An enchanting, walk over a Lancashire Landmark

Tim Bell, General Manager of Lancaster House discovers a family-friendly day-out with a difference close to the hotel.

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By its very reputation, The Lake District will always lend itself naturally to the great pastime of walking.

But just down the road in North Lancashire, the walking culture is just as vibrant. The Trough of Bowland in particular offers stunning scenery and a plethora of accessible walking routes to rival many of Lakeland’s classic rambles here on the doorstep of Lancaster House. Continue reading

Photos of Lancaster & Morecambe from a Typhoon Fighter Jet

RAF Typhoon Aircraft (Credit: UK Ministry of Defence)

RAF Typhoon Aircraft (Credit: UK Ministry of Defence)

Here at English Lakes we love to show off the beauty of the local area we have the pleasure of living and working in. Previously we have blogged about the fantastic photography of the Lake District and Lancashire taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield.

Earlier this week we came across a selection of aerial images taken a little closer to Earth. BEA Systems stunning trials photographer, Chris Ryding, captured aerial pictures of Lancaster and Morecambe from the cockpit of a Eurofighter Typhoon jet.

At sea level the jet can reach speeds of Mach 1.25 (1,470 km/h or 910 mph) and they can be regularly seen throughout Lancashire and Cumbria while on test flights from BAE Warton.
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Recipe – Our take on classic Lamb Hot Pot

Damien Ng Head Chef at Lancaster House

Damien Ng Head Chef at Lancaster House

Damien Ng, Head Chef at Lancaster House Hotel shares his own take on a classic Lancashire recipe

Now Christmas has been and gone, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring, and the lush green colours returning to our countryside. We will soon be finding a new abundance of great seasonal produce on on the shelves of our local food shops. Of course, one cannot think of springtime without mentioning Lamb, and here in Lancashire, we’re blessed with an ample, quality supply right on our doorstep. From the Trough of Bowland to the Salt Marshes of Morecambe Bay.

So, with that in mind, and on the basis we can probably still expect a few chilly weeks ahead before spring finally blooms, here’s a simple, warming, easy to prepare take on a Lancashire favourite. And as this is a slow-cooking dish, there’s no need to be buying some of the more traditional expensive cuts of Lamb we often find in the supermarkets. Ask your butcher about the various options he can give you. May I also recommend a nice Spanish Rioja or Navarra to wash this down a treat. Alternatively, if beer’s more your thing, a nice bottle of our local “Lancaster Red” also works for me.  Continue reading

Lancaster House – Our New Year Home from Home!

As part of our +1 culture at English Lakes, it is always our aim to make raving fans! John Morley, a self confessed raving fan of Lancaster House (Read his TripAdvisor Review) tells us about his New Year Break with us… 

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Sending our guests “POTTY” at New Year

Here at Lancaster House, we’re fortunate that we have so many return guests join us to celebrate New Year. We’re proud to say that many of them we now regard more as ‘friends’ and it’s always one of my favourite days of the year welcoming old friends back to “The House”.

I particularly enjoy New Year’s Day afternoon when Everyone is feeling a little lethargic after the previous night’s festivities, but there’s a wonderful sense of relaxed happiness as the guests make themselves at home. Over the last ten years, we’ve done all sorts of activities on 1st January from Canal trips to Whisky tasting, Archery to Cake Decorating. But this year will certainly go down in my memory as one of the best yet. Continue reading

Review of Lancasters A Christmas Carol: “A Humbug worth tasting”

Tim Bell, General Manager at Lancaster House has been enjoying the spirit of the festive season in Lancaster.

In the ten years I’ve been here in Lancaster, I’ve watched with keen interest and excitement as the cultural scene and identity of our historic city has flourished. From a noticeable and admirable level of the arts back in 2003, it’s accelerated to a thriving music and theatre scene here in 2013 gaining national recognition and well-deserved accolades.

The Dukes, Lancaster from Google Streetview

The Dukes, Lancaster from Google Streetview

Without doubt, one of the catalysts and leading lights of this cultural surge has been The Dukes Playhouse. Established in 1971, the converted old church now has 3 unique theatres under its roof all complemented by the popular Gallery and bustling Café Bar. The Dukes has of course gained much of their national recognition for their annual Play in the Park which has been running for over 25 years and is now the UK’s biggest walkabout theatre show. We’ve been proud to co-sponsor this production over the last few years and even more proud that we’ve helped introduce some new fans to this national institution through our theatre breaks.  Continue reading

Light Up Lancaster – A Week of Special Events in the City

Light up LancasterVisitors from the whole of Lancashire and further afield flock to Lancaster for the city’s annual firework extravaganza at Lancaster Castle. The event which grows in popularity each year returns in 2013 with a full week of FREE ‘Light Up Lancaster’ events around the city. It is the perfect time to explore Lancaster both day and night.

To make the most of some of these fantastic events, consider booking a short break at Lancaster House hotel, just a short drive away from the city centre with prices from £88.00 Bed and Breakfast for two people (available at the time of publishing) with family rooms also available.

Light Up The Waterways

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October 2013
Times: 7.15pm, 8.00pm, 8.45pm

Commissioned by the Canal & River Trust, this is a free event for all the family to enjoy. Discover the stories and heritage of our waterways and their often overlooked ecology, with a series of acts by aerial artists, magicians, dancers, musicians and other exciting performance artists, alongside the Grade 1 Listed Lune Aqueduct. Although this is a free event it must be booked in advance on 01524 598500 as there are limited places.

Drawing Workshops

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October 2013
Times: 10am – 5pm

During the day there will be family-friendly drawing workshops taking place at St Nics – creating pieces of artwork to be exhibited at Light Up The Streets. No need to book – just bring the family and join in!

Light Up The Streets

Friday 1 November 2013
Performances from 6pm onwards

Take a stroll through the city centre for a unique evening art experience animating our beautiful buildings and squares. Discover new stories along the trail, with a string of music,
dance, theatre and film events. This is a self-guided evening; performances begin at 6pm, but you can arrive at any time and pick up a guide to the evening’s performances and installations from one of the stewards.

Light Up The Skies - The Fireworks Spectacular

downloadSaturday 2 November 2013
Activities from 10am, Fireworks at 8pm

Lancaster’s magical extravaganza of fireworks, which lights up the historic landscape and skyline of the city, is one of the finest displays in the north. This year the fireworks will again be fired from the roof of Lancaster’s medieval castle.

Although the main viewing areas are now fully booked, there are also many other excellent viewing areas throughout the district which do not require wristbands. Recommended areas include the Millennium Bridge, Williamson Park and Salt Ayre Sports and Leisure Centre. Salt Ayre will have a host of family-friendly activities including a fun-fair from 4pm onwards.

There will also be activities including workshops, guided walks and storytelling taking place throughout the day on Saturday.