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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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22/10/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October now – where has this year gone? We’ve been really busy at New Lanark with our Book Festival, the October week and getting all set for our Spook-tacular Halloween events!

Like I said, we kicked off the month with the first ever ‘New Lanark Book Festival’ with lots of author sessions for adults and children to enjoy! Here’s a photo of my helping out author Chae Strathie (who used to live in New Lanark!)  at his Book Festival session.

Chae Strathie at the New Lanark Book Festival

Once upon a time…

 

We had great weather here at New Lanark over the October Week! The site was busy with lots of people enjoying walks to the Falls of Clyde and taking part in our Daily Tours and Autumn Craft Workshops!

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Enjoying the autumn sun on the New Lanark Roof Garden

 

Next Friday (30th October) Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony in Indiana will be giving a free talk at New Lanark! She’ll be discussing Robert Owen and his family in New Harmony, with a focus on Jane Blaffer Owen CBE – the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen, Robert Owen’s great-great- grandson.

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Reading about New Harmony in Robert Owen’s House

 

I’m getting so excited for my first Halloween at New Lanark! On Saturday 31st October we’re hosting a fun day of crafts, games and storytelling in the ‘old gift shop’ at New Lanark which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. Entry is just £3 per child and you can get in free with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket! At nighttime there will be Spooky Tours of New Lanark Village, but these have been really popular and are almost all sold out!

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Is there something on my face? I feel like there’s something on my face!

 

So that’s what I’ve been up to in October! As November rolls around we’ll be getting ready for our Christmas Experience at New Lanark which opens on Saturday 28th November!

I’ll hopefully see you soon 🙂

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Ted’s September at New Lanark

Ted’s September at New Lanark

Hello everyone!

Ted here again to let you know what I’ve been up to at New Lanark this September. After I came back my holidays (in Bar-bear-dos) I was straight back to work at New Lanark’s Doors Open Weekend! We had lots of people come down to the site over the weekend to explore buildings in New Lanark not usually open to the public. You’ll never guess who was there too – David Dale and Richard Arkwright had travelled forward in time from the 1800’s to give free tours to visitors! Doors Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, so you can visit their website to find out about more events across Scotland. 

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Evelyn and I working hard at Doors Open Weekend!

 

As of yesterday (Wednesday 23rd September) it’s now officially Autumn! It’s one of my favourite seasons here at New Lanark, you really don’t want to miss visiting here and seeing all the beautiful colours – just like Alan Knox has captured in this amazing photograph of the Falls of Clyde! From the New Lanark Book Festival, to fun kids craft workshops during the October break there’s lots going on here this Autumn. Just visit our website to read all about it! 

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Autumn is here!

 

As I mentioned New Lanark is hosting its very own Book Festival at the start of October! From Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th over 20 brilliant authors will be speaking at the event on loads of interesting topics like Scottish History, Textiles, Scottish food (mmmm) & Scotch Whisky! Well-known authors like Christopher Brookmyre and James Robertson will be taking to the stage, along with up-and-coming novelists like Jonathan Whitelaw and Mandy Haggith. You can view the full list of author sessions here and get your tickets here!

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I’m a bit of a bookworm, don’t you know…

 

The Schools in South Lanarkshire will be taking a break from 25th – 28th September, and we’ll be running Daily Tours at New Lanark on each of these days at 2pm. It’s included in a Visitor Centre ticket, and will give you the chance to find out lots more about the fascinating history of New Lanark.

Last but not least, New Lanark will be hosting our very own Halloween Spook-tacular event on Saturday 31st October with creepy crafts, storytelling & spooky night time tours! Come along if you dare 🙂

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Ted’s August at New Lanark

Ted’s August at New Lanark

Hi everyone! Ted here again, I’ve had a really busy month at New Lanark soaking up the last of summer – why is the weather always nice when the schools go back?!

We kicked off August at New Lanark by announcing the line-up for the first New Lanark Book Festival in October! It’s all very exciting…over 20 authors are going going to be speaking at New Lanark on interesting themes like Scottish History, Fiction and Food, Drink & Textiles! The festival is going to last for 4 days, from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October and there are lots of different ticket options & prices so everyone should be able to see at least one author! The Early Bird tickets are on sale right now…so what are you waiting for?! Check them out now.

