A Guide To Summer in Keswick

Summer is almost here, and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to Keswick once again this summer. Whether you’re a regular visitor or visiting our beautiful part of the Lake District for the first time, we’ve put together a helpful guide with all you need to know about spending summer in Keswick this year. From where to go, to what’s on and, of course, what the weather’s going to be like, read on for our guide to summer in Keswick.

Whilst we’re hoping for a repeat of last year’s summer heatwave, the weather in the Lake District is notoriously unreliable, so as well as your suncream we recommend packing a rain jacket, just in case! The temperature in Keswick during summer can vary but the averages range from around 15°C in June to 17°C in July, and around 16°C in August.

Being surrounded by fells, we are prone to a bit of rain (or quite a lot of it) every now and then, however when the sun comes out we can also enjoy beautiful blue skies and higher temperatures, so make sure to check the forecast before you pack your bags. If you do find yourself short of flip flops, a warmer jacket, or anything else you might have forgotten whilst you’re here, don’t worry: you can find anything you might need in our town centre shops.

We’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, including fells, woodland, and of course beautiful Derwentwater, which gives you ample opportunity to get out and enjoy nature in the summer sun.

Why not take advantage of being on the lakeshore and enjoy a lake cruise on Keswick Launch, or try your hand at watersports with Platty+ or Derwent Water Marina? With the chance to try water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, dragon boating, and power boating, we can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny day than being out on the water. 

Keswick is also home to the Midsummer Festival between the 28th - 30th June, where you can enjoy a weekend of free events around the town, including open air live rock and classical music, and Keswick’s very own dog show, Scruffs. Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town 4 times by the Kennel Club, so Scruffs is a fantastic day out for any dog owners, which you and your furry friend will enjoy! 

On 6th and 7th July King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta is all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try. You can have a go at low-cost watersport and activity sessions plus lots of free activities on dry land, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and join in what we like to call Cumbria's quirkiest Regatta.

Keswick Agricultural Show is held every August Bank Holiday Monday with livestock, trade stands, art and craft marquee, fell races and children's amusements.

Check out our events page for more events happening over the summer.

eva_and_caitlyn_duncan_from_carnforth.jpg Derwentwater Regatta, photo courtesy of National Trust

There’s always something to do in Keswick no matter the weather, and summer is no exception. Keswick Outdoor Market is held every Thursday and Saturday in the market square, and is a great chance to sample local produce, from food and drink to locally made arts and crafts, which make great gifts to take back home.

There are also plenty of shops to browse, selling everything from furniture to fashion, pet supplies, art, food and drink, gifts, and much more. Close to the town centre, you can also find indoor attractions, such as Puzzling Place, Derwent Pencil Museum and the traditional Keswick Alhambra Cinema, which are perfect for any days where the weather isn’t on your side!

Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll, a run, or even cycling, there are plenty of routes you can take which will show you the scenery around Keswick - you can find a list of our favourite walking and cycling routes here.

We’ve also put together some itineraries, with our guide to enjoying areas such as Borrowdale, Whinlatter Forest, and Derwentwater. For families, check out our Keswick Kids Recommend page, which has got tons of ideas of things to do which are appropriate for kids and families, including Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest, Castlerigg Stone Circle, and Keswick’s two parks Hope Park and Fitz Park.