In 1985, an enlightened group of local residents recognised the building’s potential as a much needed arts centre for the Walton community. Establishing the Walton-on-Thames Community Trust to manage the process, a plan was hatched to acquire and develop the building, and secure the funding. Elmbridge itself played a major part in realising the dream by leasing the building on a peppercorn rent to the Trust.
The design of the Riverhouse Barn offers a wide range of spaces that can be easily adapted to meet most requirements for theatrical, musical and business events, as well as exhibitions. Our on-site catering from the Community Cafe & Bar, outside spaces and ample parking ensure that the venue is accessible for all.
These photographs show some of the main stages in the redevelopment.