Things to do in the Northern Lakes this May…

Escape the crowds and visit the Northern Lakes in late winter and early spring. The weather is fresh, there’s snow on the hills and the there’s still 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 general enjoyment and adventure of the great outdoors.

Join us this May 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:

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.


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

Connecting with nature is a key ingredient to wellbeing,come along and join us for Hygge Time! A concept summed up as ‘a deep sense of peace and wellbeing; a feeling of friendship and warmth, contentment and peace with your immediate surroundings’.

This is more than a walk in the woods but a time to connect, be active, take notice and learn. Immerse yourself in the sensory world of the forest.

Suitable for all over the age of 16.

Price: £25 per person – free car parking.

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

A fantastic day to include in your Lake District holiday. Learn to get the most out of your DSLR, walk through the dramatic landscapes and take some stunning images while you do.
Take a day to have a guided Photo Walk at a stunning Lake District location where photography will be the main focus. Perhaps a walk up Haystacks photographing the summit tarns or walk up to the waterfalls where you can learn how to capture water movement in your photography.

This is a 1 day course walking in the beautiful Lakeland Fells. The walk could take us up a fell or around a lake. The Photowalks are designed to include some key locations where you can create beautiful pictures.

Learn to get the most out of your DSLR, walk through the dramatic landscapes and take some stunning images while you do.

We start at George Fisher in Keswick and walk to Friars Crag then into Great Wood and will continue towards Ashness Bridge, stopping at Cat Ghyll to shoot the waterfall.

Then across Falcon Crag over to Ashness Bridge. We spend time at the bridge to shoot the various angles then walk up to Watendleth Beck and the woods.
From there we take the path down to Ladore Falls and on to Derwentwater where we walk the shore line back to the start.

Distance: 4.8 miles
Terrain: Good paths and a shoreline

Price: £50 per person. Book your spot via our website events link: 

2 Borrowdale Road
Keswick, CA12 5DA

An intensive one day introductory course for those wishing to gain and develop a full range of skills for safe and efficient off-road running.

With a big dose of navigation training, the Team from NAV4Adventure will also look at a range of issues from clothing and equipment, route selection, techniques, trail and mountain running ethos, together with the all important safety and environmental issues.

Don’t panic about keeping up – this is not a physical training day! The course is conducted at a brisk walking pace with some jogging and maybe downhill running where appropriate. This course is ideal for those with some trail running experience and who wish to venture into more remote areas or tackle unmarked race routes, adventure races or mountain marathons.

This course starts and finishes at George Fisher, 2 Borrowdale Road, Keswick CA12 5DA.

The day is a fun packed and busy 10am – 4pm programme. The course fee includes use of a Silva compass, A4 map print-outs and tea and coffee.

Sessions are run at a maximum of four students to one tutor; an excellent ratio.

Price: £65.00 per person day or 2 people for £110.00 If you would like to join us, enter your details via the George Fisher Events website payable in advance by Bank transfer or cheque. Or book as a pair for £110; if so please complete a form each.

2 Borrowdale Road
CA12 5DA

Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathons in the country.

The race was set up by Keswick Rugby Club in order to raise funds for the club and the youth coaching program. We are one of only a handfull of small clubs in the country to have a full time rugby development officer who spends the majority of his time in the local schools. The half marathon is one of the events that helps to fund this coaching program so your support is greatly appreciated.

Come and take part in this very popular annual event. The route is a circuit of Derwentwater, with a loop into the Newlands valley, probably the most scenic 13 miles 192.5 yards in the country.

On the race day there is a fun run for the young ones. A short course, just for fun!

  • 350 metres one course
  • Two age groups

Price: see the website for more information about the price and registration.


Join an expert from the Lake District Osprey Project for a unique viewing experience and insight into some of Northern Lakeland’s most famous residents, the Bassenthwaite Ospreys. Please note this walk will include a steep climb.

Prices: £3.50 per perosn, booking essential. Suitable for children aged 8+.

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

Now in its 28th glorious year, the Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival is back to showcase the very best
in New Orleans, Dixieland, Swing, mainstream and blues. We welcome back many of the best loved Keswick favourites as well as a roster of exciting new faces from the United States, Canada, Europe and the UK.

