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!

(Don’t miss the competition below)

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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English Lakes and Nurture Lakeland caring for Cumbria

Freddie Tedstone

Freddie Tedstone

The environment is an essential part of life in the Lake District and like most popular areas; it needs constant care to maintain the beautiful surroundings. Freddie Tedstone, a student from the Wirral, has been challenged with the question ‘Who should care for the environment?’

The Lake District is renowned for its breath-taking scenery, including the traditional towns and villages that are centres of regional culture and history. The lakes can provide stunning reflections on a still day yet are used for sailing when there’s a breeze. There were more than 1.2 million boat cruise passengers in 2012 which shows how well-used these wonderful resources are. Along the mountains of the Lake District National Park are many of the UK’s best walking routes and are used all year round come rain or shine. If these valuable natural sights are used by so many, who should look after them?

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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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