Welcome to The Old Courthouse, Shap.

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Geoff Cox. Credit - Chris Tribble
Mike Turnbull plus
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Portrait in Charcoal
Jamie Barnes Credit - Chris Tribble
Mid-March 2021

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

Opening Hours

Sun 2-5pm

Mon 10am-1pm

Tues 2-5 pm


Thurs 2-5pm

Fri 2-5 pm

Sat 10am-12pm

The Exhibit 'A' Gallery is 

open with cards and

gifts on sale.

The Library Link is available during opening times

for borrowing and

returning books.

Please note that

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

Opening Times

We plan to be open as usual on all of the Bank Holidays

Good Friday

Easter Monday

1st May

8th May

29th May

28th August

The Library Link at The Old Courthouse provides a warm place for reading, working, computers with FREE WIFI.

Hot drinks available on request.

18th March - 16th April

Mike Healey






The Old Courthouse

2pm - 4pm


Mike Healey


What's Going On

@ The Old Courthouse

Shap Farmers' & Makers' Market

Saturday 25th March

Easter Egg Workshop

Music on the Terrace



Opening hours

Mon 10am - 1pm, Tues 2 - 5pm, Thu 2 - 5pm,  Fri 2 - 5pm,  Sat 10am - 12pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm.


The Trustees are encouraging 'Hands, Face, Space, Test & Trace'.  Please help us to keep yourself and others safe 


Library Link - Continue to use your local library.  Self-service return/select facility available during opening hours (return only available on monthly market day). 


Knit and Natter is back! - Thursdays 2.15 -  4.30pm in the Library

Bring your own knitting or craft. Do your own thing or learn from each other. All welcome. 


Zero Carbon Shap , Environmental Reading Group meets monthly on a Tuesday evening   Contact Dave on 07484 632210 or Peter on 07837 816795 for details.

Shap Gardening Group meets on the last Thursday of each month  

A friendly welcoming group who meet to talk and share ideas about all aspects of gardening.

For more information about the group contact vturnbull@talk21.com

Writing Group meets monthly

If you would like to join us email s.allen@wordsworth.org.uk or janet@theoldcourthouse.org for information. 




 Volunteering @ The Old Courthouse

Roles for Volunteers with Shap Community CIO at The Old Courthouse, Shap


With your help we could achieve so much more



Reception Desk

Do you have a few hours to spare each week or month? 

We are looking for volunteers to provide a warm welcome for users of the Library Link and visitors to the Exhibit ‘A’ Gallery (art and craft exhibitions). 


Social Activities

Do you enjoy conversation?  Are you a good listener?  Are you good at making cups of tea? 

We would like to develop our social activities to contribute to the health and wellbeing of members of the community. Let us know if this is something you are interested in.


Visitor Information Coordinator

Do you have an interest in our local area, its history and landscape?

We would like someone to help us develop our resources for residents and visitors and our links to tourism.  (Computer skills including web design essential)


Promotions Assistant

Do you have good marketing skills?

We are looking for someone to help us promote the facilities and activities at the Old Courthouse.


Project Development Officer

Are you rewarded by making things happen?  

We are looking for someone who is willing to investigate ideas for future improvements to our facilities and work with us to help source the funding needed to realise our plans.   


Latest news from the Library.

The Library Edit

The latest newsletter from Cumbria County Council,