Arts and Entertainment
Museums/Art Galleries; Museums in Keswick are The Keswick Museum, Keswick Mining Museum, Cumberland Pencil Museum, The Cars of the Stars. Further afield, to list but a few, are the Steamboat museum in Windermere, The Lakeland Motor Museum at Holker Hall and Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle. You’ll find many good galleries in the district: Keswick has Veridian, Gallery 26 at 27, and nearby Thornthwaite Galleries. Kendal has Abbot Hall and the Heaton Cooper Studio is at Grasmere.
Theatre/Cinema: Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake has a professional resident company with Judi Dench as its patron and it stages at least six excellent productions each season in two auditoriums. Keswick still boasts its original art deco cinema which shows the new releases and has an award winning film club.
Literary Connections: No trip to the Lake District would be complete without exploring the poet’s houses connected with Wordsworth, Southy, Coleridge and Ruskin in Rydal, Grasmere, Cockermouth and Coniston. Our immediate area was also home for many years to Beatrix Potter with her early books drawing on Derwentwater and Catbells and the beautiful opening panorama in the film ‘Miss Potter’ is even more effective when it includes where you are staying.