Things to do
Avondale B&B Guest House in Keswick, is ideally situated for touring this most beautiful corner of England. You can use your car, the local boat service or try a bus tour around the local sites. Best of all, join the thousands of walkers who come throughout the year to enjoy the simple delights of the fells, forests and nature trails.
The TV series based on Alfred Wainwright’s walks has made the fells more popular than ever. Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Blencathra, Catbells and England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike are all close by. You can explore these on your own or on one of many guided walks, some of which are free.
For those who like to get about on two wheels rather than four, we have some new facilities: a lock-up store for two to three bikes and a chain-up uncovered safe area for up to four bikes. We can also provide a hose and brushes should you feel the urge to spruce up your bike after a hard day on the fells.
The Keswick Mountain Festival is held every May and is always a fantastic success. Thousands of participants take to the hills or swim Derwentwater participating in a huge variety of sports. With the multitude of organised sporting events throughout the year, Keswick has been crowned the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Of course it’s not all about walking, climbing and running; at Whinlater Forrest Park you’ll find an Olympic class mountain bike trail and a, “Go Ape”, adventure centre. A new attraction right in the centre of Keswick, is England’s first indoor ice wall based at The King Kong climbing centre. How cool is that!
For the less physically adventurous among us, there is the ever popular Keswick Film Festival during February. This growing annual event attracts famous stars of stage and screen from the UK and beyond. The World famous actor John Hurt was one of it’s founders and had made appearances each year. For music lovers, there’s the Keswick Jazz Festival, held in mid May, it regularly features leading British and International jazz stars and a single ticket covers around 120 different performances.
The, “Words by the Water “, literary festival takes place in early March each year and is based at The Theatre By The Lake. We are Ambassadors for The Theatre, so are able to offer discounted tickets for all home productions, giving £3 off each ticket. Please phone us before booking your tickets.
Sample the range of locally brewed beers from the Jennings and Keswick breweries The Keswick Beer Festival in June brings the real ale enthusiasts out in force.
After a full day, unwind at one of Keswick’s many restaurants, cafes and traditional bars. There’s something for every taste, from Chinese to Indian, Mexican to Thai, not forgetting the more traditional British foods like Sunday roast with lashings of gravy. Mmmm! While staying at Avondale B&B Guest House, why not ask us to recommend somewhere for you to eat; we might even be able to organise a discount for you.
For those with a passion for flowers, Keswick is once again a finalist in both the Cumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions. Visit us in springtime and enjoy the beauty of the daffodils that inspired Wordsworth’s famous poem.