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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.”

https://kavs.dcms.gov.uk/

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.

WHAT’S ON

Jazz @ Kirkgate : Hejira – celebrating Joni Mitchell

23rd June 2024 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Music

This band seem to be selling out concerts wherever they play. Luckily for us they’ve agreed to play at the Kirkgate. ‘Hejira’ is a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’ (regarded ...
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Perfect Days (PG)

24th June 2024 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Film

Perfect Days provides the perfect escape from life in the fast lane. The highly anticipated return to fiction feature filmmaking from Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire), PERFECT DAYS takes the seasoned writer-director to Tokyo to tell a story celebrating the hidden joys and minutiae of Japanese culture. In a deeply moving performance that won the Best Actor award ...

Cooking@Kirkgate – Midsummer cooking with herbs

26th June 2024 9:30am

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Join In

Join us for midsummer cookery with herbs. Come and make a tasty, herby starter, main course and pudding to take home, with Helen from Helen's Herbs. Helen's Herbs sells a wide range of culinary and aromatic herbs, fruit bushes, annual and perennial garden plants. Also fresh farm vegetables in season. Helen and her family live in West Cumbria. All ingredients ...

Perfect Days (PG)

26th June 2024 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Film

Perfect Days provides the perfect escape from life in the fast lane. The highly anticipated return to fiction feature filmmaking from Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire), PERFECT DAYS takes the seasoned writer-director to Tokyo to tell a story celebrating the hidden joys and minutiae of Japanese culture. In a deeply moving performance that won the Best Actor award ...
Testimonials

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