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Dinosaurs take the title at Keswick Live Advent Santa Splash

Winners – George Fisher

The annual Keswick Live Advent Santa Splash took place on Monday this week with 8 teams of Santas and elves plus a couple of dinosaurs in Canadian canoes battling it out in a race to claim the coveted “Santa Cruz” trophy.

Teams from Kong Adventure, Calvert Trust, George Fisher, Allerdale Borough Council, Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick YHA, Theatre by the Lake and Keswick Tourism Association took to the water and raced around a course set out by the team from Derwentwater Marina. Crowds of spectators watched and after a rather bumpy start everyone made it round with the George Fisher team, dressed as dinosaurs, crossing the line in first place followed by Keswick Mountain Festival and Calvert Trust.

Keswick Tourism Association Chair, Anne Cornthwaite presented the winners trophy before switching on the Theatre by the Lake’s Keswick Live Advent window. Anne said “It’s been another fantastic event. Everyone had so much fun and the weather was kind to us again this year. We are very grateful to Derwentwater Water Marina for helping us to put the event on and to the Lakeside Café for sponsoring the event this year.”

Other Keswick Live Advent events that have taken place this week include a craft day at Keswick YHA, food tasting at Booths, story telling at Hope Park Café with Whinlatter FC and scarf tying at Alexandra’s of Keswick. There are a host of events still to come including carol singing, a festive run and virtual reality experiences. Full details of all the events associated with Keswick Live Advent can be found on

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