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 sessions will take place in February, focusing on:

· Linocut (Saturday, February 3);

· Willow Weave Bird Feeder (Saturday, February 10);

· Punchneedle (Saturday, February 24).

Although the Linocut session, led by Vega Brennan on February 3, is now sold out, places are still available for the other two … but potential participants are being urged to sign up quickly.

Kirkgate General Manager Emma Heys said: “We are keen to give people the opportunity to explore their own creativity in these hands-on sessions.

“You will learn new skills and have a beautiful hand-made item to take home at the end of the day. ”

Ruth Thompson from Sylvan Skills will lead the Willow Weave Bird Feeder class on February 10 (10.30am, doors open 10am). She’ll guide participants through the techniques involved in creating a bird feeder using willow weaving techniques.

Emma said: “This workshop is aimed at beginners – so don’t worry if you’re new to the craft! Refreshments and a light lunch are provided and the session will run from 10.30am to 2pm.” Participation cost is £50 and tickets are available from Events for 10/02/2024 (

On Saturday, February 24, a workshop will focus on teaching beginners the art of punchneedle, which will include an introduction to materials, yarns and equipment.

Emma Said: “We will be using chunky yarn and monks cloth to create a coaster of 15cm in diameter with a felt backing.

“The pattern used will be of a simple Cumbrian scene of mountains, streams, fields and sky and the participants will be able to choose their own colour scheme.”

Participation cost for the punchneedle class is £35. It will run from 2pm to 5pm (tea and coffee provided) and tickets are available from Events for 24/02/2024 ( Full details of all Kirkgate events can be found online at Events Archive – Kirkgate Arts and Heritage


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Kirkgate is a charity based in Cockermouth, Cumbria. It operates an arts and heritage centre as well as working with towns and villages in West Cumbria to encourage a diverse programme of arts, culture and entertainment. Its vision is to ensure that creative talent is valued, developed and supported with opportunities for all to engage actively with, and enjoy, the arts, local heritage and community life.

The Kirkgate Centre brings the best cultural, theatrical and entertainment events to Cumbria. From the best feature and documentary films to live streaming of top London shows, to local talent, heritage exhibitions, music, theatre, comedy and more, there is something for everyone.

In the historic Kirkgate Quarter of the Gem Town of Cockermouth, sitting on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the Kirkgate Centre is the perfect venue for special occasions, conferences, meetings, courses, exhibitions or private film screenings.

Kirkgate manages Arts Out West which stages performances in community venues from Furness to the Solway, ranging from nationally-recognised theatre companies to international musicians with events that are as much a social occasion as a performance. It is a member of the National Rural Touring Forum supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.

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For more information:

Emma Heys 01900 829966

The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