We are delighted to welcome you to everything Keswick Convention has to offer over three weeks for all ages. Through this website you can find out all about the annual event, who we are, our history, browse images, find out where to stay and see our exciting plans for the future.
Keswick Convention takes place annually, bringing together thousands of like-minded Christians who want to help to share God’s mission and his passion. There’s a wide programme of activities and events to get involved in and you can choose whatever you would like to attend. See the pages throughout this website to read up about what’s on offer this year, what happened last year, how you can book accommodation, where to park and how you can get involved.
We are thankful that through the generosity of our supporters we are able to make the Convention available to all, without the need to charge for any events. So everything is free, including the children’s and youth activities (apart from an occasional ticketed concert). Of course, the budget is substantial. But we estimate that if every adult attending for a week gave £120, Gift-Aided where possible, we would reach our budget. We recognise that some people can’t afford this much, whilst others may be able to give more. So during each week we provide opportunities for people to contribute as they feel able.
Parking around the Convention Centre is limited to residents and their guests for the duration of the Convention. If you are driving into town please use the existing town car parks, or the Rugby Club car park. Tickets £4 per day
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 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.
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. If you are driving we would encourage you to park at the Rugby Club ground, or one of the other town car parks. You can then walk or catch the bus (for which there is no charge). It’s just a leisurely 20 minute walk from the Rugby Club car park to Skiddaw Street and only 2 minutes walk to the Rawnsley site.
In the Main Tent all songs are projected onto screens and monitors. Large print and braille songbooks are available – please ask a member of the Welcome Team. For copyright reasons, and the benefit of others, these must be handed in at the end of each meeting.
A loop system operates in the centre of the Main Tent at Skiddaw Street, and at the majority of the seminar venues. In the Main Tent, those wishing to benefit from the provision of BSL Interpreters can 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.