Things to do in the Northern Lakes this April…


Right on our doorstep there are dozens of events and activities for you get involved with during your stay at Underscar. Here are some highlights we’ve picked out.

For a comprehensive list of what’s on in Keswick and the surrounding area this month please visit:

This new exhibition will challenge the perceptions of quilt making, revealing a strong and vibrant contemporary craft form that is just as likely to be found hanging on a gallery wall or urban loft apartment as it is covering a bed in a rural farmhouse. The unique story behind each piece will also be told in the exhibition, either through accompanying sketches and material revealing how each quilt came to be, or through the storytelling ability of the quilt itself.

Up and coming folk with Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys. Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

19:15 to 22:30

Main Street,
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Keswick has another history full of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. From slate built houses to the surrounding lakes and fells this is an area steeped in legend and mystery. Follow “The Lady”… if you dare. Keswick Ghost Walks are written with an adult audience in mind but are broadly accessible to children 10 years and above. Please ensure that children are suitably clothed for the conditions.

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Accessible only by foot, bike or National Trust 4×4, discover one of the Lakes most quirky yet fascinating secrets located in the stunning Coledale Valley, near Keswick – you’ll love it even if you’re not sure mining is quite your thing!

Missed by most people, the last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District has been lovingly restored and cared for by volunteers. A guided tour allows you to explore the above-ground processing mill and associated remains – it’s as if the miners had just left for the day.

Once a hive of industry, the mining of lead, zinc and barites took place at Force Crag for over 200 years, ceasing in 1990. History, engineering, geology, archaeology and an awesome setting, Force Crag Mine has it all.

Meet at Force Crag Mine at the head of the Coledale Valley (Grid Ref 198 216) or, meet at the Noble Knott car park (see below) for a lift via National Trust transport. Once on site the tour takes place partly outside on rough ground and involves a walk up hill but it does not take you underground.

North Lakes Office National Trust

017687 74649

Starting at Croft House Farm Cafe this nature-themed trail will lead you through some spectacular countryside right on the shores of Buttermere. What wildlife will you spot? Use your eyes, ears, nose and hands to explore the natural world around you as you complete every activity, and don’t forget to claim your Cadbury chocolate prize at the end!

A little further afield…

Other events going on in and around the Lake District and Cumbria this April include:

Situated in an ideal location for touring the Lakes, we serve tasty bar meals all day, freshly prepared from local produce. We have regular beef from the Watermill’s own cattle reared on the fells overlooking lake Windermere and fed on the spent grains from our brewery. We also offer up to sixteen real ales on at any one time with up to six from our own microbrewery. Children and dogs are most welcome in our award winning inn.

Speciality: Coniston Bluebird beef & ale pie, venison casserole, local lamb

The Beatrix Potter Gallery contains highlights of the National Trust’s collection of original Beatrix Potter artwork. Each year there is a unique, changing exhibition displaying some classic gems and enabling you to discover dairies, letters, sketches and photos that inspired Beatrix Potter’s work. These rarely seen items, give a fascinating insight into Beatrix Potter’s life, interest and love of the Lakes.

Theatre by the Lake

Playing in April:

A beautiful double bill exploring illusion, love and the power of desire.

In the thrilling yet tender Some Kind of Love Story, a private detective is determined to expose a miscarriage of justice. But his fragile ex-lover seems to know more than she’s telling and as the pressure grows, reality and truth prove harder and harder to grasp.

Elegy for a Lady follows a conversation between a shopkeeper and a man searching for a gift for his dying mistress. Confidences and secrets are shared in an intimate exchange through which we question how well we ever really know the ones we love.

A poignant epitaph to Arthur Miller’s genius, Two-Way Mirror is often attributed to his tumultuous relationship with Marilyn Monroe.

Strong language.


‘They all love you! They are obsessed with you! And look at yourself; what have you done to deserve such adulation?’

William Wordsworth: poetic genius or irresponsible egotist? Theatre by the Lake’s world premiere production explores the man behind the myth.

It’s 1812 and all is not well in the Wordsworth household. Money is tight, the children are getting sick, and the wild and unpredictable Coleridge is stirring up trouble in London. But much to his sister Dorothy’s dismay, rather than penning his next poem and providing for his family, Wordsworth’s priorities seem to lie with repairing his relationship with Coleridge and currying favour with London’s elite.

Nicholas Pierpan’s vivid and passionate new play is a funny, moving and poignant portrait of a man torn between poetic ambitions and family duties. It features a distinguished cast including Olivier-award winning actor Joseph Mydell, John Sackville as Wordsworth and Emma Pallant as Dorothy.

William Wordsworth is a co-production with English Touring Theatre, one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s National Theatre of Touring. They work with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences across the UK and overseas.

Visit for tickets.

Brockhole on Windermere

A great family-focused centre with fun and activities suitable for all the family. They have a superb year-round programme of events. Here’s what’s on offer this April. For full event listings visit:

We need your help to find them all before the end of the Easter holidays – all you need to do is pop to the Brockhole shop and pick up your trail sheet, then begin your mission around our beautiful gardens and grounds and see if you can find them. They are very cheeky so look carefully…

The Easter Herdy hunt map is just £3.00 including a special little prize.

Price: £10
Start times include: 1 hour sessions at 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm

Come and have a go at the ancient sport of archery, located on the stunning shoreline of Windermere, England’s largest lake! Sessions at 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Please wear suitable footwear as the ground can be muddy and slippery. Age 7 and over. Adult supervision is required for children under 14 years old.

Join in on interactive Easter trail around the gardens and then enjoy face painting. egg decorating and Easter animal mask making. Suitable for all the family.

Just turn up!