The Best Time to Visit Keswick

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Ok, so when we’re on a national lockdown isn’t a good time to visit Keswick but, when it lifts, you may find that it’s great to visit Keswick all year round.

Depending on your preferences, some times may be better than others for you to go to Keswick, so in today’s blog, we’re going to go through what might be the best times to visit based on the weather, things to do, walking, and nature.


If you like the sunshine and warm weather, the best time for you to come to Keswick could be July and August. On average, July has highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C, and August has highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. These months have some of the lowest rainfall averages in the year too, with 11 days of rain each.

The month with the lowest average rainfall in Keswick is April, which has an average of days 9 of rain throughout the month. The month with the highest average rainfall is November with 15 days.

Like the rest of the UK, you can expect Keswick to be cold in the winter, and even early spring. The coldest months in Keswick are December, January, and February. December has temperature highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C, January has highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C, and February has highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C.

Depending on what you like, the weather may be a deciding factor for when you book your Keswick trip.

Things To Do

In our market town, there are loads of things for you and yours to do throughout the year. You can find out all about our attractions by clicking here. However, some events and things to do are only on at certain times.

Derwentwater Regatta is a brilliant event held in July, which sees hundreds of residents and tourists flock to Derwentwater to take part in watersports, inspired by Joseph Pocklington (a.k.a King Pocky).

There are a great many festivals held in Keswick - some favourites are Keswick Mid-Summer Festival (June), Keswick Beer Festival (June), Keswick Film Festival (February - March), and Keswick Mountain Festival (May).

Christmas is an absolutely amazing time to visit Keswick - you can expect beautiful lights, shows, concerts and carols, window trails, festive cruises, and other fun activities, and much more. Plus, Keswick is a great spot for Christmas shopping. We know that Christmas this year will likely look a little different, but we have our fingers crossed that Keswick will be back with a bang in Christmas 2021.


Keswick and its surrounding area is home to lots and lots of wonderful walks, which is why so many of you come to us for walking holidays! There are better times of year for walking than others, especially if you’re a beginner.

In the autumn and winter, the fells can be quiet which is great if you don’t like crowds. But please be aware that the nights draw in quite early at these times of year and it can get icy and slippery.

You can expect the fells to be busier during the spring and summer months. With long days and warmer weather, these can be lovely times for fell walking. Plus, the skies may be clearer, which means you might get more beautiful views!

What time of year you go walking in Keswick is entirely up to you and your preferences - here’s our guide to staying safe of the fells if you’d like some pointers.


Keswick is teeming with nature, from wildlife to beautiful foliage. Spring and summer are the most obvious seasons to visit Keswick to see the full beauty of our nature.

However, autumn is still an incredibly beautiful season in Keswick and you’ll still have the chance to get a glimpse of our wildlife in the winter, including our roe deer!

If you visit in the spring, you’ll be met by hundreds of glorious daffodils and, if you visit in May, you’ll see our spectacular display of bluebells across our landscapes.

If you go to Whinlatter Forest on a clear day, you may be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel or two and, if you’re really lucky, you might see an Osprey if you visit between April and August.

The busiest times in Keswick are the spring and summer, and you can expect lots of lovely visitors to be around during these times.  You will find that during term time and over the winter months it is quieter in Keswick so you may prefer to visit them.  In short, you can visit Keswick throughout the year and have a brilliant time. However, we know that our visitors all have different preferences, so we hope this guide has helped you choose when you’ll come to see us! For more information about Keswick, click here.