Your Guide 2 the Lake District

About Keswick

Keswick likes to be known as a place for all seasons offering something for everyone including walkers, cyclists, fell runners, tourists, kayakers, and paragliders. It's developing a reputation as the Adventure Capital of the Lake District, if not England with mountain summits, forest trails and lakeside paths to be enjoyed. You can enjoy almost any outdoor pursuit during your stay.

keswick_derwentwater.jpgJust a short walk from Keswick is Derwentwater, where you can enjoy a breathtaking journey on one of the beautiful wooden steamers.

The thriving market town of Keswick has a wide variety of shops, art galleries and attractions, where something special can often be found. The mainly pedestrianised town centre is a great place to browse and shop. Keswick probably has more outdoor and adventure shops per square mile than anywhere else in the country and a great range of antique shops, bookshops and jewellery sellers.

keswick_market.jpgThe market comes to town on Thursdays and Saturdays and savouring the local food is a must, which includes some of the best bacon, cheeses and Cumberland sausages you'll ever taste! These are available from the market stall holders and in Keswick's numerous cafés, restaurants and pubs.

Keswick is very family-friendly with safe parks including Hope Park and Fitz Park with 18 hole putting greens, beautiful gardens, leisure facilities and children's play areas. Other attractions include the Theatre by the Lake, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema, Mining Museum, Cars of the Stars Motor Museum, Cumberland Pencil Museum and The Puzzling Place (puzzles and optical illusions).

A number of annual festivals are staged throughout the year including the Keswick Jazz Festival in May, Keswick Mountain Festival in May, Keswick Beer Festival in June, Bassenthwaite Regatta in August, Derwentwater Trail Race in September, Loweswater Show in September, Keswick Food Fayre and Christmas Lights Switch-on in November and the Traditional Christmas Fayre in December.

In total Keswick has 90 hotels, guest houses and hostels, 50 cafes, pubs, restaurants, tea shops and coffee shops, 60 self-catering properties, 18 shops where Fairtrade products are available.