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 of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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