Things to do in the Northern Lakes this January…

The new year is a magical time to visit the area with so much to see and do in Keswick and the Northern Lakes.  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 January 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:

Come and learn about the life of the renowned mountaineer who rose from unassuming begins on the sandstone of Harrison’s rock to tackle the highest summits on Earth and make his home amongst the Cumbrian fells.

Price: Normal admission charges apply. See here for details

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

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

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:

When Beauty’s father hears that his long-lost ship packed with pearls has landed safely in harbour, his family’s dreams come true.

Setting out on a long, arduous journey to claim his fortune and secure their prosperity, he stumbles across a world of great riches, beguiling magic and a fearsome beast. But when he picks a rose as a present for his favourite daughter, little does he realise what he’s unleashed.

This timeless tale of the true nature of beauty and the transformational power of love is brought to glorious life in Laurence Boswell’s thrilling and inventive adaptation filled with music, dance and song. A true feast for the imagination this Christmas.

Prices: £10 – £34

Pre-concert talk by Catriona and Mana at 6.45pm

The distinctive sounds of the bassoon and oboe must be among the most evocative and haunting in classical music.

Catriona and Mana are both young and rising stars of their instruments. Enjoy this musical journey with composers both familiar – Brahms, Poulenc and Britten – and less familiar, and relish music written for these instruments or transformed by their unusual timbres. Generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Prices: £18, £15, £7; Students, U16s £7, £4

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…

An exhibition of work by seven different artists from across the region

From November 3 to January 30 we are delighted to host a brand new exhibition in the Gaddum Gallery by seven talented artists from across the region.

Creative Contrasts sees seven women artists from across the region, some of who are just starting out on their artistic journey, the opportunity to show their work at this amazing venue. Working across three differing media; painting, photography and print they combine colour, monochrome, abstraction and storytelling to produce a vibrant and exciting exhibition. The women who submitted their images individually will exhibit together as a group for this one off exhibition are Polly Marix Evans –Printmaker, Liz Jones –Printmaker, Sarah Taylor – Painter, Eileen Gledhill –Painter, Joyce Eldred –Painter, Tricia Meynall – Photographer and Emma J Lock – Painter.

Price: FREE

For full event details please visit

New creative skills for the New Year!

Choose from an inspiring varied programme of creative workshops, including print-making, textiles, mosaics and more! Ideal for beginner to an intermediate level or those looking to try their hand at something new. Sessions are offered as 2-hour classes or 2 part short courses.

Classes (2 hours) £18pp. Free parking

Discover Linocut Printmaking

Sat 12th Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

Tues 15th Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

Weds 23rd Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

Hand Decorated Book Covers

Bring along your favourite hardback sketchbook or any book you would like to cover and learn how to cover it in your own handmade cover using drawing, printmaking and painting.

Tues 15th Jan, 10:30am-12.30pm

Weds 23rd Jan, 10:30am-12.30pm

Wall Hangings

Create a modern and unique wall hanging using a combination of textile craft, weaving and macramé.

Weds 16th Jan, 10:30am-12.30pm

Fri 25th Jan, 1:30-3:30pm


Weave your own Lake District inspired woven landscape using traditional hand weaving techniques.

Weds 16th Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

Tues 29th Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

Collage Lake District Landscape

Learn how to create iconic Lake District views using a combination of collage and experimental painting techniques.

Fri 18th Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

Tues 29th Jan, 10.30am-12.30pm

Felt Plants and Flowers

Make beautiful botanicals using felt and drawing inspiration from Brockhole’s gardens.

Tues 22nd Jan, 10:30am-12.30pm

Weds 30th Jan, 10.30am-12.30pm

Felt and Wool Herdwick Sheep

Create your own beautiful iconic Lake District Herdwick Sheep using felt, wool and hand sewing techniques.

Tues 22nd Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

Weds 30th Jan, 1:30-3:30pm

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

Family fun…

For the kids…

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