3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

Cumberland Pencil Museum

PUBLISHED: 16:56 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:33 27 August 2013

Cumberland Pencil

Cumberland Pencil


Come and discover the colourful World that is home to a giant, an escape artist’s pencil, art adventures and not forgetting tasty treats!

Situated in Keswick, Cumbria, the Pencil Museum is a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. We are home to the Guinness book of records, Worlds Longest Coloured pencil, which took 28 men to carry into the museum! Marvel at our James Bond style World War 2 pencil, then travel down our graphite mine and discover why pencils are manufactured here in Keswick. Legend has it that a violent thunderstorm in Borrowdale led to a new and strange discovery..., beyond the fells and through the mist, an ancient art form has grown (alright its 180 years old, but thats older than your granny), and become the home of the Worlds best pencils. Our new exhibition details through video and photography, the amazing hardships that surround the humble graphite pencil, and its struggle through history.

Its never too early or late in life to get the pencils out. With workshops in creative crafts from animation, cartoons and illustrations to model making there is something for all the family to get creative with. Let the kids get messy in our themed art studio, we clean up the whirlwind! Theyll enjoy the activity trail, take home personalised pencils made before their very eyes and enter drawing competitions to win cool art stuff. There is no substitute for local and lovingly made food. We source all our food locally from the Cumbrian baked bread and scrummy scones with jam and cream, to seasonal veggies for our homemade comforting soup. We keep food miles to a minimum and delight in making sticky treats for you to tuck into. What could be better than a riverside location with views of Catbells with a cuppa and a sticky bun? The Pencil Museum is open 7 days from 9.30am till 5pm. Last admission to the museum 4pm. Please visit our website for further details and events.



More from Out & About

Yesterday, 00:00

The first ever National GetOutside Day takes place on Sunday 30 September with the aim of getting 1 million people active outdoors across the UK.

Read more

Meet some of the devilishly successful people who make this glorious Ribble Valley town tick.

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

The site was designated Lancashire’s first ever ‘Local Nature Reserve’ in 1968 and is also designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Read more
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A striking sculpture attracts John Lenehan to this circular walk through some oustanding scenery.

Read more
Friday, September 7, 2018

This varied selection of walks are all within ten miles of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Natural Beauty.

Read more
Arnside Silverdale
Monday, September 10, 2018

Making a television programme about the Lakes has re-affirmed Paul Rose’s deep affection for the area

Read more
Lake District
Friday, September 7, 2018

A succesful application could see the restoration of the Japanese Gardens and the creation of a water sports centre.

Read more

Is it a village? Is it a town? Who cares when the locals take such a pride in making this such a lovely place to visit

Read more
Thursday, August 30, 2018

A new survey method could unlock the secrets of the bog bush cricket in Lancashire following their discovery on Little Woolden Moss, Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Ellie Sherlock joins the search.

Read more
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Heritage venues across the region – many of them not normally open to the public – will welcome visitors this month

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

It’s officially England’s favourite flower and if you want to see some beautiful examples, follow Linda Viney to Mawdesley

Read more
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A circular walk which skirts the Lune estuary and takes in the Lancaster Canal and the railway line.

Read more

Behind the ancient sandstone facade of Browsholme Hall is a remarkable ethos of 21st century sustainability and care for the environment.

Read more
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Keswick really is a gem of a town – just ask anyone from jeweller Brian Fulton to mountaineering legend Sir Chris Bonington

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Property Search