Tender opportunity: The Forum Theatre and The Dock Museum

19 December 2019 by
Tender opportunity: The Forum Theatre and The Dock Museum

Barrow Borough Council are pleased to seek expressions of interest for the catering and cleaning provision at two of their visitor attraction venues.

The opportunity is being offered as a five plus three year contract with three separate contract bids as follows:

  1. The Forum Theatre
  2. The Dock Museum
  3. Both venues

This is a really exciting opportunity to provide the catering at high-profile visitor attractions and as such, the Council is looking for suitably qualified and experienced catering companies who will develop the catering business and also be able to provide full cleaning services. Interested parties should have experience in operating visitor attraction catering and a proven track record in excellent customer service and a high quality food offer.

Barrow-in-Furness is located in South West Cumbria, with a resident population of c69,000 people. The Forum is a Council operated theatre offering a diverse range of events and activities, including a programme of local and touring live theatre entertainment as well as cinema showings, regular lectures, exhibitions and tasting nights. The building is primarily comprised of a 500 seat auditorium, a lecture theatre, a public café, restaurant, theatre bars and various conferencing and banqueting suites, accommodating up to 300 people. The Forum café, open 6 days a week during the daytime is located in the foyer area of the building and is a destination in its own right, acting as a hub for the community due to its central location and free access.


The Dock Museum is a free admission, Council operated museum built in a historic nineteenth century dock. The museum is home to a wealth of objects relating to the social and industrial history of the Furness area and attracts c60,000 visitors per annum, opening Wednesday to Sunday. The lower floor of the Museum is occupied as office space by BAE Systems and there is a play area directly outside the Museum, leading to channelside walks. The public café is located at the entrance and exit to the Museum and accessible separately.


Interested parties should register their interest through the procurement portal www.the-chest.org.uk and complete a Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ).

Deadline for completion of the SSQ is 17th January 2020 and more details can be found on the Chest here.

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