Things to do in the Northern Lakes this January…

Happy New Year from Underscar!

It’s time to start thinking about your 2018 visit. Keswick is a popular destination at any time of year so we’ve highlighted not just what’s happening in January, but some key events and festival dates for 2018…


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:

The Great Print Exhibition is the largest exhibition of its kind in the UK. With over 350 framed artworks on the wall by over 60 printmakers from up and down Britain, it͛s an excellent chance to see and buy original art. You’ll be able to learn about this widely varied art form, with information on how different prints are made and videos showing artists making their work, along with examples of tools and printing plates used to create prints. On certain days, the Making Space will be occupied by a printmaker, offering live demonstrations as they create new prints right there in the gallery. 10am-5pm.

Free entry.

The Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ.
01768 868000
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Across the whole of January, you can enjoy locally sourced cuisine, from their sumptuous gin-themed menu. Every Saturday they will also be hosting an extra delicious gin-themed Afternoon G-n-Tea in their impressive boardroom for all you GINThusiasts! Perfect to curb those post-Christmas blues!

Fixed price menu 12-3pm / 5.30-7pm.
Afternoon Tea 3-5pm every Saturday.

Gin Afternoon Tea £29 per person
Fixed price menu 2 courses £14 / 3 courses £18

The Bistro at the Distillery, The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, CA13 9SJ.
017687 88857
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Every winter we have 10 lectures in the Queens Hall Keswick School on a wide range of topics including travel, natural history, mountaineering, other expeditions, art and culture. January’s lectures are:

9th Jan – The Greatest Show on Earth
23rd Jan – Family History and the Media: Who do we think we are?

Non-members may attend lectures by paying £6 (£3 for students or under 17’s) at the door, on the night.

19.30 – 20.45

Keswick Lecture Society, Keswick School, Vicarage Hill, Keswick, CA12 5QB.

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’) 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.

£20 per person, which will be donated in full to Keswick MRT. Tickets for all George Fisher events are available on our website:

9am – 1pm

George Fisher, 2 Borrowdale Road, Keswick, CA12 5DA.
017687 72178
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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. Dogs are very welcome.


The walk starts and ends at The Moot Hall, Keswick, CA12 5JR and lasts about 1 and a half hours. 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.

£10 Adults / £8 Concessions (16yrs & under or 65yrs & over). All tickets must be booked in advance either via or call/text 07949 909365.

“A dreamily mysterious and beautifully shot film about two disreputable Moroccan men who, as part of a caravan of travellers, accept the task of carrying the dead body of a holy man, the ‘Sheikh’, across the Atlas mountains to be buried in his home village” – so says Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian. The film centres on the two men, and a mysterious character – Shakib Ben Omar – who is given the task of guiding the religious sect – led by the Sheikh – through the mountains. The three men are then left to face the elements – physical and spiritual – that try to prevent them reaching their goal. “There’s a touch of the Herzogs to this gorgeous and opaque film if you’re willing to read it as a parable about the literal transporting of religious fervour to far flung communities. There’s also an existential element to this journey, as the characters battle against ruthless elements which remain utterly blind to their spiritual cause. This becomes a test of faith for the men as events take a turn for the awkward” – David Jenkins, Little White Lies. If fantastic scenery and thoughtful, poetic films are your bag, this one is definitely for you…


£6 non-members / £4 members / £3 students, children & benefit claimants

Keswick Alhambra Cinema, St. Johns Street, Keswick, CA12 5AG.
017687 72195
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On Friday 19th January, Keswick Museum and Art Gallery will be launching the HERstory of Keswick exhibition.

The exhibition is part of the Women of Cumbria project, prompted by the centenary of the first votes for women in 2018. As well as telling the stories of Keswick women, it also highlights details about the town’s history.  It will provide a fascinating insight into living and working conditions and the many achievements of the women of Keswick.

Running until 10th May and open from 10am – 4pm daily, it will be well worth a visit.  You can find out more here.

Conscious Theatre presents a whirlwind journey through Joan Littlewood’s life, one of the 20th centuries greatest theatrical visionaries and arguably the most unsung hero of British theatre. Unquestionably brilliant, undoubtedly maverick, undeniably rude, Joan, Babs & Shelagh Too chronicles the life of a fascinating character ahead of her time.


£9.20 – £11.35


Threlkeld Village Hall, Main Street, Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4RX.

Festival and Events 2018

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

The 19th 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.

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!

The 2018 Beer Festival will be the 22nd 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. Admission by advance wristband only. No ticket sales on the day.

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

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
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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
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Theatre by the Lake

Following a successful 2017, Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake has announced its 2018 programme of events.

Hymn to Love, is the spring production in the Studio. The summer productions will be Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect NonsenseSingle Spies and Sense and Sensibility in the Main House, with Rails and Bold Girls in the Studio. 2018 will be wrapped up with Beauty and the Beast in the winter.

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there…”   It’s 1910, and spoilt, lonely Mary Lennox lives a life of luxury in India with her aristocratic parents. But when an unexpected twist of fate suddenly leaves her orphaned, she is sent to live with an unknown uncle in Misselthwaite Manor on the wild Yorkshire Moors.   Misselthwaite is a mysterious place full of dark corners and strange night-time noises, and Mary is sure there are secrets to unearth. With the help of some unexpected friends, Mary sets about discovering the legend of its secret garden, in one of literature’s most enduring and magical adventures.   Jessica Swale recently won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Comedy for her play Nell Gwynn. Her other plays include Blue Stockings and acclaimed adaptations of Stig of the Dump and Sense and Sensibility. Accompanied by a delightful score and a menagerie of puppets, her richly imagined adaptation of Hodgson Burnett’s much loved classic is a Christmas must-see for all ages.   Suitable for ages 6+   Tickets: £10 – £34   View dates & book tickets

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 January.

For the kids…

Family fun…

Your mission will start with a team briefing at the cave entrance as you get kitted up with a helmet and head torch, ready to take on the challenge. Cavers will be set a series of increasingly difficult challenges within the cave each time they enter, ranging from finding ancient cave paintings, to retrieving hidden creepy creatures, to navigating the cave in complete darkness. Badges will be awarded to all who succeed and Brave the Cave!

Our caving experience is suitable for all adventurers aged 5+ and under 8s must be accompanied by an adult (who can book on and join if they wish!)

Times: 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm

Each caving adventure costs £8.50 and lasts around 45 minutes. Numbers are limited per day so pre-booking online is strongly recommended!

If you wish to book outside of holidays or weekends we need 48hrs notice. A minimum of 8 people is required to make a booking outside of our usual opening times.

For the adults…

We open our Gaddum Gallery for the first time with Ellie Chaney, a Cumbrian based artist.

For her exhibition at Brockhole on Windermere, Ellie will be exploring the ecology of the grounds, from the ancient woodland to the lake and creating wonderful papercuts and prints of the animals and plants that live there.

Ellie Chaney is a Cumbrian creates illustrations and papercuts of the natural world. For Ellie the creative process is a way to study and learn about these creatures, and to address the fact that many species are now in decline and at risk. Also an artist educator, Ellie has worked with people of all ages facilitating workshops where people can explore these themes and their own creativity.

“Creating artwork that is intricately detailed has always been a passion of mine, and so when I discovered papercutting in 2010 I fell instantly in love with the medium. I also love to work in illustration and printmaking, making complex images inspired by natural patterns and forms which I combines with my other love of ornamental patterns.”

Join us at Brockhole and take a look around this fantastic free exhibition, key pieces of Ellie’s work will also be available to buy.

Read more about Ellie and the inspirations for her work on her website.

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