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17th May 2024

Funstation’s ‘Tickets2Wishes’ in aid of Rays Of Sunshine children’s charity

Funstation continues their long-standing partnership with Rays of Sunshine, a charity dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children by granting magical wishes. Funstation has been a continual supporter and fundraiser for Rays of Sunshine and the wonderful work they do. On Wednesday, 29th May Funstation is hosting an unforgettable VIP Day at Xscape, Milton Keynes for Rays of Sunshine ‘wish’ families from the local area. James Miller, Managing Director at Funstation explains the purpose behind the partnership, "Funstation is dedicated to creating fun and memories for families and friends spending time together. By supporting Rays of Sunshine, we can help them grant magical wishes to brighten the lives of other families too". Held in collaboration with Xscape MK, this VIP Day warmly invites families that have previously been granted wishes by Rays of Sunshine and promises a lineup of family-fun related activities designed to make lasting memories and..

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15th May 2024

Enjoy the thrill of Ascot in Milton Keynes

Experience the thrill of Ascot right in the heart of Milton Keynes! Set against the picturesque backdrop of Willen Hospice gardens, the upcoming Ladies Day on Thursday 20th, and Race Day on Friday 21st June, promises elegance and excitement. This exclusive event invites you to attend an afternoon of sophistication and sport. Get your fancy hats and exquisite dresses for an afternoon of bubbles and laughs. Tickets are just £50 per person on a shared table, or £500 for a table of ten. So get your girls together and help to raise much-needed funds for Willen Hospice. Guests will be treated to tasty canapés and refreshing drinks upon arrival, followed by a two-course afternoon lunch. But the festivities don't end there. The marquee will come alive with music, laughter, and celebrations. A fully-licensed bar ensures that glasses remain topped up, while a live auction promises the chance to walk away..

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14th May 2024

Gel Blaster event at Willen Lake this May half term

Move over nerf guns and paintball and make way for Gel Blasters, coming to Willen Lake for a one-off special event from 25th May – 2nd June. Enter the arena with an orb firing Gel Blaster to compete as part of a team to fire on your opponents and see who emerges victorious. If a person is hit, they’ll have to reset by touching back at their base. The winning team will be the one with the fewest resets – a mixture of good aim and dexterity to dodge the incoming Gellets®! There’s no mess involved, the Gellets® are water-based and disintegrate after impact, so no staining on clothes or the environment. Gellets® are gentle enough so it isn’t painful to play. Available this May bank holiday only, Gel Blaster sessions at Willen Lake are £7.50 per person for 15 minutes of action. Participants must be aged 8 years old..

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14th May 2024

Join The Old Lawnmower Club on the green, green grass of Milton Keynes Museum

The sound of the mower and the smell of freshly cut grass epitomises hazy summer days, and even though we don't all enjoy dragging the cutter around, we all love the results of a tidy and trim garden. This weekend, The Old Lawnmower Club will come to Milton Keynes Museum for its annual rally. The cutting-edge club boasts more than 500 members as fondness for the machines through the years continues to grow. Anyone who has an interest in the development of these invaluable garden assistants will want to visit during the course of the weekend, with 100s of mowers expected to be lined up for inspection. Aside from the rare mowers on show by club members, the Museum’s own fine collection will be open; Milton Keynes Museum is home to some of the earliest examples in existence. The event is 'edging' nearer, and everyone is invited to visit on..

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07th May 2024

Charity sleepout aims to raise awareness and funds for homeless in MK

Cranswick Convenience Foods, a Milton Keynes-based business, has joined forces with local homeless charity UnityMK, to raise awareness of the city’s homelessness crisis. The Big Sleepout charity event (8pm-6am, Friday 10 May 2024) aims to raise much needed funds to support individuals and families struggling with homelessness in Milton Keynes. Cranswick will be hosting the sleepout at their premises for a third year and is urging other local businesses, groups and individuals to get involved either by signing up to take part, or by donating much needed funds to support the charity’s work. Cranswick is hosting the event at their onsite car park and will be providing access to toilet and wash facilities, cardboard to sleep on, hot drinks and first aid provision throughout the night. Participants will be joined by Milton Keynes’ mayor, Councillor Mick Legg, in what will be a cold and uncomfortable night. Sam Pearl, Site Director at Cranswick in Milton..

