Picnic Wine – choose the Perfect Picnic Pairing

Lindsay Price, continues our series on seasonal wines. Here she shares a few of her al fresco recommendations. So, shake out the tartan rug, blow the dust off the picnic basket and start planning your outdoor feast in the Lake District

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A picnic in the Lake District

Don’t tell anyone … it looks like we are going to have a warm September!! So quick before the sun gets shy, get out into the great outdoors with a delicious picnic, paired with the perfect bottle of wine to accompany it. The main questions you will need to ask to find the perfect pairing is firstly, can you keep the wine cool, and secondly, what are you having to eat? Continue reading

8 Things to do in and around Lancaster this summer

There is so much to see and do in and around Lancaster. If you are planning on visiting this beautiful part of North Lancashire this summer, check out our top picks that the whole family will enjoy and a special family offer for Lancaster House Hotel.

Panorama of Lancaster

Panorama of Lancaster

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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.