Things to do in the Northern Lakes this July…
Visit the Northern Lakes this summer. The weather is glorious and there’s so much to see and do in and around Keswick. The natural beauty of the area offers an abundance of walks on the fells, bike rides through our landscapes, sailing trips on our lakes and enjoyment and adventure in the great outdoors.
Join us this July and enjoy the best of the Lakes!
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: www.keswick.org/whats-on/events
An exhibition exploring nature’s power to shape us and the impact we, in turn, have on the environment. Contributors include writers Robert Macfarlane, Sarah Hall and Hunter Davis, artist Julian Heaton Cooper and others living and working in the Lakes.
Wordsworth House and Garden
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.
The walk starts and ends at The Moot Hall, Keswick, CA12 5JR. All tickets must be booked in advance. Please arrive early as all outstanding payments must be completed before the start of the walk. There are no facilities en route so you may be advised to visit the rest room before the walk.
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.
Price: £10 adults, £8 concessions
The Moot Hall,
Keswick, CA12 5JR
For 6 weeks during the summer Keswick Street Theatre brings the history of Keswick alive with evening performances taking place at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings. Summer Season this year will run from Tuesday 4th June (first night) until 9th July (last night)
Each week the audience will enjoy a number of short scenes of “potted pantomime” telling the story of Keswick.
All of the Street Theatre scenes are staged by local amateur actors, who bring to life a variety of local characters spanning the past 450 years.
All profits from Keswick Street Theatre are donated to charity. Money raised this year will go towards local youth theatre groups.
Meet outside the Moot Hall, no booking required.
Prices: Suggested donation £5.00 per adult (children free).
A lovely day with Cumbria’s Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Sheep, Hares, Hens & Cockerels or Deer
We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.
Greystoke Craft Garden
Join in a Lake District National Park guided walk in the Keswick area. National Park guided walks are delivered by dedicated and committed volunteers. All money raised goes directly towards the upkeep of the Lake District National Park.
Price: Prices vary between walks, please click on individual walks for details. See website for details of booking, prices and starting points.
The Millbeck Wind Quintet, as the name suggests, originates from Millbeck near Keswick. The Quintet was founded nearly 30 years ago with accomplished players from Cumbria and the Borders. The quintet was originally based and held all rehearsals in Millbeck, where Elaine Moor lived; hence the name.
The five original members of the quintet have remained unchanged therefore developing a very special and unique bond, and, a real enjoyment of playing together. They frequently meet just for fun, but they also love giving concerts and having the opportunity to share their enthusiasm. The members of the quintet have a huge collection of wind chamber music which now has amassed to well over 1000 pieces. This enables the group to choose a programme to suit all tastes and styles which has been immensely popular with all audiences. The members of the group also really enjoy talking about their instruments and the music they are playing which adds another dimension to their performances, resulting in a relaxed and entertaining evening.
Threlkeld Village Hall, Main Street, Threlkeld
Ron Howard’s documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti. The 1990 World Cup was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome; their powerful rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard. Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and live music footage, we see Pavarotti’s personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global superstardom. We get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, a committed philanthropist, as well as a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his own unique talents and unprecedented success. The live part of this live event will include exclusive content which will not be included in the main theatrical release.
Keswick Alhambra Cinema
Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day…
Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
– Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers
Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.
The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian’s watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!
A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience.
Greystoke Craft Garden
Mindfulness in the forest. Relax and unwind as you immerse yourself in nature.
Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing is a natural wellbeing therapy originating from Japan, scientifically proven to reduce your stress levels, boost your immune system and enhance your mood. Your guide will gently lead you to open up your senses and engage with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest; tuning into nature and your inner self through: gentle mindful walking, breathing exercises, mindful invitations to open awareness, tea ceremony & reflections. Moderate level of fitness required.
A new upcoming event being brought to you by a local, family run business working together with Keswick based company ‘KONG running’ to bring a king/queen of the hill bike race, and a Fell race like no other followed by a showcase of local musicians and Cumbrian food.
‘HonisterFest’ is all about the social side of getting outdoors with a chilled party atmosphere for all the family to enjoy the mountain experience.
There will be local beers, food stalls and live bands playing into the long summer evening.
Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria,
Discover what they did with a ‘grizzly’, What is a Jaw Crusher and could you have carried the explosives box? Find out more quirky facts at this fascinating secret located in the stunning Coledale Valley, near Keswick. Join a guided tour of the processing mill and discover the story of the last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District. Book ahead if you would like a lift to site with us, or make your own way to the mine on foot or by bike.
Force Crag Mine, Keswick, CA12 5TW
Mountain treasures from the Royal Geographical Society and Mountain Heritage Trust selected by RGS archivist Eugene Rae portray a journey encompassing climbing and mountaineering over the last 100 years. A unique opportunity to discover the fascinating stories and personalities behind these unique collections.
