Spring Bank Half Term in and around Keswick 2017

Pirates of Keswick Fancy Dress Day

Join Keswick Market Traders for a full day of Pirate Fun - Pirate Stilt Walkers, Puppet Show, Face Painting, Pirate Mascots, Music, Treasure Hunt, Free Booty Bags and the main thing, Pirate Fancy Dress  - best dressed Pirate and Princess competitions

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Visit Derwent Island & House with the National Trust. Paddle a rafted canoe. to the island to enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of Pocklington's Georgian house and then explore the gardens and the rest of the island at your leisure. More info.

View the Bassenthwaite Ospreys this Spring Bank half term. Exhibitions and view points at Dodd Wood Viewpoint and Whinlatter Visitor Centre. More info.

Join Platty + and their Viking Longship the 'Gift of a Gael' for a journey and experience life in a our tented encampment settlement. A unique, hands on, action packed experience, to inspire out in the real environment . On the shores of Derwentwater, Keswick. More info.

Museum Explorer Packs for young visitors at Keswick Museum. Enjoy exploring the museum with your magnifying glass, trails and stories! More info.

Keswick Museum and award-winning film-maker, Terry Abraham, present an exhibition exploring the landscape, people and history of the iconic Lake District mountain. More info

Latrigg Circular walking route via the Raillway Path - A new path linking the railway path just past Low Briery now goes through Brundholme Woods to Brundholme Road allowing walkers access up to Latrigg. More info.

Keswick Museum and award-winning film-maker, Terry Abraham, present an exhibition exploring the landscape, people and history of the iconic Lake District mountain. More info.

View events for this Spring Bank Half Term 2017.

Become a Gruffalo Nature Explorer on Wednesday in the half term in Whinlatter Forest to discover the secrets of our deep dark wood. These are free, led activities. Drop in between 11am and 3pm. More info.

Play in the park in Keswick this half term, there's traditional games in Hope Park, a children's playground and BMX track in Fitz Park and an adventure playground at Whinlatter Forest. More info.

Here are some of our favourite free things to do with the children around Keswick. More info.

There's lots going on at Wordsworth House in nearby Cockermouth - try your hand at making a traditional Cumbrian clapbread, hunt for wild words and wonderful creatures in the house and garden. More info.

The Pencil Museum is re-opening on the 26th May. Visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago. A journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern day production. More info.

Try your hands at craft at Rheged - make circus themed hand puppets, carnival wind kites or for a half term adventure learn some bushcraft skills. More info.

A choice of films at Rheged this half term. The Lego Batman Movie, Ballerina,Sing...More info

At Rheged DON’T DRIBBLE ON THE DRAGON TRAIL  The dragon has left lots of clues around the centre, all leading us to the place he is hiding – can you find him? More info.

At Rheged learn how to take fingerprints, use a code cracker and solve cryptic clues to find out naughty clown. At the end of Spy training, all agents will receive a certificate and finger print keyring to take home. More info.

Looking for a walk with the children this 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 park.

Stay 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 camping barn. Camping in the Lake District has to be one of the great holiday experiences