If you’ve never been to the Keswick Convention before, here is some information to help you...
You don’t need to book or register to attend the Convention – just come along and join in with whatever you want!
How much does it cost?
There is no charge to attend Convention, so we rely on your donations. We estimate it costs around £100 per adult per Convention week and you can give at the event. Offerings are taken up during the morning Bible Readings (Mon-Fri) and Evening Celebrations (Sun-Fri).
Some concerts and drama performances are charged for and tickets for these are available from Reception during the event.
Where do I stay?
You need to find & book your own accommodation as soon as possible as places in the town fill up quickly. To get you started click here…
What do I do when I arrive?
- Check into your accommodation. If you’re arriving on a Saturday the roads in and around Keswick will be busy, so please be patient!
- Get acquainted with the town. There are two supermarkets, bakeries, take-aways and plenty of places to eat.
- Buy the Handbook (available from Convention Reception or Moot Hall Tourist Information) which contains all you need to know about what’s happening during the Convention.
- Register any 3-18s straight away to avoid the queues outside the venues (click here for more details for 3-11s and here for 11-18s).
When does it all start & finish?
- The first meeting is the Evening Celebration at 7.30pm on the Saturday in the Main Tent on Skiddaw Street.
- The Youth Programme starts with “Late Nite” at 9.15pm on Saturday at the Rawnsley site.
- K4K Kids Club starts on Sunday at 7pm for 8-11s and Monday at 10.45am for 3-7s.
- Convention finishes after the Evening Celebration on the Friday of each week at 9pm.
Where are the meetings?
Basically at 2 sites; either the Main Tent on Skiddaw Street or the Rawnsley Site on Main Street. Click here for a map of the town.
How do I get to the different sites?
- A Convention minibus runs between the two sites, for 45mins before and 30mins after the Morning Bible Readings and Evening Celebrations, with various other drop-off & pick-up points around the town. If you are driving in we would encourage you to park at the Rugby Club ground, or one of the other town car parks and either walk or catch the bus (for which there is no charge).
- Walk! It’s a leisurely 20 minute walk from the Rugby Club car park to Skiddaw Street and only 2 minutes walk to the Rawnsley site.
- Mobility Disability. If you are a disabled driver you can apply for a parking permit to park on Brackenrigg Drive to the rear of the Skiddaw Street site. Space is very limited and a park cannot be guaranteed. These permits cannot be used in any of the town car parks.
Parking around the Convention Centre is limited to residents and their guests for the duration of the Convention. If you are driving into the town please use the existing town car parks, or the Rugby Club car park which is available during Convention. Tickets are available for 1 day or 4 days, allowing you to come and go.
If you are a disabled driver you can apply for a parking permit to park on Brackenrigg Drive to the rear of the Skiddaw Street site. Space is very limited and a parking space cannot be guaranteed. These permits cannot be used in any of the town car parks.
Drivers with disabled passengers can apply for a ‘drop-off’ permit which allows you vehicle access to the front of the Main Tent to drop off your passenger. Please then park in one of the designated car parks.
For the Visually Impaired
In the Main Tent all songs are projected onto screens and televisions. Large print and braille songbooks are available for those who would find them useful - please ask a Steward. For copyright reasons, and for the benefit of others, these are for loan only and must be handed in at the end of each meeting.
Hard of Hearing
A loop system operates in the centre of the Main Tent at Skiddaw Street, and at the majority of the Seminar venues around the town. In the Main Tent, those wishing to benefit from the provision of BSL Interpreters are invited to sit in the designated area in front of the platform.
There is a well-equipped crèche with TV relay for parents to supervise their own babies/preschoolers on the Skiddaw Street site. These facilities are available during the morning Bible Readings and Evening Celebrations.
Can I bring my dog?
For health and safety reasons only assistance dogs are permitted on Keswick Convention sites and in meeting venues.
Where do I go to find out information once I arrive in Keswick?
The Reception Office on Skiddaw Street, manned by our Reception Team, is open every day to answer any questions.