Half Term in and around Keswick 2017

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

The Time Machine - temporary installation from  23 Sept -  29 Oct in a former climbers' hut beside the Bowder Stone is helping to tell the story of the way the landscape of the Lake District has always changed and will always continue to change. More info and poster

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

Keswick Museum and award-winning film-maker, Terry Abraham, present a rich and fascinating exhibition exploring the landscape, people and history of ‘The People’s Mountain’: How the mountain was made and mined, Life in the villages, the story of the Sanatorium & farming the land. More info.

SOAKED at Threlkeld Village Hall: A play by Emma Rydal, Directed by Peter Macqueen It’s Wine O Clock! When do you stop? Imogen and Rich don’t care if the glass is half full or half empty, as long there is wine in it that’s what’s important. More info

Victoria and Abdul at Keswick Alhambra. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. More info.

Royal Opera House/Royal Ballet's madcap adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s story at Keswick Alhambra Cinema. Alice is joined by a host of familiar characters - the jittery White Rabbit, the eccentric Mad Hatter, the enigmatic Caterpillar & the ferocious Queen of Hearts.More info.

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN at Keswick Alhambra Cinema gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. More info.

During half term there are showings at the Keswick Alhambra at 2pm 6pm and 8.15pm every day. For the adults there is Dunkirk and Victoria and Abdul whilst for all the family there is Despicable Me 3, the Lego Ninjago Movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. More info.

If you haven't seen the summer season of plays at Theatre by the Lake there's still chance this Half Term to see Miss Julie, Handbagged, After the Dance, As You Like It and Remarkable Invisible aswell as Patrick Hemmerlé, a phenomenal french pianist.  More info

Take a tour with Mountain Goat, take the Ten Lake Spectacular for magnificent scenery of the Lakeland fells, valleys and lakes from the south to the north. More info.

 26th Oct - The Family Drawing Circus - Come and join the models and artists of the Drawing Circus for a day of circus themed family drawing at Derwent Pencil Museum!  More info.

Join Lakeland Hauntings and Follow “The Lady” as she reveals the dark secrets lying beneath the waters of the lakes, in the shadows of the fells and in the ancient superstitions of the lake counties. More info

Hallowe'en Crafts at Whinlatter

Come along and join us on 27th Oct as we make hallowe'en bats, cats, witches and wizards! Free of charge. Drop in between 11AM & 3PM. More info.

Wild Wednesday at Whinlatter 25th October & 1st November 11AM – 3PM – Join us for simple crafts & wildlife activities. Free/ drop in. More info.

This Keswick Cookery School course is designed for the bread making enthusiast, who wants to hone their bread making skills and learn how to take their bread to the next level. Lunch and refreshments included. More info.

Following a spate of recent sighting of a mysterious brachiosaurs-like creature in Bassenthwaite Lake, we at Lake District Wildlife Park are investigating possible explanations. An interactive display introduces visitors to the history of the ‘Bassenthwaite Eachy’ from the past 50 years.More info.

At Wordsworth House and Garden daily until 29th Oct - Objects of Celebrity  - The Bowder Stone 11am – 4pm An exhibition offering a fascinating glimpse into the mad world of Georgian landowner King Pocky and the early tourists who flocked to the Lakes in search of thrills – plus a rock the size of a house! More info.

At Wordsworth House and Garden 24th Oct A life in the landscape 7.30pm Penny Webb, National Trust countryside manager for the North Lakes, shares highlights of her career in conservation. £5p/p inc coffee and cake. Call 01900 824805 to book.

At Wordsworth House and Garden Get cooking in the kitchen 11.30am – 3.30pm Head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making traditional Cumbrian clapbread. More info.

At Wordsworth House and Garden there's lots going on this half term - Turn your backyard into a nature haven,Spooky fireside tales, Make your mark as a Georgian, Become a natural artist  More info.

Go and see a family film at Rheged this half term including Room on the Broom, Lego Ninjago, Earth One Amazing Day. More info.

Join in a Halloween activity at Rheged including pumpkin carving, making a halloween mask and a halloween disco. More info.

A wide range of indoor and outdoor activities at Rheged including archery, facepainting, make your own unicorn and animal encounters. More info.

Professor Pumpernickel Halloween Special Science Show at Rheged - Join the Professor for an explosive never seen before show created just for Rheged. Learn about the science behind fireworks whilst watching exploding, smoking pumpkins. More info.

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.

Looking for a walk  for half term? Try our walk of the month - Castle Crag or 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