An enchanted festive season all wrapped up in Cockermouth at Kirkgate Arts

Get ready for November treats, festive delights and New Year showstoppers in Cockermouth this winter.

Highlights from Kirkgate Arts this season include live music from the Gary Stewart Band with Graceland (18 Nov), a joyous collision of musical styles in Bollywood Jazz (9 Dec) and a festive classic - The Nutcracker (10 Dec) streaming from the Royal Opera House.

Written by Dani Boniface

Canadian acoustic power trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (3 Nov) kick off the new music programme, whilst exciting folk/acoustic duo Cosgrave & Banks (10, 11, 12 Nov) visit various Arts Out West venues, sharing their exhilarating tunes across the county. Legendary Leeds-based troubadour Gary Stewart and his incredible 7-piece band come together to recreate Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland (18 Nov) album in all its glory; and after their last sell out gig, Cumbria’s Tryckster (22 Dec) return with an extra-special Yuletide gig.

Image: Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

The cinema line-up continues to impress, featuring historical drama Victoria and Abdul(13 Nov) starring Judi Dench, and the first winter ‘Film Friday’ - The Kingsman: Golden Circle (17 Nov). Thirty years on, spectacular neo-noir sci-fi sequel Blade runner: 2049 (15 Dec) arrives on the Kirkgate big screen followed by a dark, lavish train ride with Murder on the Orient Express (18 Dec). The New Year brings your favourite DC superheroes to town. Join Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and more as they attempt to save the world from an assault of catastrophic proportions in Justice League (8 Jan).

Image: Justice League

There’s more top quality entertainment from the nation’s capital too, with Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies (16 Nov) and new comedy Young Marx (7 Dec) by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Rediscover the magic of Christmas as the world’s beloved classical ballet The Nutcracker* (10 Dec), danced to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, arrives here in Cumbria. Discounted early bird family tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss out, offer expires *30 Nov. And don’t worry, you can beat those January blues with Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest opera Rigoletto (21 Jan).

Image: The Nutcracker

New to the programme is 6 Feet, 3 Shoes (11 Nov) from Slanjayvah Danza, bursting with feisty rhythmical dance, cultural adventures and heart-warming humour. CADS return to the Kirkgate with classic comedy The Way of the World (23, 24, 25 Nov) by William Congreve, and the Cockermouth Round Table are back with the Beer Festival (30 Nov – 2 Dec), showcasing the very-best beers, lagers and ciders, plus live entertainment.

Share all this and more with your loved ones this Christmas - gift vouchers are available direct from the Box Office. What better way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than with the gift of the arts?

You can find all of our events, weekly activities, tickets and more here on the website. Happy browsing!