We are an arts and cultural space too, hosting theatre, live music, a creative marketplace, exhibitions and community cinema.
Our community development work supports local neighbourhoods to organise around what they find important, helping to make Shipley a really great place to live.
What's new and coming up
Saturday 3rd October, 7th November & 5th December 11-3pm
A creative marketplace for local makers, artists and others with interesting and unusual ideas, centred around our café.
We are still taking bookings for stalls - click for more information and an online booking form.
Once a month from 10th October. £2.50 per child
Lets get creative with Sponge Tree! Nature art and traditional craft skills for all the family. From textiles to printmaking with a little bit of Sponge Tree magic thrown in...
2.00pm – 4.00pm on the following Saturdays:
Also Sponge Tree Saplings 9.30 – 11.30am every Tuesday morning during school term times. Click here for details.
Every Monday 6 - 7pm
Taekwondo brings fitness, discipline and self-control. Saber Taekwondo run classes for all ages from 4 years upwards. The first session is free then £4 for under 8yrs and £5 for others.
To join the group, just come along.
Every Thursday, 9.30 - 11.30am. Free.
Learn English and improve your spoken English. For absolute beginners in English. Contact the Kirkgate Centre on 01274 580186 or email us for further information.
If you have some spoken English, you may also be interested in our English Conversation Club.
Every other Tuesday at 10.30am
Are you over 50? Would you like to join a friendly, social swimming group? Join us at the Kirkgate centre on alternate Tuesdays to enjoy a swim at the Shipley Pool.
We then return to the Kirkgate Centre for a free cuppa and a chat.
For more details please call Vick at the Kirkgate Centre on 01274 580186 (Mon-Weds only), email Vick or call in at the centre.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund
Course begins Thursday 1st October
A basic introduction to spoken Spanish, taught by a native Spanish teacher. The course is free to anyone on means-tested benefits, otherwise it costs the £44.10 for seven classes (equivalent of just over £3 per hour).
Please enrol online at the WEA website or call the WEA in Leeds on 0113 245 3304.
Third Saturday of the month, 1.30 - 4pm. Admission: £2 per family
Next event Saturday 19th September.
Once a month, the main hall of the Kirkgate Centre is filled with Lego, Kinex, Meccanno for children (and parents) creating all kinds of amazing things.
A cafe serves affordable hot drinks, fresh crepes and healthy homemade savouries and cakes.
Saturday 19th September from 8pm. £3.
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).
A bar serves local ales, quality wines and soft drinks.