Things to do in the Northern Lakes this March…
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 March 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: www.keswick.org/whats-on/events
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
With a big dose of navigation training, the Team from Nav4 Adventure 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 10.00am-4.00pm 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: book per person is £65 or as pair for £100. If you would like to join us, go to the link on our website events http://www.georgefisher.co.uk/ . Events payable in advance by Bank transfer or cheque.
2 Borrowdale Road
Keswick, CA12 5DA
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: http://www.georgefisher.co.uk/events
2 Borrowdale Road
Keswick, CA12 5DA
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, prepare & cook wild edible plants, have a go at carving & 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!
Contact the Visitor Centre to book your place: Call 017687 78469 or email [email protected]
Price: £30 per person
Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
Keswick, CA12 5TW
Join George Fisher staff member, Paul, a 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’).
Price: £20 per person, which will be donated in full to Keswick MRT
2 Borrowdale Road
Keswick, CA12 5DA
Find out more and book on the George Fisher website: https://www.georgefisher.co.uk/events/2018-12-24-navigation-and-mountain-safety-saturday-16-february/
Join Keswick Museum for their FREE lunchtime talks. Everyone is welcome, and there is no need to book – just drop in! Please come along and find out more about Keswick’s fascinating collection, history and characters!
Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria,
Keswick, CA12 4NF
As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way.
Best known for his work with the award-winning acoustic roots group Show of Hands, Steve has performed in venues from the Albert Hole in Brighton to the Albert Hall in London. His impressive back catalogue of songs are modern classics, still filling the folk clubs and festival fields, and forever influencing the next generation of folk artists.
In 2019, Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience. Anyone who’s ever wondered what’s it’s like to be a touring musician will love this rare insight into life on the road.
Steve says, “A life on the road certainly has its challenges, but I can’t say I’d do it differently if I had to start all over again. The format of ‘Songs and Stories’, and now ‘Roadworks’ allows me to share the stories I’ve collected over the years, along with plenty of observations along the way. It’s just me, a radio mic and a couple of guitars which is daunting and liberating in equal measures, and it has enabled me to build elements into my shows which I’ve never been able to before. The reception from the 2018 tour was fantastic – it really seemed to strike a chord with people – so I’m looking forward to 2019’s tour.”
Price: 2018’s tour was a sell-out, so early booking is advisable. He is playing Threlkeld Village Hall on Friday 15th March at 8pm. Tickets are £18 (£9 under 18s) available from the PO Village Hall Coffee Shop or online here below by debit or credit card or by Paypal. Tickets bought online will be available to collect from the Box Office on the night. Box Office and bar from 7pm. Box Office Enquiries 07733 790308.
Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria,
Keswick, CA12 4RX
The Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show has quickly established itself as the finest Northern Home and Garden Show of the year.
Cumbria is well known for its Arts and Crafts heritage, beautiful houses and gardens as well as garden designers with a national reputation. The show celebrates design, craftsmanship and innovation from across the north of England and Southern Scotland.
The weekend includes stands from over 75 suppliers, with talks and demonstrations from leading regional experts, included in your show ticket.
Price: Book before Thursday 14th March for early bird ticket – £5 in advance, £7 on the day. £10 per person for access to the show from Friday, Saturday and Sunday (limited number available).Buy your fast track tickets online – skip the main ticket queue – simply show your e-ticket at the main desk when you arrive for your show wristband at http://www.rheged.com/.
Penrith, CA11 0DQ
On this lovely combined baking day of Artisan Bread and Scone making you should be able to make three artisan bread recipes of your choice from the recipes provided as well as two Scone recipes, including if you wish a sourdough blackcurrant scone recipe.
Traditional hands on baking days with Gillian here in our Greystoke farmhouse kitchen are always busy and productive. Gill has been baking all her life and will teach you all she knows about both bread and scone making, ready to share many of her favourite recipes, hints and tips as well as providing all the ingredients. Generally the group starts by trying a farmhouse loaf together first before then choosing from a range of recipe options such as rustic soda bread, sun dried tomato and olive soda, perhaps foccacia, a granary cob or even pesto Parmesan buns. There will also be time to slot in a few Scone recipes along the way whilst you’re waiting for your various breads to prove, and if it appeals there will be an option to try making a special sourdough scone at this stage. Baking will be done using the Cycle Cafe oil fired Aga and a special commercial fan oven we bring in for these classes.
By the end of this busy baking session you will have made much; please make sure you bring a generous bag or box in which to take your baking home in and ensure before you leave there will be room in your freezer. Next time you have guests, we hope you’ll think nothing of rustling up a quick batch of scones for that perfect homely welcome.
Included are Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home-made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen.
Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising ‘Quirky Workshops’ since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
Price: £75 per person there will also be a £10 ingredients charge.
