Visitor Information

Keswick really does have something for everyone, all year round! The town has a great range of outdoor shops, along with a wealth of independent stores. The local market is held in the centre of town every Thursday and Saturday. There are art galleries, museums, including the Pencil Museum, and many historic houses close by. Eating out in Keswick is an event, with its’ vast array of cafes, restaurants and warm and welcoming pubs.

You could spend your free-time in the parks, tennis courts, putting greens, pitch and put or spend a relaxing afternoon watching the cricket or bowling. If you’d prefer to sit back and let someone else do the driving then why not amble down to the lake and take a launch ride around it?

All this without leaving town, imagine what could be beyond! There are a great many outdoors things to do if you’re so inclined, in and beyond Keswick; cycling, fell-walking, running, climbing, boating, fishing, golf – the list goes on.

So, if you’re coming this way for the Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival then why not stay a little longer and partake of what else is on offer? We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

More to come

Below you will find details of some of the local businesses that are Friends of the Festival and that offer something that can be specifically useful to festival goers. We have begun this page with some of the local guesthouses but hope to add hotels, eateries, bars and Inns and other such places that you may find useful.

The businesses listed here are not the only ones that offer these services but they are the ones that have offered support in some way or another to the festival and its visitors. Please be aware that the festival organisers have no control over the websites linked to from here so cannot be responsible for their content.

Places to stay – Friends of the Festival

Craglands Keswick


A warm welcome awaits at Craglands in Keswick. Seven guest rooms that all feature uninterrupted mountain views of Grisedale and Causey Pike or Latrigg Fell.

We offer a 10% discount for stays of 3 nights and over for the Jazz & Blues Festival but only when booked directly with us.

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harvington house keswick

Harvington House

Comfortable and homely bed & breakfast accommodation in a quiet location and situated just 5 minutes walk from the market square of Keswick and 10 minutes walk from the shores of Lake Derwentwater.

A Visit England Four Star award ensures the quality of service guests will receive.
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rivendell guesthouse keswick

Rivendell Guesthouse

Rivendell is a homely Victorian townhouse, situated near to Keswick town centre and just a stone´s throw from the nearby Park

Our rooms are well appointed, warm and comfortable. Our breakfasts are legendary. Our hospitality second to none.

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dolly waggon guesthouse keswick

Dolly Waggon

Dolly Waggon guesthouse is located in a quiet residential street with views of the surrounding fells from all guest bedrooms.

We are only a few minutes walk from the busy town centre and very conveniently positioned for the jazz & Blues festival visitors.

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the paddock guesthouse keswick

The Paddock

Val and Alan offer you a warm welcome upon your arrival at The Paddock Guest House, which is a delightful residence of charm and character dating from the mid 1800s. Situated in a quiet residential area, yet only a few minutes level walk from the town centre and the festival venues.
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Cragwood Guesthouse Keswick

Cragwood Guesthouse

Cragwood is a beautifully appointed bed and breakfast offering high quality accommodation just 5 minutes walk from the town centre and the Jazz & Blues festival venues.

Cragwood offers three individually, beautifully, styled bedrooms with modern en-suite facilities.

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Places to Eat & Drink

In progress…………… but if you would like to appear on this page or have recommendations for places that you think should be promoted then do please let us know via