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A community centre and development trust providing space, support and resources to our local community in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

Office hours
The centre is open for community use every day and evening, including weekends.
The office is staffed between 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate

West Yorkshire
BD18 3EH
Tel: 01274 580186
Lottery Funded
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Plenty To Do…

Kirkgate Community Cafe
Open 9 – 3pm every
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Plenty to do

New and upcoming

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Volunteer: Join our trustees

We are looking for people to join our trustees!

The Kirkgate Centre is overseen by a group of volunteer trustees.
Our trustees all live locally and come from all walks of life. Together they make decisions about what we do and how we do it, ensuring we meets local needs and aspirations.

Some examples of what the trustees are busy with include:

  • planning for a refurbishment of the building
  • overseeing exciting new developments such as the cafe
  • fundraising for the building and activities
  • recruiting and supporting staff
  • overseeing the centre’s finances
Trustees meet about once a month in the evening to discuss and plan all the latest developments. If you would like to get involved, please contact the centre or drop us an email.

Kirkgate Centre 01274 580186


Learn: The Growth of a City Bradford 1750-1950

Fridays from 23rd September to 4th November, 10am-12pm
£48, FREE for those on income related benefits

This course explores the development of Bradford and includes two guided walks.
Topics include:
· Welfare & the Poor Law, workhouses charitable foundations, alms-houses
· Public Health – Slum conditions, cholera outbreaks, hospitals and dispensaries
· Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
· Education – from church school to comprehensive
· Public utilities – water, gas, electric

WEA, 0113 2453304
Book online with the WEA

Shipley Little Theatre

Shipley Little Theatre

Tuesdays, 7–9pm

A lively, welcoming community theatre group, committed to cultivating new writing & acting talent in Shipley & Airedale, presenting new work alongside respected classics.

Home Assembly

Live music: Home Assembly presents worriedaboutsatan • Perfume Advert • A New Line (Related) • Bracken

Saturday 11th November 2016, 7.00pm
Admission: £6.50 (advanced) £8 on the door

From Shipley’s own label Home Assembly we have a evening of alternative electronica imbued with house, techno, jungle and dub.

Advance Tickets sales
Jumbo Records (Leeds)
Norman Records (Leeds)

The Host

Film: The Host

Certificate: 15
Friday 14th October 2016, 7.30pm
Admission: £4.00 adults, £3 unwaged

A conscious throwback to 1950s B-movies and riding on the back of a spate of Hollywood creature features, this big-budget romp interweaves horror, comedy and drama to subvert the genre into a canny political satire.

More details….

Shipley Alternative

Market: Shipley Alternative

Saturday, 1 October, 11-3pm. Free entry

The Shipley Alternative is a popular, occasional marketplace for creative makers, up-cyclers and other imaginative traders from the Shipley area.
The Shipley Alternative is on the following Saturdays this year:
• 1st October
• 5th November
• 3rd December
Click here for more details

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186

Sponge Tree

Mindful Making

Mondays 10-12pm (term time only). £5.

This group for the over-55s focuses on meditation, mindfulness and creativity.
Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more aware of the present moment, the now, rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. What is the making part? Your session will involve using varied beginners art and craft techniques, which are usually nature focused.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Nicola 07914 495626, Paula 07914 389726

Learn English

Learn English - NEW DAYS

Beginners’ group: Monday 10–11.30am. Free. Term Time only
Improvers’ group: Tuesday 10-11.30am. Donation. Term time only.

Especially for those recently arrived from overseas - welcome to Shipley! Join us to make new friends and learn or improve your spoken English.
Contact the Kirkgate Centre on 01274 580186 or email us for further information.

Light refreshments provided
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186

Front Room Disco

Front Room Disco

Saturday 15th October, 8–11.30pm. £4

Front Room Disco brings you an eclectic alternative mix of music. Covering indie, alternative, ska, reggae, punk, disco and 80's pop. With Wil Oddsox (Love to Boogie).
Please visit the Front Room Disco Facebook page (link below) for details of tickets.
A bar serves local ales, quality wines and soft drinks.

Our bar is open.

Sponge Tree Saplings


Every Tuesday, 9.30-11.30am (term time only)
£2.50 per child (£1 for under 1’s)

Very popular play sessions for pre-school children that link nature with colour and creativity.  Providing hands on learning and discovery about what is happening in the outside world, through sensory + natural art, craft and play, stories, music and singing.

Our cafe is open
Nicola 07914 495626, Paula 07914 389726