For those who have not visited us before, we are situated on farmland in the very small and quiet village of Clifton Reynes which is not Olney! So here's how to get to the Arches Theatre ...
If you live in Olney or have visited the nearby town, you may have spotted The Arches Theatre from the other side of the River Great Ouse near the Rugby Club or bathing steps. Sadly, there is no direct river crossing (we played with the idea of a drawbridge), so getting to our venue is either by car or on foot.
So, if you're travelling by car, we are just a 5-minute drive from Olney or 15-minutes from Milton Keynes. The venue will be signposted from the A509, so you should find us easily. Church Farm is situated at the end of the main road in Clifton Reynes on the right-hand side. Please respect our neighbours and watch your speed when driving through the village.
On arrival at Church Farm, you will be directed by marshals towards the car park. You will have to drive off-road for about a quarter of a mile along a track and then through a field to The Arches Theatre. You will be directed to park by one of our Front of House. Normal road cars should have no problem doing the off-road bit.
If you are in Olney and decide to come on foot, firstly head to the top of Church Street with St Peter and St Paul's Church on your right. You'll see a public footpath sign so follow the footpath until you come to open fields and the River Great Ouse. Follow the path ahead keeping the river on your right.
You will come to a wooden bridge/plank over the river, cross this and continue forward. Follow the path until you come to a second wooden bridge/plank that takes you across the main body of the river. Continue to follow the path through the trees and continue left under telegraph poles and towards the treelined path. The path will turn into a single-track road and will bring you out into the centre of Clifton Reynes. Turn left towards The Arches.
Whichever way you get to Clifton Reynes, we have a fabulous community pub called The Robin Hood which you must stop and get a drink at. They do some great food there as well.
Our driving and parking plans come with sunshine in mind. But as you know, living in England, we do get some pretty awful weather. If we get rain, our performances will still go ahead; and we will have procedures in place to ensure parking and access to the venue is safe and viable.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you at The Arches Theatre this summer.
If you'd like to find out more about anything I've written here, call me on 01234 241357 or leave a comment below and I'll be in touch.