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02nd May 2024

Caring for the little unfortunates

What happens when irresponsible owners decide they no longer want that gorgeous guinea pig now she’s not quite so little, or that beautiful bunny who takes more looking after than its owners were up for? That’s when the phone rings and Louise Norman and her husband Steve have to jump into action, as Sammy Jones discovered... For the past seven years, Louise has run Hartwell’s Homeless small animal sanctuary from her home, picking up the pieces and saving lives. “I became involved in animal rescue as a young child, when I would go out with my nan to trap feral cats and kittens for the Cats Protection League,” she told Pulse, “I was always bringing home injured wildlife, and the strays who seemed to find me.” Showing compassion for our smaller breeds is a family trait – her parents Maisie and Brian are also active at Hartwell’s Homeless and have..

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02nd May 2024

Celebrate #LoveMK Day

TODAY’S the day… yes, it’s #LoveMK Day once again. Destination Milton Keynes, the city’s official tourism organisation, is once again asking the people of Milton Keynes to help celebrate #LoveMK Day today (Thursday May 2) on the biggest one-day social media celebration of Milton Keynes. Now in its 12th year, #LoveMK Day promotes Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination and asks residents, employees and businesses to harness the pride that many have in the place they call home. Over the last few months, DMK has been asking residents and visitors what their favourite things are about Milton Keynes to compile the TOP TEN list of what you LOVE about MK… and the results are in: #LOVEMK TOP TEN The many green spaces, parks and lakes for everyone to enjoy Getting around is easy - the roundabouts, the grid system and the redways MK Dons FC Thriving independent restaurant..

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02nd May 2024

What is youth work and why do we need it now

In a world of misunderstandings, explore the transformative impact of youth work. Beyond stereotypes, it empowers and fosters resilience, essential in today’s challenges. Discover how it shapes empowered individuals, offering strength and adaptability in uncertain times. Contrary to popular belief, youth work is so much more than playing ping pong. When done right, youth work is the vehicle to empower young people to advocate for their rights, to challenge the structures and systems that oppress them, and to provide a trusted adult relationship that can be transformational for young people who don’t have their emotional needs met elsewhere. Youth workers interact with young people in a way which centres them and their experience, often at odds with other professionals in their lives, and this unique way of working is vital if we are to build resilient and independent young adults. At YMCA Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire, we work on the..

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01st May 2024

Easter family fun at Amazon in Milton Keynes

The team at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Milton Keynes hosted an Easter-themed family fun day for employees and their families. The event, which featured activities including an Easter egg hunt and arts and crafts, took place at Amazon in Milton Keynes and was attended by employees and their families. Victor Pulido, General Manager at Amazon in Milton Keynes, said: “We all had such a great afternoon, and it was fantastic to see so many colleagues having fun with their friends and families to celebrate Easter. I’d like to thank our team and their families for coming along and making it a brilliant day.” Przemyslaw Goliaszewski, who works at Amazon in Milton Keynes, said: “It was great to be able to bring my family along to see where I work and have a great time together. We had a fun-filled time celebrating Easter – thank you, Amazon!”

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01st May 2024

Retail Spend Boost for Milton Keynes City Centre

Milton Keynes, UK – April 30, 2024 – MyMiltonKeynes, the City Centre's Business Improvement District (BID), reports retail sales across the City Centre in March 2024, showcasing a robust 5.4% year-on-year increase, driven by a rise in customer numbers. Data collected, capturing in-store debit card spend throughout the City Centre, reveals that monthly retail expenditure in March 2024 reached £30.9 million, up from £29.2 million during the same period last year. Year-to-date figures further illustrate a growth of 1.6%. Milton Keynes' performance stands in contrast to the national trend, which has witnessed a decline in March 2024 sales of 5.4%, with year-to-date sales down by 1.8%. Customer numbers reached 373,000 in March, a 9% increase on the previous year. Notably, over half (53.1%) of sales originated from individuals outside the borough of Milton Keynes, an uplift of 2.2% from last year. While the fashion sector led in terms of total..

