Review of Lancasters A Christmas Carol: “A Humbug worth tasting”

Tim Bell, General Manager at Lancaster House has been enjoying the spirit of the festive season in Lancaster.

In the ten years I’ve been here in Lancaster, I’ve watched with keen interest and excitement as the cultural scene and identity of our historic city has flourished. From a noticeable and admirable level of the arts back in 2003, it’s accelerated to a thriving music and theatre scene here in 2013 gaining national recognition and well-deserved accolades.

The Dukes, Lancaster from Google Streetview

The Dukes, Lancaster from Google Streetview

Without doubt, one of the catalysts and leading lights of this cultural surge has been The Dukes Playhouse. Established in 1971, the converted old church now has 3 unique theatres under its roof all complemented by the popular Gallery and bustling Café Bar. The Dukes has of course gained much of their national recognition for their annual Play in the Park which has been running for over 25 years and is now the UK’s biggest walkabout theatre show. We’ve been proud to co-sponsor this production over the last few years and even more proud that we’ve helped introduce some new fans to this national institution through our theatre breaks.  Continue reading

iPad Art – accessible to all!

Nevil Jeffery, General Manager at Low Wood Bay has recently caught the Art bug, inspired to create digital art after meeting the iArt master J.A.C…

Twelve months ago I came across the guru of the “dark side” of iArt, Joseph Connor (J.A.C.) founder of #seensend. I love the concept – encouraging people to get out and about and capture an image on a mobile device. Once the image gets the J.A.C. stamp of approval, he rewards the photographer with a piece of art created on his iPad.

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Children creating art at Artober

Children creating art at Artober

Sophia Newton, owner of the Loovre Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale and founder of annual Artober festival embraced this new art medium and invited Joseph to attend the week long, interactive art exhibition at Low Wood Bay. This radical but simple method of producing art provides an accessible, affordable medium which appeals to all age-groups. Let’s face it, taking a hand-held electronic tablet into the great outdoors is a little more practical than a large canvas! Continue reading

Light Up Lancaster – A Week of Special Events in the City

Light up LancasterVisitors from the whole of Lancashire and further afield flock to Lancaster for the city’s annual firework extravaganza at Lancaster Castle. The event which grows in popularity each year returns in 2013 with a full week of FREE ‘Light Up Lancaster’ events around the city. It is the perfect time to explore Lancaster both day and night.

To make the most of some of these fantastic events, consider booking a short break at Lancaster House hotel, just a short drive away from the city centre with prices from £88.00 Bed and Breakfast for two people (available at the time of publishing) with family rooms also available.

Light Up The Waterways

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October 2013
Times: 7.15pm, 8.00pm, 8.45pm

Commissioned by the Canal & River Trust, this is a free event for all the family to enjoy. Discover the stories and heritage of our waterways and their often overlooked ecology, with a series of acts by aerial artists, magicians, dancers, musicians and other exciting performance artists, alongside the Grade 1 Listed Lune Aqueduct. Although this is a free event it must be booked in advance on 01524 598500 as there are limited places.

Drawing Workshops

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October 2013
Times: 10am – 5pm

During the day there will be family-friendly drawing workshops taking place at St Nics – creating pieces of artwork to be exhibited at Light Up The Streets. No need to book – just bring the family and join in!

Light Up The Streets

Friday 1 November 2013
Performances from 6pm onwards

Take a stroll through the city centre for a unique evening art experience animating our beautiful buildings and squares. Discover new stories along the trail, with a string of music,
dance, theatre and film events. This is a self-guided evening; performances begin at 6pm, but you can arrive at any time and pick up a guide to the evening’s performances and installations from one of the stewards.

Light Up The Skies - The Fireworks Spectacular

downloadSaturday 2 November 2013
Activities from 10am, Fireworks at 8pm

Lancaster’s magical extravaganza of fireworks, which lights up the historic landscape and skyline of the city, is one of the finest displays in the north. This year the fireworks will again be fired from the roof of Lancaster’s medieval castle.

Although the main viewing areas are now fully booked, there are also many other excellent viewing areas throughout the district which do not require wristbands. Recommended areas include the Millennium Bridge, Williamson Park and Salt Ayre Sports and Leisure Centre. Salt Ayre will have a host of family-friendly activities including a fun-fair from 4pm onwards.

There will also be activities including workshops, guided walks and storytelling taking place throughout the day on Saturday.

Decidedly Green at Lancaster House

Green Tourism, gold award winner, Lancaster House have an ongoing commitment to everything environmental. Perhaps it wouldn’t be on everyone’s top ten must-see locations, but a dedicated team from the hotel visited Envirofirst Waste

Envirofirst Recycling Collection

Envirofirst Recycling Collection

Reduction and Recycling Unit recently to follow their trail of recycling in the hotel. Continue reading

Lancaster Canal – Restoring Travel from a Bygone Era

Lune Aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal over the river Lune

Opened in 1797 the Lune Aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal over the river Lune

In the mid-18th century Lancaster was a prosperous port but this was threatened as ships grew in size making navigating up the River Lune difficult. Whilst the port at Liverpool in the south was flourishing, the future of the ports of Lancaster and Milnthorpe was in doubt. In an effort to re-invigorate trade, the merchants proposed building a canal which would start at Kendal and run almost due south through Lancaster, to Preston. Initially the scheme did not attract support in the town but eventually in 1770, a group determined to put Lancaster on the canal map won out and John Rennie was asked to survey the canal. Continue reading

Sam Says “A Big Thank You!”

Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary

Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary

In a quest to find food that children love and want to eat, whilst at the same time being healthy and nutritious, Lancaster House enlisted the help of a team of school children from Scotforth Church of England Primary School in Lancaster. The creativity and the passion for food that they expressed proved inspirational and helped shaped the new Sam’s Menu at The Foodworks Restaurant, Lancaster House. On 4th June the children were invited to the hotel where Chef had prepared a taster menu, transforming their creative ideas to an edible reality. Continue reading

Mont Blanc looms for Lancaster House Hotel Manager

Tim Bell practicing for his next charity challenge.

Tim Bell practicing for his next charity challenge.

At English Lakes we are always looking out for ways to have a positive impact on our local communities. We do this in a number of ways from policy and practice to voluntary support and raising funds for charity. We all try to do our bit, but one member of the Lancaster House always strives to take his fund raising to new heights!

Tim Bell, Lancaster House General Manager, is due to make his attempt to summit Mont Blanc between June 15 and 21. He is climbing the mountain to help raise money for local charity St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.

Lying on the France-Italy Border, and standing at 15,781ft, the notorious Alp, which is the highest peak in Western Europe, has often claimed around 100 lives each year. Continue reading