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Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

You may not want to believe it but summer is slowly leaving us and we are entering the golden, enchanting time of year… autumn. There is plenty to see and do in the local area to make the most of this beautiful time of year!

New Lanark World Heritage Site

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As the colder weather begins to set in, there is no better reason to spend the day inside our Visitor Centre. Enjoy an experience on the Annie McLeod Ride, take a wander over to Robert Owen’s house and discover what life was like for the people of his time.

Mill Shop & Mill Cafe

Re-fuel yourself after walking around the village and get in from the brisk weather for a cup of tea and a homemade scone from our Mill Cafe. The Mill Shop will be launching new loyalty cards in September, keep an eye out for them!

Autumnal Walk to the Falls of the Clyde

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

The Falls of the Clyde always produce beautiful views, no matter what time of year. Whether the sun is beaming down reflecting onto The Falls or if rain is lashing itself into The Falls, creating a wild, dangerous flow. However, there is something special about Autumn. Autumn can be ever so peaceful, when the leaves are turning golden brown and each falling leaf brings us one step closer to Winter. Take a walk up to The Falls of the Clyde and witness the sheer beauty New Lanark has to offer with the surrounding landscape.

October Week Guided Tours 

During the October Week (17th – 23rd October) New Lanark will be providing guided tours of the village which will allow visitors to get an insight of New Lanark’s history. For example, find out how Robert Owen and David Dale are related, or why the mill workers didn’t wear shoes…

Photo credit: Mark Archibald

Photo credit: Mark Archibald

 

 

New Lanark Mill Hotel

New Lanark Knitting Day!

Due to previous success, we are hosting another Knitting Day in the Mill Shop on Saturday 29th October from 12-4 pm. Come on down to knit, socialise and share tips with other knitting enthusiasts.

There is plenty to get up to in New Lanark this Autumn, visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and keep yourself busy!

 

New Lanark World Heritage Site is not the only attraction to keep you busy throughout Autumn, here are some other local attractions in Lanarkshire.

Biggar Museum 

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If you are planning a day out in Lanarkshire, Biggar Museum should be on your list. You can find rich archaeological, social and historic heritage inside the Museum. The museum focuses on 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale. Biggar Museum can be found at the top of Biggar High Street, head over to see what historic value they have to offer!

Craignethan Castle

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Another attraction to keep you busy during Autumn is a visit to Craignethan Castle. Enjoy a day out to the castle and see the unusual defences of this artillery fort built in the 1530’s. Not only can you admire the castle itself and all the history that comes with it, but you can also treasure the woodland view surrounding it. The Autumn views along with the historic culture will make for a brilliant day out!

Carmichael Visitor Centre

Photo Credit: Carmichael.co.uk

Photo Credit: Carmichael.co.uk

Carmichael Visitor Centre have former Edinburgh Wax Model Collection on offer which depicts Scotland’s Millennium from Queen Margaret to present day. The wax models create a realistic feel to what life was like back in Queen Margaret’s time and throughout to Macbeth.

The Antonine Wall

Photo Credit: antoninewall.com

Photo Credit: antoninewall.com

If you are into Roman history, visit The Antonine Wall this Autumn to enjoy the rich history they have to offer. You will be able to see the remarkable impact the wall has had on the landscape. Even if you are not into Roman history as such you can still admire the beautiful landscape and enjoy the walking trails. You can also visit The Falkirk Wheel by boat from The Antonine Wall. Check out their Big Roman Week this September!

Be sure to visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and other local attractions this Autumn!

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

From Ice Cream to our Interactive Gallery, there are so many reasons New Lanark is the perfect location for a day out this summer!

 

1. New Lanark Ice Cream

Summer always calls for a delicious ice cream! As of May this year, the entire production process for New Lanark Ice Cream takes place in the village of New Lanark! All of the profits from New Lanark Ice Cream are returned to New Lanark Trust to reinvest in the upkeep & development of the village. So, every time you have a cone you’re contributing to keeping the village available for lots of visitors to enjoy in the future!

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2. Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

After being redeveloped in September 2014, Clearburn Play & Picnic Area is a real hotspot for families at New Lanark in the summer. We even won the Hudsons Heritage ‘Best Heritage Picnic Spot UK’ in March 2016! With lots of fun play areas and picnic tables it’s the perfect setting for a picnic in the sun. Don’t miss the magical storytelling dome & willow tunnel! Entry to Clearburn is free.

