Things to Do This Easter in and Around Keswick
Easter is rather stretched out this year with Cumbrian school holidays starting on the 29th March whilst the Bank holiday isn't until 19th April. We're covering the whole period below with inspiration for things to do aswell as details of some egg-citing Easter events.
Have an Eggs-citing Bank Holiday Weekend
This Good Friday you can join the National Trust in lots of activities for all the family on the shores of Buttermere including a balance challenge, bunny hoopla and natural crafts as part of the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts. On Easter Saturday and Sunday Packhorse Court in Keswick is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt with ten lucky children winning an Easter Egg. Also an Easter Sunday there 's an Easter Bunny Family Fun Run at Whinlatter Forest - run, jog or walk following Rosie the Rabbit as she leads you through the forest. At Derwentwater on Easter Monday go wild with the National Trust - be a nature detective and use your hunt map to find fun activities including climbing a tree, jumping some waves or building a den. Whinlatter Forest has an Easter Family Fun Orienteering Competition running throughout the holidays. Can your family answer all the questions and get the highest score?Just a short drive away in Cockermouth you can follow the Easter eggsplorer hunt at Wordsworth House or join the Easter Fun at Jennings Brewery.
Play in the Park
Did you know we have not one but two parks in Keswick aswell as an adventure playground in a mountain forest? Hope Park, situated between the town and the lake has crazy golf, pitch and putt and remote controlled boats. Fitz Park, on the other side of the town has a fantastic playground with equipment for all ages, a multi use games area, a BMX track, grass tennis courts and a putting green aswell as wide open spaces for ball games. Fitz Park also has a Junior Park Run on a Sunday morning.
Whinlatter Forest, just outside Keswick has an adventure playground laid out as a trail through the forest including an Archimedes screw, secret doors in trees and a series of pulleys to move millions of little pebbles.
Close to J40 of the M6 and about 20 minutes drive from Keswick, Rheged has a small wooden adventure play area modelled on a Roman fort with a giant slide, mini climbing wall and rope walk. With shops to browse, a 3D cinema, a programme of activities and an indoor soft play area Rheged is a great place for a day out or the perfect stopping off place en route to and from Keswick.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Why not try something adventurous this Easter - leave the phones at home and experience something new as a family. Derwentwater is ideal for water sports such as kayaking and canoeing with local marinas offering both tuition and hire. Try forest segway, mountain biking or Go Ape tree-top treks in Whinlatter Forest. Get an adrenalin rush at Honister Slate Mine where you can climb the mine, cross the infinity bridge or try the via ferrata. Local activity centres offer a diverse range of activities including archery, horse riding,orienteering and geocaching to name but a few. For younger children there's adventure play at Keswick Climbing Wall including zip-wire, climbing and low ropes whilst indoors at Kong Adventure there's a hard play centred on a castle complete with a ballpool, tunnels, a rope bridge and even a smoke breathing dragon. Read more on our adventure page.
Lace Up Your Boots
If you're looking for a family friendly walk over Easter have a look at our Family Walking Page. We've everything from an all terrain pram friendly walk or a short climb up Castlehead to scaling the heights of Walla Crag and Catbells. Follow a waymarked trail in Dodd Wood or Whinlatter Forest or chose one of seven trails along the shore of Derwentwater and through the woods. The Derwentwater walk is a 10 mile level waymarked route around the lake but you can break it up into easily manageable sections by hopping on and off the Keswick Launch. There is also a programme of guided walks in the Keswick area and further afield led by volunteers from the Lake District National Park.
Take in a Show
Don’t miss 'In the Willows' at Theatre by the Lake, an uplifting hip-hop musical, based on Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved story. The Theatre also hosts 'Bairden', a weekly free storytelling sessions every Friday morning. Alhambra Cinema is showing 'Dumbo' with everyone's favourite newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. Also at the Alhambra is 'How to Train Your Dragon- Hidden World' in which Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they've known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. For the younger audience there's 'Peppa PIg Festival Fun' at Rheged aswell as family favourite 'Peter Rabbit'.
We hope we've given you some ideas to make some great holiday memories in Keswick. Visit our Easter page for more information on the above.