Things to do in the Northern Lakes this November…

As we head into winter, there’s still 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 November 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

Join our Ronhill #RunEveryDay Strava group this October, run a minimum of 1 mile every day in October and be entered into a prize draw to win a Ronhill #SeeMeRun Momentum Afterlight Jacket.

Using #RunEveryDay on social media will also have you featured on the Ronhill website here

Tell all your friends and get out running together this October!

Shop our new 2018 Ronhill range.

George Fisher
2 Borrowdale Road
Keswick, CA12 5DA

Find out more on the George Fisher website.

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

A spectacular 10 mile road race run clockwise round Derwentwater. Undulating rather than hilly this course is one of the most scenic road races in the country especially at this time of year when the Autumn colours are at their peak.

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One of cyclewise’s most popular mountain bike skills courses and the most important MTB skills you can ever learn when it comes to mountain biking. Become a better rider, bursting with confidence, new techniques and the control to handle the most difficult of terrain with ease.

Price: £150

Whinlatter Forest Park
Braithwaite, Keswick
CA12 5TW

Bookings can be made by calling 01768 898775 or through the website

This advanced bike maintenance course is designed for riders who already have a little experience of cycle maintenance but would like to increase that knowledge to be able to fully maintain their own mountain or road bikes. Please bring along your own Mountain or Road bike to work on.

Price: £150

Whinlatter Forest Park
Braithwaite, Keswick
CA12 5TW

Bookings can be made by calling 01768 898775 or through the website

On the centenary of the end of First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents the World Premiere of an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it. This unique film brings into high definition the human face of the First World War as part of a special London Film Festival event alongside a live Q&A with director Peter Jackson hosted by Mark Kermode.

Using state of the art technology to restore and colourise original archival footage, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. The film explores the reality of the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate, slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime, showing us the humility and humanity of a generation changed forever by a global war.

Price: £15, £10 children

Keswick Alhambra Cinema
St. Johns Street
Keswick, CA12 5AG

For more information or to book tickets, visit:

Illustrated talk by Andy Lowe on Woodland Crafts and Industries.

Price: £2 on the door. Bar and Box Office from 7pm.

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

For more information visit:

Following their successful appearance in 2015, The Nicola Farnon Trio are making a much awaited return to Threlkeld on Friday 16th November at 8pm. Nicola Farnon is widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK. She has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late Robert Farnon. She has played with such Jazz luminaries as Dave Newton, Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame, Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilke.

With Nicola’s trio you get a lot of musical talent that manages to pack a mighty punch for a seemingly small outfit as, although there are only three, between them they cover vocals, double bass, piano, sax, drums and percussion. Nicola Farnon manages to combine her exceptional talents of singing and playing bass with a delightfully original and very inclusively warm and witty performance. Then, there is Piero Tucci, described as ‘a jazzer’s dream’, as skilful on keys as he is on sax. The third member is Phil Johnson, who drives the whole performance with an intense and propulsive drumming that allows the overall song to shine through. They play an eclectic mixture of popular classics from the 1930s to 70s (and a few of Nicola’s own very catchy originals); classy arrangements with a mixture of swing; latin and the heart rending ballads. Nicola is a class act with a passionate and swinging style, outstanding personality and a charismatic stage presence to match – and an uncanny ability to adapt her performance to captivate and embrace any audience. The late, great Humphrey Lyttleton said about her: “She’s a remarkable performer on stage, a fine singer and an outstandingly swinging and propulsive bass player with an outgoing personality to match…I declare that she is a class act who should be on every jazz festival in the land….A sure fire hit!”

Price: £12 (£6 under 18s) available from the village post office, village hall coffee shop and online at

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

Cinderella ballet performance and afternoon tea at the Lodore Falls Hotel… A performance of the classic ballet is being held in the Derwent Suite, performed by over 30 talented young dancers from the Starkey School of Theatre Dance, Whitehaven.

The shortened version of the ballet will be followed by a themed afternoon tea, served in our stunning Lake View restaurant, where guests can relax and enjoy our Winter Wonderland decorations and the stunning views across Derwentwater.

Price: Adults £22 – Children £11 – Family (2+2) £55

Call 017687 77285 for more information. Booking advisable.

