Posted Friday November 30, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, it’s been a wonderful week at Castlebank Park and as we edge ever closer to Christmas, we have a bumper weekend of Winterfest activities ahead.

At the start of last week we heard that we had been shortlisted as a Finalist in the #FutureTown design competition hosted by Scotland’s Town’s Partnership. Our entry for the competition focused on the ‘Lanark Closes’ project which promotes the idea of each of the historic closes in our High Street being decorated with artwork that reflects a part of Lanark’s fascinating heritage. You can vote for Lanark (entry number 6) by clicking here. 

On Tuesday, we received a copy of a video that had been filmed at Castlebank back in the summer by the Scottish Rural Network. Take a look below!

Wednesday was the big day for the opening ceremony at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. We were joined by Beechgrove Garden’s George Anderson, and South Lanarkshire Council Provost Ian McAllan to mark the occasion and cut the (green, of course!) ribbon. You can read more about the event and view more photos here.

The week finishes off in style with the annual ‘Late Night Lanark and Illuminated Lanimer Parade’ in the High Street. As well as the fantastic illuminated parade of Lanimer lorries and characters which starts at 6.45pm, over 30 town centre shops and eateries will be open late until 8pm with a range of amazing offers and festive treats.

The Christmas spirit continues into the weekend with lots of other events taking place locally – New Lanark’s Christmas Experience starts, Greyfriars Church is hosting a Christmas Fayre and on Sunday catch the Three Merry Berries Cooking Show in Greyfriars Church Hall.

You can check out more local events and list your own events for free at

I’d love to hear if you have any ideas to improve the town, projects you would like the Development Trust to consider or if you would like to get involved with existing projects in any way. You can also get in touch if you have local events or community initiatives you’d like the Development Trust to consider sharing on our social media pages. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions or ideas at

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