People enjoying Clearburn

 

3. Woodland walk to Falls of Clyde

The village of New Lanark is located on the doorstep of the gateway to the Falls of Clyde wildlife reserve which is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Take a woodland walk in the reserve to spot lots of native animals like badgers and otters, and wonder at the beauty of three magnificent waterfalls! Entry to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve is free. 

 

4. Lots of picnic areas

We’ve already mentioned Clearburn as a fantastic picnic area, but we have lots of areas at New Lanark to make the most of the nice weather! Enjoy picnics at the Waterwheel, in Robert Owen’s Garden, in the walkway down into the village and even on our Roof Garden! (see point 5)

 

5. Roof Garden

At New Lanark we have the largest Roof Garden of its kind in Scotland – at an incredible 9,000 square feet! The garden is located on the flat roof of one of our Mill buildings, and has spectacular views across the village and to the first of the Falls – Dundaff Linn. Entry to the Roof Garden is included in the price of our Visitor Centre tickets, and you can also buy a ticket just for Mill 3 which includes the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, textile floor and Roof Garden.

 

6. Interactive Gallery

We all know that sometimes summer in Scotland doesn’t mean sun! For the days when it’s a ‘bit dreich’ we have the fantastic Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Located in Robert Owen’s School for Children this is a treat for the senses with bright colours, sounds, shapes and textures for children to enjoy. Entry is £1.50 per child with a Visitor Centre ticket, or £3 per child without (for up to 2 hours play). Under 1’s and adults go free!

Interactive Gallery

 

7. Daily Guided Tours

For the history buffs, or just those who’d like to know more about the fascinating history of New Lanark village we will be running a Daily Guided Tour throughout the South Lanarkshire summer holidays (25th June – 14th August). What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception. (no tours on 17th or 28th July) 

 

8. Craft Workshops for Kids

Monster puppets, wind chimes, dinosaurs and more! These are all of the fantastic crafts children can make at our Craft Workshops running throughout the Scottish summer holidays. Workshops must be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345 (Lines open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Workshops are £3.50 per child or £2.00 with a Visitor Centre ticket. Running from 1-3pm in the School for Children.

Week 1 – 28, 29, 30 June – Hot Air Balloons

Week 2 – 5,6,7 July – Make your own underwater world

Week 3 – 12, 13, 14 July – Make your own Jungle/Jurassic world

Week 4 – 19, 21 July – Glass Jar Painting

No crafts on the week of Antiques Roadshow

Week 5 – 2,3,4 August – Monster puppets

Week 6 – 9,10,11 August – Wind chime making

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9. Mill Shops 

The Mill Shop offers a delightful range of gifts, homeware, Scottish produce and New Lanark Wool which is spun on-site using our historic textile machinery. From the end of July we’ll be stocking British clothing & accessories brand Joules in the Mill Shop. In the village we also have a Village Store which stocks lots of traditional ‘sweeties’, retro toys and fun souvenirs! The Mill Shop is open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Organic Tartan range

The world’s first Organic Tartan collection – sold exclusively in the Mill Shop

10. Mill Café 

If you’ve worked up an appetite and it’s not quite picnic weather outside, then just head for the Mill Café at New Lanark! Located in an old mill floor, the Mill Café serves up a range of delicious home baking, hot lunches, tea, coffee and New Lanark Ice Cream all day. (Monday – Saturdya 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm)

New Lanark Mill Café

 

If all of those reasons aren’t enough, on-site we also have the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Mill One Bar & Mill One Restaurant and Wee Row Hostel. New Lanark is located less than a 5 minute’s drive from the historic Royal Burgh of Lanark. In Lanark you can visit the High Street shops, Castlebank Park, Lanark Loch and Racecourse!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

This year the Early May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May. Make it a ‘May Day’ to remember with a trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

 

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Spring Food & Gift Fair – Monday 2nd May

Our annual Spring Food & Gift Fair will be taking place on the May Bank Holiday, with a host of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts! Entry is free and the fair runs from 10am-4pm. Also available will be New Lanark Ice Cream, New Lanark Wool & Textiles and special stalls from the Mill Shop & Village Store!

 

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New Lanark Visitor Centre

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. There are many attractions to enjoy within the Visitor Centre, including: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Robert Owen’s School for Children, Millworkers’ House in 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and the Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton Exhibition. A full day at New Lanark Visitor Centre can be complemented by lunch in the Mill Café, and a browse in the two shopping areas – the Mill Shop & Village Store.

 

Falls of Clyde

Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks this May Bank Holiday and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers.

