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Friday 22 September 2023

Tender Opportunity: Professional Bar Operator

This is an exciting opportunity to tender for a professional bar operator during 2024 and 2025.

Salisbury City Council is looking for innovative proposals offering a high quality bar for the hundreds of visitors who attend two annual pop up events covering the summer and Christmas periods.

The tender covers 2 years operation and is a one off agreement which doesn’t give the successful application any rights to further opportunities.

Background Information

Venue: The Guildhall Square, Salisbury, SP1 1JH
Summer – Saturday 27 July until Monday 01 September 2024
Christmas – Friday 15 November until Tuesday 31 December 2024
2025 Dates TBC but cover similar period
Purpose: This event utilises Salisbury City Council land to add vibrancy and activity to the centre of Salisbury. It is to enhance the summer and Christmas offer for residents and visitors and is designed to encourage people into the city centre to enjoy an experiential activity for a limited time and to encourage footfall throughout the rest of Salisbury.
Summer -The council will run the “Fayre on the Square” event site which will include a chargeable pop-up activity, seating area (when the activity is open only), food vendors and a bar area
Christmas – The Council will run a “Christmas on the Square” event to offer a combination of festive activity and food offering
Operating hours: The bar should operate between 11am and 9pm as a minimum
Square footage: A proposed area of 6m x 18m has be designated for a bar / permanent seating area but the site plan will not be finalised until the bar operator is selected and appropriate location for their offering considered
Decoration Theme:
Salisbury City Council will set a theme for each season’s activity and the successful applicant will be required to follow this and allow budget in their business plan to facilitate. As this is an experiential offering the theming is an important part of the tender.
Security: Any licencing requirement for security pertaining to the bar area will be the responsibility of the provider. No security will be provided.

Submit your Tender

Click here to view the application form

Details should be sent for the attention of Jo Wood to the following email:

Or returned to:
Business Team FTAO: Jo Wood
Salisbury City Council
The Guildhall

Closing Date for applications is close of play FRIDAY 03 NOVEMBER 2023