Keswick Film Festival




Keswick is a beautiful town on Derwentwater in the Northern Lake District. But isn't as far away as you might think...

By Car

From the South, for a scenic route through the Lake District, you can leave the M6 at J36 and take the A591 via Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. After dark a better choice is to leave at J40 and take the A66.

There is no parking at the Alhambra but the the town's car parks are within 10 minutes walk.

There is a Pay & Display car park outside The Theatre By The Lake. Postcode: CA12 5DJ

Parking Offers for Pass Holders

Parking passes for the Theatre by the Lake car park will be available for the Festival for £4 for the weekend. Available from the Festival Desk at the theatre.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Keswick is Penrith, served by Virgin Trains. The station is 17 miles from Keswick, but a bus service, taking forty minutes, connects Penrith railway station with Keswick Bus Station. Taxis from Keswick will meet trains at Penrith by prior arrangement.

Average journey times on the train:

London - 3 1/2 hours
Birmingham - 2 hours 40 minutes
Glasgow - 2 hours 35 minutes
Manchester - 1 hour 45 minutes
Preston - 55 minutes

By Bus

If you are already in the North West of England why not take the Lakeslink 555 (Lancaster to Carlisle via Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick).

Special Festival Prices

We're pleased to be working with Stagecoach to offer cheaper bus travel throughout the Festival. From Thursday to Sunday of the Festival leave the car behind and come on the bus. They are offering reduced tickets on production of a valid Keswick Film Festival ticket or pass.

  • Adult Explorer- £6 (normally £10.30)
  • Family Explorer - £15 (normally £23)
  • Group Explorer - £17 (normally £30)
  • Honister Rambler ticket for £5 (normally £7)

Click here for a map of winter services operating throughout the Lake District

Travel From Keswick To Rheged, Penrith

Bus times to coincide with Rheged Screenings at 11.00 and 14.30 are:

  • Depart Keswick* 10.20 arrive Rheged 10.57
  • Depart Keswick* 12.20 arrive Rheged 12.57
  • Depart Rheged 13.27 arrive Keswick 14.02
  • Depart Rheged 16.27 arrive Keswick 17.02

*From outside Booths Supermarket

Alternatively, if you wish to drive, there is plenty of free parking available at Rheged.

By Plane

The nearest international airports to Keswick are Newcastle (93 miles), Blackpool (97 miles) and Manchester (124 miles). Further afield are Birmingham and London Gatwick and London Heathrow.

Supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network

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