Combine your caravan holiday in Keswick with a visit to one of the town’s many annual festivals
Things To Do
Visit Honister Slate Mine, the last working slate mine in England. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Keswick and here you can discover the history of the green slate mined here. Whether you want to relax or get active, there’s lots to do at Honister during your caravan holidays in the Lake District.
During caravan holidays in the Lake District, you have to make the most of the wonderful natural environment – and there’s so much choice. The Keswick Launch Company runs a variety of cruises on Derwentwater. Or if you feel more adventurous, Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft offers a wide range of activities. Newlands Adventure Centre in Keswick is the biggest provider of outdoor activities, as well as being the UK’s longest established outdoor activity centre – head here for mountain walking, archery, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, indoor climbing, ghyll scrambling, high ropes courses, mountain biking and more.
Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is the perfect setting for modern and traditional plays, poetry and live music. It plays host to, among other things, the annual Keswick jazz festival and the literature festival.
The only true mountain forest in England, Whinlatter Forest is well worth a visit – and it’s only about a 10-minute drive from Keswick. Go walking for free and enjoy breathtaking, money-can’t-buy views, tackle the Lake District‘s longest, purpose-built mountain bike trails, get your heart racing at Go Ape or discover the forest’s diverse wildlife.
As a wet weather activity in Keswick, why not visit The Puzzling Place? It’s a museum with a difference and great entertainment for visitors of all ages, as you watch balls roll uphill or scratch your head over illusion pictures.
The town is accessed easily from the M6 – leave the motorway at junction 40 and take the A66 to Keswick. You can also take the scenic route, using the A591 through the Lake District from Kendal, passing through Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. This road can become very congested in the peak holiday season, though.
Before leaving home, it’s a good idea to check with your campsite regarding local roads. Some rural roads in Cumbria are tight with little visibility and many campsites will be able to advise you of the best routes to use when approaching their site with a caravan in tow.