How to get there

Bedford is a medium sized town about 50 miles north of London. Communications are very good; it's easy to get to.

 

DRIVING:

Bedford nestles snugly between the A1 and the M1 (and there's a fast dual carriageway linking the two to Bedford); it's about 45 minutes' drive from the M25. Both roads tend to be pretty fast on Saturdays. See below for notes on parking.

 

TRAINS:

Trains to Bedford are excellent and frequent. London trains go from St Pancras / King's Cross (the two stations are next door to each other and are linked); fast trains take just 35 minutes and stopping trains take just under an hour. (Adult day return ticket is £14.50*.)

There are direct trains from Brighton -- and from Haywards Heath and Gatwick Airport. These are frequent, too. (If you're coming from Brighton, you can get an adult Saturday off-peak day return for about £20.)

Coming from north of Bedford, there are direct trains from Nottingham (1 hour 15 minutes away, cheapest option is two single tickets for £16 each* )

and from Loughborough (under an hour; adult day return ticket is about £32*)

and Leicester (also under an hour; adult day return ticket is about £31*).

 

Remember that return tickets are much cheaper on Saturdays than during the week. Do shop around online for the best deal for train tickets; booking in advance can save you a great deal.

 

The Theatre is within easy walking distance of the railway station and the bus station.

 

BUSES AND COACHES:

 

Good services - all these are on the X5 luxury coach, operated by Stagecoach - from:

Oxford (£12.85 adult return*)

Cambridge (£10.70 adult return*)

Buckingham (£12.80 adult return*)

Bicester (£12.85 adult return*)

Milton Keynes (£7 adult return*)

 

There is also a regular bus from Northampton (Stagecoach bus 41, £9.40 adult return*).

 

* These are guideline prices! Please don't blame us if the bus, coach or train companies put their fares up!

 

The Quarry Theatre is in the town centre, on St Peter's Street (MK40 2NN). No parking at the venue itself, alas; there are lots of car parks nearby but, although the first two hours are free, you'll have to pay for the rest of the day. The car park in Queens' Street is the cheapest; it's 500 yards from the theatre. If you'd rather not pay, it's best to park outside the town centre and walk up; almost every road near the theatre itself has pay and display charges. It might be easiest to park at the park and ride at Elstow end of town (on the south of the town on the A6) and get the bus in.

 

The Theatre is within easy walking distance of the railway station and the bus station.