The Arches Theatre: Where We Are And How To Get Here!
Come rain or shine, the show must go on ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 11/06/2019 @ 8:00AM
You may have seen all the gorgeous photos that we have been sharing with you of the beautiful Arches Theatre, but do you know where we are and how to get here?
Dramatic skies over the Arches Theatre. Fingers crossed we get sunsets like this during the shows!
The theatre is accessed via Church Farm, in the very small and quiet village of Clifton Reynes - Olney, Buckinghamshire. It is situated by the Great River Ouse and can be spotted easily from Olney's bathing steps or the Rugby Club, on the other side of the water.
"Sadly, there is no direct river crossing, so getting to our venue is either by car or on foot!"
If you are travelling by car, we are just a 5-minute drive from Olney or 15-minutes from Milton Keynes. On arrival at Church Farm, you will be directed towards the car park. You will have to drive 'off road' for about a quarter of a mile through a flat field to a second field, adjacent to The Arches theatre, which is the car park! You'll then have a short 1-2-minute walk downhill to the venue.
If you are driving, we please ask that you drive carefully and respectfully as to not upset any of our neighbours. If you are in Olney and decide to walk, then you can get to us on foot via both ends of the town.
If you are coming from Church Street: Head up to the top of Church Street with St Peter and St Paul's Church on your right, you'll see a public footpath sign - 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.
If you are coming from Olney Recreation Ground: Head to the outdoor Victorian Swimming Pool on the edge of the River Great Ouse in the Recreation Ground, walk along the river keeping the river on your left.
Continue along the footpath and through three further fields until you come to a wooden bridge/plank over the river. Cross this and continue forward 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 - The Robin Hood Inn - 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 such as we're getting this week. 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 just ask that you come prepared for all weathers, but I will give you some tips on what to bring in a blog very soon!"
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you at The Arches Theatre in just under two months time, and hope that we will see you come rain or shine! If you have any questions about getting to us or queries regarding accessibility, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.
David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.
He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.
He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.
This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing Ã‚Â£10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.
David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.
He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!
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