KESWICK UPON DERWENTWATER IS a Lakeland market town which derives from Old English for ‘cheese farm’ (Keswick is pronounced
Kezzick). Keswick is a vibrant town, both culturally and otherwise, and one of the most popular resorts in the Lake District.
At its heart is the Market Square and the famous Moot Hall, with its famous one-handed clock. The Moot Hall, now home to Keswick’s Tourist Information Centre, has served as a courthouse, a prison, a museum, a town hall and even a butter and fruit market. Keswick boasts a number of fine restaurants, public houses and shops, most centred around Market Square, Main Street and Station Street. It has an excellent reputation for outdoor equipment and clothing, with its plethora of outdoor shops.
Keswick has a cinema too, showing the latest films and playing host to the Keswick Film Club. There are also a number of museums in the town. Five minutes walk from the town centre brings you to the shores of Derwentwater lake, the
Queen of Lakes. Here, the Theatre by the Lake is well renowned and hosts a number of professional plays, concerts and talks —www.theatrebythelake.com At the lakeshore, you can also choose a leisurely lakeshore walk, a laze in Crow Park with stunning views of the lake and the fells beyond or a trip on the Keswick Launch to a number of destinations around Derwentwater, including stop offs in the Borrowdale valley, the valley Ruskin proclaimed to be the most beautiful in England.
Keswick is awash with festivals and events to interest and please most – the Film festival, the Jazz festival, the Mountain festival, the Beer Festival, the Keswick Convention and many more.
Keswick’s unique location on the shores of Derwentwater lake, surrounded by the northern Lakeland fells, make it ideal for all types of visitors, from those seeking quiet enjoyment in the beauty of the landscape to those wanting a bit more out of its many offerings; e.g. walkers, climbers, photographers, mountain bikers and paragliders. Indeed Keswick is fast becoming the adventure capital of England.
For details about how to get to Keswick and Oakthwaite House, please visit our Getting Here page
Taster of Events
Due to Covid-19 please check with all the organisers to ensure if the event is still taking place.
3rd May 2020
Keswick Half Marathon
Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathons in the country. The challenging course takes you around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands valley
7th – 10th May 2020
Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival
The Keswick jazz and Blues Festival is possibly unlike any other festival you could go to. Unlike many festivals, the one here in Keswick does not all take place in just one field, one marquee, one hotel or holiday complex. Our famous Jazz and Blues Festival is not just a presentation of some great music but also celebrates the area in which it takes place – the stunning Lake District.
15th – 17th May 2020
Keswick Mountain Festival
Keswick Mountain Festival is a unique event offering a fantastic mix of outdoor activities and music. There is a varied choice of activities, events and entertainment aimed to inspire all ages and abilities. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District landscape; it’s a family friendly festival for everyone to enjoy.
5th – 6th June 2020
Keswick Beer Festival
The 24th Keswick Beer Festival will take place on the 5th – 6th June 2020, tickets already on sale. For further information please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th June 2020
The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.
20th June 2020
Annual 10in10 Challenge (In aid of MS Society)
Distance: 26km / 16.1 miles
Start/Finish: Swinside Inn, Newlands Valley
This year we will be heading over Causey Pike, Sail, Crag Hill, Wandope, Whiteless Pike, High Snockrigg, Robinson, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor.
You will register between 6am and 8.30am at the Swinside Inn, here you will be given your number and a waterproof map.
21st June 2020
In 2020 the Lakesman Triathlon will bring you an event which offers you an experience to the senses and a challenge to your stamina. The long distance Lakesman features the classic 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle and full 26.2 mile marathon run. Based in Keswick with a transition area by Theatre by the Lake, the swim takes place in Derwentwater and the all road course avoids mountain passes and fells.
4th – 5th July 2020
King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta
The first regatta on Derwentwater was held in 1781 by Joseph Pocklington, the wealthy and eccentric man who’d been living on Derwent Island. Now the regatta has become a fun filled weekend of activities on, in or off the water. The regatta takes place at Crow Park, just beside Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, and there are spectator sports for those who prefer to keep their feet dry.
31st August 2020
Keswick Agricultural Show
Keswick Agricultural Society was founded in 1860, being one of the oldest Societies in Keswick. Keswick Show is held every August Bank Holiday Monday with a free shuttle service from the town to the site as well as free parking next to the site. The show provides a unique look at Cumbria with livestock shows and stalls, providing something for the whole family to enjoy.
5th September 2020
Providing a 5K Derwentwater Sport Trail, 10K Derwentwater Trail Run, 15K Derwentwater Trail Challenge and 15K Derwentwater Trail Race. All starting and finishing at Fitz Park, in Keswick, taking in panoramic views of Derwentwater, the surrounding peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and the northern fells. A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish.
20th November 2020
Keswick Christmas Lights Switch on.
Always a great start to the festive period, with music and entertainment in Market Square. Local celebrities normally do the switch and signal the start of Christmas in Keswick.
6th December 2020
Keswick Victorian Fayre
Takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes live entertainment from various choirs and singers on stage in our Market Square and in Packhorse Court and also a Children’s Funfair and reindeers. Over 30 charity stalls, selling a selection of Christmas homemade crafts, produce, festive food and drink.