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Literary Event, Sat 9 - Mon 18 Mar 2019, £9-£160

Words by the Water

Words by the Water


As is the tradition at Words by the Water, the Main House delivers a powerful programme: Terry Waite delves into his past as he offers a selection of poems and memories, royal expert Penny Junor offers insight into the life of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Claire Tomalin turns her biographer's mind to her own life and discusses her colourful and eventful past.

We dig into the historical past with Time Team's archaeologist Francis Pryor, historian Simon Heffer examines the Britain of 1880-1914 and Festival President Melvyn Bragg explores the history of Tyndale's bible. Also on a religious theme, Sayeeda Warsi examines the challenges of growing up as a British Muslim.

Given the turbulent nature of change at present, the festival also delves into contemporary politics. Journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker discuss the state of the public sector, John Crace, satirist for the Guardian, talks about Theresa May's time as PM and David Owen explores the future post-Brexit. The effects of living in the post-truth era are examined by Martin Bell and Michael Buerk talks about the growing refugee crisis.

The imagination needed for writing will be explored by award-winning authors including journalist and broadcaster Rosie Millard, playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, Professor of Creative Writing and Liverature Blake Morrison and John Banville winner of both the Man Booker and Franz Kafka prizes.

As ever, the intimate Studio venue delivers its eclectic programme with panache, exploring stimulating, surprising subjects including women's swimming costumes, global tree climbing, the aesthetics of the Japanese garden and low wage Britain.

This heady mix and much more will be taking place at the Words by the Water Festival; we hope to see you there.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessFacilities for hearing impaired

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 9 - Mon 18 Mar 2019


CA12 5DJ


Plan route to Theatre by the Lake using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 264227  Lat: 54.59411 Long: -3.14059

From M6 jct 40 and follow A66 towards Keswick, follow brown signs to Theatre and Lakeside. On foot the theatre is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Keswick.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 24 miles from Penrith station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu