Things to do in the Northern Lakes this March…


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:

This new exhibition will challenge the perceptions of quilt making, revealing a strong and vibrant contemporary craft form that is just as likely to be found hanging on a gallery wall or urban loft apartment as it is covering a bed in a rural farmhouse. The unique story behind each piece will also be told in the exhibition, either through accompanying sketches and material revealing how each quilt came to be, or through the storytelling ability of the quilt itself.

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

Simon Williams is a highly accomplished artist and teacher in both botanical and wildlife illustration, now the director of the SBA Distance Learning Programme. This course is suitable for all levels.

Drawing your subject: choose your days and choose your subject – Botanical or Wildlife – you may interchange between both and demonstrations are given in both.

If the actual drawing of a wildlife subject is a worry – you’ll be glad to know that many students trace the outlines of wildlife subjects. They can then concentrate on applying paint correctly. This course is about all aspects of correct painting techniques, not learning to draw.

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.

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. Please ensure that children are suitably clothed for the conditions.

A little further afield…

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

*We will update this section when new events further afield come around*

Theatre by the Lake

Playing in March:

Manfred Mann was one of the most popular bands of the 1960s. Their numerous hits were R&B based with an undercurrent of jazz – an unusual combination that secured their place in the history books of British pop. Fifty-five years on, original members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness are joined by Rob Townsend on drums, Marcus Cliffe on bass and Simon Currie on sax and flute as the new line up of The Manfreds, playing all the favourites such as Do Wah Diddy Diddy alongside blues and jazz tracks from some of their best known albums.


In the thrilling yet tender Some Kind of Love Story, a private detective is determined to expose a miscarriage of justice. But his fragile ex-lover seems to know more than she’s telling and as the pressure grows, reality and truth prove harder and harder to grasp.

Elegy for a Lady follows a conversation between a shopkeeper and a man searching for a gift for his dying mistress. Confidences and secrets are shared in an intimate exchange through which we question how well we ever really know the ones we love.

*contains strong language*

017687 74411

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 March. For full event listings visit:

5 March 2017
Free – donations to Child Bereavement UK gratefully received.
Enjoy the walk anytime between 12pm and 3pm

Child Bereavement UK are holding their annual Snowdrop Walk at Brockhole. It’s a special day to remember the babies and children who have died and the children who are bereaved each year.

9 March 2017
£15.95 including afternoon tea and free parking

Enjoy a classical concert by The Elysia String Quartet followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

29 March 2017
£9.95 including tour and afternoon tea

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.