Panoramic view of Derwentwater

Welcome to August in Keswick…So much to do indoors & out…

August is suddenly here and we’re in full-on holiday mode.  We’ve had some amazing summer weather so far, with occasional tropical downpours!

There’s so much to do in the beautiful Northern Lakes, and here’s a selection of What’s On around our town, and out on the lake, Derwentwater. 


With many shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as miniature golf, lovely parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, the fascinating Alhambra – our old-school theatre-style picture house with a balcony and a programme of mainstream blockbusters. Where else would you find a Pencil Museum, a neolithic Stone Circle, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking, all set in the glittering location of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley.  You can also enjoy a boat trip on the Lake on Derwent Launch.

All these amazing things to do are in or just a few minutes walk from the town centre.

Keswick Show 2022 Bank Holiday Monday (29th August)

Its back!  A full day’s entertainment is guaranteed at the Show Ground.  With Fell Races, Terrier Racing, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, a display by West Cumbria Vintage Car Club, and showing classes of ponies, horses, sheep and dogs.  Add that to lots of delicious Cumbrian food and drink, and shopping stalls to browse, and you have a great day out for all the family. £10 adults, kids 5-16 £2. Under fives go free.

2018 equine class by kind permission of Keswick Show

Summer on the Water!

What’s on with The National Trust in Borrowdale & Buttermere

🚣‍♀️ Paddle sport taster sessions with Mobile Adventure at Crow Park every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 21 July to 3 September.

🏊‍♀️ Tuesday mornings join Suzanna Swims on an introduction to wild swimming in Derwent Water or Crummock Water from 19 July to 9 August.

⛵️ Sunset sailing sessions with Derwent Water Marina will be setting off on Tuesdays all through the summer holidays to take you on a relaxing tour of the lake.

🎤 Come to Crow Park on Sundays for Music by the Lake and listen to a different local artist or group while enjoying the lake views.

kids playing

Derwentwater Marina

Found in the peaceful and sheltered northwest corner of Derwentwater, in the picturesque village of Portinscale, just a 20-minute walk from Keswick it’s a great place to spend an August day.  GET ON THE LAKE and explore the stunning bays and historic islands by hiring a Paddleboard, Canoe, Kayak, Rowing boat or Pedalo. They also offer instructor led sessions in all water sports, from beginner and taster sessions to courses. They also have an on-site shop offering a wide range of water sports clothing and accessories, and a well-stocked chandlery.
Derwentwater Marina by kind permission of Derwentwater Marina


What’s on at Wordsworth House And Garden, Cockermouth

Just up the road is the lovely Georgian town of Cockermouth, come and enjoy Wordsworth House and Garden and in Cockermouth, and see how William was inspired here.

August sees plenty to keep the family busy, whatever the weather, with games, hands-on activities, and children’s trails. In school holidays you might find the maid hard at work and learn what’s cooking in the kitchen. Why not take in a guided tour on Tuesdays, or a welcome talk on other days, from one of the friendly team?

The exhibition ‘Scree’ is co-created with local poet Lucy Burnett, running now until start of November 2022 and is free with admission.

Dressing up at Wordsworth House Garden by Jonathan McMeekin kind permission of the National Trust

Getting Around

Half Price Day Rider Bus Tickets

Throughout August, bus operator Stagecoach is halving the cost of their Borrowdale and Ullswater Day Rider Group tickets to just £17. This gives 5 people unlimited travel for a day, on all buses in the zone, including on their scenic open top bus trip. Single Adult tickets are just £9 each. Other ticket ideas here.

Summer Holiday Shuttle buses to Catbells

Parking problems and congestion are notorious around popular Catbells, and the Catbells Shuttle bus is running a half hourly service until 4th September.

Some of the buses are part of the Honister Rambler route, bus 77/77A, which goes from Keswick to Cat Bells and then across the stunning Honister Pass, to beautiful Buttermere and Whinlatter.  These run daily from Easter to the end of October, but the others will simply operate from Keswick to Catbells and return.

Another option is ‘Park & Sail’ –  Park at Keswick Rugby Club and Sail on Keswick Launch.   Please do your bit to help congestion at this busy time of year and choose a car-free option if you possibly can.

More travel info on ‘Visit Keswick’ right here

Castlerigg Stone Circle by Mark Hewitt

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