Some of the undoubted highlights are a unique show featuring the globetrotting Ray Gelato fronting an all-star band alongside his old sparring partner Enrico Tomasso; the return of the jovial Keswick mainstay Jeff Barnhart; the truly great Louis Armstrong-styled trumpet of Norbert Susemihl direct from New Orleans and, bringing a little Californian sunshine to Cumbria, the wonderful swing/blues guitarist Tommy Harkenrider. We’re also thrilled to have Keith Nichols returning to front his Festival Orchestra and to co-host our ‘One Night At The Cotton Club’, as well as several specially commissioned tributes to Fats Waller, King Oliver, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong. In addition to the nine specially designed shows at Theatre by the Lake, Stroller Pass holders will also have access to several venues in the centre of Keswick all presenting carefully curated programmes suited to each venue featuring the very best bands and soloists and all equipped with unparalleled sound set-ups and designed with your comfort in mind. Come join us for our best year yet!

Prices: To book tickets call the dedicated booking line 0845 8621460 or book online at:


A four-day celebration of the best of New Orleans, Swing, Hot Club, Classic, Traditional, Mainstream Jazz and Blues in Keswick – Lots of Keswick Jazz Festival favourites and some great new additions.

This year’s Festival will bring music from days of jazz when it began – Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and from the glory days of traditional jazz in the UK, to the fat and hip-swinging music of New Orleans, intimate gypsy jazz, soulful gospel and blues, powerful and inspiring vocalists, hot pianists, cool saxophones, trumpets, trombones, banjos, clarinets… the list goes on.

Unlike many festivals the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in numerous venues in and around the town for which a valid ticket gives access to them all. Pick your favourite style, entertainer or location and head over for some fun, no separate booking required, just mix and match as you see fit.

A dance floor will be laid in at least one venue where the bands will play for dancing, and dance tutors will run classes in the morning for beginners and intermediates.

Lots to see, lots to do and all set in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District.

Prices: For those coming to the Festival in groups by coach or mini bus then we can offer a block-booking discount of 10% off the face value of the ticket for 10 or more tickets. The discount offer only applies to bookings made directly with the Box Office. 


The main aims of this 2 day course are to learn how to be a safe belayer, how to second routes competently and how to belay a lead climber. You will develop your climbing movement skills and learn how to place protection and construct belays.


Completion of a Rock Skills Introduction course.

OR have logged 10 routes on walls or outdoor crags; and have logged 10 belays of a fellow climber.

Course meeting point: George Fisher shop & Café in Keswick

Course timings: 9am – 5pm

Travel logistics: I encourage people to car share or use public transport if possible, in order to make the course accessible and minimise our environmental impact. We will share cars to a local crag, there are good train links to Penrith, and buses in to Keswick. Please inform me when booking if you are planning on using public transport.

My courses are always catered to the clients, relaxed, fun and involve as much climbing and learning as possible! Bespoke dates are available on request.

Price: £170, the minimum age is 13 (Note: under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). Please email me at [email protected] to book or ask any questions.

2 Borrowdale Road
CA12 5DA

As England’s only true mountain forest, hills are unavoidable on this 10km course. Aptly nicknamed ‘The beauty and the beast’, if you take on the challenge of Whinlatter Forest, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with stunning views. You may even catch sight of a red squirrel, roe deer or even an osprey!

Age limit: Must be aged 15+

Start time: 9:00am (with registration from 8:00am)

Price:£20 (£18 UK Athletics Affiliated) £160 as part of the 10 x 10k Forestry 100 Challenge (£150 UK Athletics Affiliated), tel:0300 068 0400 to book or book online Parking: £2 parking charge.

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

Keswick Mountain Festival returns to lakeside with inspiring speakers, sporting events, outdoor activities, a pop-up campsite and a Festival Village stocked with have-a-go activities, the full range of delicious festival food and two nights of live music. All played out against the backdrop of Derwentwater and the beautiful Borrowdale Valley.

Theatre by the Lake will see a programme of speakers telling tales of mountain adventures and
sporting endeavours, which will inspire anyone listening to get more from their time outdoors.
Speakers will be announced in the New Year with tickets on-sale in mid-January.

Visitor quotes from 2018:

“I’m a bit worried about telling everyone how awesome this weekend is in case I can’t get booked in next year!”

“Awesome views, electric atmosphere & superb company”.

Doesn’t get any better than KMF.”

“A great weekend. The runs are unbelievably well organised. The atmosphere is brilliant. The beer is brillianter!”

Price:Visit for more information and to register for updates.

Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5DJ

Mindfulness in the forest. Be immersed inthe forest and connect with yourself and nature.

Forest bathing or Shinrin-Yoku is a natural wellbeing therapy originating from Japan. Gentle walking and mindfulness practice, we will open up all our senses to take in the forest atmosphere, whilst breathing in healing essential oils emitting from the trees.

With gentle walking enjoy a relaxing and insighful journey, tuning into nature and our inner selves, culminating with a traditional tea ceremony  and reflection on our experience.

