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Dates confirmed for 2018 Keswick Mountain Festival

The festival will run from 7 to 10 June 2018 Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

The organisers of Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) have announced the dates for the 2018 event, which will run from 7 to 10 June 2018 at Crow Park in Keswick.

The 2017 KMF was held in June for the first time and featured the event’s biggest ever programme. Improvements to the event included a larger dedicated campsite, increased capacity in the sporting events, and the addition of new activities for young people.

KMF say they are very pleased that they will be able to stage the festival once again next June:

Our priority has always been to deliver a sustainable major event here in the heart of Cumbria, that brings in extra visitors and income, and which local residents can also enjoy and take pride in.

Independent research shows that the event brought £1.17m into the Keswick area in 2017 and that 15% of the visitors were new to Keswick and would return."

– Nicola Meadley, Keswick Mountain Festival director

House of Cards writer’s new play to have world premiere in Cumbria

Remarkable Invisible will play from 11 August to 4 November Credit: Theatre by the Lake

American writer and producer of Netflix drama, House of Cards, is bringing her latest play to Cumbria. Laura Eason's, Remarkable Invisible, is to have it's world premiere at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake.

The production, 'a compelling and moving family drama', is directed by Zoë Waterman and involves the actors; Matt Addis, Ian Barritt, Eliza Hunt and Alice Selwyn - all involved in the smash hit production Handbagged.

Theatre by the Lake say they are delighted to be premiering Laura's latest play here in Cumbria.

The play is a lot about who your parents are and what you inherit from them. How you form yourself, whether you try to imitate them or rebel against them. And it’s about the ways in which everyone can have a different view of the reality of their family.”

– Laura Eason, Producer, Remarkable Invisible

Remarkable Invisible will play in the theatre’s intimate Studio space from 11 August to 4 November. Further information can be found at www.theatrebythelake.com.

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Armed police present at Christian convention in Cumbria

Part of the convention takes place on Skiddaw street, Keswick Credit: ITV Border

Armed police officers will continue to patrol a Christian convention taking place in Cumbria.

The Keswick Convention is due to take place throughout the month of July, until the 4th of August.

Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, which has been taking place since 1875, over the three weeks.

Cumbria Police tweeted:

Delays after A591 accident in Keswick

The accident happened on the A591 in Keswick. Credit: ITV Border

There are delays on the busy A591 road in Keswick, due to an accident.

It happened between the A5271 Penrith Road and B5322 Back Lane, and was reported at 11:15am.

No further details have been released.

The A591 southbound is closed at Chestnut Hill, causing queueing traffic in the area.

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