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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.




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.


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.


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.

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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.



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.


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.



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.


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