Holiday Book Review: Felltarn Friends – fun for all the family!

How many of us have dreamed of writing and publishing a children’s book? Me, for one!

Now tell me, how many of us have actually achieved it? Sadly, I’m sure like many others, not me! However, meet two plucky women from Cumbria who had that dream and in December 2013 picked up the proof that the dream had become a reality.

Claire Mansfield and Amy Onyango are the creators of Felltarn Friends, a children’s activity book that will keep younger members of the family amused for hours on end and, I predict, will be ‘best friend’ to all visiting families to The Lake District who come across this little gem.

The dream becomes a reality. Amy and Claire with their newly published book

The dream becomes a reality. Amy and Claire with their newly published book

Cleverly crafted and beautifully illustrated, this 96-page book is literally packed with things to learn, craft and colour and discover. Claire and Amy have meticulously researched activities and family days out in the area, ably assisted by their children aged between 2 and 10. Continue reading

iPad Art – accessible to all!

Nevil Jeffery, General Manager at Low Wood Bay has recently caught the Art bug, inspired to create digital art after meeting the iArt master J.A.C…

Twelve months ago I came across the guru of the “dark side” of iArt, Joseph Connor (J.A.C.) founder of #seensend. I love the concept – encouraging people to get out and about and capture an image on a mobile device. Once the image gets the J.A.C. stamp of approval, he rewards the photographer with a piece of art created on his iPad.

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Children creating art at Artober

Children creating art at Artober

Sophia Newton, owner of the Loovre Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale and founder of annual Artober festival embraced this new art medium and invited Joseph to attend the week long, interactive art exhibition at Low Wood Bay. This radical but simple method of producing art provides an accessible, affordable medium which appeals to all age-groups. Let’s face it, taking a hand-held electronic tablet into the great outdoors is a little more practical than a large canvas! Continue reading

Tour of Britain … close to the action!

Chris Chapman Tour of Britain Competition winner

Chris Chapman Tour of Britain Competition winner

The following guest blog was written by Chris Chapman a competition winner who won a 2 night break a Low Wood Bay and  the opportunity to follow the race in one of the official Tour of Britain Race cars as the race passed through Cumbria in September.

Monday morning early and I’m in the car travelling across the fells to Carlisle.  The riders are signing on as I arrive.  This is where my involvement with the race would normally end but today is different.  Thanks to my competition prize I am a passenger in one of the official cars leading out the riders through the streets of Carlisle.  Then we head out towards the west; police motorcyclists zooming ahead to control the traffic, team cars with racks of bikes on their roofs, cameramen on motorbikes, all part of the cavalcade.

Then the rain started; driving soaking rain with a whipping wind off the sea.  Did it deter the spectators? No chance!  Full marks to the people of Cumbria for turning out in their thousands to cheer on the cyclists.  Such enthusiasm – even a passenger like me in the official car got the treatment, and my arms got tired with waving to cheering crowds as if I was royalty.  The school children were out in force; from the tiny tots in their matching hi-viz vests, smiling and waving, right through to the senior pupils, enjoying the occasion and undaunted by the driving rain.  Continue reading