Our Guide to Spring 2020 in Keswick
Spring is almost here, and we can’t wait for our visitors to experience the changing of the new season in Keswick. It might not be shorts and t-shirt weather yet, but spring is still a great time to explore the outdoors and see if you can spot some of the fresh flowers and wildlife that call the Lake District home. There’s also lots going on throughout spring for you and the family to get involved in. Read on for our guide to spring 2020 in Keswick.
Try to spot “A host of golden daffodils” while visiting Keswick.
The poet William Wordsworth associated daffodils with the Lake District, and while he might have been inspired by Grasmere, Keswick is still a great place to spot these beautiful yellow flowers that are synonymous with spring. They can be found blooming alongside the river Greta, as well as down by Derwentwater.
Visit Friar's Crag
While you’re by the lake, follow the walking trail to Friar’s Crag - this walk ends at a stunning viewpoint overlooking the lake, and you’re sure to spot some daffodils along the way.
Enjoy the sight of spring lambs on the fells during lambing season.
Visitors to the area love to see our local breed of sheep, Herdwicks, and it’s easy to see why. They have a very distinctive appearance, with white faces and white legs, and lambs have black wool which changes to a blue-grey colour as they get older. Herdwicks are tough little sheep, bred to withstand the tumultuous Cumbrian weather. Not only are Herdwick lambs sweet to look at, but they also have the important job of maintaining the fells of the Lake District, by grazing grass, heather, and controlling bracken - they’re part of the reason why the fells of the Lake District always look so picturesque! See how many lambs you can spot on your visit, and try your hand at the traditional Cumbrian sheep counting method….
One = Yan. Two = Tyan. Three = Tethera. Four = Methera. Five = Pimp. Six = Sethera. 7 = Lethera. Eight = Hovera. Nine = Dovera. Ten = Dick.
Enjoy one of Keswick’s Spring Festivals
From the 7th - 10th May 2020, Keswick will be hosting its annual Jazz and Blues Festival, a four-day celebration of the best of New Orleans, Swing, Hot Club, Classic, Traditional, Mainstream Jazz and Blues music. With live music throughout town from bands from across the UK and US, this is a really great day out not only for jazz enthusiasts but for all the family. The lively and welcoming atmosphere of this festival isn’t one to miss!
This year, the annual Keswick Mountain Festival will be taking place from the 15th - 17th May. Held in Crow Park on the edge of Derwentwater, the Mountain Festival is all about encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy the Lake District, with a variety of challenges and activities for people of all ages and abilities, including cycling, running, hiking, swimming, and much more. The Festival Village is also home to lots of exhibits and food and drinks stalls, so even if you’re not taking part in a sporting event, there’s still plenty to do for all the family.
Now that the days are getting longer, we can’t wait to start getting out and enjoying all that Keswick and the surrounding area has to offer - but we do recommend that you still wrap up warmly, just in case! Whether you choose to walk, hike, fish, cycle, or run, there’s no better place to enjoy your favourite outdoor hobby than Keswick. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to try something new while you’re here - what about trying archery, orienteering, horse riding, or having a go at a Forest Segway? You can do all this and more either in or around Keswick. You can find out more about these adventurous activities here.
Have fun with all the family
Image courtesy of Cyclewise
Spring term means half term and the Easter Holidays, and if you choose to spend the school break in Keswick, there’s always plenty of things going on to keep kids entertained. Keep an eye on our What’s On page of our website to see what’s happening during your stay. We also have a great itinerary of family-friendly walks and fun things to do - we can guarantee you won’t be bored!
We hope you’ve found our guide to Spring 2020 in Keswick useful. For more information about your stay in Keswick, have a look around our website.