People can benefit from a wide range of activities and facilities in Ormskirk.
Ormskirk is home to Edge Hill University. Named after the district in Liverpool where it was founded as a teacher training college in 1885, it relocated to a campus on the outskirts of the town in 1933 and gained university status in 2006. The university now offers over 200 different undergraduate courses and the majority of its students are destined for careers in education or the health service.
Facilities open to the general public include the Arts Centre and an award winning sports complex.
West Lancashire College (formerly Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College) is the local Further Education College. It provides daytime and evening courses for adults and young people at its centre in Ormskirk and at other local venues.
Ormskirk has two secondary, four primary schools and one nursery school:-
The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University is a well-known professional theatre that plays host to high profile touring companies and alternative artistes. The programme includes drama, literature, dance, music, comedy and children’s theatre, while films are shown in the studio theatre.
Situated in St Helens Road, the Chapel Gallery is the first public Art
Gallery in the area. With art and craft workshops, a café and a contemporary craft shop, it is well worth a visit. It's exhibitions bring some of the most inventive contemporary fine art and craft work from across the UK to the town, while also supporting locally based artistes in the development of their careers.
Following a major refurbishment in 2009, Ormskirk’s library offers an improved range of services for adults and young people, including stocks of books, music and films and 24 internet-linked PCs.