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Open Water Swimming – It’s good for you!

Low Wood Bay is hosting the Big Chill Swim Windermere which will take place over the weekend of 30th January – 1st February. It would seem that open water swimming is the new hot (or should I say cold!) trend.

The Outdoor Swimming Society reports a 77% increase in membership since 2006 and growing by around 9 members daily. They list details of 940 outdoor places to swim in England – the fact that it’s a long list is probably not surprising since it is said that wherever you are in the UK you are not more than 70 miles from the sea, not to mention the many and varied lakes and rivers! Continue reading

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8 Creative Wedding Favour Ideas

Wedding favours give the bride and groom the opportunity to thank their friends and family for sharing in their big day. This gesture is steeped in centuries-old tradition originating in Europe in the 1300s. French aristocracy would give their wedding guests ‘bonbonniers’ – sugared treats in a small trinket box made of crystal or precious stones. At that time sugar was a luxurious delicacy, difficult to source and therefore very expensive. As time went on bonbonniers were succeeded by five sugar coated almonds representing fertility, wealth, longevity, health and happiness. As sugar became more accessible wedding favours spread to all levels of society. Nowadays there is no limit to the scope of creativity that brides and grooms bring to the table to say ‘thank you’ to their guests. Here are a few of the Low Wood Bay wedding team’s favourites. Continue reading

Passionate about … Show Jumping!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies. This time we meet…

Amy Wybergh, Wedding Co-ordinator at Low Wood Bay

Amy Wyberg, Wedding co-ordinator at Low Wood Bay

Amy Wyberg, Wedding Co-ordinator at Low Wood Bay

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Waterhead’s Signature Gin Cocktail – the ‘Chemmy’

We continue to offer a premium range of gin at Waterhead but in addition we now have our own signature Gin Cocktail for our guests to sit back, relax and enjoy…

Working closely with the recently opened Lakes Distillery and their Business Development Manager, Katie Read along with other members of the distillery’s team we have created a gin cocktail to relish. The distillery is a renovated 1850’s Victorian Model Farm and is located next to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National park. Continue reading

Lake District – Chinese Destination of Choice part 3

In November 2014 Colin Fox, Marketing Manager at English Lakes, attended Destination Britain in Guangzhou, China with the clear intention of putting the Lake District firmly on the Chinese traveller’s map. Here he expresses his informed belief that we could become the Chinese destination of choice.

A group of tourism professionals travelled from UK

A group of UK tourism professionals travelled to Destination Britain in Guangzhou

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The Lake District – Our Top 10 Days Out with Children

The Receptionists at Waterhead are frequently asked “where are the best places to go in the area with children”? We asked Amelia, a regular guest at Waterhead and her parents to give us their Top 10 …

Family day out in the Lake District

Family day out in the Lake District

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5 Top Tips for Preparing a Stress Free Christmas Dinner

Stefan Milanec, head chef at Low Wood Bay

Stefan Milanec, head chef at Low Wood Bay

The team at Low Wood Bay will welcome over 150 guests and entertain them with tasty Christmas dishes. Head Chef Stefan Milanec and his staff have all bases covered for festive food provision, and he has some top tips to share when it comes to catering more easily for larger groups. Continue reading