Unique Charity Firewalking Event at Lancaster House

Fire Walk On the 23rd February 2010, starting from 7pm, Lancaster House will play host to a unique charity firewalking event. The night will start off with the firewalking experts, BLAZE who will guide you through a 2 hour fear busting seminar, before walking 20 foot of hot, fiery coals at 9pm. Anyone wanting to watch is very welcome, there will be food and drink available on the night.

If you would like to take part in this fantastic event, please email lancasterhouse@englishlakes.co.uk or telephone 01524 844822 and request to speak to Katie Bradshaw, a £10 registration fee is payable and the event organisers request that you raise a minimum of £100 in sponsor money. To make this ambitious event happen we require a minimum of 30 participants.

All proceeds and sponsorship from your participation in this exciting challenge will be donated to Children Today to purchase vitally-needed equipment which will improve, assist and enhance the lives of children and young people living with disabilities.

“Children Today is a charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. Our aim is to ensure that every disabled child and young person fulfils their potential and leads an active childhood. With your support we can achieve this.”

The Wild Boar Nature Detective on ITV’s ‘The Lakes’

219966693 The ITV series 'The Lakes' returned to screens on Monday 3rd January with a new 12 part series. The 2011 series follows the same winning formula, with each episode following in the tracks of a variety of colourful individuals in around the Lake District National Park.

The new series should prove to be of particular interest to guests and staff of English Lakes as the series follows, Nature Detective, Andrew Mottram in the woods at The Wild Boar Inn. Andrew's enthusiastic interest and love of nature have been a lifelong passion and this wealth of experience and his character should make 'The Nature Detectives' exploits around the woods at the Wild Boar avid viewing.

The 2011 series of 'The Lakes' started on Monday 3rd January with Andrew being featured throughout the series. Please see the ITV schedule for further programme information and broadcast times.

Take a look at one of Andrews wildlife videos below:


£45,000 Fundraising Target Reached!

Congratulations and thanks to everybody that helped raise an incredible £45,000 in 2010 which will build and equip an orphan home in the Open Arms village in Eldoret, Kenya.  This has been a tremendous effort by all and the results will undoubtedly, and in a very real way, improve the lives of dozens of children for years to come.

The Open Arms fundraising project has clearly shown the dedication and care of the staff at English Lakes who have risen to the challenge with their usual enthusiasm and commitment. The list of activities undertaken this year demonstrates the creative energy that we have within the group:

Open Arms Car Wash Sponsored swimmers, face painting, aerobathon, boxing dinner, raffle, salary giving, learn-to-sail scheme, jumble sale, 3 peaks challenge, 5-aside football competition, sponsored walkers, country and western evening, cellar tours at Storrs, guess the baby’s weight, cake baking, cross bay walk, sponsored runners, Christmas gift fair, silent auction, staff raffle, pyjama party, beauty evening, Land’s End to John o’ Groats static bike ride,  photo competition, car washing, Morrison’s collection, pub quiz, tuck shop … the list is long and impressive!

We hope that the building work on the orphan home will start in Spring 2011 – watch this space for more details.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Vouchers

1005845_untitled1copy Gift Vouchers are the ideal gift for close friends, family, or an important business client. English Lakes offer a choice of hotels within the Lake District and Lancashire providing some of the best locations for a special break in the North West of England.

English Lakes gift vouchers allow flexibility of choice and can be redeemed against short breaks, romance packages, fine dining, watersports activities and more.

Order by 3pm on 21st December 2010 for Christmas delivery.

Order Online or telephone 015394 33773

Chef returns to Lancaster House

The FoodworksWe are please to announce Damien Ng's returns to Lancaster House as Head Chef. He was previously the sous chef and will now be running The Foodworks the hotel’s rosette awarded Restaurant. Damien was previously at The Borough, one of Lancaster’s most popular eateries since his first stint at Lancaster House.  

He has created a new menu for the restaurant which reflects his passion for fresh local produce and he is proud that all the restaurant’s food is sourced from within 25 miles of Lancaster.

Dishes on the new menu include pan fried king scallops and black pudding with cauliflower puree and crispy cured bacon, Forest of Bowland trio of game breast with creamed mashed potato and red current reduction,  and chocolate rum and raison tart with white chocolate sauce.    

Damien says “I am delighted to have been appointed Head Chef of Lancaster House Foodworks Restaurant. I worked here for six years earlier in my career and I really enjoyed it. I always wanted to come back as head chef and now I am very excited about being able to try out some of my ideas and build on the restaurant’s excellent reputation.’

Damien became a chef at 16.  He first got a taste for cooking at Our Ladies High School in Lancaster where he remembers being taught to make a really good sweet and sour chicken dish. 

Tim Bell, the manager at Lancaster House says “I’m really pleased that Damien has come back to work with us again. He is a very talented chef and I am sure that he will bring fresh ideas to the kitchen while also maintaining our high standards of quality and customer service.”

The Foodworks Restaurant at Lancaster House has established itself as one of the best restaurants in the area.

Orphan Home Fundraising Project Update

I’m pleased to say that the fundraising team here at English Lakes have pulled out all the stops in their challenge to build and equip a home which will dramatically improve the lives of 16 Kenyan orphans. To date, we have raised £40,000 through a whole host of activities including aerobathon, boxing dinner, Land’s End to John ‘O Groats cycle challenge, sale of cakes, photography competition, three peaks mountaineering, a staff learn-to-sail course, sponsored walks and many other events. 

Xmas treeIn a final push to reach our £45,000 target we are organizing a Christmas Gift Fair at Low Wood Bay this Sunday.

Charity Christmas Gift Fair 
Sunday 14th November
Low Wood Bay
11.15am – 4.00pm


Many local suppliers will be exhibiting Christmas gifts, pampering products, cakes, jewellery, bags, decorations and cards! Also enjoy Coffee & Mince pies, a book stall and raffle.


Dragon Boat Race from Low Wood Bay to Help Beat Breast Cancer

Paddlers4life On 29th October 2010, a group of journalists and presenters from the Cumbrian media will take part in a dragon boat race on Windermere to raise money to help fight breast cancer on wear it pink day.

The media team will face tough competition when they take on the Paddlers for Life crew, a team of breast cancer survivors from Cumbria and Lancashire based at the Low Wood Bay on the shores of Windermere. 

The cancer dragon boat phenomenon started in 1996 in Canada when a sports medicine doctor formed the first crew.  Research has shown that physical activity involving teamwork and paddling can give cancer survivors both physical and emotional benefits, as well as helping to build friendship and support networks.

Paddlers for Life have two dragon boats at the Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre where it has been based since 2008 and meets most Sundays to practice.

They will be given some training by staff at the Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre as well as tips by some of the Paddlers for Life team. 

The race will be on the 29th October at 2:30 pm.

We are delighted that so many journalists and presenters have been such good sports and agreed to take part in this race to raise money to help beat breast cancer.

Dragon boat racing isn’t easy.  The media team will find they need strength, endurance and skill but above all they’ll need to be able to work together as a team.

The team at Low Wood Bay will be wearing pink on the day as part of Breast Cancer Campaign’s wear it pink day and will get involved in the event on the water as well as providing a variety of pink themed treats for the boat racers and hotel guests alike on the day.  

To sponsor the dragon boat race and make a donation to Breast Cancer Campaign please visit englishlakes.co.uk/wearitpink

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and one woman in nine will be affected by it during her lifetime.  Breast Cancer Campaign funds innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.

Anyone who would like to get involved in Paddlers for Life, or who would like to offer sponsorship or donations, can find more information and contact details on the Paddlers For Life website.