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26.03.15 - Have a cracking Easter at New Lanark!
From fun craft workshops to meeting the Easter Bunny at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site this Easter.
After recently being ranked within Scotland’s Top 20 Visitor Attractions 2014 by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), New Lanark is planning to kick-off the Spring season with a host of fun Easter activities.
On Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April families can head to New Lanark for the Easter Egg-Stravaganza. These two days are jam packed with Easter entertainment including a Bouncy Castle, Easter Egg Treasure Trail, Easter Bunny, Duck Race, Magician, Sing-along storytelling, crafts and much more. Tickets are £3 and available to book online.
Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager said “Our Easter Egg-Stravaganza is set to be our biggest family Easter event yet at New Lanark! Tickets are only £3 per person – and there’s so much going on it really is a great value family day out”
Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning Assistant said “Children always have a wonderful time at our craft workshops, and come away very proud of what they’ve made! The workshops are usually very busy so if your children would like to come along please call us on 01555 661345 to book their places”
There’s also something for the nature loving family to enjoy at New Lanark. On Wednesday 8th April Clydesdale Community Initiatives are running a free family drop-in nature workshop at Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Area. The workshop will include exploring the ‘bug hotel’, wild flower seed sowing, pot seed sowing, willow weaving and general maintenance. (Workshop runs: 10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm – no booking required)
Running throughout the Easter Holidays New Lanark will be offering guided daily tours where visitors will be able to explore New Lanark and discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. Tours are included in a Visitor Centre ticket and leave daily from Institute reception at 2pm. (Tours run Friday 3rd – Sunday 19th April 2015)
As well as our Easter Activities New Lanark has a range of shopping and eating facilities to make it the perfect day out, including the Mill Café, Mill Shop and New Lanark Mill Hotel.
For further information on Easter activities at New Lanark & to book tickets please visit www.newlanark.org
09.03.15 - Stars in their eyes at New Lanark!
New Lanark’s annual Stargazing LIVE event returns for a weekend of cosmic discovery on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2015. (5pm – 8.30pm)
Running in association with the well-known BBC programme ‘Stargazing LIVE’, this year’s event at New Lanark has been rescheduled to coincide with the BBC’s programme on TV and the next visible total solar eclipse.
After a hugely popular event last year, New Lanark have decided to run the Stargazing LIVE event over two nights so even more eager stargazers can get involved.
Stargazing LIVE is being run in collaboration with a local group, the Clydesdale Astronomical Society (CAS) whose fascinating talk will be one of the highlights of the night.
Stargazing LIVE visitors will be able to try out Stargazing on Scotland’s largest Roof Garden at New Lanark, where the CAS team will be on hand to explain the skies or show visitors how to use their telescopes.
When visitors aren’t on the Roof Garden there will be plenty indoors to keep them entertained including a talk from CAS and a range of cosmic crafts suitable for young and old alike, including ‘make your own telescope’ and ‘build a jetpack’. Hot drinks, soup and snacks will be available to purchase from the Mill Café, and the Mill Shop will be open with gifts, Scottish crafts and textiles.
06.03.15 - New Lanark Trust to Run SYHA Affiliate Hostel
Located in the heart of the New Lanark World Heritage Site, the running of Wee Row Hostel will be taken over by the New Lanark Trust from 6 March 2015, remaining as a SYHA Hostelling Scotland Affiliate Hostel.
SYHA operated the hostel for 21 years but the lease is now at an end. Scott Gagen, who is the current youth hostel manager, will be staying on as the Wee Row Hostel manager. Wee Row Hostel has a maximum of 62 beds offering flexible accommodation over two floors.
Popular with individuals, families, school parties and groups, there is a wide selection of things to do on the doorstep, along with being only an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre allows guests to step back in time and rediscover what life was like at this working mill village. New Lanark is also a perfect stop over for those cycling from Land’s End to John O' Groats and the village marks the end of the popular Clyde Walkway which runs from Glasgow city centre to the heart of New Lanark.
SYHA Chief Executive Keith Legge said, “New Lanark is a unique World Heritage Site and we are delighted that Wee Row Hostel will remain affiliated to SYHA. The New Lanark Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to conserving the industrial heritage village of New Lanark and also has similar objectives to SYHA in terms of encouraging people and children from all walks of life to visit and explore this beautiful part of Scotland.”
