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 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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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 No Time to Die, Ron's Gone Wrong, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the Addams Family 2.

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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. 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.

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.

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 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 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.


Keswick Museum

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


Nature Detectives at Lake District Wildlife Park

Become a Nature Detective at Lake District Wildlife Park. Fun games all about our native wildlife including: Whose paw print? Whose fur? Whose feather and Which tree? Normal entrance fees to the park apply.

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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 family films including The Addams Family 2, The Boss Baby Family Business, Room on the Broom/ Highway Rat Double Bill and Ron's Gone Wrong. For Harry Potter fans it's time to head back to Hogwarts for a magical treat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a special screening. The re-release of this film on the 29th and 30th October at Rheged includes 20 minutes of new content. 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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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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Halloween Fun at Lake District Wildlife Park

 Join us at the Lake District Wildlife Park on the 30th and 31st October for Halloween Fun for all of the family. Meet Minibeasts, follow the spooky Halloween Trail and take part in creepy craft activities! Entry is FREE for Children who come in Halloween Fancy Dress!

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Spook - 0 at Whinlatter Forest

Head up to Whinlatter Forest to take part in their annual spooky night-time trail.


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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All the Boggles of Derwentwater

Eerie Audio Walk

The eerie premiere of Obscura Theatre’s audio walk series soundlandscape opens at Theatre by the Lake in October 2021. The first tale in the series, All the Boggles of Derwentwater, is a free self-guided headphone experience that takes listeners outside and on a supernatural journey through the dramatic natural surroundings of Keswick.

Dates and times: 16th-31st October 2021, any time (self-guided)

Age guidance: 12+, loud noises, outdoor, some unsettling themes and descriptions of violence

Get your free ticket and you will be sent the soundlandscape downloadable map, along with the audio story.


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