What's On - Half Term in and around Keswick 2018

Mary Poppins at Theatre by the Lake
Join practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) for a Jolly Holiday as she magically turns every chore into a game and every day into a musical adventure. The magical ride will take you from the roof tops of London to technicolour dream worlds, and you'll be enchanted by unforgettable characters like Jane and Michael Banks and cheeky chimney sweep. More info.

Tad the Lost Explorer & the Secret of King Midas at the Alhambra Cinema Keswick. Two years after their first adventure, Tad Jones and Sara Lavrof have separate lives. After discovering the final clue of the existence of King Midas' necklace, Sara invites Tad to an exposition in Las Vegas. Tad realizes the mummy of Paititi has been exiled from the Inca city forcing Tad to travel to Las Vegas with his dog Jeff and the mummy. More info and watch the trailer

Paddington 2 at the Alhambra Cinema Keswick on the 9th February - Start half term with a great family film. In Paddington 2 everyone's favourite bear is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community. He spots a book for Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday but when it gets stolen it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. More info and watch trailer

Coco at the Alhambra Cinema  Keswick.  Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel  dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the colorful Land of the Dead. He meets charming trickster Hector and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. More info and watch trailer

Highway Rat Activity Trail Join the Highway Rat on his forest adventure. Follow the trail to complete fun activities and spot characters along the way. Pretend to be a highway bandit! The pack contains an activity leaflet plus an extra activity sheet, a Highway Rat mask, stickers of the Highway Rat characters, a pencil and a crayon. Buy your activity pack from the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre for £3. More info.

Visiting Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre on Wednesday 13th Feb? Then call into the visitor centre for a free family craft activity. Drop in between 11 AM & 3 PM. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. There are also lotsof walking trails to help you explore the forest.

Go wild in the great outdoors following a National Trust fun-packed trail along family friendly paths along the lake shore of Derwentwater & through the woods with inspiration for some top outdoorsy adventures along the way, including some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ More info

Family tree planting day at Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre on15th Feb 11am to 3pm. Get stuck in and active with your family, helping with some practical conservation work. Drop in session a short walk from the Visitor Centre. Plant one tree or stay all day! More info.

Archery - learn some archery skills at Rheged. Whilst you're there don't miss the outdoor play area - a wooden adventure area modelled on a Roman fort. Try the giant slide, mini climbing wall and rope walk, and there are lots of ramparts to run and tunnels to crawl through.

Professor Pumpernickel at Rheged. Join the blue haired professor with all his favourite demonstrations -  from a deady explosion in a custard factory to real soundwaves. Dragon Tamers Show combining storytelling, puppetry, science and special effects. Join Brother Mellitus a serious man of science and logic and Arundell a macho dashing warrior in their quest to tame the Dragons of Black Combe. 

Unicorn Tea Party at Rheged Wear your best magical fancy dress costume and join in with games and activities. Enjoy sandwiches, cakes, unicorn horn cones and unicorn hot chocolate. Astral Circus Extravaganza - Roll up! Roll up! Astral Circus bring their acclaimed Circus Show from the stripy big top to the comfort of Rheged’s Theatre. A show for all ages, featuring comedy, aerial acrobatics, fire, balance, juggling and more. So close you could touch (though perhaps best you don’t).

Beer our Valentine Brewery tours at 11am and 2pm at Keswick Brewery over the half term week. Thirst Love our Valentine beer will be available on the bar all week to drink in the bar 3-5pm or to take home. Valentine offer available in the Brewery Shop all week.

