A Guide To Summer In Keswick

Summer is here, and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to Keswick once again during the summer holidays. Whether you’re a regular visitor or visiting our beautiful part of the Lake District for the first time, we’ve put together a helpful guide with all you need to know about spending summer in Keswick this year. From where to go, to what’s on and, of course, what the weather’s going to be like, read on for our guide to summer in Keswick.

The temperature in Keswick can vary during the summer but the warmest months are June to September with it being around 18°C. However the driest months are April to June with August having an average of 120mm of rain which is similar to March and September and higher than the average monthly rainfall in England (Borrowdale is home to the wettest inhabited place in the UK) so its always worth bringing those waterproofs. If you do find yourself short of flip flops, a warmer jacket, or anything else you might have forgotten whilst you’re here, don’t worry: you can find anything you might need in our town centre shops.

We’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, including fells, woodland, and of course beautiful Derwentwater, which gives you ample opportunity to get out and enjoy nature in the summer sun.

Why not take advantage of being on the lakeshore and enjoy a lake cruise on Keswick Launch, or try your hand at watersports with Derwent Water Marina? Or try one of our outdoor providers for ghyll scrambling or paddleboarding.

Keswick is also home to the Midsummer Festival, usually around the end of June, where you can enjoy a weekend of free events around the town, including open air live rock and classical music, and Keswick’s very own dog show, Scruffs. Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town 4 times by the Kennel Club, so Scruffs is a fantastic day out for any dog owners, which you and your furry friend will enjoy! If you missed it this year why not book your accommodation now for next year.

Keswick Agricultural Show is held every August Bank Holiday Monday with livestock, trade stands, art and craft marquee, fell races and children's amusements.

Check out our Summer Holidays Events Page for more events happening this summer. And our events calendar for details of all events.

Children playing in the water
Derwentwater Regatta, photo courtesy of National Trust

There’s always something to do in Keswick no matter the weather, and summer is no exception. Keswick Outdoor Market is held every Thursday and Saturday in the market square, and is a great chance to sample local produce, from food and drink to locally made arts and crafts, which make great gifts to take back home.

There are also plenty of shops to browse, selling everything from furniture to fashion, pet supplies, art, food and drink, gifts, and much more. Close to the town centre, you can also find indoor attractions, such as Puzzling Place, Derwent Pencil Museum and the traditional Keswick Alhambra Cinema, which are perfect for any days where the weather isn’t on your side!

Also check out our recent blog 'Things to do in Keswick when its Raining' for some wet weather activities.

Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll, a run, or even cycling, there are plenty of routes you can take which will show you the scenery around Keswick - you can find a list of our favourite walking and cycling routes here.

We’ve also put together some itineraries, with our guide to enjoying areas such as Borrowdale, Whinlatter Forest, and Derwentwater. For families, check out our Keswick Kids Recommend page, which has got tons of ideas of things to do which are appropriate for kids and families, including Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest, Castlerigg Stone Circle, and Keswick’s two parks Hope Park and Fitz Park.

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