The Lake District’s Vital and Compassionate WWII Contribution

There is much of interest for visitors to The Lake District from outdoor pursuits, gastronomic delights, music and the arts and traditional Lakeland Sports. If you enjoy history, there are two exhibitions that explain how the local area was transformed to bolster the war effort and subsequently, to welcome survivors of the holocaust for much needed rest and recuperation.

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Low Wood Bay Adopts Two Ewes – Part of the Go Herdwick Trail

English Lakes is extremely proud to be a key supporter of Calvert Trust, and to be involved in a fundraising project to mark their 40th anniversary. With Outdoor Centres in Kielder, Exmoor and The Lake District, Calvert Trust exists to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. Continue reading “Low Wood Bay Adopts Two Ewes – Part of the Go Herdwick Trail”

Shakespeare Visits The Midland in Morecambe

Calling all Thespians and those with Shakespearean stamina! There’s a new festival taking centre stage in the town of Morecambe – The Bard by the Beach: Morecambe Shakespeare Festival Continue reading “Shakespeare Visits The Midland in Morecambe”

Holiday Book Review – See More

There’s plenty of literature around these days that can make motorists feel that they are gas guzzling galumphs bent on desecrating the landscape. Especially in places of outstanding beauty like the Lake District. It’s refreshing, therefore, to find a publication that is dedicated simply to the wonder of what can be discovered when using bus, bicycle, boat and boots – without lashings of guilt trip on the side. Continue reading “Holiday Book Review – See More”

Waterhead Inspiring Art – Stroppy Herdwicks

Continuing Waterhead’s link with Ambleside and District Art Society, for the next months we are featuring a painting by local artist, Liz Savage, inspired by a meeting with a few Herdwick ewes.  Continue reading “Waterhead Inspiring Art – Stroppy Herdwicks”

Inspiring Art – The Gondola Sails for Home

Waterhead enjoys a close link with local artists in our community. For the next few months we are hosting a work by Mike Labrum entitled, ‘Evening, The Gondola Sails for Home’. Continue reading “Inspiring Art – The Gondola Sails for Home”

Supplier Spotlight: Rebekah’s Encaustic Art

Local artist Rebekah Claire Matthews will be showcasing some of her art, created using melted beeswax at The Festival of Smoke at The Wild Boar. Ahead of the festival we take the time to learn more about this ancient form of painting…

Encaustic Art, an ancient form of painting

art5Encaustic art is an ancient form of painting using coloured beeswax which is applied to card using an iron. The word “Encaustic” comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos”, which means “to burn in”.

Rebekah has spent the last few years developing and perfecting her skills and knowledge of Encaustic art afterfirst being introduced to the medium by local arts and crafts specialist Marilyn Hale.

Encaustic Art is an ancient form of painting which uses melted beeswax to which coloured pigments have been added.  This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300AD.  Rebekah is one of only a handful of artists in Cumbria to specialise in the art-form. Continue reading “Supplier Spotlight: Rebekah’s Encaustic Art”