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

Go on a Ghost Walk with Lakeland Hauntings if you dare!!!

Keswick has another history full of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. From slate built houses to the surrounding lakes and fells this is an area steeped in legend and mystery. Follow “The Lady”… if you dare. Keswick Ghost Walks are written with an adult audience in mind but are broadly accessible to children 10 years and above. Dogs are very welcome.

Join in a Halloween Treasure Hunt at Kong Adventure

Have a go at Kong Adventure's Halloween Treasure Hunt for a chance to win a mystery prize! Only £3.50 on top of the standard entry fee. 15th - 29th October.

The regular play area is centred on a castle complete with a ballpool, tunnels and ramparts, there is also a rope bridge; a smoke breathing dragon and for the toddlers, a soft play corner.

Go to a fangtastic Halloween party at LB’s Pizza House of Terrors…

Trick or treat your little monsters this Halloween at our fangtastic party, with entertainment, fun, games and prizes from Stu-Di-Doo…28th Oct 3-5pm To book call 017687 72083


Spooky Stories by the fire at Wordsworth House

Join the servants by the kitchen fire to hear some of the ghostly tales William and Dorothy might have enjoyed. Suitable for children aged 7 and above, under adult supervision.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving at Rheged

Calling all witches and wizards! It’s time to carve your own pumpkin lantern with our artist, John Stokes. Tea lights, tools and pumpkin provided. More info

Try a Spooky Trail at Keswick Museum

Discover more about the museum’s cat, bats and owls in this fun trail, and win a spooky prize! (inc in museum admission )22nd-30th October 10am-4pm

Watch Smallfoot at Keswick Alhambra Cinema

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn't exist -- a human. News of this Smallfoot throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all-new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.  More info

 Adventure Club returns to Whinlatter Forest

For ages 7 - 12 the Adventure Club will run from 22nd - 24th October 10 - 4pm . Activities such as fire bowl foods, wild woodland walks, Halloween crafts, problem solving adventure games and more! Places are limited, to book a place or for more info contact Sonia Dryden: 017687 78127 or email sonia.dryden@forestryengland.uk

Follow the trail through the dark wild woods in Whinlatter Forest.

West Cumberland Orienteering Club bring to you the 2018 Spook-O annual orienteering event. Families are welcome to come along and join the fun on Thursday 25th Oct 6.30 - 7.30pm. You will need to bring a good torch with you and wear suitable clothes for the weather, fancy dress is optional!

Visit Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum

Come and enjoy the museum, the excavators, the mine and the stunning views of Blencathra. Pan for minerals in the stream. Open every day 10 until 5 with steam train on the hour from 11 until 4 pm.

Watch Johnny English Strikes again at Keswick Alhambra Cinema

Rowan Atkinson returns as the much-loved accidental secret agent in "Johnny English Strikes Again". When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the country's only hope is called out of retirement. English's new mission is his most critical to date. More info .

Burn off some energy at Mirehouse & Gardens

The woodland playgrounds are always popular and timed races on the Steeple Chase are a favourite. 'Fire' fir cones rom the woodland fort at attacking "armies".  Skimming stones by Bassenthwaite Lake is a popular occupation whilst in the house, there is an owl trail, a family quiz and the chance to play in the recently refurbished Victorian nursery. Open till 31st Oct.

Enjoy a game in Hope Park

Try the 18 hole crazy golf course, a 9 hole pitch and putt golf course ,an 18 hole putting green, boules pit for Petanque and remote controlled boats. Don't miss the fantastic children's play area in Fitz Park . 

Sew a poppy field at Wordsworth House

Craft a fabric poppy to commemorate someone dear to you and help us create a field of treasured memories

Watch Sense and Sensibility at Theatre by the Lake

Things look bleak for the Dashwood sisters when they find themselves cheated out of their inheritance and turfed out of their home. Banished to a chilly cottage in Devonshire, the arrival of a handsome stranger changes everything; but as the sisters chase their dreams of true love, circumstances conspire against them.

Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club returns to the Rheged Centre this Half Term. With sketches, quizzes, nonsense, noise and the mighty joke competition, expect to have all ribs tickled and muscles for chuckling exercised rigorously.Oct 27th 

There's a wide range of activities at the Rheged Centre this half term with something for all ages and interests. Activities are as diverse as Improve your archery, Llama treks and Build a unicorn and Vocal workshops plus shows and films. 

Keswick Brewery Tours & Shop

Come and enjoy a brewery tour or a beer in our bar and see what we do. Brewery tours will be running Tuesday - Saturday 11 and 2pm. Our Flying Fox Bar is open 3 - 5pm on these days. Shop open Monday - Saturday 10-5pm.

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.

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

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.

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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