About KBF

The 22nd Anniversary 2018 Keswick Beer Festival was held on June 1st & 2nd and was a fantastic success! For the 2019 23rd Beer Festival tickets will go on sale online at 10:00 am on December 3rd 2018 – so please book this in your calendar now or sign up to the mailing list!!


Keswick Beer Festival is a fundraising event run jointly by Keswick Lions and Keswick Community Rugby Trust. 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 Community Rugby Trust use the use the funds to provide facilities and support for all who want to enjoy playing rugby, particularly youth development.

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

The 2019 Beer Festival will be the 23rd 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 who are 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!