It’s going to be another busy year in Keswick, with a full programme of events on offer. Here are some of the major events taking place:
Words by the Water at the Theatre by the Lake – 6-15th March
Now in its 14th year, Words by the Water has become one of the country’s most popular festivals of literature and ideas. The speakers include novelists, broadcasters and politicians, many of them household names. Tickets are already selling out, and need to be purchased in advance.
Keswick Jazz Festival – 7-10th May
Focusing on traditional and mainstream jazz, the Keswick Jazz Festival will feature around 90 performances from some of the world’s best live jazz performers, both young and old. Tickets are limited and always sell out well in advance, so get yours soon!
Keswick Mountain Festival – 14-17th May
Getting bigger and increasingly popular every year, the Mountain Festival returns with an even larger programme of events. Take part in a triathlon or trail race, go on a guided mountain walk or just have a stroll round the stalls in the Festival Village. You must enter specific events well in advance, but entry to the village can be gained on the day. We have already taken bookings for this weekend, so arrange your accommodation well in advance!
Keswick Beer Festival – 5/6th June
The beer festival remains one of the busiest weekends of the year in Keswick, and in fact tickets for the Saturday 6th are already sold out! This also means that last minute accommodation is virtually non-existent. We only have 2 rooms left for this weekend, so we recommend you book very soon.
Keswick Midsummer Festival – 21-28th June
A week-long festival focusing on live performances on the Main Stage in the Market Square. Dancing, theatre, live music and choral performances can all be seen without charge – just make sure you get there early if you want to get a seat!
Keswick Regatta – 11-12th July
Based on Derwentwater and organised by the National Trust, the regatta includes a series of events including boating, bath tub racing and even a stone skimming competition. If you fancy trying water sports for the first time, this is the time to be in Keswick. As July is the busiest month of the year, we recommend you organise accommodation well in advance.
Keswick Convention – 11-31st July
Keswick has hosted one of the country’s premier Christian gatherings since 1875, and its popularity shows no sign of diminishing. This year sees the usual comprehensive programme of speakers and seminars with the theme of “the whole of life for Christ”. Arranging your accommodation early is essential during the Keswick Convention – we already only have limited space available.
Keswick Agricultural Show – 31st August (August Bank Holiday)
Founded in 1860, the agricultural show is a traditional celebration of local farming with a wide range of animal exhibits with judging for best in class and show, along with numerous craft stalls, local produce and home baking. Admission can be gained on the day, but we recommend you arrange accommodation in advance.