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GAME PLAN Board Games Rediscovered

20th July - 4 November 2018 (10am-5pm July - October, 10am-4pm in November)

Exhibition Information

Are you a Scrabble Champion? A wannabee Chess grandmaster? Or a Monopoly megalomaniac? 

GAME PLAN: Board Games Rediscovered will celebrate the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This exhibition will include some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Visitors can enjoy hands-on interactives and see more than 100 objects, featuring games from around the world, exploring the important role of design. Throughout the exhibition, selected games of special interest are highlighted with more detailed information on their history and influence.

New Lanark are delighted that GAME PLAN: Board Games Rediscovered will be the third exhibition hosted in the redeveloped Exhibition Gallery in 2018.

GAME PLAN Board Games Rediscovered is a touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Part of the Year of Young People 2018 Event Partner Programme. 

In 2018, Scotland puts its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 is a year-long programme of events and activities that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.


V&A Museum of Childhood Year of Young People 2018



Book Exhibition Tickets

Book online before 19th July using code 'earlybird' to receive £1.50 off individual tickets. 

'GAME PLAN: Board Games Rediscovered' tickets are valid for the singlar date (chosen at the time of booking) between 20 July - 4 November 2018 and cannot be transfered. The exhibition will be open from 10am-5pm daily July - October, and until 4pm in November. Tickets will be scanned upon arrival at the exhibition meaning they cannot be used multiple times or passed onto another visitor. 

  • Family (2 adults + 2 children 3-15): £18.00
  • Family (2 adults + 3 children 3-15): £22.00
  • Adult: £7.00
  • Concession (Senior & Student): £6.00
  • Child (3-15): £5.00
  • Child under 3: Free
  • Essential carers: Free (when accompanying an Adult, Child or Concession ticket)?

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Group Rates 

Excellent Group Rates are available for public interest groups and Educational Groups. Please contact us on 01555 661345 or to discuss your booking requirements. 


Activities and Workshops

Alongside the exhibition, visitors will also have the chance to enjoy Challenge Games, a themed Trail and Historic Toy sessions. We will also be running a programme of inclusive sessions with ‘Autism Friendly’ mornings and dementia friendly ‘Games We Played’ Reminiscence sessions. Full details on the GAME PLAN activities and workshops will be available soon. 

Dementia Friendly' Tours

These 60-minute tours will enable people with dementia,
their families and carers to engage with 'GAME PLAN Board Games Rediscovered' through ‘Games We Played’ Reminiscence sessions. £8 per participant + free carer.

New Lanark Staff & Volunteers have been attending
'Dementia Friends Scotland' Information Sessions in order
to deliver the ‘Dementia Friendly Tours’.

Dementia Friends ScotlandAlzheimer Scotland

30th & 31st July

6th & 7th August

Morning: 11am - 12pm

Afternoon: 2pm - 3pm



Autism Friendly Mornings

As part of Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered, we are offering Autism Friendly Mornings for people with Autism and their carers. Enjoy Game Plan in a peaceful, supportive environment.

Sessions last 1 hour.
Capacity is 30 (including families and carers).
Price: Exhibition ticket.
Carer is free. 

Before you visit, please read our Game Plan pre-visit document:

Microsoft Word docx file
Adobe Reader pdf file


2nd August
9 - 10am

14th August
9 - 10am

9th September
9 - 10am


Itinerary Suggestions

We estimate that the average visit to the exhibition will take around 1 hour. Make the most of your visit to GAME PLAN Board Games Rediscovered with a few of these itinerary suggestions: 


Getting here

New Lanark is around an hour's drive from Glasgow (25 miles/40 kms) or Edinburgh (35 miles/56 Kms) and is well sign-posted from all major routes. The nearest train station is 'Lanark' which has a direct route from Glasgow Central Station. Please click here for more information on getting to New Lanark.


Exhibition Photos



Alice in Wonderland


Game of the Golden Goose



© Images courtesy of V&A Museum of Childhood.
© GAME PLAN logo illustration by Everyday People Illustration.
New Lanark Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity SC008552.
New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB. 01555 661345.

Activities and Workshops

In association with the exhibition, we will be running a programme of linked activities and workshops which will allow visitors to engage with the tapestry, get creative and learn new skills. This will include:

Stitch in Time Storytelling Workshop

'Stitch in Time' Storytelling Workshops

Sunday 3rd & 10th June 2018. Workshop runs from 3.15pm-4pm. (45 minutes)

Join our Tapestry Storyteller as they bring key moments and characters from Scotland’s history to life! 

Within Exhibition Gallery. Suitable for children 2-10 and their families. £3 per child 2-10 (Adults & Under 2s free with a paid child ticket)

Limited places. Click here to book online to secure a space or pay at the Exhibition Gallery Reception Desk (subject to availability)
Scotland My Story Craft Workshops

'Scotland: My Story' Craft Workshops

Drop in sessions running:
Friday 29th June: 2-4pm | 3-4pm

Saturday 30th June
10.30-11.30 | 11.30am-12.30 | 2-4pm | 3-4pm

Sunday 1st July: 2-4pm | 3-4pm

Get creative and use wool, fabric and paper to create a personalised ‘tapestry panel’ showing what you love about Scotland, or a memorable moment from your past. 

£4 per child 4-10 (Adults & Under 4s free with a paid child ticket) School for Children Craft Rooms. Suitable for children 4-10 and their families. 

**Take part in workshop to receive a voucher for £1.50 off Exhibition Tickets**

Limited places. Click here to book online to secure a space or pay at the Exhibition Gallery Reception Desk (subject to availability)
Exhibition Sensory Trail

Exhibition Sensory Trail

Available daily from 18th May - 1st July 2018. Self-led. Suitable for children 3-10 and their families. 

Follow the trail through 420 million years of Scottish history and discover more about the tapestry’s creation with feely fabrics, New Lanark woollen yarn & examples of stitches used in the tapestry. 

£1 for paper trail + pencil - payable at the Exhibition Gallery Reception Desk.  
Embroidery Demonstration

Embroidery Demonstration

Monday 4th June 2018, 1pm - 3pm. 

Members of the Biggar Embroidery Guild will demonstrate a variety of embroidery techniques in the Exhibition Gallery. 


Exhibition Ticket required. Click here to book online or pay at the Exhibition Gallery Reception Desk. 
Dementia Friendly Tours

'Dementia Friendly' Tours

These 45-minute tours will enable people living with dementia, their families, carers and support networks to engage with the Great Tapestry through sensory objects. £6 per participant + free carer.

New Lanark Staff & Volunteers have been attending 'Dementia Friends Scotland' Information Sessions in order to deliver the ‘Dementia Friendly Tours’ allowing people living with dementia, their families and support networks to enjoy the Great Tapestry. New Lanark Trust will be supporting the charity’s work to raise awareness of dementia in Scotland, by giving a discretionary donation from the proceeds of the tours to Alzheimer Scotland. 

Dementia Friends ScotlandAlzheimer Scotland

11th, 12th, 18th & 19th June

11.30 - 12.15
14.00 - 14.45




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