Forest bathing has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and improve concentration and memory. Moderate levels of fitness are required.

Equipment required: Sturdy footwear, warm clothes, a hat, waterproofs, roll mat (for sitting/ laying on) water bittle & snack.

Price: £20 per person. Please book via the Visitor Centre 017687 78469 [email protected]

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

Join us for World Whisky Day.  There will be special whisky tastings with every tour, plus enjoy a complimentary whisky cocktail when dining in the Bistro.  Live music will also be available in the courtyard.

Price: Free

Bassenthwaite Lake
CA13 9SJ

Our enthusiastic and experienced instructors will guide you on an unforgettable day of fun & adventure! You will have the chance to discover traditional living skills, foraging and learn traditional fire lighting.

The perfect chance to have a girl’s day out! These programmes are suitable for women aged 16+.

All you need is: a sturdy pair of walking boots, warm waterproof clothing & enthusiasm for a wonderful day in the outdoors!

Price: £40 per person. Contact the Visitor Centre to book your place: 017687 78469 [email protected]

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

The story how the power of music can unite a people divided. The seaside resort of Asbury Park suffered a race riot on Independence Day, 1970, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. The riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene but from the flames of the burning city emerged Bruce Springsteen and the fabled Jersey sound.
“Asbury Park” returns Asbury denizens Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Southside Johnny Lyon to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start. Springsteen reunites with his earliest band members to play an exclusive 45 min set at the now legendary concert ands trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury – a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.

Price: £10 (£8 under 21s)

St. Johns Street
Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5AG

Join our guided walk as we gently stroll through the forest whilst taking in the magnificent surroundings. Everyone is welcome but especially those who are least active.

Meet at the visitor centre at 10.30AM. Please wear suitable clothes and footwear for walking outside. For moreinformation about Walking for Health please visit

Price: Free event, parking charges apply

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

A beautiful 10k trail run or Nordic Walk, climbing to Seat How, giving stunning views to Bassenthwaite and Keswick beyond.

Price: £20 to enter. Entries can be made:

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

Adventure awaits in the forest this half term! The Adventure Club is a multi activity holiday club for aged 7+. Activities vary but you can expect den bulding, fire pit foods and lots of fun!

Price: £60 for all three days. Places are limited so booking is essential. Contact [email protected] 017687 78469 to secure your place.

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

our 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.

Price: Adult £14.25 and Child £4.00, 8 to 16 years Family 2A 2C Group £28.50 Family 2A 3C Group £32.55. If you like to book call 0344 249 1895  (A booking fee of 5% per ticket applies to all customers).

Please wear clothing appropriate to the weather forecast as your visit takes place mostly outdoors. We recommend wellies or a change of shoes as you may get wet feet getting in and out of the canoe. For safety this event is for ages 8 years and up. To ensure safe adult to child ratios we do not offer a family ticket for 1A & 3C. First canoes leave the foreshore at 10.15am and then at 30 minute intervals until 2.30pm, this final tour returning to the foreshore at 5pm. Your visit will last approximately 2½ hours.

Lake Road
Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5DJ

Festivals and Events 2019

From February through to December there is something going on in Keswick, including:

The 20th Keswick Film Festival

Full programme to be confirmed.

For details please contact:
017684 80464
[email protected]

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

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.

For tickets please contact 017687 74411, email [email protected] or visit

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

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.

Look out for updates and announcements via
Facebook: KeswickMountainFestival
Twitter: @keswickfestival
[email protected]

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.

Keswick Rugby Club, Keswick Bridge, Brundholme Road, Keswick, CA12 4NL.
017687 73200
[email protected]

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.

The Keswick Conference Centre, Skiddaw Street, Keswick, CA12 4BY.
017687 80075
[email protected]

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
• Handicrafts
• Horticulture
• 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.

Pump Field, Old Braithwaite Bridge Road, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TD.
01697 323 418
[email protected]

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 [email protected]

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake 2019 programme of events:

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky”; and for the first time the much loved comic strip characters are coming to Theatre by the Lake!

Romance, oddly enough, is all around in the musical comedy version of The Addams Family, who discover to their horror that daughter Wednesday has fallen in love… with Lucas Beineke, a sweet young man from a ‘normal’ family – a man her parents have never met. If that wasn’t upsetting enough, she confides in Gomez who must do something he’s never done before – he must keep a secret from his beloved, Morticia.

All is turned upside-down for the family when they host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

With a sharp, fresh, modern score by Andrew Lippa, join KAOS for a fun-filled riotous show; this is one family you won’t regret paying a visit to.

