Things to do in the Northern Lakes this October…

The colours are changing, the nights are drawing in and the cooler weather is making an appearance, but what a stunning time to visit the Northern Lakes! Autumn is such a special time in and around Keswick as attention turns to harvest, Halloween and half term…


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:

A series of free, guided mountain bike rides for women kicks off in Whinlatter Forest Park Sunday 17th September, organised as part of British Cycling’s HSBC UK Breeze programme. The rides will be led at the pace of the slowest rider, offering a great introduction to mountain bike riding and the opportunity for riders to build up their confidence on the trails in a supportive, women-only group

FREE event

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

Think the Lake District landscape has always looked this way? Step inside the Time Machine and think again…

Like HG Wells’ Time Machine the massive boulder at Bowder Stone has stood unchanged while the world has evolved around it. Visit our pop-up exhibition in the former climber’s hut to see how dramatically the landscape has changed over the last 200 years.

FREE event

Bowder Stone Car Park
CA12 5XA

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A FREE 45 minute session that will help you to understand just how beneficial Nordic Walking can be and how it is far more than just walking with poles! This introductory session will give you an insight into how the poles can propel you along and work the whole body. You will also understand why it is important to learn the technique properly in order to maximise the benefit.

FREE event. 11am-12pm.

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 5TW

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.

1 & 2 Sunset Hill
CA12 4RN

£120.00 per person

For more info and to book visit

Join Paul, George Fisher staff member, 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’).

£20 per person, which will be donated in full to Keswick MRT

2 Borrowdale Road
CA12 5DA

For more info and to book please visit

Join us for a guided bike ride through Whinlatter Forest to discover the joy of cycling as a group whilst taking in some of the most picturesque scenery the Lake District has to offer. With a qualified and experienced guide at the helm, you can be confident to have an enjoyable, fun ride. The ride is followed by a hot drink and cake in the fabulous Siskins café.

£20.00 per person, includes guided ride, hot drink, cake and car parking for your visit.

Whinlatter Pass
Braithwaite, Keswick,
Cumbria, CA12 5T

Contact them to discuss your needs, 017687 78711. To book your place please contact Sonia Dryden, 017687 78127 or email [email protected]

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 to book.

A little further afield…

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

One of our very popular traditional baking day workshops, these are always very busy and productive day. Gillian will explain first over coffee the importance of the various ingredients, dried yeast vs fresh, liquids and proving times and quickly demonstrate a basic farmhouse loaf. Soon after you’ll be following her example and preparing your first loaf. Once you have the feel of the dough you’ll soon be starting the second…and third! Gill comes with an array of recipes and a ’shop full’ of ingredients too. Options include wholemeal or granary – loaves or rolls, Focaccia. Rustic soda breads, Challah, Parmesan buns, garlic rings and much more – make room in your freezer. There really is something special about making bread by hand! It’s the ’doing it’ and the warm dough-y smells that ensue to provide an unrivalled homeliness for your kitchen, friends and family. Gillian, who is becoming very well known throughout the county for her whole repertoire of bread making skills will share with us her secrets for a wonderful variety of her very achievable and special ‘hand made breads’. Using both Aga and conventional fan oven. Your day will include a lovely 2 course lunch, with hand made bread and all refreshments. Please note that Oct 11th include scone making too!

Adult £75, including coffees, teas, biscuits and lovely 2 course lunch.

Penrith, Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

For more info and to book visit

Daily until 29 October:  Wordsworth House and Garden Objects of Celebrity #1 The Bowder Stone 11am – 4pm An exhibition offering a fascinating glimpse into the mad world of Georgian landowner King Pocky and the early tourists who flocked to the Lakes in search of thrills.

Saturday 21 & 28 and Sunday 22 & 29 October: Dumbledore and Horniegoggle 11am – 4pm Hunt for surprising creatures and get tips on turning your backyard into a nature haven.

Monday 23 October: Get cooking in the kitchen 11.30am – 3.30pm Head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making traditional Cumbrian clapbread.

Tuesday 24 October: Become a natural artist 11.30am – 3.30pm Let nature awaken your creativity and create a piece of wild art from found objects or a poem out of stones.

Wednesday 25 October: Make your mark as a Georgian 11.30am – 3.30pm Learn about 18th-century letter writing, pen a missive or poem and seal it the Georgian way.

Thursday 26 & Friday 27 October: Spooky fireside tales 11.30am & 2.30pm Join the servants by the fire to hear some ghostly tales William and his sister Dorothy might have enjoyed.

Suitable for age 7 and above.

Main Street
CA13 9RX

For full details and to book visit

Theatre by the Lake

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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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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“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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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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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 October.

For the kids…

Join in the spooky fun at Brockhole with our ghoulish trail around the grounds. Suitable for all ages.

Just turn up! Appropriate footware advised.

Price: £3 including prize
Start: 11am

If you love Archery with Dan and the team at Brockhole you won’t want to miss our exclusive Halloween version – Zombie Archery!

Challenge yourself to hit the targets and stop the zombies making it closer and closer towards you! Located as always on the stunning shoreline of Windermere, England’s largest lake, book early for your little monsters this holiday as limited places are available.

Time: Sessions each day at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm (45 minutes per session)
Price: £10

Book online or call us on 0845 272 0004 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Family fun…

Enjoy a gentle walk along the historical route to the village of Troutbeck. Discover why this spectacular landscape deserves to become a World Heritage Site in 2017.

Starts from: Brockhole on Windermere at 1:15pm. Just turn up – arrive early to avoid disappointment
Price: Free, donations welcome
Length: 6.2km, 3.8miles
Duration: 3.0 hours
Grade: Easy plus

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 and a very quiet minor road to Claife Viewing Station. Here there’ll be time to explore, learn about its history and for refreshments before heading back to Brockhole.

Start: Brockhole on Windermere. Please meet promptly at 10.15am at Brockhole’s lake shore bike hire cabin. Expected return 3.30pm.
Length: 5 miles, 5 – 5.5 hrs
Price: Adult, £25, Child, £16 (includes bike hire and boat tickets)

Booking essential – contact Brockhole lake shore on 07919 881 622.

For the adults…

Join a guided tour around Brockhole’s Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole’s history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the cafe.

Price: £9.95 including tour and afternoon tea
Start: 2pm

Book online or call us on 0845 272 0004 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge) if you have any questions.

Enjoy a classical concert by The Cellists followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

Price: £15.95 including afternoon tea and free parking
Start: 2pm

Book online or call 0845 272 0004 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

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