Summer Holidays 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

Threlkeld Quarry Museum's Annual Steam Gala is on 29th July when our resident locomotive " SIR TOM " is joined by 5 visiting engines. Our 1909 steam excavator will be being demonstratedwith some of the 80 excavators that can be seen on our large site. More info.

The much loved Derwent Pencil Museum has recently re-opened A journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern day production. 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

Have a look at some of our favourite free things to do around Keswick. More info.

This Summer come to George Fisher and borrow a Garmin GPS unit preloaded with a straight forward Geocache trail. There will be ten Geocaches to be found around the Keswick area. More info.

Come and talk to us on 28th August on our Keswick Tourism Association stand at the Keswick Agricultural Show at Pump Field Braithwaite near Keswick.

Warty Wednesday at Whinlatter Forest - Become a Gruffalo Nature Explorer on Wednesdays during the school holidays to discover the secrets of our deep dark wood. These are free, led activities. Drop in between 11am and 3pm. More info. 

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

There's lots going on at Keswick Museum this summer holidays. Click on the posters above to view larger images. More info.

Head up to Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite near Keswick this summer for a wide choice of events. Click on the posters to enlarge.

Whinlatter Forest has lots to offer besides including walking trails, cycling Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and a wild play adventure playground. Click on the posters above to enlarge.

Summer events at Wordsworth House

Unless otherwise stated, normal admission charges apply to all events. National Trust members free

Dumbledore and Horniegoggle -  Sat & Sun 22 July-3 Sept, 11am-4pm  Pick up an explorer bag, hunt for surprising creatures and get tips on creating your own nature haven.*

Get cooking in the kitchen - Mon 24 July-28 Aug, 11.30am-3.30pm Roll up your sleeves and try making traditional Cumbrian clapbread.*

Become a natural artistTues 25 July-29 Aug, 11.30am-3.30pm Make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.*

Playthings and pastimesWed 26 July-30 Aug, 11.30am & 2.30pm  Learn how the Georgians amused themselves then play skittles 18th-century style.*

Walk on the wild sideThurs 27 July-31 Aug, 11.30am & 2.30pm Join a family garden tour to taste flowers, touch bugs and discover how to create your own wildlife haven.*

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Wed 12 July – Sun 3 Sept 2017  Visit Rheged for an adventure through dusky prehistoric landscapes and marvel at moving, ROARING dinosaurs in a jaw-dropping exhibition from the Natural History Museum – Dinosaur Encounter! More info.

Indoor and outdoor activities at Rheged to suit all ages and tastes from Make a Magical Fairy Garden to archery and campfire cooking, build your own unicorn to Spy Academy and Zoolab. More info.

Once you've been to see the exhibition there's a choice of dinosaur related activities at Rheged - Stop Motion Dinosaurs, Make a Clay Dinosaur, Make  a dinosaur fossil and more - enough to satisfy the most ardent dinosaur fan. More info.

Ballerina, Trolls, Moana, Sing, The Lego Batman Movie, Swallows and Amazons, Beauty and the Beast, Peppa Pig, Walking with Dinosaurs Prehistoric Planet - there's a film to suit all tastes at Rheged. More info.

Looking for a walk with the children this summer? 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 camping barn. Camping in the Lake District has to be one of the great holiday experiences