The benefits are huge when considering the thought of living in an urban area. The fact that virtually anything and everything is just moments away from your door step. Be it food or drink and mainly entertainment, you really are surrounded by everything you could possibly need with the added benefit of it all being accessed within minutes.
This would be the logic behind the masses of crowds that gather when a farmers market comes to town. So we know the benefits but nothing beats the rural image. We become dependent and accustomed to the town and city way of living with the hustle and bustle but we all need to get away from norm from time to time, and no better place than the Lake District, specifically Keswick.
Keswick is a market town in Cumbria, England. Historically in Cumberland, it had a population of 4,984, according to the 2001 census, and is situated just north of Derwent Water, and a short distance from Bassenthwaite Lake, both in the Lake District National Park.
The town is recorded in the 13th century as 'Kesewic', meaning 'farm where cheese is made'.
'Keswick' is "the same name as the London 'Chiswick', but here with 'K-' due to Scandinavian influence. Today, the majority of Keswick's businesses are tourism related, providing accommodation and facilities for the tens of thousands of people visiting the area each year. The Keswick Tourism Association publishes an annual guide to the area, including details of annually inspected and approved visitor accommodation.
Many visitors to Keswick come for the town's annual film festival. Keswick is also host to an annual beer festival which takes place on Keswick Rugby Union Club field and an annual jazz festival. The Beer Festival is held the first weekend in June, run jointly by Keswick Rugby Club & Keswick Lions. Over 5,000 people attend and can sample 200 real ales plus many ciders, lagers and bottle beers. Live bands play throughout the festival.
A half marathon is held each May; the 13.1-mile (21.1 km) course starts in Keswick, loops through Borrowdale and circles Derwent Water before finishing at Keswick Rugby Club. In May the town hosts the annual Keswick Mountain Festival.
This year sees the 25th anniversary of the Keswick Victorian Fayre which first began in 1988 and since that time has taken place on the first Sunday in December. Organised by representatives from Keswick Lions Club, Keswick and Bassenthwaite Rotary Clubs, Keswick Inner Wheel and other local volunteers, the Fayre provides stalls for local organisations and charities to raise funds for their own specific good causes.
The popular Food Fayre encourages its many visitors to sample true Cumbrian food in a traditional market square setting. Coupled with the festivities, see the switch on of the Christmas lights.
The Lake District Tree of Light is the magnificent beech tree situated next to the Cenotaph in Keswick. This will be lit at 6.30pm and will be followed by a celebratory procession, led by the Olympic Torch Bearers, of local children playing drums and carrying torches to the Market Square where Keswick’s lights will be switched on at 7pm.
The Keswick Victorian Fayre will take place on Sunday 1st December 2013 at 11.30am.This year's fayre will feature Father Christmas and Cairgorm reindeer - a great photo opportunity. A great day out for all the family in Keswick Town centre from 11.30am onwards.
With lots of decorated charity stalls and a host of street entertainment the Fayre, with the Christmas tree and shops festooned with colourful lights, and equally colourful local characters providing entertainment, is an occasion not to be missed.