Things to do

Keswick/Local Area

The popular town of Keswick, overlooked by some of Wainwrights favourite mountains and on the banks of Derwent Water. Keswick and the local area is well known for its scenic landscape and opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities. With all these great attractions and activities, there are plenty of things to do and keep the hole family busy in Keswick.

Views to Latrigg on the way up to Castlerigg Stone Circle behind Sheltersone.


Have a look at The Puzzling Place ; Dinosaur and Raptor Experience , Keswick Climbing Wall and Newlands Adventure Centre. Visit the beautifully situated theatre or just the local cinema to keep the family busy. You will find events, activities and experience days put on by many of these Attractions and Activity Providers.

For the adventurous there is a huge choice from the spectacular Whinlatter forest incorporating Go Ape, to Honistor slate mine , with mine shafts and the famous Via Ferrata!!

Views over Keswick and Derwent Water from the Summit of Latrigg.


There is a good choice of attractions, visitor centres and parks just waiting to be explored with something for every taste and age group. Guided walks, group walks, climbing with experts and experience days are available.  Families will find lots of things to do in Keswick and plenty of attractions and activities to keep their children entertained. Keswick has two parks with beautiful floral displays and wide open green spaces with space for both quiet relaxation and games. For those wishing to find out more about the rich cultural and industrial heritage of the area there is the opportunity to visit museums and historic houses.

Local Area

Just 20 minutes along the A66 in Penrith you will find a diverse selection of shops, restaurants and pubs.  Ullswater is even closer with its picturesque views and water falls. This is the best place to tackle the famous Helvellyn or take a trip on a steam boat.

There are many local and nearby attractions not to mention the extensive array of lakes and fells to explore. The Rheged visitors centre is five minutes down the road with shops, cafes, children play area and its own Imax cinema. Penrith Golf Centre with it driving range, shop and challenging nine hole course is great for a practice and keeping your hand in. Finally for the adventurous, Rookin House on the way to Keswick, offers outdoor pursuits such as karting, quad biking and archery.