About us

Welcome to The Vale!

Whether you’re a professional Carnival artist looking to develop your practice at our Northern Carnival Centre for Excellence, or a passionate purveyor of the arts in your spare time, The Vale is the perfect place to call home.

Based in Mossley, in the foothills of the Peak District, The Vale is a former textile mill converted to a state-of-the-art venue for all kinds of artistic, creative and Carnival happenings.

In the community, The Vale is perhaps best known for our live performance venue where a whole host of different music, theatre, dance and cinema events take place. You can take a look at our current season here.

Our space is also used by our resident Carnival arts organisations, Global Grooves and Cabasa, to develop new Carnival productions, train new and emerging Carnival artists, and host masterclasses with global superstars and cultural leaders as part of our Arts Council England funded Northern Carnival Centre for Excellence.

Visual artists can also find top notch mixed-use and specialist studios alongside exhibition space at The Vale. Electronics, carpentry, and all kinds of textile work, including sewing and dyeing, are accommodated, while purpose-built storage keeps artwork and equipment including our resident puppets safe.

Seeing is believing

Please do get in touch if you would like to see our facilities for yourself. All our spaces are available for hire and we would love to welcome you to our growing family of creative organisations that call The Vale home.


We are working towards becoming a fully accessible venue. As an old mill, there are many renovations to be made to our venue, so please do get in touch if you have specific accessibility requirements and we will advise.

At present, our live performance space, toilets, and visual arts studios are accessible, but our older mixed-use 1st floor studio – the one you might have visited before – remains accessible only via a flight of steep stairs.