About KBF

The 21st Anniversary 2017 Keswick Beer Festival was held on June 2nd & 3rd and was a fantastic sucess! For the 2018 22nd Beer Festival tickets will go on sale online at 10:00 am on December 1st 2017 – so please book this in your calendar now!!


Keswick Beer Festival is a fundraising event run jointly by Keswick Lions and Keswick Rugby Club. Funds raised are split jointly between the two organisations. Keswick Lions use their funds to support local charities and works in the local area. Keswick Rugby Club use the use the funds to provide facilities and support for all who want to enjoy playing rugby.

All the staff working at the festival do so as volunteers.

The 2018 Beer Festival will be the 22nd Keswick Beer Festival, from humble beginnings in 1997 this event has grown into an event attracting nearly 6000 Beer enthusiasts over two days.


The Keswick Beer Festival is held on Davidson Park the home of Keswick Rugby Club conveniently located in the heart of Keswick with easy walks to accommodation, restaurants and shops.

Keswick on Derwentwater is a stunning Lakeland town with an abundance of activities, events, accommodation, restaurants and bars.

The area is renowned for sports with excellent walking, climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, windsurfing, rowing and sailing (amongst others!). There is also a cinema, art galleries and good variety of shopping.

Aerial View of Keswick

Aerial of Beer Festival

How to start a beer festival

November 1996

So, Mr John Branthwaite, how about we try having a Beer Festival at Keswick Rugby Club?

Ok Alan Dunn, we’ll give a try and see what happens!