As with Bowness and Windermere tourist visits to Keswick began in the late 18th century due to the area's connections with famous writers such as Ruskin, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey and its popularity with artists including Turner and Constable.
Roads into the Lakes gradually improved but it was in the 1860's with the building of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway line that Keswick saw visitor numbers dramatically increase, and Keswick commenced the transformation from a small market town to the busy tourist centre it is today.
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The Keswick Traditional Christmas Fayre will takes place in December.With
lots of decorated charity stalls and a host of street entertainment the
Fayre marks the start of the Festive season in Keswick. With the
Christmas tree and shops festooned with colourful lights, and equally
colourful local characters providing entertainment the event is an
occasion not to be missed.
What to see:
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Keswick was the worlds main supplier of graphite for pencils and this is an excellent attraction with the worlds largest pencil and a good shop.
The Theatre By The Lake; The Lake Districts premier theatre in a beautiful location by the lake.
The Puzzling Place
Do you believe your eyes? A world of altered perceptions at this must-see attraction on museum Square.
A riverside setting with glorious open views towards Skiddaw. The Lower Park has a large open recreational area, cricket pavilion and children's playground. In summertime you can enjoy watching the local cricket teams who play in the centre of the park or have a picnic alongside the River Greta. The Upper Park has a bowling green, tennis and putting. The Games open on Friday 3rd April 2009 until Sunday 27th September 2009.
Within the park is the Keswick Museum a Victorian Museum revealing Keswick's past from
industrial mining centre to tourist centre with some very famous
residents. If you are a musician you should go and try the slate vibes!
Nearby Derwent Water has boat trips and you can hire rowing boats or small powered craft to discover the delights of the lake.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle stands on an imposing natural plateau with a superb 360 degree view over the surrounding fells. It is composed of 38 free standing stones, some up to 3 metres (10 feet) high. It is one of Britain's earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period 4000 to 5000 years ago.
The original purpose of the site is still a mystery. Three stone axes have been discovered inside the circle. In the Neolithic period axes were made from volcanic stone quarried in the fells. It may have been used for social gatherings or for religious ceremonies and rituals or possibly as an astronomical observatory with the stones being aligned to the sun, moon and stars.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is located 1.5 miles south east of Keswick. Grid Reference NY291236.
There is limited parking at the site. Admission is free.
Keswick has an annual agricultural show usually held on August bank holiday Monday
Keswick Jazz Festival : Held in May