Venue Hire Testimonials See what some of our Venue Hire customers have to say about hiring the Kirkgate Centre. Bridget Hilton - U3A Music Group Leader "As group leader of the Cockermouth University of the Third Age (U3A) Early Music Group, I have been using the Egremont room at the Kirkgate Centre every Tuesday morning for nigh on 10 years now. The space is excellent for our group which has now grown to 29 players. Access, parking and facilities are good for our group, some of whom have mobility restrictions. Unfailingly, our chairs are set out for us, our fully-equipped refreshment trolley set up and ready, in a warm and welcoming environment - adding to the overall quality of the morning's experience for us all. Returning weekly to the Kirkgate Centre, where its programme is well-advertised, gives our group members a feeling of belonging to a wider community and makes it easy for them to obtain tickets or sign up for forthcoming events. Given the difficulty of obtaining funds to support a Centre such as the Kirkgate, it is impossible not to be impressed by the way in which its small group of staff and larger group of volunteers continue to present a vibrant, thriving image as they must struggle very hard to maintain the standards achieved in the town's only universal hub." Zoe Gilbert - National Trust "The Kirkgate is a great venue for meetings and events, with good capacity and facilities. It’s convenient; to have a venue in the centre of town. The staff team are friendly, helpful and efficient and a pleasure to deal with. We always get nice feedback on our events we hold here. Having the Kirkgate Centre is a real asset to Cockermouth."