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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Theatre by the Lake is a year-round professional producing and presenting theatre. The core programme is home-produced professional drama productions, including a six month Summer Season of six plays in repertoire, a major Christmas production and at least one other production in the Spring of each year.

Keswick Film Festival

February
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The friendly film festival in the beautiful surroundings of the English Lake District offering fantastic films to choose from, guest directors, script-writers and an opening party for pass holders.

Words by the Water

March
Theatre by the Lake
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Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is the centre for this exciting literature festival organised by Ways With Words. For 10 days writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas.

Keswick Half Marathon

May
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Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathons in the country, taking runners around Derwentwater with an extra loop into the Newlands Valley.

The Keswick Jazz Festival

May
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The four day festival brings together many of the world’s best exponents of mainstream and traditional jazz. American and European stars rub shoulders with a glittering array of Britain’s top jazz musicians. The programme sees over 100 jazz events hosted by a dozen different venues, all covered by the festival’s pass.

Keswick Mountain Festival

May
Theatre by the Lake
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This five-day celebration offers an action-packed programme ranging from wild swimming workshops on the lakes to gorge-scrambling and photography masterclasses. Expect inspirational talks from the likes of Sir Chris Bonington, stalls selling real ale and local food, live music, and the happy murmur of outdoor enthusiasts comparing storm flaps.

Keswick Beer Festival

June
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Growing from humble beginnings in 1997 into an event attracting nearly 6,000 Beer enthusiasts and becoming the biggest Beer Festival in the North. Over the 2 days, expect over 250 barrels of beer, lager and cider to sample, good food and fantastic live music. The event is a sell out every year, so be sure to book your tickets now!