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Kirkgate Arts



Kirkgate Arts

The Kirkgate Centre



CA13 9PJ

Telephone 01900 829966
Box Office 01900 826448
Accessibility Building fully accessible for wheelchairs users (except stage in auditorium)
Opening Hours

Admin Office open Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm

Box Office open Mon - Sat 10am - 1pm

(Answerphone and online booking available out of hours)

Centre often open in evenings for events and local groups


Kirkgate Arts is a social enterprise and charity, first established in 1995. We run the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth - a unique theatre and arts venue based in a former Victorian school, staging a regular programme of events, including film, theatre, comedy, live music, dance and much more.


The centre, which was first established by a group of dedicated volunteers, is a fun and intimate community hub where people can come together to enjoy a diverse selection of inspiring live performances and events, perfect for people of all ages and interests. We also deliver Arts Out West - West Cumbria's rural touring arts programme, which helps local people to stage engaging arts events in village halls.


The Kirkgate is available to hire (including the theatre itself) to local groups and organisations for their own purposes and for weddings. As we are largely volunteer run, we provide regular opportunities for volunteering in a wide range of different roles. The Kirkgate also runs day time events for older people, and a range of activities for children and young people (including a Youth Theatre).


We offer advice on volunteering at the Centre, training and careers in arts and entertainment. We also signpost. To find out more please visit out websites: and