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Winter Bouldering Competition1476

Winter Bouldering Competition 27/01/2015

info@keswickclimbingwall.co.uk

http://www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk/

 
Peter Pan1720

Peter Pan 28/01/2015

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew! The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
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Peter Pan 29/01/2015

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew! The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
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Andrea Chenier: Broadcast Live From Royal Opera 29/01/2015

The poet Andrea Chénier and the servant Carlo Gérard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chénier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gérard, now a powerful official. Broadcast Live via satellite, this performance will fill Rheged’s Imax style cinema screen.

enquiries@rheged.com

http://www.rheged.com/andrea-chenier-live-royal-opera-house

 
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Peter Pan 30/01/2015

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew! The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
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Peter Pan 31/01/2015

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew! The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
An afternoon in Dove Cottage: Dorothy's Vagrants1421

An afternoon in Dove Cottage: Dorothy's Vagrants 03/02/2015

Destitute people and wanderers of the roads feature frequently in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere journals. She was very sympathetic, helping them with gifts of money and food, whilst listening to their stories and recording them. Her charity would have been very welcome, for this was a time when social changes, combined with harsh Poor Laws, produced great need. Marian Veevers, Dove Cottage Guide, will talk about Dorothy’s attitudes to the people she helped, the characters in her journals and the reasons for their poverty.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

http://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

 
A morning in Dove Cottage: Philip Larkin1420

A morning in Dove Cottage: Philip Larkin 03/02/2015

Philip Larkin is often thought of as grumpy or pessimistic, but he consistently features in lists of favourite 20th-century poets. Here’s an opportunity to see for yourself and share your views.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

http://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

 
Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley1407

Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley 09/02/2015

A series of 6 literature classes with Pamela Woof discussing the poetry of Shelley and the book 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley. Was Shelley, in the words of the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, ‘a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain’? Had his poetry no power at all to reform the world? Shelley had a high opinion of poets himself: ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world’. Certainly Shelley’s readers do not forget him. His words change the colour of the glass through which we view his subjects – politics, religion, science, love, friendship, nature, theatre, solitude, his West Wind, his Ozymandias, his Skylark, his great lament for Keats, his contempt for the later Wordsworth; all these hold our attention. In contrast, the themes Mary explored are different from those that gave Shelley his ever-unsatisfied hunger. What does it mean for society, Mary wondered, if a man can create his own off-spring without need of a woman? How much guilt is involved in scientific exploration? Mary’s novel has rightly become a modern myth. It questions our assumptions. We will consider Mary’s novel in the middle sessions of the course, and begin and end with Shelley’s poems. Bring a text if you have one; some copies will be provided.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

http://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/11/10/literature-class-one-shelley-and-mary-shelley-poetry-and-039-frankenstein-039.html

 
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Fish & Chip Supper 13/02/2015

An evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm with a fish and chip supper at Fellbites Cafe at Dalegarth Station, return train to Ravenglass, ticket price £10.50 per person. To book call 019467 23192.

steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk

http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

 
I Read, and Loved the Books in which I Read1416

I Read, and Loved the Books in which I Read 14/02/2015

2015 is the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Wordsworth Trust’s Jerwood Centre and the arrival of the great Bindman Collection into its library. To celebrate these momentous events, a group of book collectors talk about their love of books, bringing with them examples from their own collections. Join us in the Jerwood Centre, where we are surrounded by one of the greatest Romantic book collections in the world. The day will end with a general discussion on why we have such a love affair with books. This event also has accompanying family activities; please see the Family Fun section for more information.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

http://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

 
Whatever the Weather1759

Whatever the Weather 16/02/2015

Mr Rain and Mrs Sunshine live in a weather house. They tell everyone what weather to expect – he goes out during showers, while she prefers it dry. But what happens when the winds of change blow so hard that everything turns topsy-turvy? What will this odd couple learn in new and unfamiliar conditions? In true Lake District style, it might rain and it might be windy, but the show will go on whatever the weather! Suitable for ages 3+

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Whatever the Weather1759

Whatever the Weather 17/02/2015 - 18/02/2015

Mr Rain and Mrs Sunshine live in a weather house. They tell everyone what weather to expect – he goes out during showers, while she prefers it dry. But what happens when the winds of change blow so hard that everything turns topsy-turvy? What will this odd couple learn in new and unfamiliar conditions? In true Lake District style, it might rain and it might be windy, but the show will go on whatever the weather! Suitable for ages 3+