Lodore Falls Hotel
B5289, Borrowdale
Keswick CA12 5UX

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Price: £15, £10 under 15s

Keswick Alhambra Cinema
St. Johns Street
Keswick, CA12 5AG

For more information or to book, visit:

Join us in the Market Square for the Christmas Lights Switch On.

Price: Free to attend

Market Square
Keswick, CA12 5BG

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’).

Price: £20 will all money going to the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, a volunteer organisation that relies of donations to continue offering this valuable local service.

George Fisher
2 Borrowdale Road
Keswick, CA12 5DA

For more information or to book, visit

Join us for an Evening in Abraham’s with Geoff Somers (MBE Polar Medal) as he talks about his book ‘Antarctica – The Impossible Crossing’.

Geoff Somers is one of the World’s most accomplished Polar travellers and has completed several “Firsts”, including the only traverse of the entire Antarctic Continent by its greatest axis – a seven month, near 4,000 mile (6,200 km) journey, using husky dogs to pull the sledges. For this expedition purely for training, his team completed, to that time the longest unsupported Arctic journey, 1,400 miles (2000 kms) traversing south to north of the Greenland Ice Cap. During both these adventures, each with an international team, he was responsible for the logistics and navigation and, driving the lead team of husky dogs.

On foot, on ski and by kite power he has travelled some 14,000 miles in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Later, he was a guide on the first commercial expedition to the North Magnetic Pole and guided the first self supported commercial expedition skiing 700 miles (1,120 kms) to the South Geographical Pole.

As well as completing SEVEN South Pole journeys he has undertaken numerous other daring ventures, SEVEN times leading groups to the North Pole, training others (including the successful all women team to the North and South Poles), and worked in Outward Bound Schools throughout the world. As deputy director, he helped set up the Outward Bound School in Sabah Malaysia and, amongst other rain forest journeys, crossed Borneo through un- travelled jungle.

In Australia, with three camels from the wild, he travelled on foot 1,400 miles (2,000 kms) from Perth across the deserts to Uluru (Ayers Rock), the “Red Centre” of the continent and more recently across the Simpson Desert.

As well as leading and undertaking “Adventure” polar journeys, he has guided scientific expeditions in Antarctica and on the Greenland Ice Cap and, sailed the North Atlantic in a 10m yacht.

In December and January of 2005/6 he guided four men on a re-enactment of the later stages of Robert Falcon Scott’s fateful journey, using similar equipment, navigation and food, to the South Geographic Pole.

Geoff has lectured to some five hundred groups around the world, from local venues, and schools to the Royal Geographical Society and, to universities and businesses. He has presented Inspirational, Motivational, Leadership, Risk Assessment and Team Work seminars to numerous companies and been guest lecturer on many tourist ships to Antarctica and the Arctic, including on a Russian Ice Breaker to the North Pole.

Price: Tickets are £10 (with 50% going to Fix-the-Fells) and we will be serving tea, coffee and cake on the house.

George Fisher
2 Borrowdale Road
Keswick, CA12 5DA

Get your tickets on the George Fisher website:

Threlkeld Activities Association is hosting its third Craft Fair on 25th November, giving an opportunity for local crafts persons to display and sell their wares. Due to the success of the Craft Fairs in 2016 and 2017, this year the Craft Fair will be expanded to two sites – the Village Hall and the nearby School. This means there will be even more quality crafts available – ideal for starting your Christmas shopping. There will be crafters and artists from Cumbria selling a wide range of quality items, including textiles, knitting, jewellery, artwork, ceramics, quilting, glass-works, paper craft, wooden items, beeswax candles and cards. The Craft Fair will be in Threlkeld Village Hall and the nearby School from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 19th November. FREE ENTRANCE. Refreshments in the village hall coffee shop will be available throughout the day.

Price: Free to attend

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

For more information visit:

Enjoy a welcome drink, a 4-course meal, party games and dancing into the early hours in the Derwent Suite and adjoining conservatory. Dress code: Smart/festive.

£29.95 // 30th November, 13th December
£36.95 // 8th, 14th & 21st December

Call 017687 77285 for more information. Booking advisable.

Lodore Falls Hotel
B5289, Borrowdale
Keswick CA12 5UX

Festivals and Events 2018

From February 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!

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.

For more information please see

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
[email protected]

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 Christian 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]

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake 2018 programme of events:

Confident, clever and highly successful, neurologist Juliana Smithton is at the top of her game. But while delivering a lecture to a roomful of doctors, she’s interrupted by a series of disturbing events. With her husband filing for divorce and her health in the balance, Juliana’s life seems to be unravelling. As details emerge of a ten-year old mystery, fact blurs with fiction, the past collides with the present, secrets are spilled and slowly the elusive and shocking truth is revealed.

