An exciting opportunity to run Reculver Visitor Centre is being advertised by the city council.

The centre, which is located a short distance from the historic Reculver Towers and beautiful country park, provides information about local geology, ecology, history and the use of renewable energy technology. The contract with the existing operator ends on 31 March this year and the council is keen to see the centre used to its full potential on a commercial basis.

Proposals that offer good levels of public access, make the most of the local area and its heritage and enhance the regeneration or attraction of Reculver to visitors and residents will be looked on favourably. In addition, an educational element would be considered positively, with the centre currently attracting around 2,000 students a year to study Reculver’s unique coastal environment.

A retail or catering outlet would also be suitable, and the council would consider proposals that wish to extend or refurbish the existing building. The new operator would be required to open the centre to the public for a minimum of three days a week averaged across the year, with seasonal opening being acceptable.

Reculver has around 200,000 visitors a year. It is located on a national cycle network and the area is of interest to birdwatchers, as it is an important stopover for migratory birds. A new children’s play area that opened last year has proved very popular, and there are plans to create more parking spaces this summer.

Chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, said: “We’re looking for someone with the vision to make the most of this wonderful, eye-catching building. There is so much potential at Reculver, and with visitor numbers continuing to rise, we have now have the opportunity to create a vibrant new attraction for the district.”

Find out more information and how to bid, or contact Anna Stevens on 01227 862187 or by email at anna.stevens@canterbury.gov.uk. Bids must be submitted by Friday 24 February.