We like to work with the people of Wigan to help create an inclusive community for all. The arts belongs to everyone, so take a look at how you can get involved with our community projects.


Over 50’s Jammers

In collaboration with Age UK we have a weekly jamming session held in The Grand Vault. Initially attended by a small handful of attendees, this group has grown to reach 30+ performers who have amassed a sizeable repertoire and have performed live on numerous occasions.

Wednesday’s 1pm | £5 per session | Just turn up


Wigan Autistic Theatre Company (WATC) is a new inclusive project set up by writer Martin Spencer and filmmaker Sammy Holden with the support of The Old Courts Arts Centre. The project launched back in June 2019



Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, our team, together with hundreds of volunteers have been working round the clock to do what we can to help those in need.

As part of this community response, we have set up a phone line for isolated residents to maintain human contact with people willing to listen and understand their situation.

Developing a community-led bid for Ofcom Small Scale Digital Audio Broadcasting (SSDAB)

Arts At The Mill CIC is inviting comments and expressions of interest regarding its plans to bid to operate the Small-scale digital audio broadcasting (SSDAB) multiplex for Wigan and St Helens.

The community-focussed arts and heritage organisation, which operates The Old Courts and is developing the Royal Court Theatre, Wigan Pier and The Grand Hotel, is launching a bid for a Small-Scale DAB multiplex which will promise an increase in the number of community and local stations coming from and focussed on Wigan & St Helens.

The team at The Old Courts, who will lead on this project, are interested to hear from, existing community or commercial radio stations; new and emerging community or commercial radio projects; and community members. To take part in these conversations participants need to complete an online Expression of Interest form