Christmas in Borrowdale and Derwent Water

Shop manager at Borrowdale greets customer at the door with mulled wine

Imagine if the experience of Christmas shopping included bird song echoing off bare tree branches, mist rising off the lake and a view of Lakeland fells dusted with snow. Well, if you come to our Keswick Lakeside shop on the edge of Derwent Water you can have all that and more.

Just five minutes’ walk from the crowds in Keswick’s bustling market square, the shop sits at the start of peaceful woodland and lakeshore walks with views over the lake to Cat Bells.

Open every weekend until Christmas

November opening: 10am-4pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
December opening: 10am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday, plus from Wednesday 19 to Wednesday 2 January, except Tuesday 25 (Christmas Day) when we will be closed.
January opening: 10am-4pm every Satuday and Sunday

So take some deep breaths and enjoy the time and space to browse the thoughtful gift selection that’s inspired by winter’s beauty and Christmas traditions at a more civilised pace.

Shop manager’s recommendation

As winter tightens its grip and the dark nights creep slowly in, what could be better than curling up in front of a roaring fire under the safety and warmth of a National Trust blanket? 

Cosy woollen blankets make beautiful gifts
Beautiful woollen blankets in warm colours beside bronze cat ornament
Cosy woollen blankets make beautiful gifts

Produced using pure new wool from our National Trust tenant farms and woven within the UK, there's a selection of different styles and colours, they're just a real treat for yourself or a wonderful gift for that certain someone."

Make an outing of it

If your're looking for a bite to eat the shop is next to the renowned Theatre by the Lake. With a reputation for serving quality local produce and lake views it’s a great place to treat yourself.

Ask our friendly team in the shop about our Lakeside Amble way-marked walk which starts from the shop door, or simply take ten quiet minutes to yourself to stroll the level ½ mile walk to the bench at the Friar’s Crag viewpoint.

Keswick's best viewpoint is just a short walk from our shop
A couple and their dog sitting on the bench at Friar's Crag
Keswick's best viewpoint is just a short walk from our shop

The view down the entire length of Derwent Water to the distinctive ‘teeth’ of Castle Crag with Glaramara rising in the distance has inspired writers, thinkers and painters like John Ruskin, William Turner, and National Trust founder Hardwicke Rawnsley. You never know, if you take a more leisurely approach to the task of christmas shopping, maybe you'll be inspired too.

Gift memberships

Do you like to give a gift that keeps on giving? Consider buying a National Trust membership for family or friends - it's a wonderful way of helping them to look after a special place that they love. All the money from every membership purchased at the Keswick Lakeside shop goes straight into caring for the wildlife and landscape around Derwent Water.

Can't decide?

We've got that covered too! Get them a gift card and let them choose for themselves...