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Ted’s January & February at New Lanark

Ted’s January & February at New Lanark

Hi everyone! Ted here, it’s great to be back and I can’t wait to tell you about all of the exciting things that I get up to at New Lanark this year.

Back in January we kick-started the year with our annual Family Stargazing event! It was a complete sell-out with over 150 people attending each night to take part in fun space crafts, get their faces painted and listen to fascinating talks by the Clydesdale and Glasgow Astronomical Societies. The weather wasn’t great so we didn’t see too many actual stars but everyone seems to have had a good time regardless! Here’s me ready to join Tim Peake up on the ISS!

Ted at New Lanark Stargazing

 

After the excitement of Stargazing, I’ve been enjoying some wintery walks around New Lanark – and how different they have been! The two photos below were taken a day apart, so you can see that we’ve been enjoying some lovely sunshine as well as being transformed back into a Winter Wonderland a couple of times!

New Lanark sunny JanuaryNew Lanark snowy January

 

All these walks have been a perfect excuse to warm up in the Mill Café with a tasty bowl of soup and hot drink. If I’ve been extra good I’ll treat myself to a homemade scone or even some New Lanark Ice Cream!

New Lanark Mill Café

 

On 18th February we opened New Lanark’s first exhibition of the year! It’s called Keeping Glasgow in Stitches and it’s a display of 12 beautiful (and massive!) banners that were created in 1990 to celebrate Glasgow being named the European City of Culture! Over 600 people from different community groups across Glasgow came together to work on the banners. If you fancy seeing it for yourself the exhibition is open to the public for free everyday until 31st March 2016, 10am-4pm.

Ted visiting Keeping Glasgow in Stitches at New Lanark

Keeping Glasgow in Stitches Exhibition at New Lanark

 

Coming up in March next month we have our Easter Egg-Stravaganza on 27th & 28th – tickets are on sale now! We’ll also be running Daily Guided Tours and Kids’ Craft Workshops during the Easter Holidays in April.

See you then!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’ve had a very busy March so far taking trips to other visitor attractions in Scotland, and have even been working on my wardrobe with New Lanark Primary…but more about that later!

Battle of Bannockburn
Last week I packed my backpack, donned my cardigan and headed to The Battle of Bannockburn experience with some of my friends at New Lanark. When we got there we met lots of other people from visitor attractions across Scotland through who are all linked together through ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions)…I can’t wait until I get the chance to visit another attraction! All offers to my personal assistant [email protected].

 

Ted and Robert the Bruce statue

We had a brilliant day at the Bannockburn Experience. First of all we entered the ‘Prepare for Battle’ room where you can discover the weapons used in the battle, experience 3D film all around you and best of all – talk to some characters who would have been involved in the battle. I liked this bit the best and think it would be really cool at New Lanark, what kind of stories would you like to hear from people who used to live/work in the mills? Let me know by commenting below.

Bannockburn Experience

After ‘preparing for Battle’ we put the tactics we had learned to good use and teamed up as the Scottish and English army to play against each other in an interactive Battle Game!

Battle Game

Fresh from battle I met up with Bruce the Bear who lives at the Bannockburn Experience. I commented that he looked a lot more regal than me so he suggested trying on some of the chainmail and other armour soldiers would have worn in 1314. Wow, that stuff is heavy!

Ted and Bruce the bear in chainmail

New Lanark Primary ‘Dress Ted’ competition
After my trip to the Battle of Bannockburn I went to see the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal, and ventured more locally to New Lanark Primary School. As my cardigan and wooly hat are getting a bit warm for Spring, the pupils have entered a competition to design me a new outfit fit for a Spring Fling! I’ve had a look at some of the entries so far and there are some very talented children at the school. Keep an eye out for my April blog as I’ll be modelling the winning entry!
Ted and his Dress Ted competition entries

I’ve also been busy helping the New Lanark team get ready for Stargazing LIVE this weekend on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March. (5-8.30pm) The event is going to be great, with a talk from Clydesdale Astronomical Society, Stargazing on the Roof Garden and some amazing Cosmic Crafts – including this ‘Build your own Jet Pack’!
Ted and his Stargazing LIVE jetpack
The £4 tickets are selling really fast, and Saturday night has now sold out totally! If you want to go along to the Sunday night try and book them as soon as possible by calling 01555 66134, emailing [email protected] or buy them online.

After Stargazing LIVE there are lots of fun Easter events happening at New Lanark in April. You can visit this page on the New Lanark website to find out lots more about them, but here’s a wee idea of what will be going on:

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April – Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Friday 3rd – Sunday 19th April – Easter Holidays Daily Tours
Wednesday 8th April – Clearburn Family Drop-in nature workshop
7th, 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th April – Easter Craft Workshops

I’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark soon. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to meet the Easter Bunny!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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