New Lanark Book Festival

New Lanark Book Festival

On 11th August The Quaker Tapestry opened at New Lanark! This is our third tapestry exhibition in 10 months…you’d think we had a special history & connection with textiles!? We’re currently showing 20 panels from the tapestry which celebrate the significant contribution Quakers have made to the modern world. It’s an extra special link for us as some of Robert Owen’s partners were Quakers! The tapestry is open until Friday 28th August, and on that evening the tapestry’s curator, Bridget Guest, will be giving a talk on its ‘Secrets and Stories’! Find out more about the talk & buy tickets.

 

The excitement wasn’t over yet for that week! On Saturday 15th August The HandleBards pedalled up to New Lanark to perform their mad-cap rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We had a beautiful night in Robert Owen’s Garden and the performance was fantastic so I’ve got my fingers crossed that they will be touring again next year and will come to New Lanark.

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On 19th August we re-opened Robert Owen’s House which had been closed for refurbishment for 2 weeks prior. The house is a main part of our Visitor Centre, and is interpreted to show how the house may have looked when Robert Owen and his family lived there c.1799. I had a good exploration of the house and I have to say the New Lanark Heritage team have done a fantastic job!

Ted at Robert Owen's Desk

Getting down to business…

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Am I too early for the dinner party?

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I hope the Scullery Maid doesn’t think I’m the starter!

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I wonder who lives in those small houses?

So that’s all that’s been happening at New Lanark this August! Coming up next month in September we have the ever-popular Doors Open Weekend on 12th & 13th September! We’ll hopefully see you there for guided tours, building exploration, printmaking & more. Over the September Weekend (25-28th) we’ll also have daily guided tours!

Bye for now!

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Ted’s July at New Lanark

Ted’s July at New Lanark

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!

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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!

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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…

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Checking out Wee Row Hostel!

Ted in the Wee Row Hostel dining area

Plenty of seats in the Dining Area to enjoy your tea

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…comfy couches too!

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Taking a break in the TV Room …now where’s the remote?

Food posters at Wee Row Hostel

Sounds tasty!

Outside Wee Row Hostel

Outside Wee Row Hostel

View of River Clyde from 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!

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Now THAT’S a big cup…I wonder how much ice cream it can hold!

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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.

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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.

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The madcap HandleBards!

 

That’s all for now – here’s hoping the sun comes out for the rest of July! 🙂

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Ted’s June at New Lanark

Ted’s June at New Lanark

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!

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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!

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Jenna the Lanimer Queen, Gordon the Lord Cornet and myself!

Lanimer Ride Out at New Lanark

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!

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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.

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Spectrum exhibition

 

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. 

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Summer Craft workshops – mythical creature costume!

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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.

Ted at the Village Store

The new bike was a bit big for me so I just had a go in the basket!

Ted at the Village Store

Us bears do love sweet treats!

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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! 🙂

 

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Ted’s May at New Lanark

Ted’s May at New Lanark

Hi again everyone, Ted here! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the nice weather (while it lasted!) There were certainly lots of visitors soaking up the sun at New Lanark whilst exploring the village, walking to the Falls, enjoying Clearburn and enjoying a New Lanark Ice Cream cone, or two!

We’re only one week into May and I’ve already been really busy at New Lanark and going ‘up the hill’ to the town of Lanark.

On Monday 4th May New Lanark hosted its annual Spring Food and Gift Fair. Over 600 visitors came down to enjoy some delicious Scottish produce and pick up some wonderful hand made crafts. I had a great day checking out all of the different stalls, and even had my first taste of the famous Arbroath Smokies!

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Getting the fish ready for the smoker!

At the weekend I also popped into the new exhibition in the River Room at New Lanark. ‘Seasonal Inspirations’ is a beautiful collection of paintings by local artists Eileen, Eve and Nancy – some of them are even available to buy. Entry to the exhibition is free, and it’s running 10am-5pm daily until the 29th of May! (closed 16th May)

Channeling my inner art critic 🙂

Impressive paintings at ‘Seasonal Inspirations’

Last week I took a trip up to Lanark to visit the Lanark Museum! The museum is now located within the YMCA building in the Bloomgate. It’s open from 11am-4pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from April to September. It has loads of interesting artefacts including old photographs of Lanark, historical Lanimer crowns and a stone marking where William Wallace’s house would have stood! You can find out more about the Lanark Museum online at www.lanarkmuseum.org, by visiting their Facebook page or calling 01555 666680.

