WHAT IS WOODEND?


Woodend is an amazing place to work and a stunning place to visit!

We provide serviced workspaces of unparalleled quality for the creative industries in a happy and friendly environment where you will find some of Yorkshire’s most innovative creative businesses.

At Woodend, we love art, heritage and contemporary culture and have great pleasure in delivering a fully independent events programme for visitors to Scarborough and those people lucky enough to call the Yorkshire Coast their home.

Woodend has been operated and managed by Creative Industries Centre Trust Limited (CIC Ltd) since opening for business in April 2008. Andrew Clay, remains the inaugural Director. There is a volunteer Board of Directors, currently Chaired by local businessman, Simon Bull.

The CIC Ltd is a not-for-profit company that leases the building from Scarborough Borough Council.

The CIC Ltd is committed to assisting and supporting the growth of the creative industries and supporting cultural regeneration.



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WOODEND HISTORY


For the architectural historians among you, Woodend is a Grade II* listed ‘marine villa.’  It was built in 1835 for the civil engineer George Knowles, who spent most of his working life building bridges in Ireland.

Lady Louisa Sitwell bought Woodend in 1870, but the house is most famously remembered as the home of her son, Sir George Sitwell, his wife Lady Ida and their three children, Edith (who was born at Woodend in 1887), Osbert and Sacheverell.


The house was eventually bought by Scarborough Council in 1934, who operated it as the town’s Natural History Museum until 2006 – and yes, we still get visitors asking ‘whatever happened to the terrapins?’


When the Museum was no longer economically viable the Council – thankfully – resisted the urge to sell Woodend for development and instead invested £6m to convert it into Woodend Creative Workspace.


The Sitwell Family by John Singer Sargent is reproduced with the very kind permission of Mrs Alexandra Hayward


FIVE REASONS TO LOVE WOODEND


1.

It’s the perfect place to start – and grow – your business

2.

You’ll be with a community of bright, innovative, inspiring people: there’ll always be someone willing to discuss an idea, collaborate on a project – or simply have a coffee with you

3.

Woodend’s support team can welcome your visitors, take your messages and always be there to say ‘hello’ for you. And we’ve a vast network of contacts in the creative sector that you can tap into

4.

We can sell your work – successful creative businesses understand that they need more than one income stream and we’ll do everything we can to help

5.

Whatever event you want to host – from the most serious business seminar to music, drama or any social event – Woodend is the ideal venue

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