The Walking Poets: Wordsworth and Bashō

Colin Fox 2011Colin Fox has been part of the Japan Forum for almost as long as he has been the Group Marketing Manager at English Lakes. Japan has been our number one international market and this strong relationship is set to continue for many years to come. Japanese guests visit the Lake District for its rich cultural history and timeless landscape. Colin writes below about a new exhibition which combines both English and Japanese culture across the centuries.

At the end of June I was invited to go along to the official opening of the newest exhibition, Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets, at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. I suspect that I was invited in my capacity as Chairman of the Japan Forum or as a self-confessed Japanophile. I was certainly interested to see this collection of cross cultural works of visual and written word. The opening ceremony speeches included David Warren, current Chair of the Japan Society and ex British ambassador in Tokyo, who talked about the importance of a great relationship between Britain and Japan and the synergies between the two countries.

The Walking Poets: Wordsworth and Bashō

The Walking Poets : Wordsworth and Bashō

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Max’s Doggy Holiday – Waterhead, Ambleside

English Lakes is proud of it’s pets welcome policy and guests have been bringing their pets to our hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire for many years. Once again, Max has been out and about and eager to tell us of his visit to Waterhead…

My tail was wagging extra excitedly when I heard that our next holiday was going to be next to the lake at The Waterhead! I do love a good splash about!

I love a good splash!

I love a good splash!

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Cassie Patten Sends Best Wishes all 2014 Great North Swim Competitors

Cassie Patten

Cassie Patten

Cassie Patten became a household name in open water swimming when she won bronze at the 2008 Bejing Olympics.

Just a short time after this victory she went on to take first place at the inaugural Great North Swim in September 2008 hosted at Low Wood Bay, beating her friend and rival Kerri Anne Payne.

With just ten days left until the competitors take to the water for the 2014 Great North Swim, Cassie gives us a few tips and sends her best wishes to each swimmer, whatever their goal.

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Malt of the Month – Yamazaki 12 Year Old

The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, goes further afield to share with us his ‘Malt of the Month’. Japan may not be the first country that springs to mind when thinking about whisky, but they are in fact well regarded in the whisky world.  Continue reading

Junior Travellers Review: Café Del Lago

Calling all junior travellers, Charlie and Alfie our new children’s hotel inspectors are planning trips and adventures around Lancashire and the Lake District over the coming months. They will be reviewing all things English Lakes Hotels and checking out many of the local attractions and experiences. Next on the list…

Café Del Lago

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Outside on the terrace

Last time we reviewed our fabulous stay at Lancaster House Hotel, however this time we have decided to review somewhere for all the Junior Diners and this place came highly recommended by many of our friends at School.

Café Del Lago, is an Italian style Bistro which is part of the Low Wood Club at Low Wood Bay. This time, we decided also to take our older brother and sister, Matthew and Alex so we could review our meal as a family. Continue reading

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Inspiring Art … multi-media experiments

Jennifer Moffett is the latest in our series of featured artists living and working in the communities close to our Lake District Hotels.  Jennifer’s painting is inspired by the beautiful surroundings and she uses interesting techniques which add depth and character to her work. Her work is currently on display in Waterhead reception.

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Malt of the Month – Tobermory Ten Year Old

Last month we introduced The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, who promised a regular ‘Malt of the Month’. He starts our whisky journey in Tobermory on the island of Mull.

English: Tobermory Waterfront, Isle of Mull, S...

Tobermory Waterfront, Isle of Mull, Scotland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tobermory distillery is the only distillery on the island of Mull, which is off the West coast of Scotland between Skye and Islay. If you ever get round to that Scottish island hopping tour that you dream of, don’t overlook Mull, it should definitely be on the list!

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