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Local Heroes: Adam Campion, Run Director at Parkrun

Next up in our Local Heroes series is the wonderful Adam Campion who is Run Director at Parkrun!

Adam put Keswick on the Parkrun map in 2015 and it has come on in leaps and bounds ever since. Around the world, Parkrun has been putting on weekly, timed 5k runs which are completely free to enter.

We’ve caught up with Adam to see what his role with Parkrun involves, how he got started, how Parkrun has impacted his life and the lives of others, and much more. Keep reading for our full interview...

How did you first get involved with Parkrun?

I’ve been a long time listener to the Marathon Talk Running podcast, hosted by Martin Yelling and Tom Williams. Tom is Chief Operating Officer for Parkrun, and often talked about parkrun. I really wanted to have one in Keswick, but had never even been to a Parkrun. On a family visit to Portsmouth for Christmas 2013, we took part in Southsea Parkrun, and brought the idea to Keswick for April 2015.

What does your role as Run Director entail?

It’s a mix of things. We have various run directors, but as the overall Event Director, I put things out on social media, field the emails, gather volunteers every week, store and organise the gear, right up to the moment where I do the run brief before we set off on Saturday morning. Whilst I’m often the face of Keswick Parkrun, my family help a great deal, and there is an army of volunteers we can call on.

In what ways have you seen Parkrun impact the lives of the people who take part?

A large number of people who sign up to Parkrun in the first place describe themselves as non-runners, or occasional runners, so Parkrun has played a big part in helping people become more active locally. A big community has now grown up around it, and there are lots of success stories of people who have seen the great benefits to their well being from simply becoming more active. You only have to look at the list of people who have now completed 100 Parkruns. Some very young, some, less so!

What can runners expect from the Parkrun and the Junior Parkrun?

They can expect to be able to do their own thing. Some runners race themselves to their best possible time, running some great 5k times. Others challenge themselves in different ways, and for some, it’s the next step after a Couch to 5k programme. The main thing, though, is that’s there’s never any pressure to do more or less than you’re happy doing, and the inclusive nature of the whole event is widely appreciated.

How has being such a big part of Parkrun impacted your life?

People have often thanked us for giving up our Saturday mornings, but we haven’t given anything up! There’s an interesting idea around volunteering, the suggestion being that it costs you something, but it’s been a real labour of love, and I’ve enjoyed being part of it. I frequently get to run, and there’s a good social side to the event, based around the wonderful Cafe West in Fitz Park.

What advice would you give to someone who hasn't done Parkrun before but is thinking about starting?

You must know how I’m going to answer that! Register online, print a barcode and get on down there. Run, jog, walk or volunteer - just don’t feel like there’s some minimum standard that you must achieve before you can take part - there isn’t. 

If you want to find out more about all of the events that happen in Keswick, you can take a look here


Adam Campion

Adam Campion

Exciting times for Keswick Brewery

Keswick Brewery are busy preparing for building work to commence on two extensions. The first of the new buildings will provide space for the brewery to breathe and expand whilst the second will provide a larger bar, beer shop and increase the visitor tour experience.

The brewery was established in April 2006 on the site of what is believed to be a much older brewery, The Old Brewery Co which closed in 1897. The brewery was set up with quality and environmental issues at its heart. The brewery’s awards and the popularity of the beers show the hard work is worthwhile. These values continue and the brewery always strives to improve further.

The brewery has four regular cask beers, Keswick Gold, Keswick Bitter, Thirst Quencher and K.S.B. - Keswick Special Bitter. There are also eight beers in the bottled and can range. There are seasonal and special beers which add to the range so there is always something new or different.

In 2016 the brewery celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with ten new cask and bottled beers all with new recipes using new hops and malts. These beers have become the foundation of the K series with more new beers being created. K18 will be the next in this series, an amber 3% ale. The brewery plans to brew up to K20 by the end of the year.

The brewery has made many investments in the business, with new equipment helping to improve quality and production. The new buildings continues this giving the brewery chance to increase production and help provide a larger visitor experience. The Flying Fox Bar will be a larger bar with longer opening times (the bar is open just 3 - 5pm at present). There will be a new separate shop selling a large selection of beers, local produce and gifts. The brewery tour experience which is so popular will continue to grow with more new areas to see on the tour.

The build is expected to take around six months with this being done is such a way so that the current shop, bar and tours will continue during this time so there is chance to see the build as it progresses first hand. The brewery will be updating their Instagram regularly (Keswick Brewing Company) so the build progress can be followed as the buildings grow. Once the work is completed the brewery will be organising some exciting events to celebrate.

Get ready for the party.


New Look Brewery Plans

New Look Brewery Plans

Theatrical Treats In Store At Theatre By The Lake – 2018 Season Announcement

Theatre by the Lake revealed plans for their 2018 Season at a Season Launch today, at which they revealed that they would be staging a diverse range of home-grown productions over the course of the year, alongside a programme of visiting work.

