What is The Kirkgate Centre?

The Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth is a unique theatre and arts venue based in a former Victorian school. The centre, which was first established by a group of dedicated volunteers over 20 years ago, 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.

Video: Le Vent du Nord wishing us a Quebec style Happy 20th Birthday!
"Mon cher Kirkgate, c’est à ton tour, De te laisser parler d’amour"

“Taking part in activities at the Kirkgate makes me feel part of the community.” – Kirkgate Youth Theatre participant

“The Kirkgate is a real gem – bringing such variety and fun to Cockermouth. It’s the prefect place for family fun and for a great night out with friends!” – Local resident

Alongside our busy programme of events, groups and workshops, The Kirkgate Centre also houses a locally significant collection, unique to Cockermouth and the surrounding area. Find out more here.