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The purpose-built Crosthwaite Conference Centre is the venue of choice in Keswick for conferences and conventions, providing free Wi-Fi, free parking, IT equipment, along with drinks and local cakes. It also offers a large outdoor area suitable for outdoor activities or for erecting marquees to make ore space for attendees.
Keswick offers an array of places to eat, from haute cuisine to traditional, hearty food, perfect to enjoy after a long day of hiking in the stunning mountains of the Lake District. Keswick's Highfield Hotel and Restaurant is ranked as one of the top ten best scenic restaurants and has a Visit England Breakfast Award. It uses fresh local produce, supporting local farmers and suppliers, and offers an informal, family-friendly atmosphere, with classic British dishes with a modern twist.
Keswick is a great place to shop for outdoor clothing, sporting goods, and accessories, with shops close to local Keswick hotels selling everything from walking socks to snowboards. For those who like their retail therapy less outdoorsy, you can find an array of quirky independent stores selling handmade jewellery, pottery, and textiles.
For something intriguing yet slightly bizarre, visit the Pencil Museum in the heart of Keswick, where you can see the world's first pencil. Aside from pencils throughout time, you can also see the amazing Escape Artist Pencils carried by RAF pilots during World War II.
Keswick is a centre for outdoor sports and activities. For hiking and off-road running, Keswick is a great starting point. You can also follow cycling trails and, for a more thrilling, hardcore cycling experience, go off-road mountain biking. For traditional sports, go and watch the Keswick Football Club, Keswick Hockey Club, or Keswick Cricket club in action.