Wedding-Favours

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

Passionate about … Show Jumping!

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. This time we meet…

Amy Wybergh, Wedding Co-ordinator at Low Wood Bay

Amy Wyberg, Wedding co-ordinator at Low Wood Bay

Amy Wyberg, Wedding Co-ordinator at Low Wood Bay

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January Gin of the Month – Williams Chase Elegant Gin

As the collection of premium gin continues to grow at the Waterhead, Anthony’s choice for January’s Gin of the Month is Williams Chase Elegant Gin. This gin takes us to Herefordshire and to the distillery owned by Williams Chase.

Chase Distillery

It is at this rural distillery that they make some of the most complex and elegant gin in the world and they are extremely proud to be British. They grow their own raw materials and they distil and hand bottle all of their products from the family owned single estate farm in Herefordshire. It is both the innovative methods and hard work at the distillery that has created a truly special gin collection. They have already been collecting accolades with their Chase Vodka which was awarded the world’s best tasting vodka at the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition. Continue reading

Diet Challenge – ’50 by 50′ Part 2

Recently, Sandra Gibson, Low Wood Club, started her journey to lose 50 lbs before she was 50.She now shares the results of her first couple of weeks and some of the strategies that she is going to incorporate to keep the momentum going. 

A Great Start!

Stephen and Sandra

Steven and Sandra

Off to a better than predicted start! The digital scales, for now my new best friend, announce that I was 8 lbs lighter after week one and a further 2 lbs the week after that!! And yes, I do realise that it’s normal to lose higher than average amounts in the first weeks, and that I won’t be able to report such losses every week. But, for now let me have a moment of victory! Continue reading

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Waterhead’s Signature Gin Cocktail – the ‘Chemmy’

We continue to offer a premium range of gin at Waterhead but in addition we now have our own signature Gin Cocktail for our guests to sit back, relax and enjoy…

Working closely with the recently opened Lakes Distillery and their Business Development Manager, Katie Read along with other members of the distillery’s team we have created a gin cocktail to relish. The distillery is a renovated 1850’s Victorian Model Farm and is located next to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National park. Continue reading

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Malt of the Month – Ben Nevis 10 year old

Not surprisingly, as Burns Night approaches, George our Wild Boar Master of Malt chooses his Malt of the Month from Scotland. 

George Hutton, Master of Malt

George Hutton, Master of Malt

The former garrison town of Inverlochy, now called Fort William, is where we are headed for January’s Malt of the Month.

Fort William once boasted no fewer than three distilleries: Ben Nevis, Nevis and Glenlochy. Demolition removed all traces of the Nevis Distillery, the sister to Ben Nevis, and a housing estate now occupies the site. The owners of the second distillery, Glenlochy, converted many of the buildings to a hotel and offices. Although presently used for different purposes, the malt barn, filling store, warehouses, and pagoda roof, remain standing on the site of Glenlochy, primarily because they are listed buildings. Ben Nevis is now the only surviving distillery in Fort William and one of the two still remaining on Scotland’s west coast. Continue reading

Lake District – Chinese Destination of Choice part 3

In November 2014 Colin Fox, Marketing Manager at English Lakes, attended Destination Britain in Guangzhou, China with the clear intention of putting the Lake District firmly on the Chinese traveller’s map. Here he expresses his informed belief that we could become the Chinese destination of choice.

A group of tourism professionals travelled from UK

A group of UK tourism professionals travelled to Destination Britain in Guangzhou

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