Things to do


Where to go and what to do

There is always something to do in and around Keswick in The Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everyone will find something to satisfy their desires from Hiking, Mountain Biking, Wild Swimming, The Arts and those looking to sample the what the area has to offer from a culinary perspective.

Things to Do

Theatre by the Lake Box Office: 017687 74411

Situated on the banks of Derwentwater, The Theatre by the Lake is one of the most iconic Theatres in the country. As Ambassadors for the Theatre we can offer £3.00 off the ticket price, just let us know when you check in or ask us for our online codes.

Derwentwater Launch

An excellent way to explore the area, giving you a unique view of Keswick and the surrounding Fells. At Avondale Guest House we are ‘Ambassadors of The Lake’ and as such can provide you with discounted tickets for your trip.

Alhambra Cinema A traditional old picture house that has retained much of its original charm. Showing a variety of films and shows including some of the latest releases.

Keswick Lecture Society The Keswick Lecture Society was founded in 1869 and continues to run a series of lectures throughout the year. The lectures cover a variety of subjects including local history, mountaineering, as well as art and cultural topics. The meetings are generally held in the Queen’s Hall at Keswick School.

Keswick Museum The Keswick Museum is a treasure trove of information and quirky memorabilia. As well as the permanent exhibition of local history there is often a seasonal exhibition as well. This has included a number of iconic stories and adventurers such as Sir Chris Bonnington.

Nichol End Marina If you are looking to enjoy your self on Derwentwater and sample some of its water sports then you will find all you need at Nichol End Marina. At Avondale Guest House we can provide discounted tickets for such things as Canoeing, Windsurfing, sailing and Paddle Boarding.


At Avondale Guest House we can offer discounts on various tickets, this includes the Theatre by the Lake, The Derwentwater Launch and Nichol End Marina. Just ask when you book for any codes we have and any other offers at that time.




28th February – 3rd March 2019

Keswick Film Festival

The Keswick Film Festival is enjoying it’s 20th year in 2019, and continues to bring a variety of alternative films to Keswick. Passes are available to buy online now, with an Early Bird Saver Pass from the Theatre By the Lake or the Box Office  017687 74411.


8th – 17th March 2019

Words by the Water 

The Words by the Water Festival at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is the north-west of England’s premier festival of words and ideas. Although the festival can’t summon Wordsworth and Coleridge to take part in their programme, there are many other literary folk coming to the Lake District in March 2018. For tickets please contact 017687 74411 or visit 


5th May 2019

Keswick Half Marathon

Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathons in the country. The challenging course takes you around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands valley


9th – 12th May 2019

Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival

The Keswick jazz and Blues Festival is possibly unlike any other festival you could go to. Unlike many festivals, the one here in Keswick does not all take place in just one field, one marquee, one hotel or holiday complex. Our famous Jazz and Blues Festival is not just a presentation of some great music but also celebrates the area in which it takes place – the stunning Lake District.


12th May 2019

The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge

The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.


16th – 19th May 2019

Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival is a unique event offering a fantastic mix of outdoor activities and music. There is a varied choice of activities, events and entertainment aimed to inspire all ages and abilities. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District landscape; it’s a family friendly festival for everyone to enjoy.


7th – 8th June 2019

Keswick Beer Festival

The 23rd Keswick Beer Festival will take place on the 7th – 8th June 2019, tickets will be on sale December 3rd at 10:00 am. For further information please contact us on or via our the official


16th June 2019

Lakesman Triathlon

In 2019 the Lakesman Triathlon and bring you an event which is as much of an experience to the senses as it is a challenge to your stamina. The long distance Lakesman features the classic 2.4mile swim, a 112 mile cycle and full 26.2 mile marathon run. Based in Keswick with a transition area by Theatre by the Lake, the swim takes place in Derwentwater and the all road course avoids mountain passes and fells. The 2016 event was also ranked as one of the UK’s best triathlons, and independent research found that 100% of spectators would come back to watch the event again.


6th – 7th July 2019

King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta

The first regatta on Derwentwater was held in 1781 by Joseph Pocklington, the wealthy and eccentric man who’d been living on Derwent Island. Now the regatta has become a fun filled weekend of activities on, in or off the water. The regatta takes place at Crow Park, just beside Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, and there are spectator sports for those who prefer to keep their feet dry.


26th August 2019

Keswick Agricultural Show

Keswick Agricultural Society was founded in 1860, being one of the oldest Societies in Keswick. Keswick Show is held every August Bank Holiday Monday with a free shuttle service from the town to the site as well as free parking next to the site. The show provides a unique look at Cumbria with livestock shows and stalls, providing something for the whole family to enjoy.


7th September 2019

Lakeland Trails

Providing a 5K Derwentwater Sport Trail, 10K Derwentwater Trail Run, 15K Derwentwater Trail Challenge and 15K Derwentwater Trail Race. All starting and finishing at Fitz Park, in Keswick, taking in panoramic views of Derwentwater, the surrounding peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and the northern fells. A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish.


November 2019 – Date to be announced

Keswick Christmas Lights Switch on.

Always a great start to the festive period, with music and entertainment in Market Square. Local celebrities normally do the switch and signal the start of Christmas in Keswick.


December 2019

Keswick Victorian Fayre

Takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes live entertainment on stage in Market Square and Packhorse Court, Children’s Funfair. Over 30 charity stalls, selling a selection of Christmas homemade crafts, produce, festive food and drink.

For more information on these and other events and activities visit:

Keswick Moot Hall lakedistrict waterfall Keswick Beer Festival lake district adventure