Hire the Kirkgate

Ideally situated close to the centre of Cockermouth, sitting on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the Kirkgate Centre is the perfect venue if you are planning a special occasion, conference, meeting, course, exhibition or even your very own film screening! The beautiful Cumbrian coastline is less than 20 minutes drive away and the centre is well linked by road to Carlisle, Penrith and the central Lake District.

We are more than happy to accommodate private bookings alongside our busy events schedule.

The Facilities

Our unique upstairs theatre is available to hire (along with equipment), with a capacity limit of 125 (seated, without the use of a technical desk). There is also a bar located on our first floor, just outside the theatre - please see details below. The theatre is accessible via two staircases, one at the front of the building and one to the rear. There is also a lift. A hearing loop installed for those who are hard of hearing and toilet facilities include baby changing and a disabled toilet.

Downstairs, our multi-purpose Egremont Room can be booked separately, or in combination, at competitive prices. We also offer special rates for community groups and fund raising events. Kitchen facilities are available and the bar can be open on request. The Kirkgate has free wifi available throughout the building and we offer free tea and coffee making facilities, use of crockery/cutlery and glasses.

We have two designated disabled parking spaces by the entrance to the centre. There is a public car park to the side of the building that offers two hours free disk parking. Parking disks are available at the Box Office and Admin Office. There is also a ramp for wheelchair users, prams or buggies.

Additional Items for Hire

For a small additional charge you can use our in house PA and audio equipment (CD player, microphones, DI boxes) and stage lighting.

Our large cinema screen is available for film screenings, with use of our Blu-Ray/DVD player and projector. The projector can also be linked to laptop for presentations and films.

We have a number of tables (both circular and trestle style) and chairs if your event requires them.

If required a duty manager will be present to oversee the use of the building, technical assistance, front of house, and bar staff can also be arranged.

For a small additional charge we can also provide:

  • Portable lighting
  • Small portable screen and projector
  • Flip chart
  • Staff for kitchen and cleaning purposes
  • Licensed bar
  • Front of house staff

Venue Hire Enquiries

Please click here for further details on how to enquire and book the Centre.