What's On - Half Term School Holidays in and around Keswick the Lake District

October Half Term 2022 in Keswick

Ghost Walks With Lakeland Hauntings

Various Dates

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............if you dare.............

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The Chronicles of Atom and Luna at Theatre By The Lake 

28th - 29th October

Atom and Luna are twins. They never break any rules and never, ever go into the deep dark wood. An other-worldly adventure for ages 7+.

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Destiny At Theatre By The Lake

31st October

Destiny dreams big. She dreams glamour. She’s gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the Hill Rise estate in Chippenham. Suitable for age 14+.

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Meet The Maid At Wordsworth House & Gardens

22nd, 26th & 29th October

Come and meet the maid by the fire to see what’s cooking and join in a Georgian activity. Drop in between 11 am and 4pm.

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Spooky Stories By The Fire at Wordsworth House and Gardens

22nd, 26th & 29th October

Join us for some spooky stories by the fire on the run up to Halloween and hear some ghostly stories William and Dorothy might have enjoyed. 11am-11:30am and 2pm to 2:30pm.

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Twilight Tales In Dove Cottage At Wordsworth Grasmere

25th, 27th & 28th October

Are you ready for a spooktacular Halloween? Join us for hot chocolate, gingerbread, and Halloween crafts in our cosy Learning Space. Children will have fun dressing up in Georgian costumes while learning about the Wordsworths and hearing some of their writing. At twilight we’ll all head over to Dove Cottage and listen to some spooky Cumbrian stories – perfect for a special Halloween in the Lake District!

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Little Wanderers at Wordsworth Grasmere

21st October

Little Wanderers: Owls

These early-years sessions are designed to encourage your little ones to be creative and playful. Each themed morning is a mixture of songs, stories and play-based learning inspired by William’s poetry, Dorothy’s journal, and their lives at Dove Cottage 200 years ago. For families with children under 5.

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Spooktacular Crafts - BOO!-tiful pencil cases at Keswick Musem

25th & 27th October

On Tuesday 25th or Thursday 27th, join our learning team to create and takeaway your own Boo-tiful, spooktacular, Halloween themed pencil case. Suitable for children of all ages.

£3 per child. One-hour sessions at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Booking recommended

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Spooky Storytelling with Becky and Digby Days at Keswick Museum

26th October

Storytelling with Becky and Digby. Sessions are informal and fun and ideal for under 5s. FREE, but booking recommended as spaces limited.

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Halloween Movie In The Mine At Honister.com

29th & 30th October

Underground screenings of horror classics are coming to Honister.

For two days only, you can go deep underground into Fiddler’s cavern, for an afternoon scare fest, where you can watch a collection of the scariest horror films that have ever been seen on screen. The Woman In Black, The Conjuring, Sinister, and The Shining… you’ll be underground… and in the dark!

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Half Term at Mirehouse and Gardens

To 31st October

Open until the 31st of October, there is plenty to occupy youngsters at Mirehouse & Gardens before the winter evenings draw in. The woodland playgrounds are always popular and timed races on the Steeple Chase are a favourite for burning off energy. There is no shortage of fir cones to be "fired" from the woodland fort at attacking "armies". 

Under 4s are free of charge and the family nature trail helps to spot red squirrels, birds and unusual plants as you go round the gardens. Skimming stones by Bassenthwaite Lake certainly helps to pass the time in a stunning setting.

In the house the owl trail or family quiz might help pass the time. Or a go on the rocking horse might be tempting! Then finishing off your visit to Mirehouse with a homemade cake, soup or Cumberland sausage from the Old Sawmill Tearoom across the road is always popular.

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Halloween Cyanotype Lantern at Rheged

25th & 27th October

Led by practicing artist and experienced tutor, learn the art of cyanotype and create a Halloween or Superhero lantern to take home in this 1-hour class. £5 including materals..

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Head to the Park

We've a choice of outdoor play areas around Keswick. Fitz Park, close to the town centre, has a fantastic children's playground, outdoor gym, a multi use games area and BMX track as well as a large open recreational area. There are also grass tennis courts and a putting green. At the other end of town, close to the lake, Hope Park has crazy golf, putting, a pitch and putt course and remote controlled boats. Whinlatter Forest Park, just outside Keswick, has a wonderful adventure playground laid out as a trail through the forest where children can explore the natural environment. It includes an archimedes screw, secret doors in trees and a series of pulleys to move millions of little pebbles. Nearby at Mirehouse Historic House the grounds are home to four woodland adventure playgrounds and a heather path maze in the Bee Garden.

Go for a Walk

Take a look at our Family Walks page where you'll find a selection of routes from buggy friendly walks for young families to more challenging routes for those with older children. 

The multi-user railway trail between Keswick and Threlkeld allows families of all ages to get out together as you can use the path on foot, bike, scooter, buggy and wheelchair. There are lots of information panels along the way where you find out more about local nature and wildlife as well as the history of the railway. 

Head up to Whinlatter ForestEngland’s only true mountain forest, where you'll find walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities

Take a Walk on the Wildside

Take a walk with an alpaca, a unique chance to bond with one of the Alpacas as you lead them, feed them and even take them for a dip in the lake. Alpaca Meet and Greets are great for all the family, lasting around half an hour and allowing you to get up close. 

Or spend the day at the Lake District Wildlife Park - see over 100 species of wild and domestic animals in 24 acres of parkland set amongst breath-taking scenery. There are birds of prey and a rare breed farm animal collection. Play areas, picnic sites and a café make it a fun day out for all the family.

Indoor Fun

Head to Puzzling Place, a world of optical Illusions. Be amazed by interactive illusion exhibits, artwork and sculptures and see balls roll uphill in the anti-gravity room. 

At the Derwent Pencil Museum discover the history of pencil making and see the world's largest pencil. Visit Keswick Museum where you'll find digital activities and engaging exhibitions.

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Outdoor Adventures

There are a wide range of family activities around Keswick. Whinlatter Forest is home to Go Ape, a fantastic treetop adventure where you can swing through the trees or if you’d rather stay down on the ground, you can enjoy the all-terrain Segways to explore Whinlatter forest from a thrilling new perspective. 

From Ghyll Scrambling to Indoor Climbing, Rookery Woods to Canoeing, there are lots of exciting adventures waiting for you at Keswick Climbing Wall & Outdoor Activity Centre.

Find out more about water based activities here including sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and canoeing. To find out more about outdoor activities around Keswick click here. 

Get on Your Bike

Cycling is a fun way to explore the area and, if you haven't brought your bike with you, you can hire one from Keswick Mountain Bikes in the town centre or from Cyclewise in Whinlatter Forest where you'll find a choice of mountain bike trails.

The pump track in Fitz Park is a very popular destination for riders from beginners through to advanced. For younger riders, just learning to ride a bike or not yet confident to go on the road, the perimeter path, which runs all way around the park, makes a great circuit. 

The Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail is a 10km out and back off-road route with gentle gradients. Being a multi-user trail it is great for the whole family with cyclists, runners, push-chairs, walkers and mobility scooters all sharing the space.

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