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Checking out some old photographs…

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All hail King Ted!

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The crown jewels….of Lanark!

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Looking forward to Wallace Weekend on 23-24 May!

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Using the touchscreen to find out about the history of Lanark…

 

When I’ve not been gallivanting I’ve been ‘pom pom’ing!  New Lanark are planning a ‘Craft Bomb’ to join in the celebrations with the launch of Voluntary Arts Week which is all about celebrating the nation’s creativity from 15-24 May 2015. You can get involved by making a pom pom or any other knitted creation and sending it to New Lanark before 15th May. (you can drop it off at Visitor Centre reception or post to Melissa Reilly, New Lanark Trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB) They’ll then use all of the creations to decorate a secret part of New Lanark on 15th May! You can check out this great tutorial which teaches you how to make pom poms with forks and toilet rolls. 

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These pom poms are quite comfy!

 

I’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark soon! Did you know that throughout the whole of May you can get 25% off New Lanark Visitor Centre tickets by downloading this voucher, printing it off and showing at reception? What a great way to explore the award winning Visitor Centre with great attractions like the Annie McLeod Experience, Historic Classroom, Roof Garden & Clearburn Natural Play Area!

There’s lots of other great events coming up in May, including…

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Ted’s April at New Lanark

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Hi there, do you notice anything different? It might just be my amazing new outfit! In my last blog I was looking through all of the entries from the Dress Ted competition we ran with New Lanark Primary School. It was really hard to pick the winner, but in the end P7 pupil Kiera Lee Donaghy’s design caught my eye! Using New Lanark wool shades like Sky, Clementine and Copper Blue I thought it was perfect looking for spring – and the cap will help to keep the sun out of my eyes. Janice from the New Lanark Visitor Centre very kindly then knitted up Kiera’s design into my new outfit. I’ll have to get a wardrobe soon to keep them all in! Take a look at Kiera’s great design and the runners up from the rest of the school classes.

 

Dress Ted winners

Dress Ted winners

I showcased my new outfit at the New Lanark Easter Egg-Stravaganza last weekend. What an amazing couple of days! I met up with my old pal the Easter Bunny and we had a great day meeting hundreds of families who were down at New Lanark enjoying the sunshine and all of the fun Easter activities. Did you go along? We’d love to know if you enjoyed yourselves, you can tell us about your experience by filling out this short survey.

Ted at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza

On Wednesday 8th April I went down to Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Area to catch up with the folks from Clydesdale Community Initiatives who were running free nature workshops for families. Everyone was really busy working on the bug hotel, wild flower seed sowing , pot seed sowing, willow weaving and general maintenance – all to keep Clearburn nice and tidy and get it ready for the summer months!

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Taking a seat in the Willow Dome…

 

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Clearing out Clearburn river!

 

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Sowing seeds!

 

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Check into the Bug Hotel!

 

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Trying out some willow weaving

 

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Keeping the pathway tidy!

Clydesdale Community Initiatives are running more workshops at Clearburn in the summer, here’s all the details:

 

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 3rd June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Learn about plant anatomy and wild flower ID workshop plus tidy up for summer. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 24th June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Workshop including wild flower foray and maintenance. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

 

After getting my nature fill at Clearburn I popped into the new Homecoming exhibition in Robert Owen’s School for Children which is part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. This really interesting exhibition explores the lives of the families who have lived and worked at New Lanark for generations. From owners including David Dale and Robert Owen to villagers and millworkers, it traces family histories and connections formed throughout the world. I wonder if they can trace my teddy bear ancestors?

Ted at New Lanark's Homecoming exhibition

Later on this month I’m looking forward to the Robert Owen Commemoration Lecture on Friday 24th April. This year Docey Lewis is speaking at it, she’s a direct descendant of Robert Owen! Docey is a textile designer, and she’ll be talking about developing the Full Circle programme – a community development and social enterprise project in the mountains of Nepal which uses 17th and 18th century weaving and spinning skills for 21st century projects! Tickets for the talk are £4 and you can buy them here, call 01555 661345 or buy them at the door.

I’ve got a grumble in my tummy thinking about all of the tasty treats that will be on sale at the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May. This year’s event is going to be better than ever as we’re celebrating Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with lots of local produce, crafters, gifts and of course – New Lanark wool and textiles. The fair is open 10am-4pm and entry is free, so I’ll see you there!

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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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