Our Guide to Autumn 2020 in Keswick

We all know about the enormous challenges the world has faced this year, but Keswick is still here and we’re so excited to see first-time and long-time visitors enjoying what our lovely town has to offer.

Autumn is approaching and there are plenty of activities for all visitors to Keswick to take part in, regardless of age, ability or preference!

Here’s our guide to autumn 2020 in Keswick. We’ve outlined just some of the things you can do when you come to Keswick, including walks, activities and classes.

Note: Because of the unpredictability of the COVID-19 outbreak and the circumstances surrounding it, some of the events in this blog may be subject to change.


Before we go into things to do, if you’re not used to Lakeland weather, it’s worth checking out the temperature before you visit us, regardless of the time of year. Throughout autumn, the weather and temperature in Keswick can change quite dramatically. However, the average temperature throughout autumn in Keswick is:

September: highs of 17°C, lows of 9°C.

October: highs of 13°C, lows of 7°C.

November: highs of 10°C, lows of 4°C.

Walla Crag and Ashness Bridge

There are many gorgeous autumnal walks in Keswick, but our favourite might be the Walla Crag walking route.

On this walk, you’ll start at Market Square in town, walk through Springs Wood, take the route up to Walla Crag, down to Ashness Bridge, and then back to Kewick via Derwentwater. This walk will give you breathtaking views of Derwentwater, Skiddaw, and Bassenthwaite Lake. It will also take you through Hope Park, where you can stop for a spot of lunch.

For the details and directions of this walk, click here.

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 3-4 hours

Ascent: 1480ft

Starting point - Market Square, Keswick

Grid reference: NY 27181 21433

Guided Alpaca Walks at Whinlatter Forest

Animal lovers will delight in this activity! Whinlatter Forest is home to a great many alpacas, courtesy of Alpacaly Ever After.

Alpacaly Ever After rehomes alpacas and llamas from all corners of the UK and you can walk them, take part in feeding time and find out all about these glorious creatures! Plus, when you’re spending time with the alpacas, you’ll also be immersed in the exquisite Whinlatter Forest - England’s only mountain forest.

To book your place or find out more, click here.

Courses and Workshops

There are many classes and workshops taking place this autumn in and around Keswick (see the full list here) and one which is set to be excellent for those who love crafts is Discovering Felt Art and Hand Stitch by Marieke Tomlin.

This class will be on 4th October from 9.30 am - 4 pm and will cover the techniques of working with felt and, by the end of the class, you will have made your own wetted felt masterpiece!

Keswick Alhambra Cinema 

Keswick Alhambra Cinema, which has been running for over 100 years, is now back open and will be showing some absolute gems throughout autumn.

On the cards for the upcoming season is Tenet, A Night At The Louvre: Leonardo Da Vinci, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, and many more excellent screenings for different age groups.

To book tickets for Keswick Alhambra Cinema, visit the website.

Keswick Ghost Walks

The nights are starting to draw in, what better time to go on a ghost walk of Keswick. If you think you’re brave enough, follow The Lady as she guides you through the dark mysteries and murders of Keswick.

The tour starts and ends at Moot Hall and lasts for around 1.5 hours. Keswick Ghost Walks are designed for adults, but they can be accessible for children aged 10 or over and dogs are welcome, too.

Visit the Lakeland Hauntings website to book.

These are just some examples of the things you can do when you visit Keswick in autumn 2020. For our full list of what’s on in Keswick, click here.

For other information on visiting Keswick, such as where to stay, eat and explore, take a look around our website.