The Lake District Tradition of Sheep Dog Trials

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.

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8 Things to do in and around Lancaster this summer

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.

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Panorama of Lancaster

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Play in the Park – Hansel and Gretel

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.

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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

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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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10 Open Water Swimming Tips ahead of the Great North Swim

Low Wood Bay, on the shores of Lake Windermere is the home of open water swimming. The Lake District Hotel has hosted The Great North Swim, the UK’s biggest open water swimming event, since 2008 and the The Big Chill Swim, possibly the UK’s coldest winter open water swim event, since 2012 – the water temperature was 5 degrees this year!

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Alfie and Charlie at Lancaster House

Junior Travellers Review: Lancaster House

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. First on the list…

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