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Keswick, Lakes, Shopping or a show

There can be few towns with a setting as beautiful as Keswick, on the shores of Derwentwater and surrounded by mountains. Enjoy a beautiful day among the best of Lakeland scenery with the added opportunity to explore the shops and attractions in this small and friendly market town.

MorningMorning

A FEAST OF LANDSCAPE IN THE NORTH OF THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK TO BE ENJOYED AT AN EASY PACE.

9.30am – Leave Keswick and journey along one of the most spectacular valleys in the English Lake District – along the shoreline of Derwentwater into the Borrowdale valley. This valley then widens into the stone walled fields of Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite. These roads can be steep, narrow and winding.

11:00am - (25 mins duration) Return to Keswick along the A5289.

11.30am – Enjoy a coffee/tea in Keswick Launch’s café (opening 2015).

12.00pm – (50 mins duration) Keswick Launch on Derwentwater. View the beauty of the surrounding fells from the lake. Booking advisable during the summer months. Coach parking available in the Lakeside car park.
 

LunchLunch

1.00pm – (1.5 hour duration) Stroll from the Lake through the award-winning Hope Park into Keswick. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the many cafes in the centre of this picturesque market town.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

After lunch enjoy the compactness of the town’s shopping
area.The town’s reputation as an outdoor equipment mecca
is worldwide. Equally the art galleries, craft and antique shops
will appeal to those with more sedate inclinations.

Alternatively take in a matinee show at the Theatre by the Lake, Cumbria's only year round theatre. Enjoy a quality production at this impressive theatre.
Theatre by the Lake

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 and has won multi-starred reviews.
 

EveningEvening

2.30pm – (1 hour duration) Visit the world famous Cumberland Pencil Museum and learn about the history of pencil making in the Lake District. Take in the splendour of the ‘World’s largest colour pencil’ or simply relax in the café. The nearby Fitz Park has a riverside setting and formal gardens and is an ideal place to rest awhile.

3.30pm – (2 hours duration) Enjoy the compactness of the town’s shopping area. The town’s reputation as an outdoor equipment mecca is worldwide. Equally the art galleries, craft and antique shops will appeal to those with more sedate inclinations. The Puzzling Place is a fun and eye-opening attraction based on optical illusion… its right in the centre of town and well worth a visit.

5.30pm – Return to hotel or home.

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details are correct, GoLakes Travel cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or misrepresentation.
Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum

Located in Keswick, the home of the first pencil, visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago.
 
Puzzling Place

Puzzling Place

A unique optical illusion exhibition. Witness balls rolling uphill in the anti-gravity room, visibly grow and shrink in the Ames room and be amazed by our interactive optical illusion exhibits, artwork and sculptures.
 
 

Details of Theatre by the LakeTheatre by the Lake

'Artistically sharp, stunningly situated' – New Statesman

'Combines a spot as idyllic as anywhere on Earth, with first class theatrical entertainment' – Daily Telegraph

'The most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain' - The Independent

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, as well as having won the UK Theatre Award for the North West’s Most Welcoming Theatre for the past 4 years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

There are lift to all levels and wheelchair users can get to all front-of-house and backstage areas. Both auditoria have enhanced-hearing and induction loop systems. Free wifi is available in both the Theatre building and Café by the Lake.

Tickets can be purchased online on our website, where you can choose your own seat and see views of the stage before you buy. Alternatively, call the Box Office who will be happy to advise you on 017687 74411 – its open from 9.30am to 8pm daily (6pm on non-performance nights).

Our new Café by the Lake building is located between the Theatre and Derwentwater. Lofty, light and airy, its large windows give spectacular views across the lake to Cat Bells and beyond. It's the perfect setting for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake or a stylish dinner whether you are seeing a show or just stopping by on impulse. It's also welcoming to groups and available to hire for your special occasions.

Alternatively, you can relax and unwind in our Stalls Bar. Located on the ground floor of the theatre it's open from 11am, serving the Café by the Lake menu above for those who are peckish, or just coffee and cake for those on the go.

For table reservations and more information please call 017687 81102 or visit the Food & Drink section of our website.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Baby changing facilities Coach parties accepted Credit cards accepted (no fee) Disabled toilets Facilities for conferencing Facilities for corporate hospitality Facilities for educational visits Facilities for groups On-site catering On-site light refreshments Public toilets Regional Tourist Board Member Telephone (public) Wheelchairs available Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Facilities for hearing impairedSmoking not allowed

Contact

Box Office
Tel: 017687 74411

View the Theatre by the Lake websitewww.theatrebythelake.com
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Venue

Theatre by the Lake

Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ

CA12 5DJwww.theatrebythelake.com

Map reference: NY 264227
     Lat: 54.59411  Long: -3.14059
From M6 jct 40 and follow A66 towards Keswick, follow brown signs to Theatre and Lakeside. On foot the theatre is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Keswick.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 24 miles from Penrith station

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