Out and About from Littlefield Guest House

Keswick Launch starts their journey from the Keswick boat landings and cruise around the lake stopping at seven lakeshore jetties where you may embark or join the various boats. Alternatively, stay on the boat and enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater. Use the around the lake tickets to either hop on and off the launch at any of the 7 landing stages or stay onboard for a 50 minute trip around beautiful Derwentwater, Queen of the English Lakes.

Keswick is a small, typical Lakeland town, situated on Derwent Water “Queen of the Lakes”. It is an excellent base for touring and walking in the Lake District. The heart of Keswick is its Market Place, ringed round with shops and hotels, which is now renovated into a pedestrian priority area. The dominant building is The Moot Hall, an ancient foundation which currently holds the National Park Information Centre.

The town centre market in Keswick is incredibly popular with a vast array of different items available to buy including clothing, footwear, a variety of local produce, handmade gifts and accessories, household goods, pottery and hot and cold takeaway food and snacks. On Saturdays over 70 stalls are in operation with around 65 open on Thursday.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery in the Fitz Park was built at the turn of the century for ‘the inhabitants of Keswick and the visitors thereto’. The local history collection stretches back to Roman times, and includes such items as the famous 700 year old cat, a penny farthing cycle, and a man trap.

There are endless combinations of walks around Keswick, Derwentwater and Borrowdale. Several fells such as Catbells and Castle Crag have been made famous by Julia Bradbury’s TV Series ‘Wainwright Walks and Best Walks with a View. An example of a walk that is perfect for the whole family is Castlehead. It is an excellent introduction to the town and its situation, rewarding you with a stunning panorama for very little effort. You can see the full length of Derwentwater encircled by mountains as well as a bird’s eye view over the town and Bassenthwaite Lake. A dial gives the name of 30 fells which can be seen. The whole route from the Market Square can be accomplished in less than an hour.

It is free to enter ‘The Puzzling Place’, is stuffed with puzzles, gadgets and curiosities and is guaranteed to have something to amuse, entertain or puzzle you. The Puzzling Place’s ‘World of Illusion’ takes the theme of Illusion and runs with it. It is home to our ‘Anti-gravity Room’, ‘Ames Room’, ‘Hologram Gallery’ and ‘Eyelusions Exhibition’. It’s a fascinating, fun and social excursion into the wonderful world of optical illusion, which will leave you quite literally, not believing your eyes! As the appeal of optical illusions crosses all age ranges the ‘World of Illusions’ is an ideal place to be enjoyed and experienced with friends or family however young and old. It’s generally the older generation of the family who are left surprised by how much they’ve enjoyed their visit!

Theatre by the Lake has brought the magic of theatre and the excitement of the imagination to one of Britain’s loveliest and remotest counties. The theatre, hailed by The Independent as “the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”, opened in 1999. It is set a short stroll from Derwentwater on the edge of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District. There is two stages, a 400-seat Main House and 100-seat Studio; they present up to nine of their own productions of classic, modern and new plays throughout the year. Six plays are performed in repertory from May to November by a resident company of up to 14 actors.

Where to eat in Keswick?  There’s no shortage of places for eating out around Keswick and the North Lakes. The only difficult decision is which of these many and varied places to choose. Are you looking for the best Restaurant in Keswick? Perhaps a Keswick cafe bar will fit the bill or a traditional English Pubs with local beer and food. If you enjoy a lunch on the fells there is a selection of bakers, takeaways and delis from which to get a freshly prepared baguette – or be adventurous with a wrap!

With your appetite sharpened by a day in the fresh country air, there’s plenty of choice in the evening. Whether you prefer fresh fish ‘n chips, a kebab, pub grub, a four course restaurant meal, a gastropub adventure or a romantic dinner for two – it’s here for you.

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