Prices: £10-£36

Ever wondered if you missed your chance to be wild? Sonya has been spinning a lot of plates recently; she’s really good at it but she’s definitely not the untamed woman she thought she’d be. In 2017 she headed off on a hitchhiking mission to find 60s folk legend and wild child Anne Briggs. Harnessing live music by The Greyhounds, storytelling and the odd party trick, Feral tells an intimate story about making wilder choices.

Prices: £15; Students, U16s £10

It’s Christmas. A time of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. But things never quite turn out the way you hoped. The long-lost relatives arrive en masse, the batty neighbours drop in for a drink, no one gets the present they wanted and culinary disasters abound. As the alcohol begins to flow, tongues loosen and buried resentments surface in this painfully funny comedy that everyone will relate to.

Prices: £10

One of the most sought after pianists and one of Britain’s most treasured musicians, the Scottish pianist Steven Osborne is universally admired for his insight and musical interpretations. His performances, both solo and with orchestras, all over the world are legendary. Steven’s diverse repertoire is demonstrated in the programme for this concert: sonatas by Prokofiev and Schubert, ‘Images’ by Debussy and three short pieces by Poulenc.

Price: £22, £17, £7; Students, U16s £7, £4

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is delighted to yet again bring the world’s largest youth drama festival to Keswick.

An exhilarating evening awaits, featuring a series of unique abridged Shakespeare productions performed by local schools. See Shakespeare’s timeless stories brought to life like never before, and support young people from your community as they take to the stage.

Prices: £9.75, £7.75; Groups 20+ £6.50

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

Cumbrian singer/songwriter Phil Lewthwaite brings his new concept , LakelandSong to Theatre by the Lake on November 29th.

Phil explains: “I first had the idea a few years ago about developing a collective of songs and images that would loosely form a narrative about my experience of growing up and living in Cumbria. One of the songs ‘Over the wall’ for example, is about a man who lived near our family. He was a real eccentric, but a brilliant TV and radio engineer. He once fixed our TV in the garden one autumn evening while my sister and I sat in our coats watching Dr Who! Another song, ‘Lavender skies’ is a song I wrote about Wasdale- my favourite place on the planet! So the subject matter I write about is pretty varied! The songs stand on their own, but put together, it forms a biography of my personal Cumbrian experience”.

Genres covered range from acoustic to rock, played by Phil and his band, set to large format projected images.

Price: £12

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…

Join us at Brockhole on Windermere – a 19th century Arts and Crafts movement house amid the stunning landscape of the Lake District, and be inspired to make and create in our varied programme of Artist-led Art & Crafts workshops throughout November and December. These creative sessions are ideal for beginner to intermediate level or those looking to try their hand at something new, with workshops including printmaking, textiles and festively themed crafts.

Price: Classes £18 / Short Courses £60 / Full Day Workshops £55

For full event details please visit

Family fun…

From 20 October to 31 October Brockhole is being taken over by monsters, ghouls and ghosts and you’re invited to join them!

This year we’ve had our cauldron out and cooked up the biggest and best Lake District Halloween experience that Brockhole has ever seen.

The only thing you should be truly scared of is missing out…

Dare you follow the pumpkin trail into the gruesome ancient forest, enter the haunted house to see the gory gamekeeper or find your way through the marquee of macabre monsters? Try your hand at Zombie archery – can you stop them before they reach you? Will you Brave the creepy-crawlies in the Cave, and have you got the nerve and the eye for laser clay shooting in a giant spiders nest? Hide behind pillows as you listen to scary Cumbrian ghost stories, have a go at making your own horrifying Halloween mask, or a wicked wicker man, and then enjoy some special witches brew and a green goblin cake!


Save yourself almost £20 by buying an early bird passport before the 7 October and £15 with a normal passport!

All you need to do is book entry for one particular day between 20-31 October and your passport will be valid from 11am to 7pm on that day – then it turns back into a pumpkin.

  • Just £19 for all activities if purchased before 7 October
  • £24 for all activities if booked after 7 October
  • £12 for Mini Pumpkin Passport (limited activities)
  • View our full terms and conditions for the passport here.

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