Culture

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake has a setting on the shores of Derwentwater no other professional theatre in Britain can match. Each year it 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 festivals of literature, jazz, film and mountains. Daytime and evening refreshments are available from light snacks to pre-theatre meals.

Keswick Museum

Exhibitions, events and displays telling the story of Keswick’s landscape, history and culture with a shop and great cafe. In beautiful Fitz Park, next to the popular playground.

Rheged Centre

Hidden under a grass roof, Rheged is home to a giant 3D cinema, pottery painting, outdoor play, an art gallery, beauty Spa, cookery school, cafes, individual shops and year round events including fairs, children’s workshops and live cinema events.

Derwent Pencil Museum

the home of the first pencil, and the Cumberland Pencil Company, manufacturers of Derwent pencil perfection since 1832.
Enter the Museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine where graphite was first discovered in the 1550’s. Through words, pictures and carefully restored machinery you can trace the history of pencil making and see how we make Derwent Fine Art pencils today.

Alhambra

The century-old Keswick Alhambra Cinema boasts state-of-the art sound and projection in traditional surroundings. See the latest film releases, and live satellite-streamed theatre, opera and ballet.

Wordsworth House & Gardens

Step back in time to the 1770s and experience William Wordsworth’s childhood home. Whether you meet the maid-of-all-work or a knowledgeable 21st-century guide, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

Explore the working 18th-century kitchen, discover the weird and wonderful details of Georgian life, from what the Wordsworth family ate to how often they washed.

The Lakes Distrillery

The largest whisky distillery in England, set near the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. There is has a wide range of facilities for visitors of all ages to enjoy, including an interactive tour to suit all ages which follows the journey of how the distillery’s whisky, gin and vodka are made and includes a tasting session at the end. Whether you are looking for a souvenir or a unique gift, the distillery shop offers a variety of primarily local products to suit all tastes.

Mirehouse & Gardens

‘Manor from Heaven’ Melvyn Bragg. Fascinating literary connections; live piano music in house; four natural playgrounds, heather maze, bee garden and lakeside walk, free family nature trail. Dogs welcome on leads

Threlkeld Mining Museum

The museum offers activities for all the family, from budding geologists to hopeful prospectors. It includes: An underground tour of a mine, A comprehensive geological and mining museum, The quarry site with a unique collection of machinery, Mineral panning, Ample free parking, shop and hot and cold drinks.

Visit Keswick Tourism’s Website for more details, and information on the numerous festivals held throughout the busy annual calendar and many more attractions.