Things to do in the Northern Lakes this August…

The school summer holidays have well and truly arrived and there’s so much going on in and around Keswick over the next month or so to keep the whole family entertained…

Keswick

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

Your adventure begins by canoe, a peaceful paddle across this short stretch of Derwent Water to the intriguing little island. Discover the reality of life on the island past and present, indoors and out. Enjoy the gardens, grounds and amazing views. Under the expert eyes of our qualified canoe instructors, pick up a paddle and climb aboard a very stable rafted canoe. On reaching the island enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of Pocklington’s Georgian house and then explore the gardens and the rest of the island at your leisure.

National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop, Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5DJ.

For full details and to book visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/borrowdale-and-derwent-water/features/derwent-island-and-house

Become a Gruffalo Nature Explorer on Wednesdays during the school holidays to discover the secrets of our deep dark wood. These are free, led activities. Drop in between 11am and 3pm. Please be aware that the activity sessions may get busy, so there may be a wait to take part – but there’s plenty to do in the forest in the mean time!

Whinlatter Forest, Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW

For more details and to book please visit https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-AKQEVB

What are our mountains made of? Find out as you mix and match our rocks, minerals and metals and make your own toothpaste!

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, Fitz Park, Station Road, Keswick, CA12 4NF.

For more details and to book visit https://keswickmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/event/mix-and-match-minerals/

Do you have a Junior Rambler that likes to explore but you’re not sure which routes to take them on? Then why not join us for our Junior Rambling days throughout the summer? Discover how much fun it is to walk as a group. Red walking trail (Two Gills Trail) approx. 1.75 miles (1.5 hours) moderate trail. Meet at Visitor Centre 10.30 AM. See spectacular views as you cross Black Gill & Comb Gill. Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all walks. Cost £3.00 per child (this includes a walking map and a rambling goody bag). Onsite car parking charges will apply. Dogs welcome.

Whinlatter Forest, Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW.

For more details and to book visit https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-APFHU9

Take part in the family orienteering competition for your chance to win a prize. There are 4 different competitions for you to enter. Easy to hard courses available. Arrive at a time to suit you. £1.50 per map.

Whinlatter Forest, Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW.

For details and to book visit https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-APFKGV 

This popular course will show you the best ways to source, prepare, cook and serve fish & seafood. During the day our tutor will typically teach scaling, gutting, skinning and filleting and how to identify the freshest fish and shellfish.

Keswick Cookery School, 1 & 2 Sunset Hill, Keswick, CA12 4RN.

For more details and to book visit http://www.simplygoodtaste.co.uk/cookery-school/

Fun for all the family – Ponies, horses, sheep, dogs. Industrial marquee for home produce, handicrafts, horticulture and children’s classes. Cumberland and Westmorrland wrestling. Art and craft maquee. Children’s amusements. Fell race. Sheep clipping. Vintage display by West Cumbria Vintage Club. Over 60 trade stands.

Pump Field, Old Braithwaite Bridge Road, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TD.

For full show details visit http://keswickshow.co.uk/

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. Dogs are very welcome.

The walk starts and ends at The Moot Hall, Keswick, CA12 5JR

Visit http://www.lakelandhauntings.co.uk/ to book.

A little further afield…

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

Hunt for wild words and wonderful creatures in the house and garden – and get some tips on how to turn your own backyard into a nature haven. Go wild like William and Dorothy on our trail.

Wordsworth House and Garden, Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RX.

For full details and to book visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house

Come and enjoy experimenting with the ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing raku pottery. Exciting and fast moving – raku is irresistible and highly in vogue at present. The class takes place outside and during the day students might manage to make around 6 to 8 raku pieces What is Raku? Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery.

Greystoke Cycle Cafe, Greystoke, Penrith, CA11 0UT.

For details and to book visit http://www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/workshops2.htm#rakuDN

Theatre by the Lake

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

David and Joan Scott-Fowler were Bright Young Things of the 1920s and live a glamorous life of hedonism and pleasure: debauched parties, serious drinking, sparkling wit and superficiality.

But times have moved on and they are no longer as bright or as young as they once were. When a young and idealistic couple come into their lives, they begin to realise that the gaiety of their youth is wearing thin and the precarious game around which their existence is constructed begins to fall apart.

Sharply satirical and heartrendingly beautiful, After the Dance is about a world on the cusp of enormous change. Neglected for many years, it is now considered to be one of the great works of a master dramatist.

Tickets £10 – £36

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A vibrant new production of Shakespeare’s irresistible comedy.

Set in the modern world of fake news and paranoid leaders, the young Rosalind and her friend Celia find themselves pawns in a power struggle. Together they decide to leave the city and its politics for the forest, where they discover a rural wonderland of peace and harmony. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind meets Orlando and, amidst the intoxicating atmosphere of this other world, teaches him the art of love.

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies with the most witty and wise-cracking heroine of them all. This season sees it transformed in a beautiful and bold new production by Kate Saxon.

Tickets £10 – £36

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When Maggie met the Queen. Tea at four. Handbags at dawn.

