Barrow's own arts centre/theatre, which plays host to lots of concerts and shows - everything from local dance school shows and pantomimes at christmas, through to international stars such as Hayley Westenra who recently put on a fantastic performance at the Forum. It has a large theatre for shows, as well as function rooms for shows and exhibitions such as recent multicultural events.
The Barrow Tourist Information Centre is attached to the Forum, so definitely worth a visit if you're new to Barrow. It also has a large cafe/restaurant downstairs catering for everyone from children to the elderly, and public toilets which are usually clean and tidy. It's right opposite the Town Hall, so you can't miss it. It also has a car park on its roof, which is really handy if you're shopping in town (if a little expensive at 90p an hour!)
Forum 28 is Barrow's main entertainments centre. The theatre offers a variety of shows and musical groups throughout the year. At Christmas the Forum 28 is home to the town's annual pantomime.
The theatre isn't huge, I've never counted the seats but I cant imagine there are more than 500 seats in the main theatre. The Forum occasionally attracts once famous entertainers such as Paul Daniels, Derek Acorah and Billy Ocean, but for the most part the acts are unknowns or famous in their own limited area of expertise. The Forum is also a venue used by local amateur dramatic societies and dance troops to perform in public.
The Forum also has conference rooms that can be hired for private functions such and weddings or business purposes.
There is a small cafe in the Forum offering drinks and snacks, and small lunches.
The theater holds 530. There are also function rooms, a cafe Cafe Fusion which does 'Costa coffee' and a bar. During the year 'Forum 28' put on a wide range of performances from local pantomime and operatics, to professional shows, and stand-up comedy, ballet etc. The function rooms also have a bar. The ordinary bar does food and drink in the evenings.
Forum 28 is a fantastic facility just opposite Barrow town hall, I have been an actor and a spectator here. They have great changing rooms for their actors and wonderful seating for viewing the shows from. There are no bad seats in the house at all just good seats and even better seats all with wonderful close views. Lots of great facilities, there is a really nice cafe style restaurant. The staff have always been very helpful. A lovely venue and some great top class shows happen here. Evening parking is easy at the car park behind the town hall where parking is free at night but parking can be a problem for day time shows.
Had a coffee here the other day, ordered the grande cafe latte, the cup was huge with 2 handles, the cafe part was spotless however I was a little disappointed that they didn't provide wifi, other than that a great place to meet and chat in pleasant surroundings.
Great arts facility in the centre of Barrow opposite the town hall. Have great well known acts on from time to time, aswell as local dramatic productions and dance events.
The Forum 28 underwent a good refurbishment not so long ago and the feeling of the place is modern.
Nice little cafe and clean toilets.
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