Play in the Park – Hansel and Gretel

It’s the biggest walkabout theatre event in Britain and has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years… and it’s right on our doorstep at Lancaster House!

For the last few years I have had every intention of getting along to The Duke’s Play in the Park but it has come and gone amidst the flurry of other family responsibilities. Now that my darling teens-plus are doing their own thing, all of a sudden I have leisure to savour some of these ‘must-do-one-day-when-life-is-less-busy’ activities.


I love all aspects of the theatre, starting with the sense of anticipation on the journey there. Saturday, 4th July was no exception. The sun was shining after the previous day’s downpours and I had my supermarket ‘Bag for Life’ make-do ground sheet – just in case we didn’t get a log to sit on! Continue reading “Play in the Park – Hansel and Gretel”

A Family Day Out to Ingleton Waterfalls

Naturally, as a Cumbrian-based company, we’re a little biased sometimes celebrating the seasonally changing beauty and countryside of the Lake District. Lancaster House also lies just 20 miles from another great National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, and I’ve been out with my family exploring one of the jewels in the Yorkshire crown.

A little under half an hour’s drive from the hotel is the picture-postcard village of Ingleton. Home to many a quaint gift shop, tea room, but also one of the Yorkshire Dales’ most iconic attractions, the famous Waterfalls walk.

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An enchanting, walk over a Lancashire Landmark

Tim Bell, General Manager of Lancaster House discovers a family-friendly day-out with a difference close to the hotel.


By its very reputation, The Lake District will always lend itself naturally to the great pastime of walking.

But just down the road in North Lancashire, the walking culture is just as vibrant. The Trough of Bowland in particular offers stunning scenery and a plethora of accessible walking routes to rival many of Lakeland’s classic rambles here on the doorstep of Lancaster House. Continue reading “An enchanting, walk over a Lancashire Landmark”

Lancaster House – Our New Year Home from Home!

As part of our +1 culture at English Lakes, it is always our aim to make raving fans! John Morley, a self confessed raving fan of Lancaster House (Read his TripAdvisor Review) tells us about his New Year Break with us… 

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Sending our guests “POTTY” at New Year

Here at Lancaster House, we’re fortunate that we have so many return guests join us to celebrate New Year. We’re proud to say that many of them we now regard more as ‘friends’ and it’s always one of my favourite days of the year welcoming old friends back to “The House”.

I particularly enjoy New Year’s Day afternoon when Everyone is feeling a little lethargic after the previous night’s festivities, but there’s a wonderful sense of relaxed happiness as the guests make themselves at home. Over the last ten years, we’ve done all sorts of activities on 1st January from Canal trips to Whisky tasting, Archery to Cake Decorating. But this year will certainly go down in my memory as one of the best yet. Continue reading “Sending our guests “POTTY” at New Year”

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

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.


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 “iPad Art – accessible to all!”