Enriching lives and connecting communities with workshops,
performances and community projects
The Courthouse is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.
Office hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Rural Arts’ recommences face-to-face creativity on Monday 17th May 2021.
The Courthouse reopens to the public on Tuesday 18th May 2021.
Rural Arts is a charity that delivers inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities that enrich lives and connect communities.
We provide over 400 events and activities each year at our community arts centre in Thirsk, which is also home to an award-winning café, an artisan shop and rooms to hire.
We programme 70 performances per year in rural venues and lead a range of wellbeing and employment programmes to support vulnerable people.
Through work like this, we hope to achieve our vision: creativity at the heart of every community in North Yorkshire.
There are so many ways you can get involved with Rural Arts
From taking part in a creative wellbeing project to promoting a live performance in your village, from booking a workshop at your school to volunteering at The Courthouse – there are so many ways you can get involved with Rural Arts!
Home of Rural Arts, The Courthouse is a friendly, vibrant community arts centre located in the beautiful market town of Thirsk.
Book your place on one of our workshops, indulge yourself in our café, or browse our shop, where you’ll find unique items made by independent artists.