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26.03.15 - Have a cracking Easter at New Lanark!

Easter Bunny

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”
For young budding artists or children who love to get crafty New Lanark is hosting a series of Easter Craft workshops on dates within the Easter Holidays (7th, 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th April 2015). The workshops include tuition, materials and a craft bag to take away, for a price of £3 per child, or £1.50 per child with a Visitor Centre ticket.

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

09.03.15 - Stars in their eyes at New Lanark!

Stargazing LIVE 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 always a wonderful event that people of any age can enjoy” Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager. “This year is going to be bigger than ever as we’re running over two nights, and Saturday night is almost sold out! Although tickets are limited we’ve still got good availability for Sunday night – so we’d urge people to book their tickets sooner rather than later”

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.
“Everyone at CAS always has a fantastic time being part of Stargazing LIVE at New Lanark. We’re delighted to be involved again and have been looking forward to this year’s event for a while. With the event running over two nights we’ll have plenty of time to talk to people about the stars!” Alice-Amanda Kay, Chair of Clydesdale Astronomical Society.

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.

Booking is essential for Stargazing LIVE. Tickets are £4 per person, and can be purchased online, by calling 01555 661345 or by emailing  

06.03.15 - New Lanark Trust to Run SYHA Affiliate Hostel

Wee Row Hostel at New Lanark  SYHA Hostelling ScotlandSYHA Hostelling Scotland 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!” .

For further information or to book, visit or

26.02.15 - New Lanark World Heritage Site needs you!

Great Tapestry of Scotland volunteers

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 Trust is looking for individuals to volunteer in a number of interesting roles that will utilise a wide range of skills and help build experience – as well as being great fun!

Whether you’re 16 or 60, there will be a suitable volunteering role for you at New Lanark. Hours are very flexible and can be tailored to your abilities and schedule.

There are a diverse range of volunteer roles available within:

• Events & Exhibitions – Contribute to the successful running of our events like Stargazing LIVE!

• Crafts - Get involved with craft workshops and educational activities.

• Archive – Help prepare our exhibitions and research & catalogue our fascinating collection.

• Garden & Playpark – Help us maintain Clearburn, the Roof Garden & the War Memorial Garden.

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.

A team of 30 volunteers also contributed to the fantastic success of the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark which drew over 13,000 visitors to the site.

“The running of the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition wouldn’t have been possible without our great team of volunteers.” Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager. “We hope that many others will take up the chance to be involved with New Lanark and contribute to the development of our wonderful site”

For more information on volunteering opportunities at New Lanark World Heritage Site please contact Jane Masters on or call 01555 661345.


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 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!

Pictured: George Foster (Borders College Management Trainer/Assessor), Scott Glover, Lorna Davidson (New Lanark Director), Stewart Dickie.

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 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 or online. 


11.12.14 - Creatives encourages to Capture New Lanark!

Are you a budding photographer, or handy with a paintbrush? Your photography or artwork could be turned into one of New Lanark World Heritage Site’s range of postcards which are sold to visitors from around the world in the New Lanark Mill Shop. New Lanark are looking for inspiring artwork or photographs that capture one, or all of the fascinating aspects of New Lanark World Heritage Site:

• The Falls of Clyde.
• New Lanark buildings and architecture.
• Woodland and wildlife.

“Every day we see fantastic photos of New Lanark shared on our Twitter and Facebook pages, so we thought it would be a great idea to get the public involved in the creation of our new range of postcards” Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager. “We’d invite entrants to be imaginative in the medium they use to create their image; whether this is a photograph, an illustration, a collage….we can’t wait to see all of the inventive ideas”

Winning entries will be turned into one of New Lanark’s range of postcards, and each will display the name of the artwork and give credit to the artist's name and website (where relevant). Work can be current or have been created in the past.

Full information on the competition and entry criteria is available at The competition opens on Thursday 11 December, and closes on Thursday 8 January at 11.59pm.

