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!

 Celebrating Kings Award at Kirkgate Arts Cockermouth

Kirkgate Arts and Heritage Cockermouth Venue for 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.


Friday night Pizza with Fermento

14th June 2024 6:00pm

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Special Event

Friday night is film and a pizza night at Kirkgate! Our bar is open from 6pm, ready for you to relax with a drink and a tasty treat from our friends at Fermento. Simply order your pizza directly via the link below, and mention in the comments box that you are coming to the Kirkgate (don't forget to book your ...

The Trouble with Jessica (15)

14th June 2024 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Film

The Trouble With Jessica is a British satirical chaotic farce, a darkly comedic film with a strong cast. SARAH (Shirley Henderson) and TOM (Alan Tudyk) are a married couple in terrible financial trouble. On the brink of losing everything, they’ve managed to find a buyer for their stylish London home. When their best friends RICHARD (Rufus Sewell) and BETH (Olivia ...

Crafts@Kirkgate: Linocut with Vega Brennan

15th June 2024 10:00am (Doors open at 9:30 am)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Join In

Course Description A half-day course which will take you through all you need to know about creating and printing a beautiful single-colour linocut. Linocut is a great way of creating striking designs with strong graphic qualities. It is a great way to start learning about printmaking as once you have cut your block, it is easy to print. Experience Level ...

Harps North West

16th June 2024 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Music

Harps North West is a charity based in Cumbria with a world wide membership, whose aim is to promote playing and appreciation of the harp. We are delighted to present a harmony of harps with professional musicians Wendy Stewart and Susan Lambert supported by members of the Harps North West Performance Group. Susan studied music at Durham University and is ...

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