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What’s on in Keswick in August 2017?


Visiting the Lake District this August and looking for things to do? We’ve got your answers here!

Darwin Escapes’ luxury location in the Lake District offers outstanding holidays in the newly crowned World Heritage site. Indulge in an Aromatherapy Associates treatment from fully trained therapists at the onsite Ammara Spa, and enjoy a mouth-watering meal at The Copper Fells while enjoying the views of the stunning Cumbrian mountain landscape. Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat is ideally placed to explore the local area, and we have the information on the must-see events in Keswick in August.


Summer Holiday Events

At: Keswick Museum, CA12 4NF

When: 1st August – 31st August, 10am – 4pm

Prices: Tickets vary on activity

The museum is running family fun activity days throughout the summer holidays, including Race to Build a Mountain where you can see how creative you get with foam blocks, shillies Lego and clay, show them how you make a mountain. Create your own miniature mountain bog habitat with plants and bugs at the Bog in a Box workshop. Explore 500-million-year-old creatures and create your own prehistoric fossil at Fossil Fun. Create a masterpiece at Big Wild Painting, using foot prints, animal tracks, plants and more.


Once Upon A Slime

At: Bookends, CA12 5DX

When: 18th August, 1pm

Prices: Free to Enter

Make your own free bug balloon with local author Fina Woodhead. She has written and illustrated a fabulous series of creepy crawly children’s tales, involving slugs, woodlice and other crawly bugs. Fiona will be at Bookends to sign your copies and help make cool slimy bug balloons.


Keswick Ghost Walks

At: Starts at The Moot Hall, CA12 5JR

When: Runs all year. Starts at 7.20pm (lasts 1 hour and 15 mins)

Prices: £10 (suitable for children 10+. Booking essential)

John Brown, a visitor to Keswick in the 18th Century said, “The full perfection of Keswick consists of 3 qualities: beauty, horror and immensity”. Keswick is a beautiful and historic place with stories of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. Follow ‘The Lady’ if you dare and marvel at the slate built houses, surrounding lakes and magical fells, an area steeped in legend and mystery.


Derwent Island House Open Day

At: Derwent Island, Lake Road, CA12 5DJ

When: 31st August, times vary on canoe departure times

Prices: Adult £15 / Child £4.20 / Family £30

Your adventure starts by canoe with a peaceful paddle across the beautiful lake to the mysterious little island. You’ll discover the realism of lives lived past and present on the island. Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of Pocklington’s Georgian House, then explore the garden and the rest of the island at your leisure during your 2-hour visit to the island.


Keswick Agricultural Show

At: Braithwaite, CA12 5TD

When: 28th August

Prices: Adult £8 / Child £2 / Family £18

The Agricultural Society was founded in 1860 and is one of the oldest societies in Keswick. The aim of the show is to encourage improvements in the Breed of Stock, management of land and in the general promotion of agriculture. At the show, there are cattle, ponies, horses, dogs, sheep and poultry as well as an industrial marquee for home produce, handicrafts, art and crafts and a unique vintage display. Enjoy Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling fell races and children’s amusements. Plus there will be over 60 trade-stands to stroll around and find yourself a bargain.


The Lake District one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, with Keswick Reach being one of the most luxurious retreats to stay in the area. Perfectly placed to explore the local area you can discover all that Keswick has on offer this August.

Have a Happy August!