Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

My very first attempt at watercolours under the guidance of Dawn.

It was with a sense of excitement and, I confess, trepidation that I arrived at Waterhead for a weekend of Lake District Watercolour Painting. Signing up for something like this can feel a little like putting your creative neck on the line!

Testing the water over dinner on the Friday evening, I tentatively threw out a line about having not ever really done anything like this before. I was pleasantly surprised, and not a little relieved, to discover that we were all novices, and all nervous about our impending foray into the world of paint, colour, tone, perspectives and vanishing points.  Having established our common fragility, we relaxed and enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal whilst Dawn Pretty, our artist in residence, outlined what the weekend might hold, promising us that we would all have a work of art to hang on our wall by the end of the weekend. Continue reading “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!”

Lake District Adventure on the Via Ferrata Xtreme

Whether your ideal day out in the Lake District is a gentle stroll by a meandering stream, a more strenuous hike up a mountain or a heritage rail journey, it would appear that there is something for everyone.  Here’s one for the more adventurous. Continue reading “Lake District Adventure on the Via Ferrata Xtreme”

Date For Your Diary: Holker Garden Festival

Many of English Lakes hotel guests take advantage of the summer Festivals in Cumbria each year. We take a look back at some of the highlights of last year’s Garden Festival in the run up to another spectacular event in 2016. Continue reading “Date For Your Diary: Holker Garden Festival”

5 Must See Heritage Railways in The Lake District

For our hotel guests and day visitors who enjoy the delights of a leisurely day out in the Lake District, have you considered taking a trip down memory lane on one of Cumbria’s many heritage railways? They are a great way to see the Lake District whilst learning about the area’s culture and history. Continue reading “5 Must See Heritage Railways in The Lake District”

Real Wedding: Memories of The Wild Boar

Being an integral part of a bride and groom’s wedding day is not something the team at The Wild Boar take for granted. Usually many months of planning have brought them to the ‘I do’ moment. After all the hard work and the joy and emotion of the day, our wedding co-ordinator, Emma, and the team are thrilled when they are able to keep in touch with the happy bride and groom.

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Five Reasons to Get Married at The Wild Boar

Obviously there are many more than just five reasons to get married at The Wild Boar – but we are a little biased! Anyhow, here’s your starter for five… Continue reading “Five Reasons to Get Married at The Wild Boar”

Three Top Places for Snow Sledging in the Lake District

Throughout winter the Lake District hotel guests are always treated marvellous picture post card views of snow-capped peaks, some guests even come to the area just for the snow sports! If it snows on your Lake District Holiday, sledging can be great fun for the whole family… Continue reading “Three Top Places for Snow Sledging in the Lake District”