Keswick and Derwent
Keswick & The Lake District
There is a huge number of things you can do in The Lake District. Okay, in fairness, it is very much an ‘outdoor’ kind of place. Predominantly, people would agree that the magnificent lakes and mountains are what attracts most visitors. There are walks and cycle rides that are from convenient ‘miles without stiles’ – mobility, family and pushchair friendly walking routes to the extremely taxing (almost insane) mountain bike routes that can take you to your limits (like these).
But it’s not all walking and biking. You could choose to passenger in a steamer, paddle a canoe, climb a rockface, go scrambling in a watery ghyll or even just relax and enjoy the northern hospitality and ambiance. It really is your choice!
With the area well served by the likes of Visit England and the Keswick Tourist Association we think you’ll find many things on their websites that should interest you but we have listed some below to get you started.
Further down the page we have include some annual events that you might also be interested in too.
Places to visit
Derwent Lake Cruises. The launch operates on Derwentwater all year round. No need to take the car – leave it here and walk to the launch point in town. You can stay on board and enjoy a scenic circuit or disembark at various points around the lake to enjoy a walk to the next pier. Alternatively, use the launch to get to the start point of your fell walk in Borrowdale. A perfect introduction to Keswick.
Theatre by The Lake. As its name suggests, our theatre is in a beautiful spot alongside Crow Park and Derwentwater. The theatre produces a summer season of 6 plays every year. There are several galleries showing the work of local artists and it is open every day for ticket sales and refreshments. Book ahead as many shows are sold out.
Honister Slate Mine. Take a scenic drive to the end of the Borrowdale valley and then enjoy a journey towards the centre of the earth with a mine tour around this working slate mine. For the adventurous, there is an award winning Via Ferrata.
Wordsworth House & Garden. This house was built in 1770 and was the childhood home of William Wordsworth. There are many authentic items of furniture and period reproductions – the garden is very pretty and there is a nice café and shop. The highlight is the old kitchen, where the chef recreates authentic historic recipes, using the coal range and equipment that they used back in the eighteenth century.
Dove Cottage, Grasmere. Dove Cottage was William Wordsworths home from 1799 to 1808. Here Wordsworth wrote much of his poetry, and his sister Dorothy kept her famous diaries. The cottage is small but beautifully formed and the guides are so full of information, that it is a delight to visit this cottage. There is also a museum with many wonderful portraits of Wordsworth and his contemporaries as well as quality exhibitions normally with a literary connection.
Further information can be found on the Keswick Tourist Information website www.keswick.org or by telephoning the Tourist Information Centre on 017687 72645.
Local Annual Events
As a major tourist town, Keswick has lots of things going on every year; there are sporting events, music festivals, the Christian Convention, a beer festival and so much more. Just have a look at the various links off this page for a more detailed insight.
For those of you that are happy to remain here then you might find these of interest:
Words by the Water Festival
Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria is the venue for this exciting literature festival organised by Ways With Words. For 10 days writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas.
For more information: https://www.wayswithwords.co.uk/
Keswick Jazz Festival
Something to look forward to! Keswick Jazz Festival takes place every year around the second weekend of May. Starting on a Thursday the four-day festival hosts some fantastic international artists. If Jazz and Blues is your thing then it’s well worth taking an extended break and seeing the whole four days.
For more information: https://keswickjazzandbluesfestival.co.uk/
Keswick Beer Festival
The Biggest Beer Festival in the North -170 Real Ales plus bottled beers and ciders.
A sell-out event every year (the first weekend in June) so tickets must be bought in advance.
For more information: https://keswickbeerfestival.co.uk/