October Half Term and Halloween in and around Keswick

There's lots going on in and around Keswick this October Half Term, not to mention some spooky Halloween fun. Whether you're visiting the area for the week, a few days, or even just for a day out, read on for our pick of things to do.

Keswick Ghost Walks

Keswick has another history full of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. 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

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Keswick Climbing Wall

Head to Keswick Climbing Wall for indoor climbing lessons, high ropes, ghyll scrambling, kayak, canoe, archery, zipline and more besides. All MUST be booked as places are limited. Younger kids will love the Rookery Woods Adventure Play designed for little adventurers aged eight and under with zip-wire, climbing, slides, maze, low ropes and orienteering to mention just a few of the things on offer. It is open 7 days a week for the younger adventurers and no need to book.

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Bike Hire and Mountain Trails at Whinlatter

Take your adventure off-road this October half term!

Be prepared to ride some of the best mountain bike trails in England, situated in a beautiful part of the Lakes.

Whinlatter Forest has mountain bike trails for all abilities and you can hire bikes from Cyclewise who also do repairs, sales, and skills coaching.

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Keswick Alhambra Cinema

A visit to the cinema is always a fun half-term treat. The recently renovated Keswick Alhambra Cinema will be showing a choice of films in the half term including Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, The Creator, The Great Escaper, Killers of the Flower Moon and Barbieso there should be something to suit all tastes.

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Outdoor Fun

Head to the park - we have 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. 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.

Nearby at Mirehouse Gardens the grounds are home to four woodland adventure playgrounds and a heather path maze in the Bee Garden.

Go for a family 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 Keswick and Threlkeld Railway Path allows families of all ages to get out together as you can use the path on foot, bike, scooter, buggy, and wheelchair.

Keswick Museum

There's lots of activities at Keswick Museum this half term with plenty of crafting on offer and storytelling too. 

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Little Wanderers And Twilight Tales in Dove Cottage

Not far from Keswick you'll find hot chocolate, gingerbread and Halloween crafts at Wordsworth Grasmere. Children will have fun dressing up in Georgian costumes while learning about the Wordsworths and hearing some of their writing. At twilight head over to Dove Cottage and listen to some spooky Cumbrian stories.

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The Rheged Centre

Head to the Rheged Centre, just a short drive from Keswick with its giant screen cinema, cafes and shops. Over half term there's a great selection of films including Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour. They also have all sorts of craft classes for adults and children including pumpkin carving, and a free exhibition Libby Edmonson: A Life Full Of Colour. Whilst you're there don't miss a browse around the shops including the toy shop where noise and fun are encouraged among Lego superheroes, puzzles and pocket-money treats.

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We hope this has given you some ideas for your visit. For more inspiration visit our half term page.


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