Welcome to The Old Courthouse, Shap.


An evening of spoken word and poetry with poet John Hegley

This well loved building at the heart of the community is beginning a new era in its long and varied history.

As a community building it offers a warm welcome to everyone.

Please visit us to see what we have on offer!

We are home to a Cumbria County Council Library Link, Shap Pre-School Playgroup and provide a Visitor Information Point for Eden District Tourism.  We are working hard to bring other services to the community.  We have a variety of rooms available for hire.

We host art exhibitions in The Exhibit 'A' Gallery and have space available for other displays and events. The building has WiFi access, computers and also printing/photocopying facilities.  A growing number of groups meet here regularly – check out the information on this website, we hope you will find it interesting and helpful.

The building is owned and managed by a community charity: Shap Community CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) Charity No. 1160966

We continue to follow all Government/NHS

Covid-19 guidelines.

Social distancing measures are in place and face coverings must be worn.

The Old Courthouse

and Exhibit 'A' Gallery

are OPEN!

Opening Hours

Monday - 10am to 1pm

Thursday - 2pm to 5pm

Friday - 2pm to 5pm

Saturday - 10am - 12pm

Sunday - 2pm to 5pm

The Exhibit 'A' Gallery is 

open with cards and

gifts on sale.

The Library Link is open

for borrowing and

returning books.

Please note that

 books may be returned but not taken out on Market Days, fourth Saturday of the month

Exhibit 'A' Gallery


Suzanne Stuart Davies & Julian Francis

26th June - 25th July


Shap Farmers’ and Makers’ Market  Sat 26 th June  9 -2

Indoor and Outdoor stalls at the Memorial Hall
Cake-a-licious, home baking  
Creative Seafood, fish
Fat Flour Bakery, breads 
Heartwood Chickens 
Kitridding, meat, sausage, meat pies
Nitktas Bistro, bakery goods 
Piper Hole, goats’ cheese 
Roots Organic Vegetables
Winter Tarn Dairy, artisan cheeses
Ali’s Aromatics , candles/wax melts
Emma Rose, goatsmilk soap
Kind & Loving, soap and body products
Rosebank Crafts, beeswax bags and wraps
Amanda Suttie, antique linen and curiosities
Thornship Treasures, textiles/homewares
Refreshments served inside the Memorial Hall (eat in or take away)
Indoor and Outdoor stalls at The Old Courthouse
Ellen Pogson Ceramics, stoneware
Jane Chantler, silver and gold jewellery, silver items, art
Neelzexpressionz/Allerton House Studio, arts/crafts original designs
Pine Tree Nurseries, perennials and shrubs 
Preserves, Irene’s /Claire’s Handmade, jams and chutneys
Alan Roberts, Photography, Cards, Mugs (Rural Eden, scenes and farm animals)
Shabby Pallets, recycled wooden items

‘Days without End’ An exhibition of paintings and shore studies by Suzanne Stuart Davies &
ceramic birds and elegant vessels by Julian Francis.

Music on the Terrace with Vacant Weekend Project 10-12

Did you miss the Bowling Club Plant Sale? They have plants on sale this market day

Little Wanderers

at St Michael’s, Shap

Wednesday 30th June

Parents/Carers and pre-school children welcome

10.00am – 11.00am

Come to the church or meet Glenis at the Old Courthouse at 9.45am to walk

Join us for an outdoor early-years session with Wordsworth Grasmere designed to encourage your little ones to be creative and playful.  The session will include a mixture of songs, stories and play-based learning inspired by the writing of William and Dorothy Wordsworth and their lives at Dove Cottage 200 years ago. 


There is no charge for this session. Please dress appropriately and bring a rug or blanket to sit on.  The grounds are suitable for buggies.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

Come for a wander!

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