Two icons, one destined to rule, the other to lead. But when the gloves came off, who had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s sensational comedy looks behind the closed doors of the palace to speculate what really happened when two of the most powerful women in the world clashed.

This funny, insightful and brilliantly sharp satire was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015 and went on to be a West End smash hit.

Tickets £10 – £36

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Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules.

When Julie finds herself alone on her father’s estate, she throws caution to the wind and gate-crashes the servants’ party. In the sultry heat of that long, light night, she finds herself in a dangerous tryst with her father’s manservant, Jean. What begins as a flirtatious game, as the two vie for power, slowly descends into a savage fight for survival.

Miss Julie was written at a time of industrial and social unrest, a ground-breaking masterpiece that still provokes and shocks audiences today. Award-winning playwright Howard Brenton brings Strindberg’s genius to life in this brilliant new adaptation. Scenes of a sexual nature.

Tickets £11 – £26

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“He wouldn’t be the first misguided, self-delusional genius. So smart and so dumb.”

Peter Solverson is an ageing academic who cannot let go of his work and his dreams of making a scientific breakthrough.

When his grown up children return home to help their parents downsize, their final hours in the family home bring long buried tensions to the surface and accusations, secrets, and bitter truths spill out.

This rich and compelling new play from award-winning writer Laura Eason is a resonant American family drama exploring the complex joy, love, and disappointments anyone with a family will recognise.

Tickets £11 – £26

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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. They have a superb year-round programme of events. Here’s what’s on offer this August.

For the kids…

Price: £9.50
Start: Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm

Build your own raft and see if you can stay afloat on Windermere. Please bring a towel and a change of clothes and if you have a wet suit or waterproofs bring them along as well. Age 7 plus.

Book online or call on 0845 272 0004

 

Price: £5 children, £2 adults
Start: Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Meet birds of prey from Silverband Falconry. Watch them demonstrate their amazing hunting and flying skills. Fun family event – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book online or call us on 0845 272 0004

Price: £3
Start: Drop in any time between 11am and 4pm
Learn new skills whilst being supervised by some of Britain’s top instructors. Bikes and helmets are provided. Just turn up!

Price: £5 children, £2 adults accompanying children
Start: Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy Cumbrian songs and stories for all the family, with storyteller Steve Wharton. Suitable for all the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book online or call us on 0845 272 0004

 

Price: £5 children, £2 adults accompanying children
Start: Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm 

Meet Gizmo and Spike the sugar gliders, Felix the polecat, Charlie the chinchilla and Tiggywinkle the hedgehog. Get the opportunity to see them up close. All this and more – sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Fun family event – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book online or call us on 0845 272 0004

Price: £5
Start: Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm

What amazing creatures can you find in the Brockhole pond? Look out for great diving beetles, damsel flies and newts in our fun pond dipping activity. Suitable for children age 6 plus. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate footwear advised.

Book online or call us on 0845 272 0004

Price: £5
Start: Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm

Come along and explore the bug life at Brockhole, make a mini-beast hotel and try out different ways of catching bugs without hurting them. Age 6 plus (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Book online or call us on 0845 272 0004

Regular family fun activities…

Price: Free
Start: 11am

11am-12pm: Cumbrian Animals Rucksack of Rhymes

Join us for an hour of singing, stories and playtime for tiny tots. Explore a short poem by William Wordsworth through songs, rhymes and a story. We will sing some songs and tell some stories for 30 minutes then have play time and craft activities for another 30min. Activities for children age 6 months – 5 years and their families.

1-3pm: Wordsworth’s Grasmere – Farmyard Animal Crafts

Join us for these drop in poetry and craft sessions exploring a range of Wordsworthian themes from the weather to woodland creatures. Activities for children age 3+ and their families.

Call on 0845 272 0004

 

Price: Free
Start: 11am and 2pm

Learn how to find your way when walking in the countryside. Fun, interactive stroll which introduces children to safe walking. Walks are at 11am and 2pm. Age 7+. Paths are uneven and sometimes muddy.

Call on 0845 272 0004

Price: Adult £5 children free
Starts: 11am Outside Ambleside Primary School, Vicarage Road, Ambleside LA22 9DH

Discover this new trail from Ambleside via Rydal Water to Grasmere with trained leaders. Just right for active families and leisure cyclists who wish to explore by bike. We follow a little known quiet route out of Ambleside and head for the shores of Rydal and Grasmere. Our effort is rewarded in Grasmere with lots of cafes for refreshment – or perhaps a piece of Grasmere gingerbread. For the return, we retrace the route –  the views look very different this way.

Call on 0845 272 0004

Price: Adult £25 Child £16
Start: 10.15am Brockhole’s lake shore bike hire cabin Brockhole on Windermere, Windermere, LA23 1LJ.

Your adventure starts by sailing on the unique bike boat from Brockhole to Windermere’s western shore. Our trained volunteer cycle leaders will guide and support you along delightful traffic-free trails to Wray Castle. Here, there’ll be time for refreshments and time to explore the grounds before heading back to Brockhole. Optional two mile cycle to visit the secluded Belham Tarn.

Call on 0845 272 0004

For full event listings visit: www.brockhole.co.uk/whats-on/