A Tiger's Tale at Theatre by the Lake
Based on the extraordinary story of Fenella, the Holmfirth Tiger, A Tiger’s Tale is a high spirited balancing act of circus, puppetry, live music and song.From a circus train in South Africa, to a steamboat on the Atlantic Ocean and onward to West Yorkshire, a ramshackle travelling troupe tell us the unbelievable true story of a family of acrobats and their adopted tiger cub. More info and watch trailer

The Walrus and the Carpenter at Theatre by the Lake
Join the Walrus and Carpenter, with some eager Oysters, on their hunt for a gourmet picnic spot! These comical characters, along with a capricious Maid with Mop, make entertaining company for all ages. This musical show features a large weepy walrus puppet and his lugubrious chippy companion. There are two parts to this event, a craft workshop and a show & participation is encouraged in both. More info and  Watch the trailer

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon at Theatre by the Lake

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom's endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers' friendship apart can their dragon's amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse? A spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family, the perfect feel good show. More info.

The Chit Chat Chalk Show at Theatre by the Lake

The show follows Kiko, a confused young girl struggling to understand how she feels about the strange new world she lives in. With the help of her quirky new friends, she embarks upon a quest to discover the mixture of emotions and colours that make her unique. Anger, jealousy, happiness and many more emotions - join our wonderful characters discovering them all!  More info.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

This February Half Term, Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventure Centre is offering a wide range of exciting outdoor adventure activities, indoor climbing and indoor archery. Situated just 5 minutes from the centre of Keswick and with free all day parking, you can adventure all day no matter what the weather.  Just remember to call to book to guarantee your activity as places are limited and full details are on  www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk tel: 017687 72000

At  Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventure Centre we also have the very popular Rookery Woods Adventure Play for families, groups and individuals of all ages. The Hungry Heifer café will tempt you with fresh, tasty food and we are right next door to the stunning Castlerigg Stone Circle – culture and adventure in one exciting visit !!

Herstory of Keswick an exhibition at Keswick Museum celebrates the important contribution women have made over the centuries, through reconstructed room sets and hands-on activities: revisit the squalid conditions of the nineteenth century Yards or relax in the Rawnsley’s Vicarage parlour. More info.

Tree Top Adventure available from 10th Feb with Go Ape.Enjoy two to three hours in the trees, taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. Age 10+  More info

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Do you have an event in the Keswick area that you would like to feature on our school holiday page? Contact Keswick Tourism Association email info@keswick.org for more information.

Visit our What's On page to find out what's happening in and around Keswick or for inspiration for what do or where to go check out our Family Fun page

Looking for a walk for half term? Have a look at our family walking page for inspiration for your next outing.

If you're looking for an easy or moderate walk there are seven waymarked walks from the Derwentwater boat landings. Ranging from just 15 minutes to 1¾ hours the routes are easy to follow, whichever one you choose. More info

The Derwentwater Walk - A scenic 10 mile waymarked walk around Derwentwater, Queen of the Lakes. On flat and easy paths, the walk passes through ancient woodlands and along the shores of the lake. The scenery is stunning, with perfect picnic stops and cafes and restaurants en-route. More info.

Go for a bike ride, bring your own or hire. Hire a bike in Keswick town centre or up at Whinlatter Forest. If you want a bit of extra help up the hills there are electric bikes aswell. Visit our cycling page for details of bike hire & cycle routes around Keswick.

There are a wealth of adventurous activities both indoors and outdoors to be enjoyed from tree top adventures to biking, canoeing to climbing walls, ghyll scrambling to horse riding  More info.

From fish and chips to a freshly prepared baguette you'll find a a great selection of cafes, takeaways and delis in Keswick. For dinner you'll find an equally impressive choice. More info.


For a bit of retail therapy we have a wide range of independent shops and a twice weekly market on Thursdays and Sundays. Perfect for your everyday needs or a souvenir to take home. More info.

There is a good choice of attractions, museums, wildlife park, visitor centres and parks just waiting to be explored with something for every taste and age group. More info.

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Stay in superb Self Catering Cottages or plan a break in a luxurious lodge in a holiday parkStay on a farm and enjoy rural life surrounded by stunning scenery. Choose between B&B, self catering and camping.

Book a stay in a caravan or bring your own and enjoy magnificent views from your door.Try Camping and glamping in wonderfully situated campsites or stay in a hostel or camping barn. Camping in the Lake District has to be one of the great holiday experiences