What’s On In Keswick – May 2018

What’s On In Keswick – May 2018

Now that the warmer weather is kicking in the calendar is filling up with lots of fun things to do! Here are some great Keswick events happening in May:

6th May – Keswick Half Marathon:

The Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathons in the country. The route goes right around our beautiful Derwentwater with an extra loop of the Newlands valley to boot. You don’t need to run it of course, but the runners will certainly appreciate your support and you’re bound to find a pretty picnic spot nearby! Online entries have now closed but you can still enter on the day – just go down to Keswick Rugby Club from 9:30am to register.


10th – 13th May – Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival

Of course, it’s not just a Jazz and Blues Festival it’s THE Jazz and Blues Festival.

There’s a huge variety of entertainment on offer alongside including three two-and-a-half-hour sessions at each venue every day.

There will also be some free and open-air performances too and we can’t wait for everything to kick off with ‘Live Jazz and Dance in the Market’ on Thursday 10th May at 10am. We’re especially looking forward to the specially brewed ‘Jazz Session’ ale from the Keswick Brewery!

Image source: http://lakesculture.co.uk/keswick-jazz-festival-2016/


30th May – Derwent Island House Open Day

Derwent Island has a long and interesting history. The current house on the island was built by the eccentric Joseph Pocklington in the 18th century. There’s also a chapel and a small fort on the island – Pocklington used the fort for mock battles during annual regattas on the lake!

The house is lived in and so only open to the public for 5 days in the year, and you have to get there by raft canoe! The open days include the ride (take your wellies in case you fall in a bit on the other side) and a 45 minute house tour, then time to explore the Island at your leisure.

Image Source: https://www.visitcumbria.com/cm/derwent-isle-house/


5th May & 1st June – Crag Force Mine Open Day

There has been a mine at Crag Force for more than 200 years. During the Second World War, tons of barites were extracted for making munitions. The fell side became known as the ‘Burma Road’.

Over the years the mill has been rebuilt and the machinery renovated and renewed. What remains today can be seen on just a few days throughout the year. You can access the mine via a lovely walk from Braithwaite village where there is some parking, or you can book a spot on one of the Trust’s landrovers!

Image Source:https://www.visitcumbria.com/cm/force-crag-mine/


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