As Cumbria continues to clean up after December’s heavy rain and flooding, it’s time to look forward to the coming year in Keswick. Here are some of the major events taking place in the town this year:
Words by the Water – the annual festival of words and ideas returns with a coming together of novelists, journalists, politicians, scientists, historians and philosophers. Come and see speakers as diverse as Melvyn Bragg, Richard Dawkins, A.C. Grayling, and HRH Princess Michael of Kent talking about pretty much everything! 4-13 March at the Theatre by the Lake
Keswick Jazz Festival – Keswick hosts one of the country’s premier jazz festivals every year, with performances spread around various venues in the town. Tickets tend to sell out quickly. 12-15 May
Keswick Mountain Festival – becoming bigger each year, Keswick Mountain Festival is fast becoming one of the year’s main events. Take part in one of the numerous competitive swimming, cycling, running (or indeed triathlon) events, enjoy a leisurely guided walk, or just take in the atmosphere at the festival village in Crow Park complete with an evening’s live music. Keep an eye out for this year’s headline music acts at the Mountain Festival website. 19-22 May
Keswick Beer Festival – always extremely popular, with demand for tickets and accommodation always far exceeding supply. Arrange this one early! 3-4 June
Derwentwater Regatta – the annual festival of boating, bathtub racing and stone skimming returns, and for once it doesn’t matter if it rains because you’re going to get wet anyway. 9/10 July
Keswick Convention – going stronger than ever after 140 years, the Convention is possibly the number 1 Christian gathering in the UK, attracting around 15,000 annually over its 3 week run. Accommodation can be very hard to find during the Convention so book early! 16 July – 5 August
Keswick Agricultural Show – founded in 1860 and still an extremely popular showcase for local farming, crafts and rural life in north west Cumbria. 29 August (probably!)
Don’t forget that there will also be numerous runs, triathlons, fell races, cycling and mountain bike events throughout the year, so keep checking the keswick.org website for details. For those a bit less active, the Theatre by the Lake also has a full programme of performances, with the main summer programme running from May to November.
See you in 2016!