Hundreds set to take part in Big Chill Swim at Low Wood Bay

Over 570 hardy swimmers from around the world will be braving the icy waters of Low Wood Bay Marina, Windermere this weekend for the 2014 Big Chill Swim.

Dive in to the chilly waters

Diving in to the chilly waters of Windermere

The swimmers are not allowed to wear wetsuits and will race over distances of 30, 50 and 450 metres, enduring water temperatures of below 5 degrees. There will also be relay races, and a 1000 metre extreme event for very experienced cold water swimmers. Continue reading

Homage to the Work of Eric Ravilious

In November 2013 a striking new mural was painted in Morecambe’s iconic art deco Midland hotel. The painting, by artist Jonquil Cook, is a homage to the Midland’s lost mural, by the acclaimed artist Eric Ravilious.

History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.

History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.

In the spring of 1933, not long before completion of the Midland Hotel, the renowned water-colourist, Eric Ravilious, and his wife, Tirzah Garwood, installed themselves in lodgings at Heysham, near Morecambe. Ravilious had received a commission from the architect, Oliver Hill, to paint a mural on the walls of what were then to be the tearooms. Continue reading

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

Our Tenth Christmas at Waterhead

We have many regular guests who we welcome each year for our festive packages at English Lakes. Mr Peck a regular guest at Waterhead shares with us why he keeps returning…

David and Barbar Peck, regular Waterhead Guests

David and Barbar Peck, regular Waterhead Guests

Christmas 2004 proved a bit of a turning point for my wife and I. For years we had enjoyed a traditional family Christmas at our daughter’s house, but that year building works at her home meant that we had to re-think our plans for over the festive season.

Our initial attraction to Waterhead was that during the Christmas package they did not encourage children under the age of 16. This appealed, not because we dislike children (we have 11 lovely grandchildren!) but it provided a quiet, relaxed break for my wife and myself.  Continue reading

Passionate About … Taekwondo!

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.

James Wilkinson at Low Wood Bay Reception

James Wilkinson at Low Wood Bay Reception

Here, we catch up with James Wilkinson, by day, Head Receptionist at Low Wood Bay … not many people know that James is also a black belt, medal winning taekwondo teacher. Continue reading

Recipe – Our take on classic Lamb Hot Pot

Damien Ng Head Chef at Lancaster House

Damien Ng Head Chef at Lancaster House

Damien Ng, Head Chef at Lancaster House Hotel shares his own take on a classic Lancashire recipe

Now Christmas has been and gone, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring, and the lush green colours returning to our countryside. We will soon be finding a new abundance of great seasonal produce on on the shelves of our local food shops. Of course, one cannot think of springtime without mentioning Lamb, and here in Lancashire, we’re blessed with an ample, quality supply right on our doorstep. From the Trough of Bowland to the Salt Marshes of Morecambe Bay.

So, with that in mind, and on the basis we can probably still expect a few chilly weeks ahead before spring finally blooms, here’s a simple, warming, easy to prepare take on a Lancashire favourite. And as this is a slow-cooking dish, there’s no need to be buying some of the more traditional expensive cuts of Lamb we often find in the supermarkets. Ask your butcher about the various options he can give you. May I also recommend a nice Spanish Rioja or Navarra to wash this down a treat. Alternatively, if beer’s more your thing, a nice bottle of our local “Lancaster Red” also works for me.  Continue reading