Set amidst the beautiful lakeland landscape, the market town of Keswick caters for locals and tourists alike. Specialist outdoor equipment and clothing shops sell everything you need to make the most of the fells. A broad array of speciality stores provide shoppers with an impressive choice of local produce, as does nearby Booths supermarket.

Visitor attractions include numerous museums; Keswick Mining Museum, Cumberland Pencil Museum and the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery to name a few. The original  Cumberland Pencil Factory had its own graphite mine in the adjacent Coledale valley for many years.Among the Pencil Museum's most intriguing exhibits is the RAF wartime pencil - given to all servicemen before flying on missions over Germany. The pencils contained a rolled up map of Germany and a compass inplace of an eraser tip. The Germans never discovered this wartime secret.


For relaxation or a swim why not visit the Keswick Spa Leisure Centre, then treat yourself to a meal at one of the many cafés, restaurants or traditional pubs. At the edge of Derwentwater, Theatre by the Lake is built on the original site of the Blue Box Theatre; a unique touring theatre venue which made its debut in 1952 and came to rest here permanently in 1976 after the Road Traffic Act put an end to its travelling days. The Blue Box continued to operate on the site until 1996 when it was removed to make way for the current building. Theatre by the Lake is nationally acclaimed for the quality of its productions and its magnificent mountain setting.