Things to Do

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12th Jun 2024

Free Midsummer Festival

On Saturday 23rd June, Milton Keynes City Council is holding the city’s first ever, family-friendly Midsummer Festival. Everyone is invited to celebrate the summer solstice with a fun-packed free programme of music, maypoles, magic and more. Midsummer Boulevard is famously aligned with the path of the sun at summer solstice, which in traditional folklore is celebrated on the night of 23 June. From 10am to 10.30pm, Midsummer Boulevard East will be transformed into Festival central for a free event inspired by traditional midsummer themes of renewal, healing, and health. There will be a wide range of music, street theatre, and folklore-inspired art taking place alongside free making workshops. Pop-up street food curated by local blogger Sophie etc will be available throughout the day and into the evening, with the event ending with a parade to the Light Pyramid in Campbell Park. Midsummer Boulevard East will be closed to traffic to..

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12th Jun 2024

Reviewing Horwood House: A Timeless Retreat Celebrating Luxury and History

Turn into the magnificent long driveway that leads to the majestic Horwood House hotel and you are immediately immersed in a sense of a bygone age. Nestling in the north Buckinghamshire countryside on the edge of the village of Little Horwood just outside Milton Keynes, the tree-lined approach leads to the manor house at its end, designed by arts and crafts architects Blow and Billerey and built in 1911. It is a stunning example of their architectural style and is now grade II listed. Step inside, by contrast, and you are surrounded by 21st-century luxury, the result of a £6 million refurbishment completed in 2022 that features a contemporary extension housing most of the comfortable and spacious bedrooms. I am here with my partner Lee as a treat to celebrate his 40th birthday. We arrive ahead of check-in time in order to have a leisurely look around, a stroll through..

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11th Jun 2024

What’s on at the theatre this month in MK

Our regular dip into the world of theatre on our doorstep – Pulse’s Sammy Jones has the best of the bunch for you... Funny man and chat show host Clive Anderson (June 6) will be pulling up a pew, and delivering the live version of his hit podcast, My Seven Wonders at Wavendon venue, The Stables. Previous guests have included Stephen Fry, John Bishop and Omid Djalili. Who will he be nattering with this time? I’d take a guess that it won’t be Barry Gibb. If you are old enough, you’ll remember that car crash of an interview. One of the stars from the nation’s best loved teen sitcoms will be taking your questions, when 15 Years of The Inbetweeners: In Conversation with Joe Thomas arrives on June 12. The blue comedy, about four socially awkward pals making their way through adolescence, was a small screen blast and broke records..

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11th Jun 2024

A family fuelled day out

Organisers of Classic Stony are gearing up for their biggest ever event to mark its 15th birthday. Sammy Jones belted up and discovered more about the journey so far... Classic car fans will be driven crazy with 100s of examples parked up for inspection at the event which unites the community and makes for a fabulous, free day out. Described as ‘a festival of all things motoring,’ Classic Stony will get everyone revved up on June 2, consuming the whole of the picturesque old town with some wheelie terrific cars and bikes. “It is a relaxed, informal free day out for the family and car and bike fans, run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts,” said event spokesman Adrian Cole, “There is always something quirky and interesting to see – from a Henry Ford Model T from the roaring 20s to a time travelling replica of the DeLorean car from Back to..

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11th Jun 2024

Catch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Milton Keynes Theatre

Belt up for a fantasmagorical show! More than two decades since the delightful Chitty Chitty Bang Bang first premiered at the London Palladium, a brand-new scrumptious production will hit the stage of Milton Keynes Theatre for a flying visit in July. Ian Fleming wrote the book more than 50 years ago, and the version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soon coming to town will be an amalgamation of his original story, the film version by Roald Dahl, and the previous stage production. “For me, Chitty is like an old friend,” said director Thom Southerland, “I used to watch it as a child and was in fact in the audience at the very first preview of the Palladium production, so it’s a show that has always stuck with me and it now feels very special to be putting my own stamp on it.” In Chitty Chitty Bang Bang you will meet..

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11th Jun 2024

Willen Hospice family event to return this September

Willen Hospice is inviting local children to grab their trainers and scooters for their annual Mini-Moo event on Sunday 15 September. Taking place by the Hospice, this popular family event sees hundreds of children walk, run or scoot a sponsored lap of Willen’s North Lake, receiving a finisher’s medal at the end. Families can also look forward to music, games stalls, and Willen Hospice’s very own mascot, Flo the Cow, cheering the kids on! This year’s event is extra special with a “moo-vies” theme. All Mini-Moovers are encouraged to ‘Let it Flo’ and dress up in their best film-inspired costumes, bringing their favourite movie characters to life! Katrina Walsh, Willen Hospice Events Fundraiser, said: “Our Mini-Moo is such a great, family event. It’s fantastic to see all the kids dressed up and enjoying a morning of fun, fitness and fundraising. It’s also an opportunity for children to learn about our..

