The Place In The Park

The Place In The Park

Big Top General Information

Here is that all important information we think you will need about the Big Top event in Telford this August.

Firstly, don’t forget that this event is taking place in the Town Park Arena at Telford Town Park, not at Oakengates Theatre. Click here for the Town Park map.

Collecting your tickets

If you are due to collect your tickets on the day, the Box Office counter will be open from 90 minutes before until 15 minutes after the start of a performance.

For those who are buying tickets on the day, the Big Top Box Office will open at 12pm each day. The on-site Box Office will be located within the bar marquee at the front of the arena. However, to save disappointment we would always recommend buying in advance as availability will reduce in the run up to each event.

Food and drink

There will be a fully serviced bar area at the venue open 90 minutes before each show and during the performances. Arrive early, grab a drink and soak up the atmosphere of this unique big top venue in the park.

The bar will be selling a range of refreshments including gin, beer, real ale, wines and prosecco – and of course plenty of soft drinks too.

There will be a range of street food vendors on site every night, so why not try something different and have a picnic in the park.

 If you are looking for a full scale meal head over to Southwater Telford where you will find plenty of restaurants. Pizza Express are offering 30% to Big Top ticket holders - terms and conditions apply.

How to get here and car parks

There are plenty of car parks around the park but please note they do charge for car parking.

Southwater multi-storey car park is also close by. The parking charge is £1.10/hour, £1.60 for 2 hours and £6 all day; £1 after 6pm; £1 all day on Sunday. Use postcode TF3 4BZ in your sat nav.

Telford Shopping Centre have car parks all around the shopping centre - just continue around the main road until you find one. The closest one to the park is Brown Elm. For more info on parking at the shopping centre see here Car parking tickets are 50pence after 6pm.

There are disabled spaces on all car parks but the closest one is Telford International Centre. Use postcode TF3 4JH. There is a charge of £3.50 per car all day.

Public transport is available with Telford Train Station which is only a 15 minute walk from the park and there is a bus station at Telford Shopping Centre just 5 minutes away.

Telford Town Park is the other side of Southwater. However you travel or wherever you park follow the signs for Southwater or Telford Town Park and you will find the park.

Please note that Dark Lane car park is available for our daytime shows but will not be open for the evenings after 8pm.

If you have any questions about the event please let us know. You can contact Theatre Enquiries on 01952 382370.


Big Top celebration for double 50th

2018 brings a double 50th birthday for Telford – both the town and Oakengates Theatre @ The Place will celebrate five decades!

To mark the theatre’s landmark birthday, it is moving to the QEII Fields In Trust Town Park Arena this summer between 4 and 19 August to showcase an extravaganza of entertainment.

The arena will host a magnificent Big Top venue that will seat up to 1,000 people and will be called The Place In The Park.

This unique entertainment experience includes comedy, music, dance and children’s shows.

Acts with performance dates are as follows:-

Saturday 4 August: Tenor Russell Watson
Sunday 5 August: Scheherezade and 1001 Nights
Monday 6 August: Sounds of The 60s
Tuesday 7 August: Arrival: The Hits of ABBA
Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 August: Dinosaur World Live
Wednesday 8 August: Dara O Briain
Thursday 9 August: 80s Mania
Friday 10 August: Boyzlife
Saturday 11 August: Proms In The Park featuring The D-Day Darlings Trio
Saturday 11 August: The Greatest Showman Singalong
Sunday 12 August: Al Murray
Monday 13 August: Grease Singalong
Tuesday 14 August: Family Music Festival
Wednesday 15 August: S Club, 5ive, East 17
Thursday 16 August: Collabro
Friday 17 August: Doreen's Naughty Bits
Saturday 18 August: Big Sing Gospel Voices

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