Borrowdale Gates Hotel
Culture

CULTURE

Keswick is the home to Theatre By the Lake, Cumbria’s only year-round professional producing theatre. Discount vouchers are available at reception.

Keswick hosts a number of museums; the revamped Keswick Museum, the Pencil Museum and the Mining Museum are popular attractions. The Alhambra Cinema, which celebrated its centenary in January 2014, and despite its traditional feel, shows all the new releases as well as live-streaming performances. “Wad” is the local name for a mineral also known as “Black Cawke” or “Plumbago”. Today we call it graphite and high quality deposits are rare; so rare that there are only two locations in the world where it is in a volcanic series…in southern Spain and right here in the Borrowdale Valley. For more information on the valley, do take a look at the local Borrowdale Story website.

A number of events are held during the year to celebrate this area’s cultural heritage and history. Our regular email newsletter provides some highlights.

The area offers a wide selection of hikes of all levels, direct from the hotel doorstep, so you can leave your car behind. For rock climbing enthusiasts, there is a good choice of climbing sites nearby. Just mention when booking if you would like to book a session with a local Mountain Instructor.