Leonard’s Field House is just a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of Keswick Market place

Theatre by the Lake

The 2019 schedule of plays is now out with lots to enjoy throughout the 2019 season.


As Ambassadors for the Theatre we can offer discounts of £3.00 off tickets, Leonard’s Field House is your ideal base from which to visit Keswick’s wonderful Theatre by the Lake and enjoy the plays and shows on offer.

Keswick Film Festival

The 21st Keswick Film Festival . Thursday 27th February to Sunday 1st March 2020

With around 30 films and chance to meet some of the Directors and Actors

see www.keswickfilmfestival.org for more details

Words by the Water (Theatre by the Lake – Keswick)

6th to the 15th March 2020

Literary festival with headline speakers

The Words by the Water Festival at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is the north-west of England’s premier festival of words and ideas. Although the festival can’t summon Wordsworth and Coleridge to take part in their programme, there are many other literary folk coming to the Lake District in March 2020.

For tickets please contact 017687 74411 or visit www.wordsbythewater.org.uk 

The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards

16th March 2019

The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning on Saturday 16th March 2019, so put the date in your diaries and get ready to go orange! Visit  Dalemain for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with market stalls in the historic courtyard, cookery demonstrations, talks, entertainment and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart. Penrith Goes Orange will also be making a comeback in Penrith Town Centre, with all the local shop windows going orange and lots of special marmalade offers.

see;  www.dalemainmarmaladeawards.co.uk

King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta, (National Trust Lakeside shop)

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019, hundreds of people will be taking part in low-cost watersport and activity sessions as part of the regatta, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and join in what we like to call Cumbria’s quirkiest regatta.

A weekend of family fun on and beside Derwent Water. In the spirit of the eccentric 18th-century owner of Derwent Island, Joseph ‘King Pocky’ Pocklington, if you like messing around on the water with the whole family, then this is the event for you. Lark about on the lake in a bathtub or try a range of taster sessions in kayaking, paddle boarding, rowing and more. There will be Sprint rowing races, dragon boat races and kayak polo, a parade of sail and a ‘best dressed boat’ competition. Try Squirrel Nutkin’s raft racing plus all the fun of a traditional summer fair with rides, side stalls, refreshments and competitions. Oh, and ’50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ ‘ and Jemima Puddleduck’s water play area for little ones too! The best thing about King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta is that it’s all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try. With low-cost ‘starter sessions’ in many different kind of boats and craft, all with qualified instructors, it’s a great opportunity to discover the watersport you never knew you loved.

 Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival

The 27th Festival will be held Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May 2019


Preparations are already in full swing for 2019 and we hope you’ll check back here for our full list of bands and artists but, for now, piano fans can look forward to sessions featuring; Jeff BarnhartT.J. JohnsonBrian KellockTom KincaidKeith Nichols and Andrew Oliver.

Jazz guitar fans will be in heaven as alongside some of the UK’s finest including Spats LanghamPaul Sealey and Martin Wheatley, we have Tommy Harkenriderbringing in some Orange County Californian sunshine and good vibes along with his fantastic blend of swing, jive and blues guitar.

We also have some very special evening sessions planned, which we’re very excited about, none more so than our gala concert “One Night At The Cotton Club” which will feature both the sensational ‘Keith Nichols Orchestra’ and the superb new band led by Ned Bennet, the ‘Harlem Meercats’ who both specialise in the late 1920’s music of the immortal Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Other highlights have to be our four all-star tributes, to the immortal ‘Fats Waller’, the great Jimmie Noone and his Apex Club Orchestra, the seminal recordings of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven and to the legendary ‘Okeh’ recordings of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.

For fans of swing and jive we have something very special lined up as the amazing Ray Gelato takes a very rare night away from his globe trotting ‘Giants’ to front a cracking five piece featuring two of his old team mates, Enrico Tomasso and Tom Gordon.

There are some truly wonderful bands around right now playing in the prewar traditions of the New Orleans and Chicago masters and we’re delighted to welcome back some of the finest. Both the Basin Street Brawlers and the Vitality Five represent all that is good about the burgeoning London traditional jazz scene and feature some astonishingly good young musicians.

Possibly slightly longer in the tooth, every bit as vital and exciting, plus Keswick favourites all, we welcome back the “Jazzaholics” “Scarlettes Serenaders” and the “Savannah Jazz Band”, all packed full to bursting with high quality talents.

#leonardsfieldhouse is an ideal base for the Jazz & Blues festival, being just a short walk from the venues and the parade.  We look forward to welcoming you this year

Keswick Mountain Festival

16th to 19th May 2019

The Festival programme is made up of guided activities including MTB biking, hiking, canoeing, navigation training, ghyll scrambling, climbing and so much more, to be enjoyed with friends and family. There is also a fantastic line-up of challenging sporting events including Triathlons, Trail Races, Open water swims and a Sportive. But it’s not over there, we have an incredible selection of kids activities, local food stalls, exhibitors, camping, live music and the views from Crow Park! And if you’re looking for something to do in the evenings we have a speaker programme at the lovely Theatre by the Lake on the shores of Derwentwater. Tickets for the Keswick Mountain Festival will be on sale February 2019 – so you can create your perfect KMF weekend. Listen up for updates and announcements via Facebook.com/KeswickMountainFestival or Twitter @keswickfestival.

Keswick Midsummer Festival

28th to the 30th June 2019

Midsummer Rock Concert – Friday 28th June
Prom in the Park – Sat 29th June
cruffs Fun Dog Show – Sunday 30th June

All events free to attend.

Midsummer Rock Concert
Outdoor Rock Concert in the Market Square in Keswick

Prom in the Park
Enjoy popular classical music and opera in the lovely Fitz Park in Keswick

Scruffs Fun Dog Show
With lots of categories to choose from, bring your dog to one of the country’s most fun dog shows and have a chance to win amazing prizes! Keswick Fitz Park Part of the Keswick Mid-Summer Festival