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Our mission is for people to be in the driving seat of their community events and cultural experiences
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What's On

Christmas at the Gregson

Sat 2nd December, doors open 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start

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A magical christmas on your doorstep…

William Kite Has Memory Issues

Thursday 7th & Friday 8th December | 7.30 pm

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When William develops dementia, his reality changes forever.

Do Sheep Dream of Woollen Robots

Fri 8th December | 6pm - midnight

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A neurodivergent-friendly evening of electronic music

Charleston Free Taster Session

Mon 11th December | 7-8pm

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A fun, energetic, sociable, free taster with My Charleston

French Film Series

Fridays 6.30pm | Every two weeks

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Watch and discuss the best of French Cinema

The Kid Brother – Screening

Tuesday 19th December 7.30pm | Monthly

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Classic film screening with Lancaster Silent & Classic Film Club

Dark tales for Winter Nights

Thursday 21st December | 7.30pm

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Storytelling for the Darkest Day of the Year      

Tony Cox – End of Year Concert

Sat 23 December 2023 | 8-10pm

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One of South Africa’s finest musical exports      

Learn to Swing Dance

Sun Jan 28th | 1.30-3.30pm

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Beginners Lindy Hop Workshop

Give and Take Day

Saturday 27th January 2024 | 10am-1pm

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Our take on a car boot sale!

Shoes – exhibition

Until the 10th December

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Exhibition to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

The Gregson Book Group

Mondays 11.15am-12.30pm | Monthly

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A friendly, relaxed book group in the Gregson’s Cafe Bar

Breath of Fresh Air Choir

Mondays 1.30-3pm

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Singing for lung health: Feel great, socialise, harmonise!

Millenium Choir

Mondays 7-9.30pm

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The community choir with a difference

Adult Acting Classes

Mondays 6.30-8pm | every 2 weeks

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A fun, dynamic drama group with Three Left Feet

Scrabble Club

Mondays 6.30-9pm | Every 2 weeks

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Come and play Scrabble!

The Writers Cafe

Mondays 7.30-9.30pm | Monthly

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Write and share ideas with other local creative writers

Northern Yarn Knitting Group

Mondays 7.30-9.30pm | Monthly

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Friendly and supportive knitting & crochet group for all wool lovers!

Feminist Movie Monday

Mondays 7pm | Monthly

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Screenings with Feminist Movie Mondays, the free inclusive film club

Felting Classes

Tuesdays 11am-12pm | Monthly

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Fun introduction to needle felting classes.

Adult Ballet

Tuesday 6-7:15pm

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Weekly classes with Zoey Jones

Acting Workshops

Tuesdays 6.30-8pm | Check dates each month

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A series of themed acting workshops with Three Left Feet

Trad Irish Music in the Bar

Tuesdays 9-11pm

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Informal folk gathering

Youth Art Club by Eccentricty

Tuesdays 4-5.30pm

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A place to create, inspire and make friends

Lancaster Chess Academy

Tuesdays 6.30-9pm

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Chess as Playing Culture, Art, and Critical Life Skills

Dot Crotchet’s Choir

Tuesdays 7.30-9pm

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Female acapella choir, laughing & singing through life


Tuesdays 8-10pm | Monthly

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Learn fun dances from across Europe to live music!

Many Worlds Film Club

Next screening TBA

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The free international social justice film club

Mindful Sewing

Wednesdays 7-9pm

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Enjoy the calming practice of hand sewing

Live Jazz

Wednesdays 7-9pm

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Live jazz music in the Gregson’s Cafe/Bar

Ridge Community Choir

Wednesdays 10-11.30am

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Friendly, relaxed and welcoming community choir

Weekly Writing Retreat

Wednesdays 5.30-7pm

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Community writing group, open to all

Afro-Brazilian Dance

Wednesdays 6-7.15pm

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A feel-good dance class with infectious music!

