Through our passionate people series with have introduced a range of passionate English Lakes employees! Not only are they passionate about going the extra mile for our guests but the also have many other passions, interests and hobbies. Sometimes the work-life interests coincide and we find ourselves sharing these things with our guests. As a perfect example of this, we’d like to introduce Rafael Garea-Balado, who works as a maintenance engineer at Low Wood Bay.
Our own Dr Doolittle … Raf with a Bluetit
One of my hobbies outside of work is Photography especially landscape, Wildlife/Nature and Travel. This started at an early age spending a lot of time in the Lake District as a child. My craving for the outdoor lifestyle later led me to becoming a Snowboard Instructor and I travelled for many years to stunning countries all over the world, from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France to name just a few. Along my travels my trusty point and shoot camera was always to hand to document and share my experiences by capturing many of the sights I had seen.
Thousands of people flocked to sunny Morecambe this weekend (6th and 7th September 2014) for the second Vintage By The Sea festival hosted in and around The Midland hotel.
The seafront area was transformed into a celebration of all things vintage including music, fashion, dance, craft and food. Here is a selection of our favourite moments from the weekend as shared by Twitter users… Continue reading
On Sunday, 14th September Low Wood Bay will be hosting the inaugural Dragon Boat charity regatta – Dragon Bay 2014, so we spoke to Lynn Shamal, part of the Paddlers for Life, Low Wood Bay’s resident Dragon Boat team to find out more Dragon Boat Racing and what it has meant to her over the years….
The Windermere Charity Dragon Boat Regatta
This is an event that is open to all and it’s not too late to get together a team of 16 – 18 paddlers and your all-important drummer. English Lakes will supply your boat. Registration is easy and it is a great fun way to raise money for your chosen charity as well as promoting Paddlers for Life and the work they do with breast cancer survivors. Continue reading
The sun shone and it was a beautiful day in Windermere, perfect for the annual Lake District Sheepdog Trials – a great event that English Lakes have sponsored for years. Watching farmers and their 4-legged companions doing their thing and keeping Lake District traditions alive brought back memories of Sunday Tea Time in the late 1970s when we would sit down as a family to watch ‘One Man and His Dog’.
Sheepdog Trials at Hill Farm
The Lake District Sheepdog Trials Association held their 115th Sheepdog Trials at Hill Farm, Ings, just off the A591, on 7th August. English Lakes are proud to be associated with this well run, fun event for locals and tourists alike, showcasing time-honoured skills and traditions.
There is so much to see and do in and around Lancaster. If you are planning on visiting this beautiful part of North Lancashire this summer, check out our top picks that the whole family will enjoy and a special family offer for Lancaster House Hotel.
Panorama of Lancaster
It’s the biggest walkabout theatre event in Britain and has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years… and it’s right on our doorstep at Lancaster House!
For the last few years I have had every intention of getting along to The Duke’s Play in the Park but it has come and gone amidst the flurry of other family responsibilities. Now that my darling teens-plus are doing their own thing, all of a sudden I have leisure to savour some of these ‘must-do-one-day-when-life-is-less-busy’ activities.
I love all aspects of the theatre, starting with the sense of anticipation on the journey there. Saturday, 4th July was no exception. The sun was shining after the previous day’s downpours and I had my supermarket ‘Bag for Life’ make-do ground sheet – just in case we didn’t get a log to sit on! Continue reading
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.