Burnley Leisure unveils £80,000 upgrade at Prairie Sports Village for hospitality, business and sport

Burnley Leisure has invested over £80,000 in the upgrade of hospitality and interior facilities at Prairie Sports Village including a new bistro and bespoke areas for social, business and sports-focused users.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 3:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:01 pm
The new-look Prairie Sports Village
The new-look Prairie Sports Village

The range of indoor improvements, which have been influenced by customer feedback, will be enjoyed by visitors when the Prairie, if the roadmap remains on track, re-opens on Monday, May 17th.

The venue’s new 1955 Kitchen & Bar is now managed by Burnley Leisure’s in-house hospitality arm, which also runs hospitality at Burnley Mechanics Theatre and Townley Golf Course.

A new menu has also been launched.

Burnley Leisure has launched a new menu and created new bespoke facilities for work and business. There are rooms and suites available for meetings, receptions and private parties.

Mark Dempsey, hospitality manager at Burnley Leisure, said: “We are delighted with the Prairie refurbishment and new hospitality, leisure and business offerings.

"The name of 1955 Kitchen & Bar pays homage to the year that the sports pitches first opened on the site.

"It touches upon our heritage but we are offering a contemporary, British-led dining experience.

“We’ve appointed a new head chef and taken some of our staff off furlough to create a team of 12-15 full and part-time staff there. We’re working with local suppliers including butchers and fishmongers, which will support local businesses and also help cut our carbon footprint.

“For many reasons, we think the new 1955 Kitchen & Bar is a fantastic development. We’re confident it will gain the popularity and reputation of our other hospitality offerings at Towneley Golf Course and Burnley Mechanics.”

Three new areas are being created at the Prairie. One will focus on hospitality for families and friends. Another will be a quiet area for remote working and business, including individual stations for laptop computers, devices and USB charging. The third zone will focus on groups of sports visitors with a bench seating area.

In addition to the golf driving range, other attractions at Prairie include an all-weather mini golf course and all-weather sports pitches for hire.