Artistic Director, Conrad Lynch, said: “Following the success of 2017, including the London transfer of the critically acclaimed Miss Julie (which has been nominated for four Off West End awards) and the UK tour of As You Like It, we’re now looking ahead to an exciting 2018. In the Main House our programme offers some vintage comedy, an adaptation of a much-loved novel, and an acclaimed double bill from one of Britain’s finest playwrights.

“Studio audiences can look forward to a beautiful one-woman show, a revival of a gutsy and gripping contemporary classic, and, continuing our commitment to new writing, the world premiere of a play which was shortlisted at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.”

Following a packed February and March of music, dance, children’s shows and touring drama, Theatre by the Lake’s Spring Season features Olivier-nominated actress Elizabeth Mansfield in the one-woman tour-de-force Hymn to Love, an extraordinary homage to Edith Piaf. Co-produced with York Theatre Royal, Hymn to Love will play in the Studio from 23 March to 10 April, after which it will embark on a rural tour across Cumbria. It will play in York Theatre Royal from 17 to 21 April.

In the Main House, the theatre welcomes not one but two classic dramas, with A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams produced by English Touring Theatre (3 to 7 April), and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in an adaptation by Ken Bentley and starring Nichola McAuliffe (10 to 14 April), best known for her role as Sheila Sabatini in the ITV sitcom Surgical Spirit.

The Summer Season of home-produced work runs with a resident company of ten actors from 24 May.

The three Main House productions are:

  • Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, a play from the works of P.G. Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers in which three actors play a multitude of characters in an inventive and totally bonkers send-up of Wodehouse’s iconic double act. A recent hit in the West End, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense won the 2014 Olivier award for Best New Comedy.
  • Single Spies by Alan Bennett. Here one of Britain's best loved playwrights turns his attention to the Cambridge spy scandal of the 50s, with two beautifully written comic vignettes (An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution) which shed light on the fascinating characters of Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt. Winner of the 1990 Olivier award for Best Comedy.
  • Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility adapted by Jessica Swale; the sparkling tale of the Dashwood sisters and affairs of the heart in a gorgeous adaptation by the Olivier award-winning playwright who adapted Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas show The Secret Garden.

The Studio productions are:

  • The world premiere of Rails by Simon Longman. Shortlisted in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Rails tells the story of two bored and lonely teens whose lives collide over the course of a long hot summer. Funny, poignant, and sharply reminiscent of the joy, pain and confusion of growing up.
  • Bold Girls by Rona Munro. Set in Belfast in the early 90s, Bold Girls explores female friendship against the backdrop of a city in upheaval. Rona Munro is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed playwrights; she also wrote Iron which was a hit in Theatre by the Lake’s 2016 Season.

The Theatre by the Lake Christmas production for 2018/2019 will be an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast by Laurence Boswell. A thrilling and inventive take on the classic fairy tale for all the family, Beauty and the Beast will run from 23 November to 12 January.

The Words by the Water programme was also announced at the Season Launch, and was introduced by Kay Dunbar, Festival Director, who said: “This year’s programme is quite exceptional. If you read it, you will be amazed at the range of people coming to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick: we have Vince Cable, Claire Tomalin, Michael Frayne, Terry Waite, Michael Rosen and not forgetting our president Melvyn Bragg, who speaks at the festival most years. We also have speakers on Syria, travel writing, the rainforest, Agatha Christie, the country after Brexit, Theresa May’s year, Pablo Neruda, Lowther Castle Gardens and heart transplants. We often say there is something for everyone, and as you can see with this programme we try to cater for all tastes and interests.” Words by the Water runs from 9 to 18 March.

Visiting work highlights include the smash-hit show Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone (27 February – 3 March) which comes to Keswick following sell-out runs at London’s Young Vic and the Traverse in Edinburgh, and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s triple bill Calyx, Windrush and Shadows, a celebration of the arrival of the first Caribbean migrants to the UK, set to an uplifting soundtrack ranging from calypso, jazz and blues, to ska, gospel and reggae. The theatre is also proud to present a wide range of shows and events for families, from Little Mermaid – The Circus Sensation to the North-West based company M6 Theatre’s lovely show A Tiger’s Tale. For film buffs, Keswick Film Festival returns once more (22 to 25 February), and the theatre will be one of the venues for 2018’s Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival (10 to 13 May).

Conrad Lynch concluded the Season Launch saying: “Thank you to everyone who has supported Theatre by the Lake during my first year as Artistic Director - our staff, volunteers, Friends, Ambassadors, sponsors, funders and donors, ticket agents and, of course, our audiences. Join us again in 2018 for an exhilarating year of theatre and performance.”

Priority booking for Friends of Theatre by the Lake is open from 8 December, in person, online or over the phone. To find out about becoming a Friend call the Box Office on 017687 74411, or visit

General booking opens on Monday 8 January from 9.30am, in person, online or over the phone. Please note that some February and March events are already on sale to the general public.

To find out more please visit or call the Box Office on 017687 74411. The full season brochure can be viewed at:


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