Blencathra Centre Field Studies Council
Join George Fisher staff member, Paul, a qualified Mountain Leader and Keswick Mountain Rescue Team member for a taster session on navigation and mountain safety.
The aim is to boost your personal confidence in using a map and compass to:
navigate safely (including in poor visibility / mist) and to relocate if lost
give your location to mountain rescue if you or your party are injured
plan a route suitable for the weather conditions, including escape routes
understand how a smartphone can help and when a GPS is more useful
(This is not a GPS training course, though, this is ‘navigation without batteries’).
Duration: half-day (9 am to 1 pm)
Location: start from the George Fisher store
Numbers: 6 per session (min 4) Please book in advance.
Level of fitness: average hill-walking (expect to cover approx. 5 miles / 8 Km)
Experience: suitable for a full range of abilities, from complete beginners to more advanced
Clothing: please come prepared for the outdoors (boots, waterproofs, snack, drinks, hat and gloves, etc).
Equipment: maps and compasses provided (so that you can try different ones to see which you prefer)
Other prerequisites: none. (We reserve the right to exclude anyone for reasons of safety)
Exclusions: No upper age limit, children under 18 are welcome with their parent or guardian
Go further: We may run GPS-specific sessions if there’s enough interest. You can always call in-store or contact us with any queries – we’re happy to help. GPS Training also offer a range of courses.
If there’s enough interest, we may run longer, more advanced, or bespoke navigation sessions in future, too. We thoroughly recommend the full range of courses offered by More Than Mountains.
We may have other sessions running if you can’t make this one. Please check our events page.
Price: £20 per person, which will be donated in full to Keswick MRT. Click to BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW
2 Borrowdale Road
Join Keswick Museum for their FREE lunchtime talks. Everyone is welcome, and there is no need to book – just drop in (apart from the lichen workshop where you will need to book). Please come along and find out more about Keswick’s fascinating collection, history and characters!
Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria,
Festivals and Events 2019
From February through to December there is something going on in Keswick, including:
Keswick Film Club shows films regularly at the Keswick Alhambra throughout the year.
It was formed in December 1988, and produced its first short season of 10 films in the period February-April 1999. Based at the Alhambra Cinema in St John’s Street, the Club is run by a group of enthusiasts who try to bring to the people of Keswick and the surrounding area the best of British and World cinema: high quality, thought-provoking films which are often not given a screening in the local cinemas.
The Film Club runs its season of films from late September through to Easter, usually at 5pm on a Sunday evening at the Alhambra. In 2000 the Film Club organised the First Keswick Film Festival in association with the town’s Theatre By The Lake and due to its success the festival has been run every year since.
For more information please visit the Film Club website www.keswickfilmclub.org.
Alhambra Cinema, St John’s Street, Keswick, CA12 5AG.
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. Theatre by the Lake, sited right on the edge of Derwentwater is a striking venue. There are talks, lectures, discussions, workshops, book launches and special exhibitions.
The Words by the Water Festival at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is the north-west of England’s premier festival of words and ideas. Although the festival can’t summon Wordsworth and Coleridge to take part in their programme, there are many other literary folk coming to the Lake District in March 2018.
Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ.
“A four-day celebration of the best of New Orleans, Swing, Hot Club, Classic, Traditional, Mainstream Jazz and Blues in Keswick”…. and 2018 was awesome! Roll on 2019!
Lots to see, lots to do and all set in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District.
For more information please see keswickjazzandbluesfestival.co.uk
Keswick Mountain Festival takes place in the heart of the Lake District.
The Festival programme is made up of guided activities including MTB biking, hiking, canoeing, navigation training, ghyll scrambling, climbing and so much more, to be enjoyed with friends and family. There is also a fantastic line-up of challenging sporting events including Triathlons, Trail Races, Open water swims and a Sportive.
All topped off with an incredible selection of kids activities, local food stalls, exhibitors, camping, live music and spectacular views.
The 2019 Beer Festival will be the 23rd Festival – growing from humble beginnings in 1997 into an event attracting nearly 6,000 Beer enthusiasts over two days. The Festival itself is always held on the first weekend in June.
The Biggest Beer Festival in the North -170 Real Ales plus bottled beers and ciders
This event sells out each year. You must buy your tickets in advance. Tickets are usually on sale from December. Admission by advance wristband only. No ticket sales on the day.
Rock Concert – Market Square – Friday 28 June 2019
Prom in the Park – Fitz Park – Saturday 29 June 2019
Scruffs Dog Show – Fitz Park – Sunday 30 June 2019
The best thing about King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta is that it’s all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try.
Hundreds of people will be taking part in low-cost watersport and activity sessions as part of the regatta, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and join in what we like to call Cumbria’s quirkiest regatta.
All water activity sessions are provided by local outdoor providers and will include canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sailing dinghies, a catamaran and a Viking longboat.
