Thought Foundation, Birtley

Thought Foundation, is a community interest company.

A new arts and cultural space, with gallery, cafe, shop, play space and workshop room. We also run an inspiring educational programme called School of Thought.

Entry is FREE

Gallery- We display thought-provoking, immersive, art exhibitions with a purpose.

Cafe- We cook from scratch in our Brain Food Cafe kitchen, selling healthy, ‘free-from’ and vegan options. Homemade cakes are cooked daily and also have a menu for little humans too.

Shop- We stock locally made products and gifts that are ethically sourced. Selected with an environmentally friendly focus.

Play- We want to make sure everyone is entertained, so we have our imagination station for little humans. This is a free play area with gender neutral ‘non-toys’ such as cardboard boxes, drainpipes and building blocks. There is even a gallery wall to display emerging talent.

Workshop- We offer various workshops and classes including music and art classes for pre-schoolers, kids and adults, yoga for babies and adults, breastfeeding support groups and much more. We have and endless and growing timetable of events.

School of Thought- Our educational programme is aimed at people in various educational settings and the corporate sector. We provide creative away-days and deliver dynamic, creative, thoughtful and immersive workshops.
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  • Such a lovely little hidden gem. They put on a wonderful film afternoon for the kids watching Mary Poppins Returns and the lady herself appeared half way through the film! A magical afternoon tucked u...  more »
  • Tasty food, prepared quickly and fresh from the kitchen. Just what you need for hungry little ones and us BIG humans too! Bagels and cakes are sooooo good!  more »
  • The Thought Foundation is an art space in Birtley and on the night we went they were recording a podcast for Heyartwhatsgood. There were guest artists speaking and there was a display by renowned artist Sophie Gatie. There is a bar/cafe there where you can get beers, teas and coffee and burgers etc. Highly recommended. Such a cool place.
  • This is a remarkably characterful place to visit. I went with friends primarily to go to the café, which has good wholesome food, expertly prepared by friendly and helpful staff. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available, but carnivores should not despair as meat dishes are also available. I'm reliably informed that the cakes are outstanding. I have multiple allergies, and the staff could not have been more helpful, and I actually had a choice of suitable items. There is a small shop containing a number of ethically/locally produced products such as jewelry, wooden toys, books, colouring books, soaps, decorative items, etc, and I can see me going back to do a little Christmas shopping. I did too much chatting with my friends to explore the gallery side of the establishment, but I would definitely be interested to have a look when I go back. Thought Foundation is definitely a child-friendly place, with indoor and outdoor play areas. There seems to be a variety of interesting-looking classes/activities available for adults and children.
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