FAQs

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never been to Keswick before. Can you tell me more about what happens?
How much does it cost?
I would like to know who is speaking at the Convention.
Who are the worship leaders at the next Convention?
Can you help me find accommodation?
Where are the meetings?
Parking
Mobility Disability
Can I bring my dog?
Where do I go to find out information once I arrive in Keswick?
How do I get to the different sites?
For the visually impaired
Hard of hearing
Creche
What do I do when I arrive in Keswick
When does it all start and finish?
I’ve never been to Keswick before. Can you tell me more about what happens?

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. 

How much does it cost?

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. 

I would like to know who is speaking at the Convention.

Confirmed speakers and other programme information is available in our Convention section. This is updated as more information becomes available so please do keep checking these pages.

Who are the worship leaders at the next Convention?

This information is published in our Convention section as soon as the details have been confirmed.

Can you help me find accommodation?

We dont keep a list of accommodation in Keswick; however we do have a shortlist of places to help you start your search on our Plan Your Visit page.

Where are the meetings?

At two sites: the Main Tent and younger children on Skiddaw Street and the Rawnsley/ Derwent Site on Main Street.

Parking

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

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 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.

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, is open every day to answer any questions.

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. 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.

For the visually impaired

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.

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. 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.

Creche

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.

What do I do when I arrive in Keswick
  • 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 has all you need to know about the Convention. 
  • Register any 3-18 year olds straight away to avoid queues outside the venues.
When does it all start and 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. 
  • The Convention finishes after the Evening Celebration on the Friday of each week at 9pm.

Need help planning your visit?

Visit our “Plan your visit” page, filled with all you need to know before you come to Convention

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