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Lake District Photography Competition Winners

The Lake District – our home and host to almost 15 million visitors each year. Spectacular landscapes, dramatic scenery, the highest mountain and the deepest lake. A haven for walkers, climbers, paddlers, sailors, artists, families and photographers! We asked you to send us your photographs and we have been overwhelmed by the breadth and scope of what your lens’ have captured.

With over 200 images covering a huge range of subjects in our recent Facebook competition, Stuart Holmes, professional photographer and author of Photographing The Lake District has had a mammoth task selecting his top three. The results are in… Continue reading

Winter Photography Competition Winner

It seemed like winter came late this year and with snowfall here in the Lake District in January it kicked of our 2012 Winter Photography competition. Like previous competitions we ran it over on our Facebook page and invited anyone to submit their recent snaps of both the Lakes and North Lancashire for the chance to win a Luxury English Lakes break.

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Waterhead features on ITV’s “There’s No Taste Like Home”

Update 4/11/11: For the next 30 Days you can watch Waterhead’s episode of There’s No Taste Like Home for free online on the ITV Player. Watch Now!

Gino D'acampo and Mark Needham at Waterhead

Gino D'acampo and Mark Needham

ITV cookery programme “There’s No Taste Like Home” in a competition to find the best home cooked meal from three local home cooks.

Waterhead played host to TV chef Gino D’Acampo and film crew in March and the results can be seen at 4pm November 3 on ITV1.

The yet to be revealed winning dish will then have the honour of being featured on the Waterhead’s menu for a whole month after the programme airs.

The show aims to celebrate unsung traditional family recipes and prove they can still have a place in modern restaurants.

Barbara Baty, 59, from Carlisle; Cecelia Campbell, 47, from Grasmere and Andrew Sharp, 47, from Ambleside all had to impress with their choice of home cooked dishes.

Paying diners at Waterhead had to judge between the three dishes before Gino awarded the winner a coveted place on the restaurant’s menu.

Mark Needham, general manager of the Waterhead, said: “It was great fun having Gino and the crew here filming and the diners really got into the spirit of the occasion.

”We can’t wait to have the winning dish on the menu and expect it to go down really well with customers.”

Waterhead is a boutique hotel on the shores of Windermere with an award winning restaurant that has views over the lake.

The restaurant has just been given a modern makeover and transformed into a new bar and grill with a fresh new menu that uses the best local produce to serve up classic bistro dishes with a creative twist.

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Summer Photography Competition Winner Announced

Over the summer months on the English Lakes Facebook Page we invited entries into our Summer Photography Competition. We asked for a wide selection of entries from the Lake District and Lancashire area and received over 250 entries from people with a wide range of abilities; in total all entries received in excess of 4,000 votes. The judges’ shortlist was created from a public vote to select the top 5 people with the most votes.

The Shortlist

NzlJy9EH Jo-Ann from Cumnock “Sunset view from Low Wood Bay Hotel”

5ohzOXbP Zaneta from London “Friars Crag – Derwentwater”

ALats8um Nicola from Liverpool “Glass Lake! – Ambleside”

McUeB6fY Murray from Manchester “Sunset on the Midland”

YTAPeGzJ Michael from Lancaster “The southern Lakes – end of a beautiful summer’s day.”

 The Winner

The judges selected Michael from Lancaster as the winner for our 2011 Summer Photography Competition. Michael has won a luxury short break for two in one of our 4 star properties. The photograph was taken from the summit of Farleton Fell on the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria in July.

The judges selected the photograph as they liked how the light casts shadows over the patchwork of fields and how the evening haze fades the colours of the distant Lakeland fells. The portrait composition of the photograph frames the landscape and the hot air balloon well which makes for an interesting shot.

The summer photography competition was a huge success and English Lakes would like thank everyone who took part through entering, voting and commenting on the entries. Check back soon for more competitions, and ensure you click the “Like” on our Facebook page to be one of the first to find out about our next competition.