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.
Woodend Summer Art and Craft Selection
Saturday 10th June - Friday 28th July
9am - 5pm weekdays
Featuring work by a range of fabulous artists we have exhibited since we launched the gallery in 2012.
This exhibition will be an excellent opportunity to purchase quality art and craft by established local and regional artists.
Wish you were here,
Postcard from Woodend
Saturday 5th Aug - Friday 29th Sept
9am - 5pm weekdays
Both professional and amateur artists are invited to submit work for what promises to be one of our most popular exhibitions.
Our last post card show in 2015 attracted over 2,500 visitors and we sold almost 300 individual artwork.
Me and Thee Theatre presents:
The Barber & Sue
Two plays, one act, brand new writing and theatre that explores the complexities of the very human desire to trust.
A performance that challenges your expectations, tests your loyalties and plays with your emotions awaits.Trust us?
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