Intro to Abstract Art

Wednesdays 2-4pm (Starts 6th Sept)

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 Explore, experiment and play in this 4-week course

The Thursday Session

Thursdays 8.30-11pm

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Instrumental, folk, and early music from across the world

Chinese Calligraphy Classes

Thursdays 3-4pm

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Learn the basics of traditional Chinese Calligraphy


Thursdays 6-7:15pm

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A community dance group with a difference

Board Game Club

Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm

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New adventures every week at board game club!

Queer By Gum – Social

Thursdays 6-8pm | Monthly

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A casual weekly LGBTQ+ social


Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm | every 2 weeks

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A relaxed and friendly approach to Improvisation for everyone

Lancaster Lindy Circle

Thursdays 7.30-10.30pm

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Super relaxed dancing fun & good for the soul

Acoustic Cabaret

Thursdays 8-11pm | Monthly

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A cosy evening of unplugged performances

Mindful Drama

Saturdays 2.15-4.15pm (starts 30th September)

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A space to be ourselves

Models for Heroes

Fridays 10.30am-1pm | Fortnightly

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Model-making for service people and veterans

Crafty Kids

Fridays 11am-12.30pm | Monthly

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(FCraft session for kids 0-12 years

Junior Youth Group

Fridays 4-5.30pm

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A place for children to play while adults chill

Little Owls Parent & Child Group

Fridays 12.30-2.30pm

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A place for children to play while adults chill

Pokemon Club

Saturdays 11am-12.30pm

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Free Pokémon Trading club for Kids

Trembling Images Film Club

Saturdays 7-9 | Monthly

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Screenings of alternative films from New Hollywood to the Soviet avant-garde

Sacred Circle Meditation

Sundays 2-4pm

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Healing Sacred Space for women to be themselves

Gregson Family Pub Quiz

Sundays 4-6pm | Monthly

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Family friendly pub quiz

Queer By Gum – Book Club

Sundays 5-6pm | Monthly

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A book club centred around current and historic queer experiences

Queer by Gum Craft Club

Sundays 6-9pm

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A creative collective of northern queers

Salsa Sundays

Sundays 7.30-9.30pm

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LA and Cuban Salsa Dance Classes with “Vintage Salsa”

Drink and Draw

Sundays 7-9pm | Monthly

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Life drawing class for artists of all abilities

Language Cafe

Sunday 4-6pm | Monthly

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Practice Languages and Meet new people

Tai Chi

Multiple sessions through the week

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Maintaining the integrity of authentic Tai Chi

Bar Exhibitions


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Local art by extraordinary people

Zine Library


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Relax in our bar and add to the Morecmabe & Lancaster Zine Library!

40 Words for 40 Years

Autumn/Winter 2023

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An exhibition of Gregson tales – provided by our community

Our Spaces

Cafe and Bar

Lancaster’s only community run cafe bar

Make yourself at home in Lancaster’s living room. A cultural hub in its own right which regularly hosts live music, games nights and more.  The cafe bar offers quality draught beers and cask ales, and stocks excellent wines and spirits, teas and barista coffee.

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The Hall

You’ll love our largest room (170 max capacity), with its high vaulted ceiling, wooden sprung dance floor and light and airy feel. 

The Hall can be enjoyed as is, or with just a small amount of decoration can be completely transformed. Its projector, PA system and lighting rig add to the Hall’s versatility – its perfect for gigs, parties, performances, dance classes and more!

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Olive Bar

Large windows with views over Lancaster let in heaps of natural light into this room, which has both a stage and a bar.

With capacity for 90 people, this room can be split down the middle into two smaller spaces or enjoyed as it is.

With PA and projection facilities, and even a piano, it’s perfect for celebrations, business meetings or as an intimate performance venue.

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Secret Cinema


Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the centre – this is the perfect cinema space for just 25 people.

Grab a drink  from the bar, pick a movie and sit back in our vintage cinema seats. 

Perfect for movie marathons, parties,  talks, as a teaching room and for small performances/readings. 

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Meeting Room

Looking for a smaller space?  The Meeting Room is perfect for meetings, workshops or an intimate performance.

What’s more, it’s our most affordable space at just £10 an hour, and still has room for up to 45 people.


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