The first Derwentwater Regatta for 200 years was held on the lake in 2014 and was such a success that the National Trust has made an annual event of stone-skimming, boating and bathtub racing.
There’s a huge range of outdoor activities on offer, so there’s bound to be something you’ll want to try. Whether it’s family taster sessions in kayaks, a chance to build your own coracle or a motorised trip in a group around the lake, there are lots of ways to dip your toes into having fun on the lake. If you fancy a little more adventure you could have a go sailing a catamaran, a Viking Long Boat or sailing dingy.
Crow Park, Derwentwater, Keswick
Keswick Ministries organise the annual Keswick Convention which has been taking place since 1875. It offers something for everyone – life-changing Bible teaching, worship and fellowship, with separate Kids and Youth programmes (ages 3-18), all combined with the chance to relax and enjoy the wonder of the Lake District.
Keswick Agricultural Society was founded in 1860, being one of the oldest Societies in Keswick, and is held every August Bank Holiday Monday.
At the show you can see:
• Cattle, Ponies, Horses, Sheep, Dogs & Poultry
• Industrial Marquee for Home produce
• Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
• Fell races
• Art & Craft Marquee
• Children’s amusements
• Vintage Display by the West Cumbria Vintage Club
• Plus 60+ tradestands
Free parking next to the show field and free shuttle bus from Keswick throughout the day.
Free live entertainment on stage in the Market Place and Packhorse Court, including bands, choirs, dancers and more.
Children’s Funfair. Over 30 charity stalls, both local and national, selling a selection of Christmas homemade crafts, produce, festive food and drink plus games, tombolas and raffles.
The Fayre offers the opportunity for local charities and good causes to raise money and their profile.
For stalls (charities & non profit making organisations only) please contact Philip Byers email Philip.Byers@groupegeraud.co.uk
Theatre by the Lake
Theatre by the Lake 2019 programme of events:
Little Voice has a hidden talent. Alone in her room with only her dead father’s record collection for company, she sings along with the greatest divas of the 20th century with a voice that’s pure gold.
Downstairs, hard-drinking mother Mari’s on the rampage – she’s after booze and a working phone line. When her latest squeeze Ray overhears LV’s secret talent, he realises she may be his ticket to hit the big time. But LV is painfully shy and she’ll need to conquer more than her stage-fright if she’s going to find her own voice in the world.
Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, this Northern comedy is packed with sensational tunes, bold humour and a gentle heart. Named in the top 50 plays of all time and winner of an Olivier award for Best Comedy, you may have caught the film, but nothing prepares you for the full force of the original stage show.
Prices: From £10
The plan is simple: pull off the heist of the century while posing as a group of classical musicians. The only problem? Mrs Wilberforce, a sweet little old lady, alone in her lopsided house with this gang of criminal misfits!
As the plot thickens, so do Mrs W’s suspicions, but with the local police force oblivious, it’s up to her and General Gordon (her beloved parrot) to stand up for justice against five desperate men.
One of the best-loved British pictures of all time is transformed from macabre comedy into madcap mayhem by the co-creator of Father Ted and Black Books.
Prices: From £10
Set in Manchester, Oldham and London over the course of 40 years, My Mother Said I Never Should is a powerful and poignant story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.
Charlotte Keatley’s beautiful play weaves together the stories of four women from one family, joining each of them at pivotal moments in their lives as secrets, lies, and momentous decisions reverberate through the generations. Moving back and forth in time, we see their loves, expectations and choices, set against the huge social changes of the 20th century.
Keatley’s award-winning play has been translated into 22 languages and is considered a seminal piece of British theatre. In its moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters, and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood, My Mother Said I Never Should examines the choices we make which determine the course of our lives – and how it is never too late to change.
Prices: From £10
“Retired people are like nuclear power stations. We like to live by the sea.”
Former nuclear scientists Hazel and Robin are enjoying the quiet life, feeding the cows and practising yoga, while the world around them is descending into chaos. When an old colleague arrives on their doorstep harbouring a deadly secret, the fallout will be explosive.
Olivier Award-winning writer Lucy Kirkwood deftly weaves charged global issues with everyday domestic squabbles, in a riotous fusion of irreverent wit and gripping drama. A dark yet glorious delight.
Prices: from £10
In 1989 Aung San Suu Kyi became a symbol of hope for the establishment of democracy and human rights in Burma when she was placed under house arrest by the military regime, where she remained – on and off – until 2010. In 2016 she was given the post of State Counsellor – de facto head of government – and it was assumed that she would be in a position to transform the repressive regime in her country.
Three years on the portrayal of her in the West had changed dramatically. She has been condemned as the head of a regime that has excused genocide, jailed journalists and critics and refused to denounce events in 2017 which led to 700,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar after a brutal military-led campaign.
