Kings Award for Voluntary Service

We are delighted to announce that we are one of the seven Cumbrian organisations who have received The Kings Award for Voluntary Service this year.

“Every day, millions of people across the UK are making a difference by volunteering. Each year, outstanding examples of this work are celebrated through the King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS).

Created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee and previously known as The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the Award has been shining a light on the fantastic work of voluntary groups from all across the UK for many years.

Equivalent to an MBE, KAVS is the highest Award given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life.”


You can see a full list of the organisations receiving this prestigious award here.

Our volunteers celebrating the news!


The Cocker Bridge at the eastern end of Main Street in Cockermouth is currently closed. To get to The Kirkgate Centre from Main Street, turn right onto Station Street then left at the traffic lights (next to Sainsbury’s). From here continue to follow the B5292 for approximately 400m, then take the left turning onto Kirkgate.

Kirkgate Arts and Heritage Cockermouth Venue Theatre Films Music The Kirkgate Centre is an entertainment and cultural venue at the heart of the lively community of Cockermouth, Cumbria.

We celebrate our local talent and heritage, and bring top quality professional entertainment to our town and many other communities across the area to the west of the Lake District National Park.

Whether you enjoy films on a big screen, live music, theatre, exhibitions, shows for children and families or community events, Kirkgate has something for everyone. Our quirky character makes us a special venue for weddings, parties, festivals and conferences.

Our mission:

“Creative talent is valued, developed, and supported with opportunities for all to actively engage with and enjoy the arts, our local heritage and community life”

Our values:

Commitment – Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to delivering our mission.

Inclusion – We aim to make art, heritage, and culture accessible to all our communities.

Sustainability – We aim to ensure that the organisation is secure for future generations from both financial and environmental perspective.

Nurturing – We aim to provide an environment that encourages growth, development of skills confidence and enjoyment for all.


Etsy Cumbria Makers Christmas Market

10th December 2023 10:00am

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Special Event

Come along to the Kirkgate Centre between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December for inspiring gifts created by local makers. more details to be announced!

Christmas Food Fun Drop In

10th December 2023 12:30pm

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Join In

As part of the Taste Cumbria weekend join us for a family drop-in cooking session with Manon from Wild Zucchinis. We’ll be decorating Christmas biscuits, making mince pie wheels and hot chocolate cones. We are looking forward to welcoming you. Drop in anytime between 12:30-3:30pm! Cost £3.00

Bolan’s Shoes (15)

11th December 2023 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Film

This story takes us on a tumultuous journey from the height of T. Rex mania in 1970s Liverpool to the present-day poignancy of what would have been Marc Bolan's 75th birthday. It captures the heady exhilaration of glam rock mania through the experiences of a group of over-excited kids from a local children's home before a devastating road accident changes ...

Cooking@Kirkgate: Christmas fun for everyone!

13th December 2023 9:30am

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Join In

This workshop led by celebrity chef John Crouch will guide you through the making of some easy show offChristmas pieces! This workshop is for all abilities and ages, and ideal for anyone lookingfor presentation tips for that wow factor this Christmas! All ingredients will be provided, please bring storage containers if you have them. On the menu: Holly wreath biscuits ...

I remember fondly our time at the Kirkgate a couple of years ago, the warm and intimate atmosphere and the friendly welcome.

Kiki Dee

 The Kirkgate is my ideal venue. Intimate and warm, staffed by passionate folks who really care about The Arts and about their local community. It has a beating heart, even more so due to the eager enthusiastic volunteers who help run it.

Snake Davis

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cockermouth and had a great evening at the Kirkgate, the venue and staff were fantastic. We look forward to returning sometime in the future.

Kevin Morris & Dr Feelgood