How to book tickets

Book tickets by calling 017687 74411 or online on the Theatre by the Lake website here.


Can’t attend the festival in person? Find out about our Catch-up Tickets here.


Words by the Water brings more than one hundred writers, and thousands of festival-goers, to the heart of the Lake District.

We host this celebration of literature at Theatre by the Lake. Walk out of the theatre’s front door and you will find yourself on the shoreline of Derwentwater, with the dramatic fells of Cat Bells rising to the west and Friars Crag to the east.

William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome and Alfred Wainwright are just some of the writers who were inspired by the beauty of the Lake District. We hope you find it inspiring too. Words by the Water is a literary pilgrimage that all book lovers should make.

Theatre by the Lake

We love working with the TBTL team. Keswick is the proud home of this leading regional theatre. It’s a fantastic venue offering a large main auditorium and a spacious studio theatre. TBTL produces a creative, community-centred programme throughout the year.