Pirates Day in Keswick

On Saturday 28th May 2016 Packhorse Court is taking part in the 740 year celebrations of Keswick Market.  (It is the longest running market in the country!).

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In the courtyard we will have:

  • Pirate Stilt Walkers
  • A visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Due Moot Girl singers
  • A parade of the Pirates and Princesses in costume
  • FREE Candyfloss
  • Colouring in Competition

and lots more!!

Thing to do in Keswick this January

The post-festive slump may be upon us but you will still find plenty to do in Keswick this January!

Peter Pan at the Theatre by the Lake – Enjoy a Disney classic at Keswick’s famous theatre

The Pencil Musuem – Avoid the harsh winter weather with a tour round the towns very own pencil museum

Manus Noble at the Theatre by the Lake – Help bring in 2015 with a special New Year concert from award winning performer and composer Magnus Noble

Alhambra Cinema – Enjoy a cosy night in in front of the big screen at Keswick’s old-fashioned theatre style cinema.
Don’t forget about the Saturday markets and the many wonderful restaurants Keswick has to offer!

Christmas at Packhorse

We love the festive period at Packhorse Court and Keswick really is looking magical at the moment!

Last week we switched on the Keswick Christmas lights with fun, games and live music in the Courtyard, it was a fabulous event and we loved seeing all the children joining in with the songs.

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All the shop windows are looking very festive and to aid in the celebrations we’ll be taking part in the Keswick Live Advent widow with two illuminated windows this December. On the 3rd of December we’ll have a Candle Lit Carole Concert from 4pm followed by the window reveal. On the 14th of December we’ll welcome the Keswick Amateur Operatic Society to the Yard before the advent window is revealed at The Card Collection.

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Packhorse Court Independents celebrate Independence Day!

In July there is a national campaign to focus on promoting the value of shopping in Independent shops.

The Independents traders got together and decided to celebrate US Independence Day in order to promote the benefits of shopping at your local Independent.   For every £ that you spend in an Independent shop 50p to 70p ends up back in the local economy compared to just 5p at the large multiple retailers.

The traders wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supports them.

The town crier came down and read out the Packhorse Court ‘declaraton of indpendence’

Come forth all ye who wish to hear, the independent traders of Packhorse Court make this honourable declaration to the town of Keswick and to our customers and neighbours.
We shall provide a clean, safe courtyard environment
The courtyard may be used for shopping, browsing or simply relaxing
We shall supply quality goods at affordable prices
We shall engage with our customers at every opportunity and learn from their ever changing needs
We will provide a high level of customer service
We will show our appreciation to our customers by providing occasional entertainment in the courtyard
Our customers can  trust us to be consistent in our offer and approach
We will reward loyalty from our customers
We will remain local independent traders, of the people, for the people, by the people of Keswick’
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Midsummer Fun in Packhorse Court.

This weekend Packhorse Court took part in the Keswick Midsummer Festival.

On Saturday we had St Herberts School Choir singing as well as the Touchwood Wordsearch competition (won by Eve Jenkinson)  and the Sweet Treats Sour Face competition which was won by Issac who, as you can see from the photograph pulled a great face!!

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Then on Sunday Keswick Scouts had a fun day with Hook the Duck, Splat the Rat, Sponge throwing at the Stocks and a Treasure Hunt game.  As you can see by the photos fun was had by all!  They raised £219 on the day which is great.


We even had live ducks and a calf!

School choir fills the Court Yard with music

Last Wednesday we were extra lucky to welcome two beautifully angelic school choirs to Packhorse Court.

St Herberts School in Keswick and Montreal School from Cleator Moor welcomed the crowds with a fantastic selection of songs, filling the court yard with music. Events like these really do put a smile on our faces…

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Evergreens Florist has a new home

Last week were delighted to have the grand opening of Evergreens Florist that moved from their old home over in number 17 to their brand, spanking new home – number 6!

It was a fabulous day with sandwiches, drinks, beautiful displays with Margaret cutting the ribbon (which was green of course!)

Why not come and pay Debra and Andrew a visit…they do Flower arrangements for weddingsparties, anniversaries, special daysfunerals or just for fun can be made and delivered to suit your own imagination and within your own budget.

Shop opening


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Sweet Treats Opens on Saturday 3rd May


Diabetic swaps Staples for Sweet Treats…

Keswick, Cumbria, April 2014: The Corner Shop in Packhorse Court, Keswick is undergoing a transformation into Sweet Treats this week.  Gina Price, a 44 year old who has type 1 Diabetes has recently resigned from her role at Staples Advantage in Birmingham and is re-naming and re-styling the popular sweet shop in the heart of the Northern Lakes.  When asked why a sweet shop; surely an odd choice for a diabetic; Gina states the reason she chose a sweet shop is that shopping for sweets brings joy to people and that is what she is looking for, a sense of personal satisfaction from making a difference to your day.

Sweet Treats is a traditional sweet shop selling 250 weigh out jars, pick and mix, chocolate bars, candy bars, ice creams and drinks.  Gina will also be selling homemade treats such as a variety of flavours of fudge, chocolates and gift boxes.  The shop will continue to stock all of your favourite brands, Romneys, Bassetts, Buchanan’s, Haribo, Gibb, Stockley’s, Joseph Dobson, Cadbury, Millions, Jakemans’, Taveners, Lion, Barratts, Grays, Barnetts, and Nestle to name a few!  Gina has also become the latest in a selected list of stockists for Riley’s original Toffee Rolls.

Easter Bunny in Packhorse Court

Today (Easter Sunday) the Easter Bunny visited Packhorse Court.  There was a wordsearch competition and the children all enjoyed searching for the letters and working out the winning word.

The first prize was a Tatty Teddy, donated by Card Collections and was won by Francesca Pybus,  The runners up were Amelia Dawson, Jessica McCrink and Emma Walls who all wind an Easter Egg donated by Touchwood Toys.

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Packhorse court welcomes Gillian Ania as the new owner of The Card collection

The Packhorse Court development welcomes Gillian Ania (née Grisdale) as new owner of The Card Collection.

Gillian took over from Pat and Pete Richards on 1st April 2014, and will be running the shop along very similar lines, continuing to stock a wide range of cards for all occasions, the Me-to-you bears and Gor-juss gifts, and offering a helium balloon service. She has added to this a small selection of ‘art’ and ‘museum’ cards and notelets, and Italian chocolates. This is very much a home-coming for Gillian, who grew up in Keswick, went away to study and teach Italian, and is now delighted to be back.

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