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
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.
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 Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Black Adam and a collection of films for Keswick Does Diwali.
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 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.
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 Mia and Me: The Hero of Centopia, Lyle Lyle Crocodile and Black Adam. They also have all sorts of craft classes for adults and children and a free exhibition Forty Farms. 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.
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.