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Catering concession rights for Thieves Wood Car Park, Nottinghamshire

The Forestry Commission is inviting tenders for the catering concession rights for the car park at Thieves Wood.

Thieves Wood car park serves one of the busiest woodlands open to the public in Nottinghamshire. Used principally for walking, the woods are also popular with cyclists and recreational events such as orienteering.

There has been a catering concession on this site for over eighteen years and the customer base is well established.

This lease/licence will run from the 10th of February 2017 to the 9th of February 2018 with a possible extension until the 9th of February 2021.

Suppliers must express their interest in this tender by the 20th of January 2017 in order to be eligible to submit a tender and to allow us to notify you of any questions and answers we may receive. To express an interest please email Valerie Coulton at the Sherwood office of Central England Forest District. Suppliers must download the attached tender documents by the same date.


Alice Holt Café Opportunity

Open all year round, Alice Holt Forest Centre is a leading recreation destination in the South of England, attracting over 450,000 visitors a year. Families can explore the play trails, meet characters from Julia Donaldson’s much loved children’s’ books and get up close to nature. All ages and abilities can discover the forest, there are trails for everyone, from a gentle stroll to a thrilling bike trail. Other facilities on site include a café, a cycle centre, ‘Go Ape!’ and much more. We are looking for partners who will add value to the site, providing a high quality customer experience, whilst maximising the business opportunity. 

The Forestry Commission’s exciting new development will include a new café facility as its centrepiece and we are planning for it to be open and operational early in 2017.  The Forestry Commission is looking for a tenant who will maximise this opportunity and make Alice Holt Forest Centre renowned for its café offer.

Invitation to Tender Alice Holt Forest Centre 

Pre-Qualification Questionnaire Alice Holt Forest Centre

Cafe Floor Plan

Food Offer and Service Standard

Cafes design Brand Guidance

Cafe franchise visual branding

Management Regulations

Key Performance Indicators

For further enquiries regarding this lease please contact:

Stonesmith Agents and Valuers Ltd
4 Providence Court
Pynes Hill
Tel: 01392 201262

Please note: Bidders must express their interest in this tender by the 10/10/2016. To express an interest please email . Bidders must download the attached tender documents by the same date.

The Rosliston Forestry Centre Glade Area Business Opportunity

We are looking for partners who will provide a high quality customer experience, whilst maximising the business opportunity presented by the Glade area. We are looking for a wedding/event organiser to provide outdoor “ woodland”, ‘party’ or ‘festival’ style wedding receptions or similar celebrations at The Rosliston Forestry Centre.

Any tenant will need to work proactively with us, to provide new experiences, attract new audiences and develop new income streams. We are looking for a business to provide an innovative, reliable and exciting visitor experience, to complement the Rosliston Forestry Centre site and the other activities at the venue.

Draft Lease for Tender

Draft Lease Outdoor Glade Area

Management Agreement Outdoor Glade Area

KPIs Outdoor Glade Area

Invitaton to Tender RFC Outdoor Glade Area

Outdoor Glade Area Site Map

Questions and Answers

For further enquiries regarding this lease please contact Alan Dowell at the Cannock Office on 0300 067 5370 or via email:

Closing date: 30/09/2016

Expressions Of Interest for ticket agents

Primary ticket agents for our Live Music programme.

Interested parties will be considered on a number of factors, including:

  • Database size
  • Sales experience relevant to our product (genre)
  • Geographical area served
  • Credit history
  • Ability to use FC ticket stock (no e-tickets)
  • Stance on the secondary sales market

Decisions will be made depending on opportunities available, which may be limited by existing ticket agents. Please note there is a maximum number of agents we are able to work with at any one time so opportunities may not always be available. 

Please visit our Live Music programme for further information.

Expressions of interest in this work can be made at any time by contacting

Expressions Of Interest are invited for commercial marketing partnerships

We are continually looking for commercial marketing partnerships and sponsorship that meet our marketing objectives.

We have a range of events that can be sponsored and we are happy to talk to companies and organisations about innovative ways to explain who we are and what we do and promote our sites to their customers.

Our objectives are:

  • Inform people about our work
  • Raise awareness of our sites, events, activities and membership
  • Raise awareness of the importance of trees, woods and forests

We have recently worked with companies to promote our forest and activities via their websites and apps. We would be interested in hearing about other similar opportunities.

Expressions of interest in this work can be made at any time by contacting

Last updated: 16th January 2017

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