Great North Swim Tips with Cassie Patten: From Pool to Outdoor Swimming

In the first of our video blogs in the lead up to the Great North Swim, Cassie Patten, open water Olympic Bronze and two times World Silver Medalist meet 12 year old Taylor Aplin and gives her some tips on making the transition from pool swimming to the outdoors in the open water of Windermere. Continue reading “Great North Swim Tips with Cassie Patten: From Pool to Outdoor Swimming”

5 Easy Walks with Children in The Lake District

There is so much to see and do in the Lake District, so whether you are here on a short hotel break in the Lakes or just visiting the area for the day, here are five of our favourite easy walks with children. Continue reading “5 Easy Walks with Children in The Lake District”

10 Top Tips for Exciting Lake District Walks with Children

In theory, walking with children in The Lake District should be a delight and a family bonding activity. However, the reality can sometimes fall a little short.

If memory serves me correctly (and it is a few years ago now), getting my young children out on a family walk in the Lake District could be as painful as sticking pins in my eyes! Apart from the initial wails of protest followed by the multitudinous reasons why they couldn’t possibly join their parents on a pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll, there was the inevitable and literal dragging of heels and the prolonged sulks which seemed to evaporate only as we reached our tea shop destination.

Despite the initial moans and groans, once the kids are out in the fresh air they soon discover there is so much to explore. So if you are planning a family day out here are our top 10 suggestions that might be worth experimenting with … Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Exciting Lake District Walks with Children”

The Wild Boar Festival of Smoke – Sunday 22nd March

It’s back! After the success of the first Festival of Smoke last year, it is going to be bigger and better this year! We take a look at what we can expect to experience this year…

  • Festival of Smoke – Sunday 22nd March 2015, 12 noon
  • The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse
  • FREE entry to a family day of fiery fun!

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Open Water Swimming – It’s good for you!

Low Wood Bay is hosting the Big Chill Swim Windermere which will take place over the weekend of 30th January – 1st February. It would seem that open water swimming is the new hot (or should I say cold!) trend.

The Outdoor Swimming Society reports a 77% increase in membership since 2006 and growing by around 9 members daily. They list details of 940 outdoor places to swim in England – the fact that it’s a long list is probably not surprising since it is said that wherever you are in the UK you are not more than 70 miles from the sea, not to mention the many and varied lakes and rivers! Continue reading “Open Water Swimming – It’s good for you!”

10 Romantic Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding

Traditionally the weather-obsessed Brits have chosen Summer as the time for tying the knot. However, there is a growing trend for a cosy intimate winter weddings. There’s a number of good reasons for this, here are our top ten. Continue reading “10 Romantic Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding”

8 Creative Wedding Favour Ideas

Wedding favours give the bride and groom the opportunity to thank their friends and family for sharing in their big day. This gesture is steeped in centuries-old tradition originating in Europe in the 1300s. French aristocracy would give their wedding guests ‘bonbonniers’ – sugared treats in a small trinket box made of crystal or precious stones. At that time sugar was a luxurious delicacy, difficult to source and therefore very expensive. As time went on bonbonniers were succeeded by five sugar coated almonds representing fertility, wealth, longevity, health and happiness. As sugar became more accessible wedding favours spread to all levels of society. Nowadays there is no limit to the scope of creativity that brides and grooms bring to the table to say ‘thank you’ to their guests. Here are a few of the Low Wood Bay wedding team’s favourites. Continue reading “8 Creative Wedding Favour Ideas”