This play explores the dramatic change in the international verdict on Aung San Suu Kyi, and seeks an explanation for her silence.
Making her debut at Theatre by the Lake, the West End legend Marti Webb appears in a special charity gala concert alongside the talented home grown entertainer Clark Wilkinson and two other professional musicians. In a career spanning over 50 years Marti is well established as one of Britain’s favourite musical stars, having performed leading roles in the West End productions of many successful shows such as Stop The World I Want To Get Off, Half-a-Sixpence, Oliver, Godspell, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Blood Brothers.
She is probably best remembered for her performance in Evita and the one woman show Tell Me On A Sunday, This was specially written for Marti by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black and provided her with the massive hit ‘Take That Look Of Your Face’. More recently she has performed a solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall and a series of critically acclaimed Cabaret performances alongside Tommy Steele, in the Glenn Miller Story at the London Coliseum in 2018.
In this one off event Marti will not only sing all her greatest hits, but also in an amusing and engaging style, recall the many entertainers and producers/directors she has worked with. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy an evening celebrating a glittering stage and recording career.
Prices: £20, £16, £12
Visit http://www.theatrebythelake.com/whats-on for tickets.
Brockhole on Windermere
A great family-focused centre with fun and activities suitable for all the family including Archery, Laser Clay Shooting, Brave the Cave, Circus Skills, Go Wild Crafts and FREE adventure playground and Cubby Hole soft play area.
They have a superb year-round programme of events. Here’s just some of what’s on offer this August.
For the adults…
An inspiring, varied programme of Artist – led creative workshops.
Short Course £35
Full Day Workshop £60
To book now call 015394 46601
A Colourful Landscape
Explore the beauty of watercolour paint; in this relaxing and inspiring 2 hour workshop. Your beautiful watercolour experiments will be combined with collage techniques to create a unique landscape piece.
£18 per person
Wed 24th 10.30am – 12.30
Mixed Media Botanicals
Drawing inspiration from the botanicals in Brockhole’s grounds, we will experiment with painting techniques, collage and mixed media to create beautiful botanical illustrations.
£18 per person
Tues 30th 10.30am-12.30
Spring Felt Flowers
Celebrate the colour and delight of spring and summer flowers and plants with your own handmade felt versions.
£18 per person
Thurs 25th 10.30am-12.30
Create a modern and unique wall hanging using a combination of textile craft, weaving and macramé.
£18 per person
Thurs 25th 2-4pm
Discover Linocut printmaking
Explore the exciting art of linocut printmaking through the themes of pattern, botanicals or Lake District Wildlife.
£22 per person
Wed 24th 2-4.30pm
In this workshop, you will use glass pieces and a mosaic technique to create a glass panel with a stained glass window feel.
£22 per person
Fri 26th 2-4.30pm
Felt and Wool Herdwick Sheep
Create your own lovely Lake District Herdwick Sheep, using felt, wool and hand-sewing techniques.
£22 per person
Tues 30th 2-4.30pm
To book now call 015394 46601
Atlantic woodlands are one of the richest and most treasured habitats found within the British Isles. These forested ecosystems are teeming with biodiversity and showcase some of the most exceptional examples of lichens, bryophytes, and ferns that the UK has to offer. Come and visit Plantlife’s Photography Exhibition and experience the woodland wonders found across the Lake District, particularly with the free events on offer throughout the summer.
This exhibition is part of Plantlife’s Looking Out for Small Things project. For more information, please visit www.plantlife.org.uk/LOST
Adult Poetry Workshops
Join Jessica Sneddon, poet and UCLan research student and April Windle, Plantlife LOST Project Officer to make, create and write your own nature poems gathering inspiration from the local woodlands. This workshop is 10am – 3pm with refreshments provided on the day.
Your adventure starts on the unique bike boat from Brockhole to Windermere’s western shore. You’ll be guided along delightful traffic-free trails to Wray Castle. There’ll be time to stop for refreshments and to explore the grounds before heading back to Brockhole.
Length: 4 miles
Duration: 5 hours
Grade: This ride is ideal for young families and is set at an easy-going pace.
Booking essential – call the Brockhole Lakeshore Team on 07919 881 622.
For the kids…
The latest all-electric off-road driving experience!
New for 2019, we are delighted to introduce Crazi Bugz, an electric off-road driving experience like no other. Set in the beautiful grounds of Brockhole on Windermere, on a specially designed environmentally friendly track, this all-electric off-road experience is the perfect test of skill and coordination, whilst providing great fun and a sense of freedom. A first in the South Lakes, these mini, six-wheeled, all electric buggies will let you whiz around our unique track, giving you a taste of driving in the Lakeland Fells.
Book your Crazi Bugz session online in advance, at the Visitors Centre or down by the lakeshore on the day.
For full event listings visit: www.brockhole.co.uk/whats-on/