25.11.14 - Great success for Great Tapestry of Scotland at New Lanark! 

Some of the Great Tapestry volunteers 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’

Comments from Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager: “We have been overwhelmed with the success of the Great Tapestry exhibition here at New Lanark, and are delighted with the response to our programme of textile workshops & talks. New Lanark really was the perfect setting for this spectacular work of art, and we hope that people who enjoyed their visit to see the tapestry will come and enjoy a day out to New Lanark again soon”

After recently gaining ‘Volunteer Friendly’ status from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, New Lanark recruited 24 volunteers who generously gave 245 hours of their time to support the successful running of the exhibition.

Throughout November, New Lanark also hosted a series of exciting textiles and history themed workshops to celebrate the Great Tapestry being in residence at the World Heritage Site. The workshops have ranged from ‘Learn to knit’ classes to a family event with best-selling author Allan Burnett, who wrote ‘The Story of Scotland’ the children’s book inspired by the tapestry.

After successfully hosting the Great Tapestry of Scotland, New Lanark will once again play host to the Prestonpans Tapestry from the 27th of January to the 19th of March 2015. Also designed by Andrew Crummy, the 104m long Prestonpans Tapestry tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey from France to victory at Prestonpans in 1745.

“We can’t wait to kick off the New Year and our 2015 Events Programme by welcoming the Prestonpans Tapestry back to New Lanark. Hopefully a lot of people who have been inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland will visit us again for a chance to see the Prestonpans Tapestry” Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager “All of the latest information on our 2015 events will be available on our website very soon”


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*
Free Prize Draw
Festive Fizz and Delicious Nibbles
Gift Wrapping and Personal Shopping
Knitting and Craft Demonstrations
Bonmarché Fashion Event 5pm-6pm

New Lanark Mill Shop Big Christmas Event


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.

At 143m, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is the world’s largest embroidered tapestry and tells the story of Scotland’s history, from the ice age to modern times, in a series of more than 160 panels.

Beginning this week, New Lanark is hosting a series of exciting textiles and history themed workshops to celebrate the Great Tapestry being in residence at the World Heritage Site. “There are a range of textile workshops that everyone can enjoy – whether you’re a keen crafter or you’ve never picked up a needle before!” says Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark. “The textile workshops are free; the only cost is for the materials you’ll be provided with to take part.”

Also on offer is a free family event on Saturday 8th November (11-12pm & 2pm-3pm) with best-selling author and historian Allan Burnett, author of ‘The Story of Scotland’ the children’s book inspired by the Great tapestry of Scotland. Families can join Allan Burnett as he picks out the story of New Lanark and the making of the modern world from this national treasure. According to Allan “Woven and stitched from a thousand threads of history, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is bursting at the seams with magic, mystery and marvellous tales of adventure.”

Information on all of the workshops is available on the Great Tapestry page.

Described by one visitor as "utterly superb - such a memorable day!" there are just over two weeks left to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland at New Lanark World Heritage Site.


24.10.14 - Great Tapestry at New Lanark on a roll! 

The Great Tapestry of Scotland at New LanarkIn 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.

At 143m, this stunning Scottish artwork is the world’s largest embroidered tapestry and tells the story of Scotland’s history, from the ice age to modern times, in a series of more than 160 panels.

Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark said “We are delighted with the response to the Great Tapestry in its first week here at New Lanark. It really is the perfect setting for this spectacular work of art, and we hope many more people come down to see it over the next 4 weeks. To celebrate the tapestry being here at New Lanark we have an exciting programme of free workshops, talks and exhibitions going on – all the details
are on our website

So far this year the tapestry has been visited by more than 100,000 people as it has been exhibited throughout Scotland and thousands more are expected to visit New Lanark to get a chance to see this masterpiece before the exhibition closes on 23 November. 



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.

Find out more about the exhibition and our exciting programme of 'Great Tapestry' events.


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