Buying Tickets

Tickets can be bought online at Theatre by the Lake, by phone on 017687 74411 or in person at the Theatre box office. The box office is open Monday to Saturday, noon - 7.30pm (or 5pm when there is no evening show).

Ticket Availability

Ticket availability for the Words by the Water Festival June 5th – June 9th

Individual ticket prices are clearly shown for each event within the Festival 2024 section of the website.

When you click on ‘Buy Tickets’ on this page or on individual events within Festival 2024, you will be directed to the Theatre by the Lake website.

Festival Passes

Festival Passes grant entry to all Main House events on the dates specified.

Date Pass Type Cost
Wednesday 5th June - Friday 7th June (inclusive) 3-Day Festival Pass £160.00 for 16 events
Saturday 8th June & Sunday 9th June Weekend Festival Pass £90.00 for 9 events

Studio Day Tickets

Studio Day Tickets grant entry to all events in the Studio on one specific themed day.

Date Theme Cost
Wednesday 5th June Self and Identity £50.00 for 5 events
Thursday 6th June Bookcase Day £50.00 for 5 events
Friday 7th June  Women in History £50.00 for 5 events
Saturday 8th June On Our Doorstep £50.00 for 5 events
Sunday 9th June Journeys £40.00 for 4 events

Payment Methods

Tickets booked up to seven days in advance can be posted out for a charge of £1.50. Tickets booked within seven days of the performance date will be held for collection from the Box Office. Cash, credit or debit cards (Mastercard/Visa/Switch/Delta/Electron/Maestro) are accepted or cheques made payable to Theatre by the Lake. We encourage audiences to use e-tickets and download them to their phones before they arrive as this helps avoid queues at the box office.


Terms & Conditions

The right is reserved to substitute speakers and vary the advertised programme at late notice if necessary (eg if an author is ill and can’t attend the festival). All information is correct at the time of going to press.

Refund and Exchange Policy
If you inform the Theatre by the Lake box office at least 48 hours before an event, we will exchange your tickets for another Words by the Water 2024 event (subject to availability). There is a £1.50 fee per ticket for this service. If an event is cancelled you can exchange your ticket for another event at this year's festival – subject to availability. There will be no charge for this. If you don’t wish to exchange you are entitled to a refund of the ticket’s value. (NB for day tickets, this will be a proportion of the ticket value) 

Getting to Theatre by the Lake

On Foot
The Theatre is a 5 minute walk from the town centre of Keswick (follow signs for the lake).

Head to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park. Brown tourist road signs in town will direct you to the Theatre. If the car park is full or closed go to for other options.

Public Transport
The nearest train station on the West Coast main line is Penrith, about 17 miles from Keswick. The X5 bus service runs in both directions from Penrith to Keswick every day. Evening services are limited. 

Car Park
Lakeside Car Park is owned and operated by Cumberland Council and offers pay and display parking. It is right next to the theatre, and gets very busy, so do allow plenty of time for parking. Parking after 7pm costs £1.10.