Venue Hire

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!

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

The Theatre:
Our unique upstairs theatre is available to hire.

The maximum seated capacity is 125. Without seating it is 140.
The space is 15m x 6m (with a stage area of 5m x 6m)
Seating can be arranged on raked platforms or on a flat floor.
Use of our in house PA/audio equipment (CD player, microphones, DI boxes) and stage lighting is available *
Our large cinema screen is available for film screenings. The projector can also be linked to laptop for presentations.
The theatre is accessible via two staircases, one at the front of the building and one to the rear. There is also a lift.

The Egremont Room:

The Egremont Room is our large, carpeted conference space downstairs, perfect for meetings and smaller parties or functions.

The Egremont Room can be booked separately, or in combination with the theatre.
We also offer special rates for community groups and fundraising events.
The bar can be open on request.
We offer free use of crockery/cutlery and glasses, hot water flasks and/or urn for meetings and private events (as long as you do your own washing up! If you are using the venue bar our volunteers take care of the dishes).

General Venue Information:

We can also provide:

Tables and chairs
A duty manager, technical assistance, front of house, and bar staff.
Free WiFi
Portable lighting *
Small portable screen and projector *
Flip chart *
Licensed bar *

We also have:

Toilet facilities include baby changing and a disabled toilet.
Two designated parking spaces by the entrance to the centre.
A ramp for wheelchair users, prams or buggies.
*Additional fees may apply


Prices vary depending on the space in use, number of people attending, staffing and facilities required. There are discounts available for charity events and some community groups. For prices and further information on our facilities, please email, and enter ‘venue hire’ in the subject line.