LIVE at last - plus films for all ages.

We’re thrilled to welcome you back into the building for a great range of entertainment – and with a new, enlarged and enhanced bar facility.


Actual real LIVE performances running through the summer...











And our lively programme of feature films is joined by a week long season of Peter Rabbit 2 for the first week of the holidays!.


At all times, we prioritise the safety of our customers, volunteers and staff. From the 19th of July we will be releasing more seats for our cinema and live events, however each booking (whether for one person or up to 5 booking together) will reserve you a block of 5 seats. This is half a row on either side of our auditorium. We wanted to make sure you are as safe and comfortable as possible, so we are avoiding anyone being sat next to a stranger, or having to squeeze past. We also ask that you continue to wear a face covering while at the centre. You may remove it while seated at a table in the bar, or while consuming refreshments in the auditorium. We also ask that you continue to follow our one way system. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support!

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Welcome to Kirkgate Arts. We run Arts Out West, bringing shows to village halls and other community venues across West Cumbria; and the Kirkgate, the warm and welcoming arts centre and community space in Cockermouth.

We also host the Cockermouth Heritage Group, which discovers and explains the history of the area, with a great collection of objects and documents.

Our Youth Theatre runs on Thursday evenings during term time.

Check out the opportunities to get involved as a volunteer in our lively organisation.

We're part of the Cumbria Family Arts Network and Big Imaginations..