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Fertile Ground Dance - Mixed Bill1760

Fertile Ground Dance - Mixed Bill 19/02/2015

This dynamic and inspiring contemporary dance company presents an evening featuring two world premieres. Exciting young choreographer Tom Dale presents A New Chimera, a thrilling destruction of traditional borders and barriers. Eleesha Drennan’s Shield of Bone explores human touch, in all its electrifying, sensual and sometimes brutal glory. These are joined by new and remade pieces from the exciting young artists that make up the company.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Hansel & Gretel1761

Hansel & Gretel 20/02/2015

Hunger. It gnaws at the stomach like a dog on a bone. You’re lost in the woods with nothing to eat. If only there were a cake – as big as a house! But be careful what you wish for; inside the very sweet cake you might find a very sour witch. And she has a taste for something tender… A delicious re-telling of the classic fairy tale, with puppets, masks, music and film. Suitable for ages 5+

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
They're Behind You! Cumbria Young Farmers1762

They're Behind You! Cumbria Young Farmers 21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015

The young farmers invite you to enjoy an evening of thrills, spills and belly laughs at the final of their Pantomime Competition. Cheer the good guys, boo the villains and make a wish to your fairy godmother. Expect the unexpected and be prepared to join in. given the young farmers’ expertise, we expect they’ll have the most realistic pantomime horse ever! They’ll perform three pantomimes on Saturday and two plus the adjudication on Sunday.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Jonathan Wordsworth Memorial Lecture1417

The Jonathan Wordsworth Memorial Lecture 21/02/2015

How did the revolutionary forms of art and literature that we now know as Romanticism begin? In this talk, Professor Frederick Burwick of the University of California, Los Angeles explores the fundamental origins of Romanticism in the 18th century. He will discuss the term itself, as well as the influences on Romantic poetry and prose of writers such as Sir Thomas Malory, Edmund Spenser, Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

http://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

 
Winter Bouldering Competition1476

Winter Bouldering Competition 24/02/2015

info@keswickclimbingwall.co.uk

http://www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk/

 
Mitch Benn: Don't Believe a Word1763

Mitch Benn: Don't Believe a Word 24/02/2015

The satirizing musical star of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show debunks myths and exposes nonsense in this brand new show. Mitch believes in taking an evidence-based approach to life. He’s a sceptic – but don’t take his word for it. He’ll try to convince you of the virtues of his philosophy through his wit, charm and of course a few songs. It’s a show that’ll make you laugh a lot and think a bit. Suitable for ages 14+

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Britten Sinfonia1765

Britten Sinfonia 25/02/2015

One of the world’s most celebrated ensembles joins an outstanding virtuoso oboist for a wonderfully varied programme. Pieces from William Walton’s score for Henry V starring Laurence Olivier; Vaughan Williams’ oboe concerto; a work by immensely popular minimalist composer Arvo Pärt and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony – a deep and emotional piece that’s among the most intense and moving of Russian music. This concert is funded by Orchestras Live.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Houghton Weavers1766

The Houghton Weavers 26/02/2015

The Houghton Weavers, one of Britain’s best-loved and longest-running folk bands, bring a special celebratory show to Keswick for their 40th anniversary. In 40 years, the Weavers have recorded 30 albums and three DVDs, made countless radio and TV appearances and entertained audiences all over the world. As well as their usual much-loved mix of songs and humour (their motto is still ‘keep folk smiling’) expect a few surprises too.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Keswick Film Festival1478

Keswick Film Festival 26/02/2015 - 01/03/2015

The 16th Keswick Film Festival kicks off on Thursday 26th February at the 100 year old Alhambra Cinema and continues until Sunday 1st March with films not only at the Alhambra but also in the auditorium and studio at the Theatre By The Lake. This year’s themes that will form the backbone of the programme are On Yer Bike, (dis)ABILITY and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Dogme 95. And of course there will be the usual Best Of Fests, Osprey Award for Short films, Keswick Peace and Human Rights films with speakers, and documentaries – some of which will showcase the wonderful screen at Rheged. Then there will be films made locally, workshops and guests – we hope there will be something for everyone, including the free family film, and a late night frightener. So whatever your taste in cinema we are sure to have at least one film for you and who knows, may well encourage you to explore more that is on offer. Sign up on the website below for regular emails about what’s happening as plans unfold.

www.keswickfilmclub.org

 
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Keswick Film Festival 27/02/2015 - 05/03/2015

