Barrow’s entertainment scene is centred around The Forum, but there are some other excellent venues and alternatives that you may not know about. Sports fans can watch local football and rugby league. Then, in the evening, enjoy a bit of live music in a couple of popular bars.
Entertainment in Barrow-in-Furness
The Forum is the fantastic home of the arts here in Barrow-in-Furness. It’s a theatre and entertainment venue on Duke Street and curates an excellent programme of shows ranging from classical theatre and ballet through to live music and comedy stars from the national circuit. Take a look at what’s on during your stay at our Barrow-in-Furness hotel, which is conveniently located no more than a 10-minute walk and less than a five-minute drive away.
If you fancy an evening of side-splitting laughs, you can also visit the Duke of Edinburgh to enjoy the always-excellent The Duke of Comedy club. It takes place mid-month on Thursday nights, so be sure to check if it’s on during your stay. It only books professional comedians, so the standard is always excellent; you don’t want to miss it.
Live music in Barrow-in-Furness
While Barrow isn’t blessed with a Football League club, Barrow A.F.C are on the brink of entering the big time. The professional club currently plays in the fifth tier of English football and enjoys an enthusiastic legion of loyal fans and followers. They play their home matches at their Holker Street stadium, and tickets are reasonably priced, so try and catch a game while you’re here.
Alternatively, rugby fans can head to Craven Park to watch the Barrow Raiders. It’s a semi-pro rugby league team, which dates all the way back to 1875, and competes in the Betfred Championship, which is the second tier of the European rugby league. Home matches are always a good watch, and the atmosphere is great, so get yourself a ticket and enjoy.
Lastly, if you’re looking for live music options, the first place you’ll want to check out is The Forum. It’s going to book the biggest bands and artists coming to Barrow-in-Furness. However, if you miss out on tickets, or nothing takes your fancy, then there’s a couple of alternatives options we’d recommend.
The Derby Inn is a great inn on Dalton Road with regular live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It looks traditional from the outside, but it’s modern and stylish when you walk in. Your other option is the Odd Frog. It’s a tapas bar on the corner of Duke Street and Abbey Road and hosts some excellent live lounge nights throughout the week covering all kinds of genres, including soul, funk, disco, rock and rap. The food is also delicious, so much so we could have easily listed the Odd Frog among our most recommended places to eat in Barrow-in-Furness.