Willie Macleod, Chairman of New Lanark Trust added “New Lanark welcomes visitors from all over the world, and we are committed to giving as many people as possible the chance to spend time in New Lanark, and as we say to “Wake up in a World Heritage Site!” .
26.02.15 - New Lanark World Heritage Site needs you!
New Lanark World Heritage Site was recently ranked as one of the Top 20 Visitor Attractions in Scotland 2014 by ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions) and now it is your chance to get involved with the unique & historical site.
New Lanark has already shown it is ‘Volunteer Friendly’ after gaining an Award from VASLAN (Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire) in 2014 for its work with the sites dedicated team of ‘Search Room’ Archive volunteers.
20.02.15 - New Lanark one of Top 20 Visitor Attractions in Scotland 2014!
New Lanark World Heritage Site ranked 16th in ASVA's 'Top 20 Visitor Attractions 2014' based on visitor numbers. New Lanark are delighted to report that the site saw a 20% increase in visitors on 2013, with an estimated 357,500 people visiting the World Heritage Site.
The ranking comes from the Association for Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) 2014 Annual Visitor Trend Report. The results showed a bumper year for tourism in Scotland, with a record number of visits being made to Scotland's visitor attractions in 2014. Research within the report shows an increase of 6.1% in visits on 2013. Analysis of statistics submitted by over 250 of the organisation’s member sites confirms that 27,141,519 visits were made to visitor attractions across Scotland in 2014, a rise of 6.1% on 2013 figures.
The number of Scottish sites attracting over 1 million visits doubled to six in 2014, compared with three in 2013.
For the fourth year, the National Museum of Scotland was the most visited attraction with 1,639,509 visits recorded (free entry). Edinburgh Castle was once again the most visited paid for attraction with 1,480,676 visits.
The increase at New Lanark was helped by a number of new initiatives including the opening of Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area and the opening of the new Mill Shop. During 2014 New Lanark also implemented a full events, exhibitions & talks programme with the aim of encouraging more people to visit New Lanark - and discover that there really is something for everyone on site.
The greatest increase in visitors at New Lanark was seen in October/November during the exhibition of the Great Tapestry of Scotland. This popular exhibition drove over 13 thousand visitors to the site, and had a positive impact on cross-site spend within the Mill Shop and Mill Café. December was the busiest month onsite, with nearly 9 thousand visitors attending the annual ‘New Lanark Christmas Experience’.
Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager "New Lanark will be continuing a full events programme in 2015, and looks forward to exciting new events including ‘Live at New Lanark’ in June, the ‘2015 Book Festival’, ‘Halloween Spook-tacular’ in October, and a still-to-be-announced ‘special winter exhibition’ in November. We'd urge everyone to keep an eye on our website www.newlanark.org for all of our latest news and events. By visiting us you could help us reach ASVA's Top 10 in 2015!"
20.01.15 - Congratulations are in order!
New Lanark Trust would like to congratulate Scott Glover and Stewart Dickie, of the New Lanark Wool & Textiles Team, on successfully completing their Level 3 SVQ Management course and Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in Management (in the Business Skills Sector) with the Borders College.
"I have worked at New Lanark for over 10 years, the last 3 years I have been working within the textile team. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity by New Lanark to further my career by achieving this award. The course has given me the knowledge, understanding and confidence to implement new ideas and procedures into the team which has increased efficiency and productivity. Achieving this award wouldn't have been possible without the help and guidance from George and Borders College. Thanks." Scott Glover
“I am very pleased to have gained my management qualification, this has given me the skills and the knowledge to manage the textile production area effectively and have the confidence to ensure the future of yarn manufacturing within the World Heritage Site here at New Lanark. I would like to thank all the staff at New Lanark and Borders College for all the help and support during my training, with a special thanks to George Foster for all his help and guidance during my course.” Stewart Dickie.
“New Lanark Trust is committed to encouraging and supporting employees who want to improve their skills and training. This benefits the individual members of staff, as well as helping us to raise the quality and standards of our business performance. We are proud of Stewart and Scott; they have worked hard to gain these qualifications, and we hope their achievement will encourage others to do the same”. Lorna Davidson
Scott and Stewart work in Mill 3 of the New Lanark Visitor Centre, where members of the public can watch New Lanark Wool being produced on the 19th century spinning mule. The New Lanark Wool & Textiles team specialise in producing high quality British Organic Wool, Aran Wool, Double Knitting and Chunky woollen yarns. At New Lanark, we are organic wool spinners and we were the first wool production unit in Scotland to achieve the Soil Association's organic approval. We are also accredited by the British Wool Marketing Board. New Lanark Wool is sold in the Mill Shop and at www.newlanarkshop.co.uk with all proceeds from wool sales being returned to New Lanark Trust to be reinvested in the care and development of New Lanark World Heritage Site.