Penrith, CA11 0UT
Festivals and Events 2019
From February through to December there is something going on in Keswick, including:
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 www.keswickfilmclub.org.
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.
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 keswickjazzandbluesfestival.co.uk
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.
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.
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.
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
• 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.
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:
For children under 5 and their parents, these sessions run in conjunction with the bookshop Bookends in Keswick.
- Listen to a new story each week
- Bring a teddy bear to join in the fun
- Teddy bears may be invited to join in with some acting – a theatre is where stories come to life!
Free to attend and no need to book in – just turn up on the day
“Tighten your laces, look to the band and don’t let your knees hit the ground.”
Ray is a young man with a big night ahead of him. Led by his very own backing band, The Raylettes, he’s going to dance until the end of life.
A tale of resilience, strength and the need to just stay on your feet, The Letter Room present a sweat soaked marathon with a Northern Soul. Packed with live music and wall-to-wall dancing, No Miracles Here is an anthem to feeling alive and keeping the faith.
Made in association with Mind, with support from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Northern Stage and Shoreditch Town Hall. The Letter Room is a North East theatre company telling stories full of raucous live music.
Prices: £15; Students, U16s, OAP & NHS £12
Adventurous. Athletic. Absorbing. In 2019 VERVE presents an ambitious programme of bold new dance work created by internationally-acclaimed and award-winning choreographers Joan Clevillé (Catalonia), Maxine Doyle (UK) and Ben Wright (UK), alongside a restaging of Shutdown by Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof (Israel).
Experience an evening of physically charged and refreshingly original dance, performed by dance artists on the cusp of their professional careers. See where dance is right now, and where it may go next.
Prices: £18, £15, £10; Students, U16s, Schools £8
“No, when you’ve been deceived, even just once, you arm yourself.”
Adolph, a young artist, is deeply in love with his new wife Tekla. She’s intelligent, educated, and experienced. He loves her independence and sophistication. Sometimes he worries he’s not her equal. But a chance meeting with a suave stranger in a seaside hotel shakes Adolph’s devotion to the core.
Passionate, dangerously funny, and enduringly perceptive, Creditors is a wickedly enjoyable black comedy, regarded by Strindberg as his masterpiece.
Prices: £26 – £10
Follow the tale of a mischievous thief who goes on a quest with a furry fox friend to find the enchanted
phoenix. A captivating folk tale told through a fusion of aerial circus, dance, live singing and storytelling.
The whole family will enjoy this adventure filled with wonder, to inevitably discover the true meaning of friendship.
Suitable for ages 4+
Prices: £14; Students, U16s £8
The verve and brilliance of Royal Northern Sinfonia with their lively director Bradley Creswick is here yet again with another wonderful programme. The evening begins with Rossini’s scintillating overture to his opera The Italian Girl in Algiers, followed by Richard Strauss’s virtuosic 2nd Horn Concerto, one of his last great works and the most performed and recorded horn concerto of the 20th century. Finally we return to the Mediterranean with Mendelssohn’s sunny Italian Symphony.
Prices: £24, £17, £7; Students, U18s £7, £4
Acclaimed digital theatre makers imitating the dog turn their attention to Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential novel, Heart of Darkness, with a bold, explosive re-telling of the classic which fuses live performance with cinema, soundscape and animation.
Amid the optimism at the turn of a new century, Heart of Darkness is a tale of lies and brutal greed, and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now re-imagined in a forsaken and timeless Europe, lost to the destructive lust for power, it emerges as a tale absolutely for our time in this visually rich and memorably powerful piece of theatre.
Prices: £26, £18, £10; Students, U16s £10
The Lindisfarne Story is an affectionate and enthusiastic celebration of one of the UK’s most original and successful groups. Written and performed by former front-man Billy Mitchell and founder member Ray Laidlaw, the show takes the audience through fifty years of the Geordie group’s history from its 1960s beginnings in the pubs and clubs of Tyneside to the concert halls and festivals of the present day. Expect classic songs, rare video clips as well as tall tales and scurrilous gossip.
A brilliant night’s entertainment whether you’re a rabid Lindisfarne fan or just a lover of 60s and 70s music.
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 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…
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
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 www.brockhole.co.uk or call 015394 46601.
Ben Bush is a self-taught landscape photographer born and based in the North Lake District.
Ben’s photographs feature impressive mountain ranges, arching celestial skies, low misty clouds and deep mirrored waters. His collection of work predominately celebrates the Lake District. Additional photographs show other magical scenes such as the northern lights of Skye. Many of Bush’s images explore the realm of astrophotography.
This will be Ben’s first solo exhibition.
For more information or to book please visit www.brockhole.co.uk or call 015394 46601.
For the kids…
For full event listings visit: www.brockhole.co.uk/whats-on/