Enriching lives and connecting communities with workshops, performances and community projects

Enriching lives and connecting communities with workshops,
performances and community projects

Join Us!

The Courthouse is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Read our COVID-19 Secure Guidelines

COVID-19 Update

Rural Arts’ recommences face-to-face creativity on Monday 17th May 2021.
The Courthouse reopens to the public on Tuesday 18th May 2021.

Join us!

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.

The Courthouse
Wednesday July 28 2021

6 Available

£38.00
The Courthouse
Monday August 2 2021

Sold out

£0.00
The Courthouse
Tuesday August 3 2021

Sold out

£4.50
Ripon Arts Hub
Thursday September 9 2021

100 Available

£10.00
Welburn Village Hall
Friday September 10 2021

30 Available

£8.00
Newton Le Willows Village Hall
Sunday September 12 2021

30 Available

£5.00£10.00

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!

Professional performances in village venues across 3,500 square miles. Find out what's on, or join as one of our volunteer Promoters today!
Free courses to provide unemployed people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress into employment or training.
Join our friendly team to help bring creativity to every community in North Yorkshire. Whatever your interest, we'd love to hear from you!
Visit Us

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.

Support us
Help Rural Arts enrich lives and connect communities through creativity. Support us by donating, volunteering or collaborating with us.