About Us The Kirkgate Centre 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.