Plan your visit

Visiting Keswick

Come and join us at this year’s Keswick Convention located at the heart of the stunning Lake District. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to join our inspiring and uplifting three-week event.

All Convention events are open to everyone and more details can be found on the 2020 Convention page.

Whether you’ve been before or are attending for the first time, here are some essentials that will be of help when planning your visit.

Where do I stay?

Find and book your accommodation as soon as possible as places in the town fill up quickly.

For availability visit or phone 017687 75738 for a copy of the free Keswick Visitor Information & Accommodation Guide. This has listings of all accommodation plus a guide to local activities and attractions.


If camping or caravanning, there are two campsites run by volunteers for the duration of the Convention weeks in addition to others you can find on the Visit Keswick website.

Crosthwaite Campsite

An all-age family and youth orientated ‘pop-up’ camp site located in farmers’ fields on the edge of Keswick. The site is provided for the 3 weeks of the convention only and is self-catering.

It can accommodate tents, caravans and some small camper vans.
Amenities include toilets, showers, water points, phone charging, refuse, recycling and waste disposal.

The Convention is held on the former Pencil Factory Site and the adjoining Rawnsley Site; both are just a short walk into town from the camp. A friendly campsite with many return campers. Bookings start in mid February.

Springs Camp

A friendly all-age ‘pop-up’ campsite on a farm, 20-30 minutes amble through the town to the Rawnsley/Old Pencil Factory site. It runs for the three weeks of the Convention. Bring your own tent, motorhome or caravan and all meals, showers and toilets are provided.

You can enjoy a wonderful blend of fellowship, fun, great food and mealtimes together in the marquee, a launch trip on Derwentwater, an afternoon exploring Keswick or stroll up Castlehead, as well as planning your own timetable of events. This is our 90th year and we hope to have some extra special events planned!

What do I do when I arrive?

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 & finish?

  • The first meeting is the Evening Celebration at 7.30pm on the Saturday in the Main Tent
  • The Youth Programme starts with Late Nite at 9pm on Saturday at the Rawnsley site. 
  • K4K Kids Club starts on Sunday at 7.15pm for 8-11s and Monday at 11am for 3-7s. 
  • The Convention finishes after the Evening Celebration on the Friday of each week at 9pm.


Visit our Convention FAQs page to learn more about things such as parking in Keswick, creche, how to get around the sites and more.

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