Watch the Ospreys
fishing in Bassenthwaite Lake (April - August)
Trotters world of animals, Bassenthwaite. A wildlife experience with demonstrations
Honister slate mine. Tour underground at England's last working slate mine
The Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere. An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by four generations of the Heaton Cooper Family
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere. Wordsworth's Birthplace in Cockermouth and his home at Rydal Mount are also open to the public.
Hill Top, Near Sawrey. The 17th century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter bred herdwicks and wrote childrens stories. Now owned by the National Trust.
The Rheged Centre on the A66 near Penrith. Seven giant movie screens, 'Discovering Cumbria' show, The National Mountaineering Exhibition.
Off-road driving in South Lakeland
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Apart from the obvious attractions of the lakes and fells and the usual facilities for eating, drinking and shopping (including numerous specialist shops for walking, climbing and skiing equipment) Keswick has these facilities and attractions -
The Theatre By The Lake on the shores of Derwentwater
The Alhambra Cinema in St Johns Street.
Keswick Spa - swimming pool with water slide and wave machine
Keswick Museum and Art Gallery in Station Road has many interesting exhibits including the musical stones. (Apr-Oct)
Keswick Pencil Museum (Pencils were invented in the Keswick area with the discovery of plumbago in Borrowdale)
More Keswick information at www.keswick.org
the History of the Parish
Past and present weather recorded by Keswick Schools
Future weather - five day forecast
Mountain weather information service - two day forecast
Keswick Film Festival 21 - 24 Feb 2013
Words by the Water 1 - 10 March 2013
Keswick Jazz Festival Thu 9 May - Sun 12 May 2013
Keswick Mountain Festival Wed May 15th - Sun May 19th 2013
Keswick Beer Festival Fri & Sat 7th - 8th June 2013
Keswick Midsummer Festival 30th June 2013
Keswick Christian Convention (three weeks from mid July)
Cockermouth Agricultural Show 3rd August
Thirlmere Flower Show First Saturday in August
Grasmere Rushbearing Saturday nearest St Oswalds day (5th Aug)
Bassenthwaite Regatta 1st week August
Rydal Show mid August
Grasmere Show (August Bank Holiday Sunday)
Keswick Agricultural Show - sadly, cancelled this year
Loweswater Show 1st Sept 2013
Borrowdale Shepherd's Meet & Show 15 Sept 2013
Buttermere Shepherd's Meet & Show 26 Oct 2013
8 Nov 2013 Keswick Christmas Lights 0n.
1 Dec 2013 Keswick Victorian Fayre
Wordsworth's Lakeland origins are well known but the other Lakes Poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge* and Robert Southey also had strong connections with Keswick
Hugh Walpole's 'Rogue Herries' was set in the picturesque hamlet of Watendlath.
Several of the children's novels of Arthur Ransome were set on and around Coniston Water and Winderemere. However 'Swallows and Amazons' was filmed on Derwentwater.
Ken Russell filmed parts of 'Tommy' on Walla Crag and parts of The 'Seven Veils' in the Naddle Valley.
* The young and exuberant STC was probably the first of the modern fell walkers. On one occasion he walked, alone and by moonlight, from his home at Greta Hall in Keswick to Threlkeld, up Clough Head and along the tops of the Helvellyn range to Wordsworth's house in Grasmere. And this was in the days (about 1805) when it fashionable to regard the 'frightful' mountains with awe and not to venture near them without a guide.
Those of you without cars can come by rail to Penrith or Windermere. At Windermere Rail Station catch the 555 bus outside to Keswick Get off at the "Castle Lane Road End" stop and walk back down the hill. From Penrith Rail Station catch the X4/X5 bus outside towards Workington alighting at Keswick.
The golakes website has an interactive map showing bus routes and trains - also long distance walks and cycle routes - but not timetables.
Bus Timetables can be found here.
Lakeslink service passes the farm on its way from Lancaster
through Keswick to Carlisle . The "Dale Bottom" stop is half a
mile down the hill from Low Nest. The more convenient "Castle Lane Road
End" stop is a quarter mile up the hill but is not listed on the
The Mountain Goat company operates tours by mini-bus
Mountain Bikes can be hired in Keswick.
Keswick is within walking distance of the farm (about 25 minutes).
View of Skiddaw from George Fishers
Archaeology of the Naddle Valley and Castlerigg Stone Circle
Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian Society