 

People enjoying Clearburn

Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

In March 2016 Clearburn was awarded ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards 2016. In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

 

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New Lanark Mill Hotel

Why not make a full weekend away of your May Bank Holiday? We have a number of accommodation options onsite so you can wake up in a World Heritage Site! We have the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering Waterhouses.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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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!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Ideas for your perfect trip to New Lanark!

Ideas for your perfect trip to New Lanark!

So you’re thinking of visiting New Lanark World Heritage Site? With our scenic location, beautiful walks and award winning visitor centre you’ll be spoiled for choice on what to do whilst you’re here. To give you some ideas, we’ve pulled together itineraries of different durations – from a whistle-stop 1 hour visit, to a full day and overnight in the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel

 

1 hour visit

If you’re just passing by and fancy visiting New Lanark you can still get a taste of why people love visiting our site. First off, take in the architecture of our buildings by walking past the Bell Tower, Robert Owen’s Garden, Institute for the Formation of Character, Mill 3 and the School for Children. Don’t forget to stop off at the waterwheel to grab an iconic photo of the Falls of Clyde! After that you can either pop into the Mill Shop or Village Store to pick up a gift or New Lanark souvenir to remind you to come back for a longer visit!

The Falls of Clyde - Dundaff Linn

The Falls of Clyde – Dundaff Linn

 

2-4 hour visit

You’ve now got time to explore the New Lanark Visitor Centre! Start off by stepping back in time on the Annie McLeod Experience Ride on Level 5 before heading down to Level 4 to watch the historic textile machinery in action. Head up to the Roof Garden to enjoy spectacular views of the village – a great photo opportunity! If it’s time for lunch you can enjoy a snack in the Mill Café which is located beside the Mill Shop, allowing you time for a quick browse. You can then head past the waterwheel (another great photo opportunity of the Falls) to the School for Children. Here you can explore our current exhibition, visit the Interactive Gallery if you’ve got kids with you, step back in time into the Historic Classroom and watch our ‘Harmony in the Future’ film. You’ve now just got enough time to pop into the Village Store to treat yourself to some New Lanark Ice Cream before you leave! If you were able to GiftAid your Visitor Centre ticket you’ll be able to come back time & time again within 12 months to explore parts of the Visitor Centre you didn’t get to see, or parts you just want to visit again!

Roof Garden

New Lanark Roof Garden

 

5-6 hour visit

Kick off your visit with a woodland walk to the Falls of Clyde, part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers or even see the rare peregrine falcons. On your way back you can stop off at Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area for a rest & to relax beside the babbling river (or the kids can play here!). Head back into the village and treat yourself to a tasty lunch at the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s restaurant or Falls bar.

You can then spend the second half of your visit going around the New Lanark Visitor Centre. As well as all of the great attractions above like the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, historic textile machinery, Roof Garden and School for Children you’ll also have the chance to explore the housing exhibits of Robert Owen’s House & the Millworkers’ Housing. Before you go be sure to pop into the River Room beside the main reception desk to check out our current temporary exhibition!

Walkway to the Falls of Clyde

Walkway to the Falls of Clyde

 

Full day & night visit

With a full day and night, you’ll be able to have the ultimate New Lanark experience! Start off your day by going around the New Lanark Visitor Centre. The many attractions include: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, historic textile machinery, Roof Garden, School for ChildrenRobert Owen’s House & the Millworkers’ Housing. You can then visit the Mill Café for a spot of lunch. If you fancy a sweet treat why not try the café’s Victorian Afternoon Tea or some New Lanark Ice Cream?

After those sweet treats walk them off with a woodland walk to the spectacular Falls of Clyde. Made up of Corra Linn, Bonnington Linn and Stonebyres Linn, these are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Scotland. They are now at the heart of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, where you can see ancient natural woodland and a huge variety of Flora and Fauna. If you’re feeling extra energetic you could complete the full Falls of Clyde Walk to Castlebank Park in Lanark!

If all that fresh air has made you hungry again then head to the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One restaurant for a delicious meal in a modern & contemporary setting – take a look at the menu here. There are lots of accommodation options at New Lanark to suit many needs. The New Lanark Mill Hotel offers 38 spacious and comfortable bedrooms. Unlike any other in Scotland, the New Lanark Mill Hotel was originally an 18th century cotton mill.  We also have 8 self-catering Waterhouses set on the banks of the River Clyde, and Wee Row Hostel which is perfect for larger groups or travellers looking for great quality budget accommodation.

New Lanark Mill Hotel

New Lanark Mill Hotel

Hopefully you’ve now got a good idea of what you can get up to when you visit New Lanark World Heritage Site. If you’d still like to ask any questions before your visit please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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