Events & Festivals
A guide to what’s around Derwentwater.
Theatre by the Lake
Each year Theatre by the Lake 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 Keswick festivals of literature, jazz, film and mountains.
When: All year
Keswick Film Festival
Lights, camera, action! See more than 30 films on the big screen with both light and thought-provoking offerings.
Words by the Water
A 10-day programme of literary events in Keswick at Theatre by the Lake. Talks, lectures, discussions, workshops, book launches and special exhibitions.
Keswick Half Marathon
Whether you’re looking to complete your first half marathon or are a veteran of this event then this circuit of Derwentwater, with a loop into the Newlands valley, is probably the most scenic 13 miles 192.5 yards in the country.
Keswick Jazz Festival
The four-day festival in Keswick brings together many of the world’s finest exponents of mainstream and traditional jazz. The programme sees over 100 jazz events hosted by a dozen different venues, all covered by the festival’s pass.
Keswick Mountain Festival
The Keswick Mountain Festival attracts thousands of visitors to Keswick for a wide range of sporting and outdoor events, live music and legendary speakers.
Keswick Beer Festival
Over 250 barrels of beer, lager and cider will be available to sample, with live bands providing the entertainment. The Keswick Beer Festival is always a sell-out, so be sure to book early.
The Lakesman Triathlon
A 2.4 mile swim in Derwentwater, 112 mile cycle and full marathon run. Designed to appeal to both the experienced or novice endurance athlete. The all road course avoids mountain passes and fells to keep elevation to a minimum.
A weekend of mayhem and madness afloat, with the chance to climb aboard in a variety of races on Derwentwater.
Keswick Christian Convention
The annual Convention has been taking place since 1875. It offers something for everyone – life-changing bible teaching, worship and fellowship, with separate kids and youth programmes.
Keswick Agricultural Show
The show attracts large numbers of competitors, exhibitors and spectators, and features both commercial and charity stands. It’s a great day out for all ages.
When: August Bank Holiday
Derwentwater Trial Race
The 15km Derwentwater Trail follows well-marked and marshalled courses through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. A shorter 10km route takes place in the morning.
Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On
An exciting afternoon and evening of lights, music, food and craft stalls.