Prices: £14.50, £12.50, £10.50, £8 (no discounts); Wed-Fri: £17, £15.50, £12.50, £10; Sat mat: £15, £13, £11; Sat eve: £18, £15.50, £12.50; Students, U16s £8

The wonderful Phoenix Dance are back following their sell-out, standing ovation-inducing performance last year. This year they’re mounting a bold, culturally distinctive modern reworking of the iconic ballet, The Rite of Spring.

Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus re-envisions the near riot-causing original by Vaslav Nijinsky, introducing the sacred arts of Haiti, alongside contemporary global issues. In a programme change, Phoenix will also perform Left Unseen. This piece explores inclusion and isolation and our instinctive reliance on the five senses. Using precise choreography, moments of unison, interaction, sporadic bursts of movement and sudden stillness, Lebrun poses the question, how sensitive and aware can we become when we lose one of our senses…?

Prices: £18, £15, £10; Students, U16s, Schools £10

The film TIME TRIAL gives us an exhilarating and terrifying place in a bicycle race, providing an immersive experience as close to actually competing as you will ever see on film. David Millar, shrouded in darkness, declares an intention to rise again for one final encounter with the Tour de France.

Please note: This film is an age 18 certificate, customers may be asked to provide proof of age.

Prices: £5

Talk by Graeme Obree, nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, is a Scottish racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record.

Prices: £15, £12.50, £10

The Bob Graham round is one of the most celebrated challenges in endurance sport. Its record time, which stood for 36 years, has recently been smashed. So, we’ve invited Bob Graham Round legends to reflect on this and discuss, including Billy Bland, Jasmin Paris, Steve Birkinshaw, Martin Stone, Steve Chilton.

Plus, a short film follows Jornet breaking the 35-year-old fell running record. This legendary fell running route covers approximately 106km and 8,200m of overall ascent, which he did in 12hours 52 minutes.

Prices: £15, £12.50, £10

The Montane Spine Race, referred to as, “Britain’s Most Brutal Race”, covers the 268 miles of The Pennine Way, and is held each year in the midst of winter. This documentary follows the competitors as they battle through extreme winds, snowstorms, and torrential rain as they race along the Spine of Britain. Taking in some of the most remote and beautiful scenery the UK has to offer, the athletes have 7 days to complete the challenge, and to push their bodies and minds
to the limits.

Prices: £5

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

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

Visit 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…

Artist Statement

I paint from a caravan in Crosby Garrett overlooking the magnificent North Pennines. I have travelled widely, lived in Brunei and Gibraltar and a recent trip to Singapore confirms to me that Cumbria is the most wonderful place to live.

The changing skies, weather fronts coming in and wide vistas form an inspirational basis for much of my work, responding to observations and involvement with the landscape.

Visits to the shorelines of Scotland and Western Ireland have also been an inspiration, my sketchbook is always the first thing in my suitcase.

I have a spontaneous and loose technique evolving from sketches and developing ideas onto canvas. I generally work with acrylics, large brushes and anything else that comes to hand in my studio. Many of my paintings are multi-layered through which I scratch to create particular effects.

I place a great deal of importance to texture and employ a variety of mark making techniques to achieve a rich and varied surface depending on the subject.
My work could be described as semi-abstract or abstract. I also have a tranche of work that is more realistic though still rooted in nature.

As a member of Green Door Artists, I have had successful exposure in exhibitions, Farfield Mill, the Brewery in Kendal and also a solo exhibition in Kendal. I was part of a small group of artists who put together an exhibition at the Storey in Lancaster. I have also exhibited at the Upfront  Gallery.

As I live between Kendal and Penrith I joined the recently formed group EVAN which aims to promote art in that area and am a member showing at our gallery in Penrith.

My abstract paintings often have a more representational painting beneath the finished painting. I use this technique to abstract and develop my ideas on the chosen topic. I am currently working on abstracts to reflect the pollution of our seas and coastlines.

For more information or to book please visit or call 015394 46601.

An inspiring, varied programme of Artist – led creative workshops.

Free Parking

Classes £18/£22

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


Wall Hangings

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


Glass Mosaic

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

Family fun…

Our flock of 20 adventurous Herdy sheep have escaped!

We suspect that they are hiding around our grounds! Can you help us track down their hiding places? You will have to hunt high and low. Herdy sheep are great explorers and can often be found in unusual places! However, you don’t need to climb to find them or go into any water – they like to follow well-worn tracks, so stick to these and you should find our flock!

Head to our Visitor Centre shop to find out more.

Happy Hunting!

For more information or to book please visit or call 015394 46601.

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.

Suitable for ages 6-16yrs (or smaller adults).

For more information or to book please visit or call 015394 46601.

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