Out & About


The charming and historic town of Keswick, nestling as it does amongst some of the finest fells in the Lake District national park, offers a wide range of independent shops, tea rooms, museums, cafes, bars and probably the most enviable selection of outdoor retail outlets in the country.  There is an excellent bus service into Borrowdale and the Keswick Launch Company runs a regular service from the boat landings which takes you on a 50 minute tour of Derwentwater.  You can hop on and off at any of the stops to explore the lakeshore and woodland paths.  The launch is also an excellent way to get to the foot of Catbells.


As well as the many restaurants, cafes and bars, Keswick has its very own cinema and is also the home of the stunningly located "Theatre by the Lake", which offers year-round professional productions.  Brierholme is a member of the Theatre's Ambassador Scheme and discount vouchers are available to guests. Just ask for details when booking.

The Great Outdoors

Keswick and the Northern fells are a magnet for fell walkers, scramblers and climbers.  From flat strolls along the shores of Derwentwater to gruelling hikes over some of the toughest and highest fells in England, the area has walks for everyone.  Keswick Tourism Association has produced a number of walking routes available to download.   Choose from short, scenic picnic strolls to full days through spectacular landscapes. 

There is a wide range of other outdoor activities to be enjoyed in and around Keswick, from mountain biking, fishing, paragliding, rock climbing to kayaking, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. 

For wildlife lovers, there are special hides and viewpoints where you can see otters, ospreys, red squirrels and roe deer.

A collection of maps, guidebooks and tourist information is available at Brierholme to help you plan your day's activities.  A Lake District mountain weather forecast is also posted every morning in the breakfast room.  

Keswick Events and Festivals

16th - 19th Febuary 2017 Keswick Film Festival
3rd-12th March 2017 Words by the Water
2nd April 2017 Buttermere 10 Trail Run
30th April 2017 Keswick Half Marathon
6th May 2017 Keswick to Barrow Walk
11th-14th May 2017 Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival
June 2017 – Date TBC Derwent Water Epic Swim
2nd-3rd June 2017 Keswick Beer Festival
2nd-3rd June 2017 Bassenthwaite Festival
7th June 2017 (six week period) Keswick Street Theatre
8th-11th June 2017 Keswick Mountain Festival
18th June 2017 The Lakesman Triathalon
23rd-25th June 2017 Keswick festival
24th June 2017 10 in 10 - MS Charity Peak Walking Challenge
08-09 July 2017 Derwentwater Regatta
15 July - 4 Aug 2017 Keswick Christian Convention
5th-13th August Bassenthwaite Regatta
28 August 2017 Keswick Agricultural Show
02 September 2017 Derwentwater Trail Race
03 September 2017 Loweswater Show
9th Septmeber 2017 Buttermere Triathlon
September 2017 – Date TBC Borrowdale Shepherds' Meet
October 2017 – Date TBC Buttermere Shepherds' Meet and Show
2017 – Date TBC Jennings River Ride
5th November 2017 Derwentwater Ten
24th November 2017 Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On
1st-24th December 2017 Keswick Live Advent
3rd December 2017 Keswick Victorian Fayre


Useful Links

Below are just some of the great activities that you can enjoy within the local area:

Honister Slate Mine
Whinlatter Forest/Altura Bike Trail
Go Ape at Whinlatter
Osprey Watch
Keswick Launch
Pencil Museum
Keswick Mountain Bike hire
Climbing Wall
Nichol End Marina
Keswick Adventure Centre
Theatre By The Lake
Alhambra Cinema Keswick

Our Favourite Places to Eat Out

Casa Bella - Lovely Italian just a few minutes walk from Brierholme. Adam recemmends the "Amalfi"... Its beautiful!
The Square Orange - Great for a bit of late afternoon Tapas.  Fab atmosphere too.
Dog and Gun - The "Hungarian Goulash" is a must try!

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