Lake District Activities and information for Keswick and the North Lakes

Below is a selection of website links to activities, information and eating places in and around the area. There are many activities, for all ages and abilities, in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Please browse the sites below:

Local Attractions and “Things To Do”
Theatre by the Lake – Keswick’s own award winning Theatre on the shores of Derwentwater
Honister Slate Mine – Via Ferrata, Underground Mine Tours and learn how slate is mined
Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest – Tree Top adventures for all, only a few miles from Keswick
Alhambra Cinema – Top Films and a quality traditional Cinema in Keswick
Keswick Museum – A gem of a museum showing the history of Keswick and its many artifacts
Keswick Launch – Lake cruises on Derwentwater, rowing boats and motor boat hire.
Keswick Climbing Wall – Indoor climbing and outdoor activities
Nichol End Marina Boat, Kayak, Paddleboard, Canoe and Boat hire on Derwentwater
The Cumberland Pencil Museum – The famous Keswick pencil museum
Osprey Watch – Keep in touch with our own nesting Osprey
The Puzzling Place – Where seeing is not always, believing
Alpacaly Ever After – Walking or Trekking with Alpacas
Rookin House Activity Centre – Horse Riding, Go Karts, Archery and lots more
The Lake District Wildlife Park – Over 100 species of wild and domestic animals

Local Restaurants – A selection of local eating places that we recommend

  • Fellpack – A fine restaurant on Lake road. Modern style and great food – Tel 017687 72666
  • The Round – Good burgers & cocktails
  • Casa Bella – Family run Italian style restaurant specialising in freshly cooked pasta and pizza – Tel 017687 75575
  • The George – Good Beer and good food – Tel 017687 72076
  • The Royal Oak – Delicious dishes and good selection of drinks. Tel 017687 73135
  • The Dog & Gun – A selection of favourites and famous for its Goulash. Tel 017687 73463
  • Sultan of Keswick – Kid-friendly Indian eatery with a delicious menu. Tel 017687 72222
  • Asaya Thia – A traditional delicious menu and vegetarian options. Tel 017687 75111
  • Square Orange – Cosy bar & eatery in Keswick serving stone-baked Roman style pizza, tapas & desserts, plus coffees, wine & beer…
  • Bar eS – An extensive range of Mexican inspired tapas dishes

North Cumbria Festivals
Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival – Famous festival brings Keswick alive attracting visitors from around the world
Keswick Beer Festival – Popular annual beer festival held at Keswick Rugby Club on the first weekend in June
Keswick Film Festival – A fantastic programme of film from around the world.
Words By The Water – Keswicks literature Festival based at The Theatre by the Lake
Keswick Convention – Keswick’s Christian Convention which has been taking place since 1875
Keswick Mountain Festival – Activity based Festival held in May. Film, Lectures, seminars and activities for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Fred Whitton Challenge – 113-mile cyclosportive around the Lake District. Dubbed ‘The Daddy of Them All’
Malcolm Wilson Rally – An annual event with stages held in Grizdale Forest, Whinlatter Forest and Matterdale Forest

Outdoor Activities – Guiding/Climbing/Scrambling/Cycling
More Than Mountains – Instruction in Climbing, Scrambling, Navigation, Guided Walks
Mobile Adventure – Keswick based Lake District Outdoor Activities to suit all grades and skill levels
The Lake District Walker – Based in Cockermouth and offering Guided Fell Walks in the Lake District
Keswick Adventures – Exciting outdoor activities and things to do in Keswick, the adventure capital of the Lake District!