What’s On

Keswick is home to a variety of events and festivals each year. Here’s our guide to what’s on in Keswick.

Theatre by the Lake

All Year
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Each year Theatre by the Lake stages up to nine of its own productions of classic, modern and new plays on its two stages and has won multi-starred reviews from national critics. It also hosts Keswick festivals of literature, jazz, film and mountains.

Keswick Film Festival

February
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Lights, camera, action! See more than 30 films on the big screen with both light and thought-provoking offerings.

Words by the Water

March
Theatre by the Lake
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A 10-day programme of literary events in Keswick at Theatre by the Lake. Talks, lectures, discussions, workshops, book launches and special exhibitions.

Keswick Half Marathon

May
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Whether you’re looking to complete your first half marathon or are a veteran of this event then this circuit of Derwentwater, with a loop into the Newlands valley, is probably the most scenic 13 miles 192.5 yards in the country.

Keswick Jazz Festival

May
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The four-day festival in Keswick brings together many of the world’s finest exponents of mainstream and traditional jazz. The programme sees over 100 jazz events hosted by a dozen different venues, all covered by the festival’s pass.

Keswick Mountain Festival

June
Theatre by the Lake
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The Keswick Mountain Festival attracts thousands of visitors to Keswick for a wide range of sporting and outdoor events, live music and legendary speakers.

Keswick Beer Festival

June
Keswick Rugby Club
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Over 250 barrels of beer, lager and cider will be available to sample, with live bands providing the entertainment. The Keswick Beer Festival is always a sell-out, so be sure to book early.

Derwentwater Regatta

July
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A weekend of mayhem and madness afloat, with the chance to climb aboard in a variety of races on Derwentwater.

Keswick Christian Convention

July/August
Keswick Convention Centre
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The annual Convention has been taking place since 1875. It offers something for everyone – life-changing bible teaching, worship and fellowship, with separate kids and youth programmes.

Keswick Agricultural Show

August
Pump Field, Braithwaite
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The show attracts large numbers of competitors, exhibitors and spectators, and features both commercial and charity stands. It’s a great day out for all ages.

Derwentwater Trial Race

September
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The 15km Derwentwater Trail follows well-marked and marshalled courses through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. A shorter 10km route takes place in the morning.

Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On

November
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An exciting afternoon and evening of lights, music, food and craft stalls.