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, so getting to our venue is either by car or on foot.
"Our address is Church Farm, Clifton Reynes, MK46 5DT!"
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.
"And don't forget to stop at The Robin Hood!"
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 to The Arches Theatre this summer.
Until next time ...
Would you like to know more?
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about how to get to the arches theatre this summer, do give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help you.
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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