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01st May 2024

Spring’s sprung, time to head outdoors for seasonal fun...

If you’re looking to keep the family entertained this Spring or over half term, look no further than the city’s beautiful parkland! The Parks Trust, the charity caring for green spaces in Milton Keynes, hosts a heap of activities including free and low-cost ways to get outdoors. On your doorstep are more than 40 different parks with a huge choice of free play areas, leisure routes, trim trails and world-class outdoor artworks as well as events which include: Milton Keynes Walking Festival 9 - 12 May offers a four-day programme packed with exciting ways to discover the city’s parks and green spaces. Accessible Guided Walk 12 May at Campbell Park. Descriptive Guided Walk: Gyosei Art Trail 16 May at Campbell Park. Workshop: Wellbeing Wander for Families 16 May at Shenley Wood. Big Doggie Do 18 & 19 May at Willen Lake. Discovery Stroll 21 May at Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve...

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30th Apr 2024

Stand and deliver at the Milton Keynes Museum History Festival

The return of the MK Museum History Festival this May promises to be a colourful, lively, engaging weekend, walking you through the past and letting you get closer to our ancestors who were living, working, fighting and playing during key periods in this area's history. Milton Keynes Museum takes history off the page and brings it to life at this fascinating, family-friendly event. Want to understand more about military and civilian life for the native iron age tribes of Britain and the Roman Empire? The Vicus Romans can help with that. Roman traders will be selling their wares too. And you can pay by the most modern of means! Meet the Chanz des Reis, who will take you back to civilian, military and religious life in the High Medieval age – from the reign of King William the Conqueror to King Henry III. English Civil War re-enactment group Lord Robartes Regiment..

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28th Apr 2024

Olney retailers unite to raise over £6,000 for Willen Hospice with charity fashion show

A charity fashion show hosted by Olney's top fashion retailers has successfully raised over £6,000 for local palliative care charity Willen Hospice. The event, held at the Carlton House Club in Olney, was a vibrant celebration of fashion, community, and philanthropy. Attendees enjoyed an evening filled with style and glamour, featuring the latest collections from Olney's leading fashion boutiques. Willen Hospice's own shop also took centre stage, showcasing a stunning selection of pre-loved occasion-wear from its upstairs boutique in the town. The event was organised by Jane Sumner from Noa Noa and Marihelen Esam, a trustee at Willen Hospice. Together, they ensured a smooth and entertaining experience for all who attended. The fashion show was complemented by a lively raffle and auction, where guests had the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, generously donated..

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24th Apr 2024

Aqua Parcs launches £3,000 schools competition

Aqua Parcs, Willen Lake, which opens on Saturday 4 May, is thrilled to announce the launch of an innovative schools competition that is set to ignite the imaginations of young minds across the region. The competition offers school children a chance to showcase their creativity by designing their very own inflatable obstacle for the 2025 season. "We are excited to announce our new schools competition for 2024, giving young people the opportunity to be a big part of our 2025 season and win a huge prize for themselves AND their classmates," says Kieron, Joint Owner of Aqua Parcs. The concept is simple – children are invited to design an inflatable obstacle that will be brought to life for the 2025 season. The winning design will be meticulously recreated and added to the Aqua Parcs course for next year, providing an unforgettable experience for all visitors. In addition to having their..

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23rd Apr 2024

Run the London Marathon for Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice are encouraging local people to apply for a charity place to run in the London Marathon 2025. A charity place is a guaranteed spot in the London Marathon, in return for a minimum fundraising target of £2,500. This gives local people the chance to run in the one of the world’s most iconic events, while raising money for a charity that benefits people in their community. Willen Hospice had 17 people running the London Marathon, all raising vital funds for the charity. Families, friends and teams from Willen Hospice travelled to London to cheer the runners from the sidelines. Debs Miller, Willen Hospice Corporate and Challenges Executive said “There was such an incredible atmosphere yesterday. We are so thankful to everyone who ran not just with their legs, but with their hearts. The money they’ve collectively raised will make such a difference for local families in a real..

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