Things to Do

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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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02nd May 2024

What’s on at the theatre this May

Sammy Jones shares this month’s top choices on a stage near you – including work by the sublime pen of the much-missed Kay Mellor, a Disney classic and some giggle bringers.... It has one lamp, three wishes and infinite possibilities – and Disney’s Aladdin is currently enchanting audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre, with tickets selling fast. The curtain won’t come down, but the magic carpet will fly off for the last time on Sunday, May 19. There won’t be time to get comfortable though, with a week of one nighters following, starting with The Chicago Blues Brothers in The Cruisin’ For A Bluesin tour (May 21), the magnificent Johannes Radebe who delivers House of JoJo (May 22), funny fella Ed Gamble brings his Hot Diggity Dog stand up (May 23), the Dreamboys (May 24) will show off their oiled muscles and then What’s Love Got To Do With It? takes..

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02nd May 2024

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, or rather everybody is talking about the rising talent who is currently starring as the teenager in the award-winning smash hit show. And when Ivano Turko steps to the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre next month (June 10-15) he’ll be playing to his home crowd, having grown up here in the new city. It was while singing in church in these parts as a youngster that Ivano first set his sights on performing. So, that’s how it started, and it’s been going gloriously well since; having graduated drama school in 2020 he was personally chosen by Lord Lloyd Webber to be the male lead, Prince Sebastian, in Webber’s hotly-anticipated new musical, Cinderella, in the West End. From there, he transformed into reggae icon Bob Marley for the bio-musical Get Up, Stand Up! - with just two weeks to get everything ship-shape and fit for the stage...

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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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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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10th Apr 2024

Striking Events launch biggest Comic Con to date in Milton Keynes

Formed in 2022, Striking Events may still be relatively new to the Comic Con scene, but at its very heart is a collective wealth of comic con experience going back 25 years. Add to that, the family run company has its very roots embedded deep into the area, having resided in Milton Keynes all of their lives. On May 19th the MILTON KEYNES MEGA COMIC CON will open its doors for the first time at THE MARSHALL ARENA and will signal the next stage in Striking Events ambitions. Already succeeding with an impressive forty plus events that are lined up for this year alone – the MEGA COMIC CON in Milton Keynes will be their biggest event yet! The Mega Comic Con will have a strong community minded focus, a fun friendly environment for families to enjoy. A fully inclusive event for all which sets us apart from other comic..

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09th Apr 2024

Head outdoors for the wonderful Walking Festival

National Walking Day (today, 3rd April) is the perfect time to announce the annual Walking Festival returning to city parks in May, packed full of outdoor activities! Organised by The Parks Trust, the charity caring for the MK’s green spaces, this year’s four-day festival provides more variety than ever - from forest bathing to barefoot running. Here’s a round-up of special events to enjoy: Introduction to Forest Bathing. Thursday 9 May, 1.30pm at Shenley Wood. Connect with the natural world on a relaxing walk through the ancient woodland, engaging Forest Bathing techniques. Developed in 1980’s Japan, these have been found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve memory and concentration - nature is a powerful healer! Booking essential, suitable for ages 12+. Introduction to Singletrack with Trek. Thursday 9 May, 6pm at Campbell Park. A great way to explore the city on Redways, bridle paths, and leisure routes –..

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09th Apr 2024

The Mammoth is back! Aqua Parcs confirms giant jump is part of its 2024 obstacle course

It’s the news that thrill-seekers wanted to hear – Aqua Parcs is bringing its giant ‘Mammoth’ obstacle back for the 2024 season, which starts on Saturday 4 May. Introduced to the 450-metre-long inflatable water park last year, the ‘Mammoth’ stands at 30ft tall and features a daring 20ft ‘cliff jump’ – making it ones of the biggest attractions in Milton Keynes. Awarded MK’s Top Attraction 2023 at the MK Food & Leisure Awards, Aqua Parcs enters its 7th year at Willen Lake and will bring new features to the park for 2024. Split over three unique sections: Union, Aqua Glide and Airspace, visitors get a different experience at each area – all included in the one-hour session. Aqua Parcs has also taken over the Open Water Swimming operations at Willen Lake that invites people to join a community of swimmers that take to the lake on Saturday mornings with Sunday..

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03rd Apr 2024

It’s the most ‘bluetiful’ time of the year

The springtime vision of woodland floors transformed by a sea of bluebells is truly stunning. The chink of early year sun dancing through the treetops and onto their delicate petals reminds us that better (and warmer!) days are ahead. A leisurely stroll through the woods at any time of the year is good for the soul, but particularly when the bluebells are awake to welcome us – and they usually provide a display from late March to early May. But how much do you really know about these charming little flowers? You probably don’t realise just how fortunate we are in the UK – almost half the world’s bluebells are found here, and these dainty delights take their time to establish themselves; from seed to flower takes a colony between five and seven years. If you take a trip out to see them in the next few weeks, enjoy them,..

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02nd Apr 2024

Live music at The Craufurd Arms this April

One of my most favourite albums ever is The Day The Country Died, writes Sammy Jones... I was a little too young to be exposed to it when it first came out, but when I discovered it during the late 1980s, the influence of this gnarly punk produce was colossal. In 2024 it is still played here as frequently as it ever was. It’s a masterpiece on so many levels, and there were others; From The Cradle to the Grave was every bit as brilliant. The band responsible, anarcho-punks Subhumans are right up there when it comes to my most influential. Subhumans shaped my childhood, and were the antithesis of the sanitised pop my peers were listening to. Heck, I even centred one of my school drama projects around one of their songs! Culture Shock followed from the ashes of Subhumans, and their gigs at the still-missed Countapoint Club in..

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29th Mar 2024

What’s on at the theatre in Milton Keynes this April

Dino’s and spooky shows, and a magic lamp and the Godfather of Punk Poetry. You want variety? Sammy Jones talks you through lots of it with a peek behind the curtain at April’s theatre opportunities... You’ll get chills, and they’ll probably start multiplying at Milton Keynes Theatre this month, but it won’t have anything to do with the students of Rydell High. In fact, April’s first play to devour is thrilling, exciting and fear inducing all rolled into a package known as The Woman in Black (April 2-6). Susan Hill’s chilling ghost story is horrifyingly good – and more than seven million ticket sales prove the point. Arthur Kipps is obsessed with a curse he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, so he engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear..

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28th Mar 2024

The Genie-us of Aladdin’s musical master

It promises one lamp, three wishes and infinite possibilities, and this April, Milton Keynes Theatre invites everyone to revel in the wonder of Disney’s breathtaking spectacle, Aladdin. The magic carpet will touch down for a month-long stay in the new city from April 24. The exuberant production features iconic music by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, truly making it a ‘sound’ proposition as much as a visual spectacular! Superstar composer Alan has accrued a terrific number of accolades for his work on Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and the film version of Aladdin. “It’s always been a dream of mine to somehow restore the telling of Aladdin the way Howard Ashman and I first envisioned it, and how we wrote it,” Alan said, “The Disney film version is a dazzling action-adventure tale with great animation effects and a handful of songs, some with lyrics by Howard..

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