Days out in Keswick

There is a wealth of great things to do on our doorstep, here is a selection of our favourite things to do in Keswick.

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Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Theatre by the Lake is a year-round professional producing and presenting theatre which provides a service through the performing arts to communities of, and visitors to, Cumbria.  The core programme is home-produced professional drama productions, including a six month Summer Season of six plays in repertoire, a major Christmas production and at least one other production in the Spring of each year. For a list of what’s on see the Theatre by the Lake website.

Whinlatter Forest Park

Visit Whinlatter Forest park for walking and cycling adventures. Two mountain biking trails, one 19km in length, provide thrills and spills. Trail maps are available from the visitor centre and also at the Cyclewise hire shop at the trailhead. Walking routes are also available with the Siskins Cafe well placed for refreshment to replenish your energy. The visitor centre is also home to the Osprey Exhibition during the summer season and features giant video screens displaying the ospreys’ nest along with information and informative talks from the wardens. Whinlatter is also home to the Go-ape tree top adventure, more information on this attraction is contained below.

Go Ape tree top adventure, Keswick

It’s not in the dictionary, but if it was, Go Ape would be described as a ‘tree top adventure’. A dollop of breathtaking scenery; a smattering of tree-top wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires; finished off with a liberal dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan. For more information or to book online visit

Pencil Museum, Keswick

Be amazed at the world’s longest colour pencil, marvel at the James Bond style World War II pencil, follow the history of pencil making in words, pictures and lovingly restored machinery, find out exactly how we get a lead into a pencil today and let the kids free to colour & draw in the Kids Art Studio. For more information visit

Honister Slate Mine – Via Ferrata, Underground Mine Tours and learn how slate is mined.

Keswick Museum – A gem of a museum showing the history of Keswick and its many artifacts

Keswick Launch - Lake cruises on Derwentwater, rowing boats and motor boat hire.

Keswick Climbing Wall – Indoor climbing and outdoor activities

Rheged - Large screen movies and many interesting displays and shops. Well worth a visit

Keswick Golf Club -Enjoy a round of golf on one of the UK’s most beautiful courses

Keswick Mountain Bikes – Buy and hire mountain bikes in the Northern Lakes.

Osprey Watch – Keep in touch with our own nesting Osprey

The Wainwright Society – In honour of Master Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright.


Keswick Mountain Festival – Activity based Festival held in May. Film, Lectures, seminars and activities for all outdoor enthusiastious venues in Keswick.

Keswick Beer Festival – Popular annual beer festival held at Keswick Rugby Club on the first weekend in June

Keswick Film Festival – A fantastic programme of film from around the world.

Words By The Water – Keswicks literature Festival based at The Theatre by the Lake

Keswick Jazz Festival – Famous festival brings Keswick alive attracting visitors from around the world

Keswick Convention – Keswick’s Christian Convention which has been taking place since 1875

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