Pictured: George Foster (Borders College Management Trainer/Assessor), Scott Glover, Lorna Davidson (New Lanark Director), Stewart Dickie.
16.01.15 - New Lanark welcomes The Prestonpans Tapestry!
Last year, over 13 thousand visitors flocked to New Lanark World Heritage Site to see the famous Great Tapestry of Scotland. Continuing on from that success, New Lanark is very proud to be welcoming the Prestonpans Tapestry for a 7-week exhibition starting on Tuesday 27th January, and ending on Thursday 19th March – with free entry to viewers.
Stitched entirely by volunteers, the 104m long tapestry celebrates the enduring triumph of youthful hope and ambition. Through metre-wide embroidered panels, the tapestry depicts the journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France then through the Scottish Highlands to victory at Prestonpans in 1745.
Both designed by Andrew Crummy, The Prestonpans Tapestry is the artwork that inspired the creation of the Great Tapestry of Scotland, and has already been successfully exhibited at New Lanark in 2013.
“We’re delighted to be exhibiting The Prestonpans Tapestry at New Lanark. With the success of the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition here, we saw that people in the local area have a real interest in historical & creative exhibitions, so we hope that many of them return to see The Prestonpans Tapestry” Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager.
To celebrate the exhibition, New Lanark is hosting a number of linked events. The first of which is a ‘Living History’ day on Saturday 21st February. From 11.30am-4pm the British Redcoats & Jacobites will be parading around New Lanark. The ‘Living History’ experience is free to view, and visitors can expect to discover what the soldiers wore & how they used their formidable weaponry. The second event is a talk with historian Arran Johnston on Friday 13th March at 7.30pm in the New Lanark School for Children. Arran or Bonnie Prince Charlie as he is better known in re-enactment circles will be discussing ‘The Battle of Prestonpans and the Prestonpans Tapestry’.
Tickets for Arran's talk on the 13th of March are priced at £4, and are available to buy now by calling 01555 661345, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
11.12.14 - Creatives encourages to Capture New Lanark!
25.11.14 - Great success for Great Tapestry of Scotland at New Lanark!
After a fantastic five weeks, the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark is now closed. Just under 14,000 visitors came through the doors for the chance to see the 143m long stunning Scottish artwork. Among the thousands of comments left, some of the best which sum up the success of the exhibition include: ‘A wonderful day out’ ‘Absolutely stunning’ ‘Certainly an education’ ‘Makes me feel very proud to be Scottish’
20.11.14 - Late night shopping at the Mill Shop's 'Big Christmas Event'
Start your Christmas Shopping and join us at the New Lanark Mill Shop for our very first Christmas! To celebrate we're hosting a 'Big Christmas Event' in partnership with Brooks and Bonmarché. Come along on Thursday 20th November from 12pm-8pm and join us for...
15% Discounted Shopping*
03.11.14 - Great Tapestry of Scotland success continues at New Lanark!
As the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition enters its third week at New Lanark, the visitor numbers are continuing to soar. Since the exhibition opened two weeks ago, over 4,300 visitors have walked through the doors for a chance to see this stunning Scottish artwork.
24.10.14 - Great Tapestry at New Lanark on a roll!
In just 4 days, over 1,000 visitors have flocked to New Lanark World Heritage Site to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland. The tapestry exhibition opened at New Lanark on Monday 20 October, and has already been very well received with “Out of this world”, “Extremely impressive” and “Great History lesson” being among some of the comments left so far.
20.10.14 - The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark is now open!
New Lanark World Heritage Site is delighted to be exhibiting the Great Tapestry of Scotland from 20 October – 23 November 2014. (10am – 5pm daily, last entry 4pm)
This stunning Scottish artwork is the world’s largest embroidered tapestry and tells the story of Scotland’s history in a series of more than 160 panels. Entry to the exhibition is free, and Tapestry visitors can enjoy 10% off Visitor Centre tickets.
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