This Me?  This production, commissioned by SLC highlights the dangers of Alcohol and Drug abuse in a dynamic way raising awareness for young people at secondary school level.

They have also written and delivered the SLC Artsnet Workshops and Production Safe & Sound for10 years.   This project raises Child Protection issues for P5-7 and has been recognised as ‘good practice’ by HMIe twice.

The dynamic Firework Safety Production Toast by John McClelland has also been a huge hit with audiences from Secondary Schools across SLC; with Arkeen producing 6 successful tours.

Arkeen Theatre Company also work in partnership with Jazzart UK Full time HNC/HND students; touring pantomime around Primary schools in the Glasgow/Lanarkshire area.

New Lanark is no doubt the most picturesque backdrop for Arkeen’s productions with the company also performing their ever-popular Murder Mystery events for the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Arkeen hope you enjoy this year’s Panto treat, with plenty of booing hissing, laughing, singing and dancing.

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Fiona Harris

Fiona spent 3 years at Motherwell College where she graduated with a BA Hon(s) in Musical Theatre in 2013. Her theatre credits include: Empress in Aladdin at Bathgate Regal. Amy/Sarah in ‘Is This Me  and Kate in Maw McLeods Festive Treat both with Arkeen Theatre Company. Fiona has been fortunate enough to have taught in both Scotland and Northern Ireand teaching drama and dance. This year’s performance will be Fiona’s second appearance at New Lanark and she is thrilled and excited to starring as Princess Ella and a ‘mysterious other’.

 

 

 

 

 

Katy-Louise Pritchett

I am delighted to say that this is my 6th Christmas season working for “Arkeen Theatre Company” in the New Lanark pantomime.  This is my favourite time of year.  I trained in “Acting and Performance” then went on to perform in touring theatre and work as an entertainer.  I have produced my own one-woman sing-along shows “The Great Big Sing-a-long”, “Sing-a-long a 60s” and, new this year, “The romantic 40s”.  I now live in Inverness and run my own entertainment business “Trapeze Entertainment” specialising in circus skills and performing arts workshops as well as traditional children’s entertainment throughout the Highlands.  I love my job and there is never a dull moment!

 

 

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is currently in the process of completing his last year of studies at JazzartUK in Motherwell.  He has so far gathered a certificate for musical theatre with distinction from the Trinity College of London.

His theatre credits include: Old Deuteronomy in Cats at Dundee Repertory Theatre. An ensemble in ‘Our House’ at Dundee Repertory theatre.

Jonathan has been fortunate enough to be cast as an extra for Ben Harts’s up and coming BBC 3 show premiering early next year.

This years performance will be Jonathan’s first appearance at New Lanark and he is thrilled and excited to be starring as Prince Charmalot.

 

Paul Stirrat

Paul Stirrat

This is Paul’s first performance with Arkeen. Paul trained at Motherwell college for three years and gained a B.A.(Hons) in Acting. Since graduating last year Paul has appeared in several independent films, corporate videos and a viral ad. This will be Paul’s debut performance at New Lanark.

 

 

 

 

Joseph Gallagher

Joseph Gallagher

Joseph is currently studying Musical Theatre at JazzArtUK and is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to understudy both Ugly Stepsisters and Prince Charm-a lot. As part of JazzArtUK Joseph has featured in numerous dance shows including “Go Dance” at the Theatre Royal Glasgow, ensemble in Fiona Kennedys “The Kist” as well as having a feature role in JazzArtUK’s very own pantomime “ The Wiz That Woz”. Joseph would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and he hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show!

 

Book your tickets now for New Lanark’s Christmas Experience! 

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09/11/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , ,

Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

Christmas is coming to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

New Lanark World Heritage Site is gearing up for a fantastic festive season with this year’s Christmas Experience.

The magical event will open on Saturday 28th November, and then run every weekend until Sunday 20th December, plus Wednesday 23rd December and Christmas Eve.

The World Heritage Site will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with lots of fun activities to enjoy on a family Christmas day out, right on Lanark’s doorstep!

The famous ‘Annie McLeod Experience’ Ride will be transformed into the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Ride. This takes visitors on a magical journey into Christmas past and present with Holly, the virtual tour guide.

Children will then be able to visit Santa’s Grotto and let him know what’s on their Christmas list, before visiting the ‘Activity, Craft & Photo Zone’ to enjoy some Christmas crafts & take selfies with the festive characters.

The Christmas Experience tickets are fantastic value at just £9.50pp and £35 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) with under 2’s going free.

Families who wish to add a bit more theatre to their day can purchase Pantomime Package tickets which include the Spirit of Christmas Ride, Santa’s Grotto and the fantastic pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers, specially written and performed for New Lanark by Arkeen Theatre Company. Pantomime Package tickets are just £11.50pp and £43 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). The pantomime is expected to be very popular so advance booking via www.newlanark.org is essential.

No trip to New Lanark this Christmas would be complete without visiting the Mill Shop for their fantastic range of festive decorations, contemporary gifts, kids toys and treats! The Mill Café will also be serving up a range of hot drinks, tasty snacks and hot lunches.

Further information on prices, dates & ticket booking for the New Lanark Christmas Experience is available at www.newlanark.org or by calling 01555 661345. (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

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