Enjoy a Family Day Out: Keswick & Derwentwater

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick, photo by Richard Gale Derwentwater Jetty by Tony West (Cumbria Tourism photos) Derwentwater, Borrowdale by Dave Willis (Cumbria Tourism photos) Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Shores of Derwentwater by Tony West (Cumbria Tourism photos)

The first-ever pencil was made in Keswick – from graphite mined nearby. The pencil industry continues there today – and Derwent pencils are used across the world. At the town’s Derwent Pencil Museum you’ll discover lots of pencil-related stuff – including how to improve your observation and drawing skills.

The whole family can attend a free demonstration by a professional pencil artist. Or if you plan ahead you could book the young artist(s) in your family onto a ‘how-to-draw’ workshop. After the younger ones have sharpened their drawing skills, the grown-ups can wander round Keswick and buy some local bakes and produce for a picnic lunch.

Head off along the disused railway line and picnic beside the mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle

Head off along the disused railway line and picnic beside the mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle, with fabulous views of two of England’s highest mountains, Hellvelyn and Skiddaw. It’s a dramatic Lakeland setting – so this may be the first chance for the young artists in the family to put what they’ve learned into practice. Remember to take along a sketch book!

Do a loop, returning to Keswick via Springs Ghyll – with views of Derwentwater and Cat Bells ahead. Back at Keswick, and there’s time to take a self-drive motor boat (or a canoe) out on idyllic Derwentwater, cruising round the lake’s wooded islands for an hour or so.

From the main jetty, it’s the shortest skip and a jump to the Theatre by the Lake, for high tea in the café followed by the evening’s performance

Located on the shores of Derwentwater, Theatre by the Lake hosts a year-round programme of top quality productions. Described by the Telegraph as “the most gorgeously situated theatre in England” – Theatre by the Lake presents a wide-ranging programme from contemporary to classic in a truly remarkable Lake District location.


Derwent Pencil Museum – CA12 5NG
Theatre by the Lake – CA12 5DJ

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