Planning your visit
Our aim is to make the theatre accessible to all members of the community. We are a community theatre run by volunteers and are unable to offer all the facilities that we would like, but we hope that the following points help you to prepare for your visit.
Theatre Front of House staff will always endeavour to help you in any way they can. Please ask for anything you need and they will do their very best to assist you, such as:
- Booking taxis or assisting you into a taxi.
- Showing you to your seats or facilities.
- Storing equipment and make sure it is available when you need it.
If you have a special seating or access requirement not covered below, please contact Bob Yelland on 01420 85067 or via eMail. We will endeavour to provide you with a seat suitable to your needs. We always welcome comments and suggestions for further improvement.
Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the building. Please book an aisle seat so that your dog can sit alongside. There is no need to inform us in advance.
The auditorium permits easy access for wheelchair users, with no ramps or stairs. However, Holybourne Theatre does not have disabled toilet facilities. We hope to provide this in the future and are actively fundraising with this aim.
We can accommodate up to six wheelchair users per performance, each with a companion seat directly alongside or immediately behind. Scooters and large size wheelchairs may require the allocation of two standard size wheelchair spaces. These spaces are subject to availability so please book early.
We are happy to offer one free ticket for the companion of a disabled person who is not able to attend the event unaccompanied. Anyone designated as a carer must be able physically to assist the patron for whom they are caring to leave the building in an emergency.
We understand that some of our patrons are more comfortable transferring from their wheelchair to a theatre seat to watch the performance. Please inform our front of house staff on arrival and we will be happy to store the wheelchair whilst you watch the performance.
We regret that wheelchair spaces and companion seats cannot be purchased online. Please contact Bob Yelland by phone on 01420 85067 to discuss your requirements. You can also contact us by email.
We recommend wheelchair users arrive 30 minutes before show starts.
We do not have an induction loop system in the auditorium. This is something we are considering for the future. If you would benefit from this facility, please tell us.
There are about thirty parking spaces on the theatre site and further parking on London Road outside the main gates. We are happy to reserve car parking spaces for visitors with mobility issues, if you inform us in advance.
Babes in Arms
Children aged two and under are welcome to share a seat with you free of charge.
Baby changing facilities
Are available in the ladies’ toilet in the foyer.
We do not offer booster seats for children, but you are welcome to bring along a cushion from home.
The theatre has ladies’ and gents’ toilets in the foyer. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have disabled facilities. The ladies’ toilets have baby change facilities.
For the enjoyment of all customers, the use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during performances. We ask that they are switched off or set to ‘silent’ mode for the duration of the performance.
Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. These performances have a relaxed attitude to noise and movement with small changes made to the light and sound effects. We would like to offer relaxed performances for selected family shows in the future, if this would be of interest please contact us to discuss.