Craft | New Lanark

It’s that time again to start planning what you are going to be doing for World Wide Knit in Public Day 2018 or WWKIP for short. I try and share information of events that are relevant to all of my readers/listeners and this one had me looking at flights to Scotland in June! Thank you to Ginny Lawson for introducing me to all of the events happening in New Lanark.

New Lanark with credit to G. Lawson

WWKIP Day this year is being held on June 9th and where better to spend it then a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Sites of “outstanding universal value”. New Lanark is one of 6 such sites in Scotland and what drew me to it is the fact that it is an 18th-century cotton spinning mill village set against the beautiful Falls of Clyde.  A beautiful working village, woodland to explore and oh, wait there is yarn too…I’ll grab my camera…

Photo Credit to G. Lawson.


New Lanark Wool

I always start looking at a trip by scouting out yarn shops and during WWKIP 2018, New Lanark Shop will be offering knitters a 15% discount on all New Lanark yarn in store and online as well as offering a yarn bargain bin with Mill ends and Hanks. If you are popping over for the day, visitors can learn basic knitting techniques such as casting on, stocking stitch, purl and moss stitch, meanwhile the team will be introducing the ‘New Lanark Tammy Hat’ and teaching knitters how to make their own ‘Tammy’, over 2 classes with Julie Brown, the Mill Shop Manager.

 The Great Tapestry of Scotland with credit to G. Lawson.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

While you are visiting New Lanark you can also visit The Great Tapestry of Scotland where you can find out about its creation with the exhibition MAKING OF THE GREAT TAPESTRY which opens at New Lanark on the 18th May and runs until the 1st July 2018 (10am-5pm) in the lovingly redeveloped Exhibition Gallery.

The tapestry was the brainchild of one of the world’s best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith.  The 44 Scotland Street author, together with historian Alistair Moffat, and with the artistic talents of Andrew Crummy, (not to mention more than 1000 stitchers from all areas of Scotland) formed a team set to produce the world’s longest tapestries through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland. The entire project took 65,000 hours of stitching and used over 300 miles of wool, which is enough to lay the entire length of Scotland, and illustrates 420 million years of Scottish history in 160 panels.

New Lanark Mill with credit to G. Lawson. 


If all of this has piqued your interest, I did check flights from Dublin to Scotland start at 51 Euro for a return trip flying Fri June 8th and returning Monday, June 11th (accurate 8/5/18). New Lanark is accessible by flying to Glasgow and then hopping on the train to Lanark from Glasgow Central Station the village is about a 20-minute walk from the station.

If you are wondering about places to stay the New Lanark Mill Hotel has packages and special offers and also self-catering options along with bookings for the Wee Hostel and if you move into the village you can also avail of more hotels, inns and B&B services.

But the dates don’t suit!

New Lanark is beautiful to visit at any time of the year and why not visit as a family this summer when they will be hosting the V&A Museum of Childhood’s touring exhibition GAME PLAN: Board Games Rediscovered, in their newly developed Mill Gallery this summer from 20th July – 4th November. You can stay up to date with everything from the village on the following links:

Facebook @Newlanark

Twitter @newlanarkwhs

Instagram @newlanark

I hope I have inspired you to have a look at this wonderful hidden gem for WWKIP this June. Are you planning a WWKIP trip this year? Let me know in the comments.



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