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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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Easter, Chocolate and Creme Brul’egg

Chocolate EggsWe love Easter. This weekend we will be enjoying a long bank holiday weekend with friends and family, giving each other decorated eggs to celebrate Eastertide. The oldest tradition is to give dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs. (We also love Chocolate!)

Last year we shared with you a recipe for Cadbury’s Creme Egg Brownies, they were really tasty and a hit with the kids. So this year, we decided to challenge the team at Waterhead Bar & Grill to create a new Creme Egg dessert…

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Video: How to do a Tricep Dumbbell Kickback

This is the third in a series of videos with Ali, our personal trainer at The Sandpiper Club, Lancaster.

In this video we join Ali and his client, Sally who show us how to do the squat and shoulder press to try out next time we are at the gym.

If you would like a boost in your training and want to tone up but require a little guidance, then personal training is for you!

The Tricep Dumbbell Kickback

This exercise puts force on the triceps at the top of the move compared to the overhead triceps extension.

  1. Set the bench at around knee-height.
  2. Rest your left hand on the bench beneath your left shoulder and place your left knee on the bench in line with your top abs.
  3. Your upper body should be horizontal, with your right upper arm in line with your torso.
  4. Let your right forearm and the dumb-bell hang straight down.
  5. Press the weight straight back, moving only at your elbow.
  6. Keep the rest of your body in the same position throughout.
  7. Once set is complete swap arms.

Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March at The Wild Boar

Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March From 11.30am

FREE entry to see and sample everything that is The Wild Boar!

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse is set in the ancient beauty of the Gilpin Valley, with 72 acres of private woodland and a beautiful tarn. A very special and traditional Lake District Inn which has a long earned reputation for classic British cuisine.

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The Wild Boar has taken local provenance to a new level with its own onsite Smokehouse and microbrewery – The Brewhouse. As well as its own real ales, The Wild Boar has created a Whisky Club following and has over 100 of the best international malt whiskies.

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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

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Passionate About… Panto

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies.

See the bottom of this blog to enter our Panto competition.

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Low Wood Bay and the Three Bean Salad!

The famous cow "Daisy" from Jack and the beanstalk

The famous cow “Daisy” from Jack and the beanstalk

“Would you like Beans with that sir?” or indeed “Beans? Maybe?” Or, perhaps… Beans?
By the end of January we will be sick of beans, the thought of them and perhaps the sight of them – plus the never ending thigh slapping jokes and innuendos that are a compulsory addition to the Panto season. Continue reading