Winter weather isn’t always the brightest in the Lake District but Keswick has everything you need to keep all the family entertained. The largest town in the northern region of the Lakes, Keswick is packed full of attractions that’ll keep you tucked safely away from the changeable weather. With the Royal Oak being so centrally located in Keswick, it makes the perfect starting point for your indoor adventures. Take a look below at our top five indoor activities to make sure you have the best time in beautiful Keswick this January, come rain or shine.
Home of the first ever pencil, the Pencil Museum is the perfect stop to learn all about this everyday item. You’ll see a variety of different pencils on display; each of them having a different significance. The exhibition and museum is a worthwhile trip when the weather isn’t on your side. You can learn the history of graphite pencil making with lots of fun on offer for all the family. You’ll certainly appreciate the humble pencil once you’ve learnt about its past, so don’t forget to visit the shop and take away a special souvenir. Did you know that the museum is home to the world’s largest colouring pencil?
For an indoor adventure why not visit the Keswick Climbing Wall, a great facility and it's only a five minute drive from the centre of town. It’s the perfect place to provide hours of enjoyment if you’re after some indoor exercise while the weather outside isn’t all that fun. Challenge yourself with a selection of walls and routes suitable for all abilities. Whether you’re new to the activity or you’re more of a seasoned climber, the huge choice makes it the perfect place for all, with a variety of scaling walls from the basic to the hardest of climbs. Bouldering is also available at the centre; the challenge is on to see if you’re able to traverse the walls without a harness or rope attached to you!
If you find yourself getting caught in the rain, you can take shelter in one of the many coffee shops around Keswick for a hot drink and a slice of cake or two. Your only problem will be deciding which one to choose! You’ll love the cosiness on offer at one of the small independent coffee houses in the area that are packed full of sweet and savoury treats. With cakes, sandwiches, brownies, millionaire shortbread and much more, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Enjoy a warming cup of coffee or pot of tea and make the most of your escape from the elements.
The Puzzling Place is an attraction for the mind. Venture into the ‘World of Illusion’, where you’ll go through a selection of mind-bending rooms including the anti-gravity room, hologram gallery and Ames room to name but a few. The puzzles will keep all the family interested and if you’re determined to figure them out, you may be there for longer than you think! It’s the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon in Keswick whatever your age.
If you want a day filled with excitement and exploration, then look no further than Honister Mine. Just a short twenty five minute drive from the centre of Keswick, it’s one of the best weather proof options on offer. Venture into the last working slate mine in England and enjoy the guided mine tour through the impressive site. Another option is to climb the mine and follow the route of the original mine workings. Remember to wear suitable clothing and Honister Mine will provide the rest, including helmets and safety apparel.
After all the adventure of the day, you’ll want to head back to sit in front of a warm roaring fire with a hot drink, and relax with a tasty meal. The Royal Oak at Keswick will offer you a warm and friendly atmosphere and help you chase those January blues away no matter what the weather has in store!
Author: The Royal Oak, Keswick