Every year hundreds of exciting, intriguing and innovative independent films never make it to the multiplexes. This is your chance to experience some of them as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen. The festival includes the best of the current UK and international independent scene; in previous years this has included transfers from prestigious festivals like Cannes, as well as Oscar winners. They’re joined by some fantastic films you might have missed first time around, including a celebration of ‘Dogme 95’ – the film-making movement that spawned infamous director Lars Von Trier. Films will be shown on four screens – at the historic Alhambra and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, plus the huge IMAX screen at Rheged. The festival also includes events and workshops; last year the workshop on making ten second films filled up in moments, so keep an eye on the website as we release more details of what’s on. For further details as the festival draws closer visit www.keswickfilmfestival.org, where you can also register to receive regular email updates.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
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Marmalade Madness 28/02/2015 - 01/03/2015

Free travel for passengers on the 9.45 am sailings but you must bring along a jar of marmalade to help celebrate International Marmalade Festival at Dalemain Mansion & Gardens. Full jars only please and any jars left behind will be donated to the Salvation Army in Penrith. Passengers can enjoy toast and marmalade onboard.

enquiries@ullswater-steamers.co.uk

http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/

 
Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley1407

Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley 02/03/2015

A series of 6 literature classes with Pamela Woof discussing the poetry of Shelley and the book 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley. Was Shelley, in the words of the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, ‘a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain’? Had his poetry no power at all to reform the world? Shelley had a high opinion of poets himself: ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world’. Certainly Shelley’s readers do not forget him. His words change the colour of the glass through which we view his subjects – politics, religion, science, love, friendship, nature, theatre, solitude, his West Wind, his Ozymandias, his Skylark, his great lament for Keats, his contempt for the later Wordsworth; all these hold our attention. In contrast, the themes Mary explored are different from those that gave Shelley his ever-unsatisfied hunger. What does it mean for society, Mary wondered, if a man can create his own off-spring without need of a woman? How much guilt is involved in scientific exploration? Mary’s novel has rightly become a modern myth. It questions our assumptions. We will consider Mary’s novel in the middle sessions of the course, and begin and end with Shelley’s poems. Bring a text if you have one; some copies will be provided.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

http://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/11/10/literature-class-one-shelley-and-mary-shelley-poetry-and-039-frankenstein-039.html

 
Dylan Moran1769

Dylan Moran 02/03/2015

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the best stand-up comedians on the circuit as he warms up for his new tour ‘Off The Hooke’. Famous for his razor sharp wit, the star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Calvary is quicker than a steel trap. This is a rare opportunity to see this brilliant comedian in such an intimate venue, so early booking is advised. Suitable for ages 15+

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
A Girl With a Book1770

A Girl With a Book 02/03/2015

“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” (Ban Ki-moon). In 2012, gunmen stopped a bus in Pakistan and shot three girls. One of them was Malala Yousafzai. Her crime? Wanting to go to school. Writer Nick Wood was spurred into action; driven to tell the story of this brave young woman’s fight for education. But his research forced him to face uncomfortable truths about himself. Can a middle-aged, middle-class white male ever understand a young Pakistani girl and her community?

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Charlie Alpha 12 and Friends1771

Charlie Alpha 12 and Friends 03/03/2015

A fantastic variety evening of live music and entertainment, showcasing the varied talents of the Keswick community and friends. Much-loved local bands and musicians are joined by other local performers in a varied programme of superb entertainment for all ages. All money raised will go towards Hospice at Home and Theatre by the Lake’s work with young people. An evening of great community spirit – not to be missed! Includes strobe lighting and smoke effects.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Local Young Musicians' Concert1772

Local Young Musicians' Concert 04/03/2015

There’s always a full house for this concert; you can expect an evening of amazing variety given by the enthusiastic and gifted young musicians of Keswick. Prepare to be entertained and thrilled by the talent on display and the range of music these young talents can tackle. Highly recommended.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Dawn Photography Cruise1140

Dawn Photography Cruise 05/03/2015

A unique opportunity to join local renowned photographer Mark Littlejohn onboard a private charter at dawn, departs Glenridding Pier at 6am returning at 9.30am. Capture the dawn through the lens with an expert on hand for advice on how to get the best pictures. Ticket price £45 per person includes cruise and a complimentary tea/coffee onboard, places limited, wear suitable clothing, bring breakfast.

enquiries@ullswater-steamers.co.uk

http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/

 

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