Keswick

A THRIVING MARKET TOWN

Keswick is a thriving market town and caters for visitors all year round – it never has the “closed up” feel of a seaside resort after the summer months – there is always plenty going on whatever the weather or season. The town has won many Britain in Bloom awards over the past few years; it obviously has a head start with such a superb location. It offers a wide range of places to eat out and has an attractive shopping centre. Of course the outdoor clothing industry is a speciality here! Our market days are Thursday and Saturday with special markets arranged at other times throughout the year. They offer the opportunity to buy, among other things, local farm produce, craft work, and photographs.

Keswick is a great base from which to explore the Lakes. Learn the literary past of Coleridge, Wordsworth, Southey and of course Beatrix Potter; visit stately homes and gardens or go further afield – Hadrian’s Wall is easily explored from here and is a popular destination for visitors. It has lovely parks, museums, tennis courts, bowling greens, pitch and put, an excellent theatre, cinema, climbing wall, leisure pool and mountain bike hire for the more energetic. Water sports can be arranged from several venues on Derwentwater and there are numerous other organisations who will take you on the fells; anything from an easy walk to rock climbing or paragliding. There are several good golf courses in the area.

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Getting Here

For those coming by public transport the nearest railway station is Penrith (National Rail Enquiries for timetable and other up to the minute information) and there are regular bus services from the station. Life in Keswick without a car is not a real problem as you can try one of the local mini bus tour companies – Mountain Goat Tours, Lakeland Panoramic Tours with Activus Travel or simply use our local Stage Coach bus service

What’s the weather like?

Try George Fisher’s web cam to check the view of the weather conditions on the fells live.

Things To Do

There are a lot of outdoor activities and many of our visitors are keen walkers and make use of sites such as Walking Britain and Go Lakes  to plan their days out. There are local guided walks from the Moot Hall, which is also where you will find the nearest Tourist Information Office.

The Borrowdale Bus Service is very useful for walking locally and  a good way to view the area, or to take a short cut to the start of your walk, is to use the Keswick on Derwentwater launches. You can take the Keswick Launch to any landing stage on Derwentwater and explore the valley, returning by a later launch, or just walking back to town.

For what’s on in Keswick, visit our town website for everything you need to know Keswick.org

If you are celebrating a special occasion or are looking for a special meal or Cumbrian hamper to be supplied to your cottage, look no further than the Keswick Kitchen  A great local company using fantastic local ingredients to cater for your needs.

Keswick's beautiful parks

Keswick Through The Seasons

The natural rhythm of life in this lovely town across the seasons is something like this:

Keswick looks amazing with the Christmas lights up; we defy anyone to find a prettier town! The Annual Victorian Fayre is usually held on the first Sunday in December. It is lovely to relax with a cup of hot punch and wander about the stalls selling homemade produce and gifts for Christmas whilst making money for local charities. Keswick is a great place for Christmas shopping! The Theatre by the Lake always puts on an excellent winter show and there are many other productions organised for all tastes.

Although the days are much shorter we still get some fantastic days for walking, clear crisp skies and, with the leaves of the trees removed, you can appreciate the massive crags of the fells as the bones of the land are laid bare. Paths are less busy and lakeshore walks on frosty days are a perfect way to relax and work up the appetite for a huge pub meal by a roaring fire.

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