The Best Festivals in Keswick, the Lake District

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Maria Simpson

There is nothing like visiting the Lake District with your friends or family, and Keswick, in the northwest of the National Park, has ample events and festivals to offer its visitors throughout the year. From jazz and blues to Christian conventions, there’s definitely something here for everyone to enjoy amongst the spectacular mountain views. Here we take a look at the best.

Keswick Mountain Festival

The Keswick Mountain Festival is considered one of the largest sport festivals celebrated in the UK. More than 17,000 people attend this event every year and indulge themselves in the great outdoors. The festival has events for all ages and abilities, from families to seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and athletes.
There are lots of activities, including world-class speakers, sporting events, camping and live music in the evening. The Keswick Mountain Festival is an adventure for every participant, and will be sure to give thrill and excitement to everyone who attends.


Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival

The famous Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival takes place over four days in the month of May and attracts hundreds of visitors. The annual event takes place at various venues in the city, and presents performances by more than 100 of the best UK and international artists.
The dispersal of the music over several event spaces means you can pick and choose to find your favourite venue. There will be a dance floor laid down in at least one space, and dance tutors will conduct morning classes for beginners and intermediates. Expect to hear a variety of songs including traditional country, boogie-woogie, gospel, rhythm and blues, traditional, swing and mainstream jazz, and more. If you and your family are music lovers, you will definitely enjoy this festival.

The Keswick Beer Festival

This beer festival, takes place in the month of June, at the Keswick Rugby Club. To add to the thrill of the live music and fantastic beer, there is also an entertaining fancy dress competition.

Street theatre

Street theatre performances take place during the months of June and July and include some of the most entertaining comedy, poetry, music and magic performances. You may even be lucky enough to see a tightrope walker.

© Street theatre performance

The Keswick Convention

The Keswick Convention, a Christian gathering, is the biggest and the oldest festival held in Keswick. It takes place over three weeks in July and August, and offers something for everyone, irrespective of their religion. The event consists of popular discussions, prayer meetings and concerts conducted by significant church leaders.

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