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06th Jun 2024

Linford Eats food festival returns in June

Suitable for family and friends of all ages (including well-behaved dogs on leads), visitors can enjoy the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park at Linford Eats on Thursday 13th June. From 4pm until 8pm there’ll be a feast of food, drink, dessert, music, local traders, kids entertainment, face painting and a land train! Linford Eats was launched in 2021 by The Parks Trust, the charity caring for the city’s parkland, as part of celebrations of the extensive improvements of Great Linford Manor Park. Now, they’re handing over the reins (or recipe) to the team behind Cranfield Market, known as Social Society Events. The team organising this year’s event say “we are thrilled to add Linford Eats to our events calendar. We are passionate about events that are family friendly, inclusive and cater to a wide range of needs such as dietary requirements. We look forward to welcoming residents to a..

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06th Jun 2024

Head outdoors to make the most of summer

Summer has arrived and if you’re looking to make the most of the longer days, 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. The city boasts almost 50 different parks for residents to enjoy, offering a huge choice of free play areas, leisure routes, trim trails and world-class outdoor artworks to see. Plus, a jam-packed programme of family friendly events for the community: Community Volunteering Task - Himalayan Balsam Removal 8 June, 10am at Lodge Lake A great way to help take care of Milton Keynes parks and protect native plant species. If you’re looking for a physical session, removing plants by hand, simply join on the day. Walk & Talk: Stonepit and wildflowers 11 June, 5.15pm at Stonepit Field This walk offers a chance..

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04th Jun 2024

The multi-purpose venue in Milton Keynes is fully open

Milton Keynes’ much-anticipated landmark visitor destination, Unity Place, has now opened all of its remaining facilities and is named fully open, following its initial launch earlier this year. Located directly opposite MK Station Square, the multi-purpose venue features an Urban Food Market comprising multiple street food vendors, cafés, the rooftop terrace bar Unity Sky Lounge, and the newly launched celebrity chef destination Dipna Anand’s Kitchen and Bar. The venue has become a key destination, shaping the future landscape of the area by creating a community hub in the heart of the city. With everything available under one roof, Unity Place offers locals and visitors an unparalleled shopping and dining experience in the heart of Milton Keynes. The Corner Store sells everyday essentials; Baker’s Room provides freshly made bread, pastries, cakes and coffees; and it even features a high-end barbershop, ROK, for those looking for a fresh trim. For a quick bite to eat, there is the Urban..

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30th May 2024

Midsummer Place to celebrate the Summer Solstice in style

Midsummer Place is set to celebrate the Summer Solstice and help people understand the true meaning behind the centre’s ‘meaningful’ location and its link to the annually watched event that marks the longest day of the year. The premium shopping centre has teamed up with local company Connected Collective to help create, promote and host these eye-opening events that are open to all. The four-day extravaganza starts on Thursday 20 June with a sunrise ‘welcome’ on Campbell Park and ends on Sunday 23 June with Tarot card reading and a Labyrinth walk – plus much more in between. The events held at Midsummer Place are: Thursday 20 June Waterstones Talk: Unveiling the Secrets of Milton Keynes with Crystals and Legends Delve into the mystical allure of Milton Keynes in a captivating talk at Waterstones. Discover hidden ley lines, supernatural lore, and the power of crystals to enhance personal energy. Tickets..

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27th May 2024

Milton Keynes Museum’s Victorian weekend is by Royal Appointment

It was the era of exploration and discovery and this June Milton Keynes Museum is turning back the clock and inviting everyone to experience Victorian life – but you'll need to be on your best behaviour; HM Queen Victoria will be making an appearance! Re-enactors the Die Hards will be standing to attention when Her Majesty inspects her troops at 2pm daily, before attending afternoon tea* in the marquee. Get practicing those greetings and curtseys! Neil Story will be telling tales of Victorian life, and there will be stories from the era for the kids. Interactive Punch and Judy shows will take place at intervals throughout both days too. That's the way to do it! A Cabinet of Curiosities tent will include all kinds of unusual exhibits, and if you want to experience learning how the Victorians did it, a trip to the schoolroom for a school session is recommended..

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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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