We’re based in Wigan Town Centre behind the parish church, we’re easy to get to by public transport, on foot and by car.

Our address is Crawford Street, Wigan WN1 1NA


The Old Courts is located in Wigan town centre, close to public transportation.

Wigan bus station


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There are a number of car parking options nearby.


On street parking outside the venue on Crawford Street is free after 6.30pm & on Sundays.

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Wigan Wallgate train station

Wigan North Western train Station

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Opening times

Ticket Line

7 days a week - 9am - 8pm
01942 834747

Office Hours

Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm

Box Office

7 days a week - 10am - 4pm
Located in the Fork & Brush Cafe

Check individual event information for venue & stage times.









Vinyls, vinyls and more vinyls! You will find your jam for sure here! Lovers of music rejoice. Static Records is a store based on our ground floor opposite our Fork & Brush Café.



1. Bailiff Bar & Holding Cell
2. Loading/Deliveries for Grand Vault & Bailiff
3. Grand Vault
4. Theatre & Isherwood Gallery
5. Community Rooms
6. Victorian Courtroom
7. Fork & Brush Arts Cafe & Static Records
8. The Studios


Our Spaces

Explore the different rooms, spaces and venues we own, run and manage.


It is very important that we ask anyone who is thinking about coming to an event with additional accessibility requirements to contact the venue prior to booking tickets, all of our events are different and we have to assess the risks involved individually. Our team are happy to discuss your personal needs in detail and will always strive to do what we can to assist within the boundaries of safety and comfort.

  • A wheelchair ramp

    A wheelchair ramp to access the building via the Bailiff Bar entrance 1 on King St. West. This ramp makes it suitable for wheelchair users to access the stage for any events with an open mic. It’s best to let us know before the start of the night if you wish to access the stage and we will set up the room accordingly.

  • Super Trac

    A Super Trac suitable for standard-sized wheelchairs- maximum width 700mm- maximum weight 120kg. This climbs stairs to make every floor of the building accessible. This can only be used by one wheelchair at a time and is operated by a member of staff. Please book prior to ordering tickets to ensure trained members of staff are on shift.

  • Toilets

    We have an accessible toilet in the Bailiff Bar (Level 0). The male toilet near the Theatre, Isherwood Gallery and Victorian Court Room (Level 2) is accessible. Some wheelchair users have found the other toilets in the building suitable according to their personal needs.

  • What We Need

    Your feedback. Please visit us and tell us your access needs so we can continue to try and access funds to fully update the building and our events so they are welcoming for everyone.

  • Assistance & Guide Dogs

    We love dogs at The Old Courts and have our own office dogs; Bear, Alf and Lenny. Whilst assistance dogs are welcome into our venues unfortunately there are some events, particularly those containing live music, that aren’t suitable for dogs’ sensitive ears. If you have any concerns or would like to speak to a member of staff prior to an event please ring 01942 834747

  • Dementia Friends

    A number of our staff have been trained by Dementia Friends in an effort to be sensitive and further understand the support that our visitors with Dementia need.


  • When can I visit The Old Courts?

    Our opening times can be found by clicking here. Each venue within The Old Courts has different opening times and can depend on what event is programmed. Please check your tickets for door times.


    Please note that we are reopening the building to the public post pandemic from the Wednesday 1st September.

  • What COVID measures are in place at The Old Courts?

    Following the final stage of easing out of the lockdown restrictions, we have made the following decisions to help keep audiences and our staff safe.

    For events, films, gigs and shows:

    1. Face coverings will be worn by staff (visors so we don’t exclude anyone hard of hearing)
    2. Hand sanitizers around the building
    3. Extra cleaning staff
    4. Self-cleaning door handle covers
    5. If you test positive you can claim a refund for your ticket by presenting proof of an NHS PCR test.
    6. NHS Covid Pass –You can access this via the NHS app on your phone. This covers the following:
    • Had both Vaccinations and the second vaccination was more than 2 weeks prior to the event
    • Has had Covid-19 in the past 6 Months but not in the past 10 Days
    • Has taken a lateral flow test 48hrs before the event and recorded a negative result

    One of the options above needs to be uploaded to the NHS Pass app or website, then a pass which can be shown is sent to your phone. For more information visit the NHS website NHS COVID Pass – NHS (



    When visiting our cafe & bar:

    • Face coverings will be worn by staff (visors so we don’t exclude those hard of hearing)
    • Hand sanitizer provided throughout the building
    • Extra cleaning staff
    • Self-cleaning door handle covers
    • NHS Covid Pass – as per the information above
    • Reduced capacity

    We know different organisation around the area and country will have different measures in place. We would appreciate if we can work together with our audiences and respect one another in keeping everyone safe. This is a new period of adjustment, and we’ll continue listening to your feedback and updating you on a regular basis.


    For more information contact our team on Tel: ​01942 834747 or

  • How do I get to perform at The Old Courts?

    Artists can fill in a band application by clicking here.

    Alternatively if you wish to hire the venue for a public/private gig please see the various hire options here.

  • How do I book a ticket?

    All these options are available 7 days a week:

    Online by clicking here.

    By phone, call 01942 834747 between 9am – 8pm.

    In person, by visiting our box office in The Fork & Brush Arts Cafe 10am – 4pm.

  • Why can’t I get through on the phone?

    Due to the nature of our work, our staff aren’t always near the telephone. Please try calling again or leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please see our Contact Us page for more options.

  • Who do I contact for lost property?

    ​Call us on 01942 834747 for all lost property enquiries.

  • How old do you need to be to attend an event?

    ​Whilst the Bailiff Bar is always strictly over 18’s, the other venues are dependent on the event. Please check the event details for more information.

  • Can I bring food/drink into The Old Courts?

    Sorry but no outside food or drink is allowed to be brought into the venue.