Lakes Alive! Fous de Bassin on Derwentwater


Coming up this weekend in Keswick is a surreal night-time show held on Derwentwater.  Fous de Bassin (Water Fools) is the creation of French company IIotopie and the production will be staged for free in association with several local tourism bodies.

Derwentwater at sunsetThe publicity pictures look pretty amazing and I will certainly be heading down to Crow Park after work to watch. It starts at 9.30 and lasts for an hour – giving you ample time to sample the Keswick nightlife before and after the performance.

On what will hopefully be a clear evening, the magical performance will unfold underneath the stars and everyday objects which transform into surreal mythical creatures. Cars will pull caravans on the water, gods march into battle and a five metre high Queen will look down over her magical aquatic kingdom from the seat of a giant penny-farthing!

There is even a warning of nudity, albeit from a distance!

Derwentwater from Walla CragYou can watch from the lakeshore, or from Crow Park, which is on a small hill offering an excellent viewpoint over the water. If you are feeling adventurous, why not head up to Walla Crag or Castlehead for a birds eye view? Don’t forget your headtorch for the walk back!

The event is being held on the northern shores of Derwentwater, making it well within walking distance of our self catering cottages in Keswick and we think it will be worth the drive for those stopping further afield. We even have a handful of late availability cottages in Cockermouth, Threlkeld and near Ullswater for a last minute break – the forecast is excellent for the weekend!

Fous de Bassin will take place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th August, 9.30pm til 10.30pm.