Cumberland Pencil Museum
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Visit Keswick, in the Lake District, the home of the first pencil, and the Cumberland Pencil Company, the home of pencil perfection since 1832.
Enter the Museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine where graphite was first discovered 350 years ago. Through words, pictures and carefully restored machinery you can trace the history of pencil making and see how we make Derwent Fine Art pencils today. A quiz for children makes the whole visit an adventure and discovery. The video theatre shows two presentations, and be amazed at the Worlds Longest Pencil. Other displays demonstrate the uses of pencils, with helpful hints and tips for budding artists. There is a children's area where they can “have a go” with different pencils and crayons and a shop that sells the full range of Derwent pencils.
Opening Times: - 9.30am - 4pm Last admission 7 days a week
Closed 25th and 26th December and 1st January
Special rates for groups and coach parties
Free entry to:
The DERWENT Pencil Shop, stocking the full range of Derwent Fine Art Pencils
Sketchers Coffee shop, where you can relax with a coffee and a lovely slice of one of our delicious cakes, and enjoy our free WIFI.
The Museum is an all weather activity for all the family,
Adults £4.25, Children £3.25, Concession £3.25 Family Ticket £11.75 (2 adults & 2 Children), under 5's free entry
Workshop events 2013
We offer full day tuition workshops, which cost £45 and are inclusive of all the matterials and paper required for the day. The day is limited to 10 people, prior book by calling 017687 73626 or visit http://www.pencilmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/tuition-workshops/ for further workshop details.
November 5th & 6th - Botanical masterclass with Susan Christopher Coulson
November 12th - Autumnal & winter landscpaes using Pastel pencils with Tony Hogan
November 13th - Exploring professional techniques in painting with Tony Hogan
October - Half term events
Family fun days
There's family fun at the Pencil Museum with a Giant Haunted House with family quiz trail and crafts, from Saturday 19th October until Sunday 4th November, then we also have special art events which are fee to attend and are a great way for young budding artists to learn new skills or just have great fun.
Professional cartooning with Shoo Rayner
22nd – 24th October
Join Shoo over two days, where he will be demonstrating how to draw cartoons and set up
storylines, where you can join in and design your own cartoon to take home with you and show
your family and friends.
Spooky Halloween cartoon party with Robin Evans
29th – 31st October
A local Wizard will be the host of the cartooning party. Join in the watercolour demos. Design
fantasy creatures; enjoy creepy crawly treats in the coffee shop and everyone who comes in
fancy dress will win a prize. Mums and Dads included too.
Only a short walk from Keswick town centre. Walk down the main street from the Tourist Information Centre following the fingerposts. Continue straight on, then turn right immediately prior to the road bridge over the River Greta. The Museum is on your left, just before the pencil factory.