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Press Release: £220,000 awarded from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme

£220,000 awarded to Kirkgate Arts & Heritage in Cockermouth from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme · Kirkgate Arts &...
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Press Release: Planned demolition of the former Derwent Athletics Club

The former Derwent Athletics Club Building was originally a temporary classroom, built after the war to accommodate more pupils in...
Kirkgate Arts and Heritage Flower Pressing Workshop 2024 Examples

Press Release: It’s Time to get Creative at the Kirkgate!

Summer’s approaching and now’s the time to get creative with Kirkgate Arts and Heritage! Over the coming months, the centre...

Press Release: New chapter opens up for popular Literature Festival

Writing workshops, author interviews and a poetry open mic session are on offer alongside explorations of the power of music...

Press Release: Celebrating Kafka’s legacy: Innovative adaptation of The Metamorphosis comes to The Kirkgate

2024 marks 100 years since the death of Franz Kafka, one of the most celebrated and influential authors of the...

Press Release: Discovering the history and heritage of Cockermouth and its people

Discovering the history and heritage of Cockermouth and its people A fascinating project that celebrates Cumbria’s diverse heritage by capturing...
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Press Release: Arts Out West programme brings a touch of music and magic

Music, magic, myths and medieval mayhem all combine to highlight theArts Out West programme of village hall theatrical activities for...

Press Release: Roll up for a crafty time at the Kirkgate!

Spaces are filling up fast for the latest in the series of craft workshops organised by Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre. Three...

Party will generate a little Christmas cheer for those in need

Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre is staging a Christmas party with a difference next week . with £2 from every ticket sold...

Press Release: Kirkgate saves Christmas for Carlisle schoolchildren!

Kirkgate saves Christmas for Carlisle schoolchildren!School children in Carlisle will enjoy their annual helping of Christmascheer despite missing out on...

Press Release: Young People follow their families’ footsteps!

NEWS RELEASE Young people from Kirkgate Youth Theatre are presenting a sold-out original show, ‘Following My Footsteps’ on 7 December...

Press Release: Discovering the history and heritage of Wigton and its people

NEWS RELEASE Immediate: December 1, 2023 A unique project that celebrates Cumbria’s diverse heritage by capturing personal experiences through a...

Press Release: Kirkgate Arts Awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

NEWS RELEASE Immediate: November 14, 2023 The Kirkgate Arts and Heritage Group in Cockermouth has been awarded The King’s Award...

Press Release: New exhibition highlights Cockermouth’s shoemaking heritage

PRESS RELEASE 26th October 2023 An exhibition telling the story of how boots, shoes and clogs were made in Cockermouth...

Press Release: An “Absolutely Fabulous” Pink October line-up at Kirkgate

NEWS RELEASE Immediate: October 3, 2023 An ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Pink October line-up at Kirkgate How much pink can one town...

Press Release: A Kirkgate Big Weekend for Food Festival

NEWS RELEASE Cockermouth entertainment venue The Kirkgate Centre has lined up a weekend of big-hitting shows as part of the...

Press Release: Comedy Alive in Cockermouth

NEWS RELEASE Immediate: January 23, 2023 Comedy Alive in Cockermouth A popular comedy actor and comedian from the award-winning television...
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Kirkgate Arts Out West wins major grant

Cockermouth charity Kirkgate Arts and Heritage has won a major 3-year grant from Arts Council England to support its work...
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Kirkgate Exhibition Tells Fascinating Story of Strawberry How

A new exhibition opening in Cockermouth next week (October 26th) relates the fascinating history of the Strawberry How site, a...

Maryport Children Explore Seafaring Heritage

Children at a Maryport infants school are working with an award-winning Cumbrian artist to learn about the maritime heritage of...

Cockermouth Children Explore West Cumbria’s Cultural Heritage

Children at Cockermouth’s All Saints Primary School have discovered that an internationally renowned 20th century artist whose work is in...

Public Art Show by Cockermouth Teens

Talented young artists from Cockermouth School are showing their work in a special new exhibition, free to the public, to...

Cockfrock returned to Kirkgate

On 14th and 15 May @ the Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth’s legendary shopping experience returned! Ticket price for Saturday included a...

Cockermouth’s Heritage

Kirkgate’s Cockermouth Heritage Group is showcasing our local history in monthly illustrated talks at the Kirkgate Centre.  With stories of...

Windows to Arts and Heritage!

The Kirkgate Centre has certainly came a long way over the years… Thanks to the dedication of the community and...

Make the Journey!

This wonderful project encourages you to step out into nature as Dorothy Wordsworth would have herself over 200 years ago...

Crowdfunder campaign launched

Can you help us raise money for the Kirkgate Centre? During the pandemic much has been developing within the Kirkgate...

New chair sought for Cockermouth charity

A lively Cockermouth charity with ambitious plans for the future is looking for a new chair to lead its Board...

Windows On Kirkgate’s World

Cockermouth’s community and entertainment venue, the Kirkgate Centre, has raised £17,000 to replace 13 of its large ground floor windows...

New Faces At Cockermouth Charity

Two new Trustees and a Company Secretary have been appointed at a popular Cockermouth charity. David Thomas, a retired NHS...

Dear Diary: School children follow Dorothy’s journey

A class of excited school children have followed Dorothy Wordsworth’s life’s journey from Cockermouth to Dove Cottage, Grasmere. On a...

Cockermouth entertainment centre calls for more government support

A Cockermouth charity is calling on the government to provide more support to community arts and entertainment venues hit by...

Letter Published In The Guardian, December 24 2021

Dear Editor, Dorothy Wordsworth’s rare achievement (Editorial, 19 December 2021) as the other great writer in the Wordsworth family and...

Festive revels at Cockermouth’s Kirkgate

Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre is getting into the swing of Christmas with a string of mid-winter entertainments to carry the town...

Dorothy Wordsworth to Light Up Cumbria’s Christmas

A specially commissioned artwork representing Dorothy Wordsworth is to be part of the town centre Christmas lights in Cockermouth, Cumbria...

New Leader at Cockermouth’s Kirkgate

Cockermouth’s entertainment and cultural hub, the Kirkgate, has appointed a new General Manager to take forward its revived programme of...

Lottery Players Back Dorothy Wordsworth Celebrations

Cockermouth charity Kirkgate Arts and Heritage has won a major grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a...

Kirkgate “Shines” The Spotlight on Cumbria’s Musical Talent

Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre is ready to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on the blossoming Cumbrian music scene as it prepares to re-open...
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Friday Night is Pizza Night in Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Quarter

Two Cockermouth businesses are joining forces to cook up a new spin on Friday nights out on the town. From...

Stars of Stage, Screen and Sport Set to Shine at Kirkgate

Stars of stage, screen and sport are set to shine a light on the entertainments scene in West Cumbria as...