Things to Do

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17th Jul 2024

Art in the Park Festival Celebrates Culture in Milton Keynes

The Milton Keynes Islamic Arts & Culture (MKIAC)’s Art in the Park festival was a resounding success at the weekend, Saturday, 13 July 2024, at the Campbell Park Events Plateau in Milton Keynes. This year's theme, "Green City", beautifully intertwined the elements of culture, identity, and nature, creating an atmosphere of celebration, unity, and environmental consciousness. The event, which drew an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 18,000 attendees, featured a wide array of activities and performances that highlighted the rich cultural diversity of Milton Keynes while emphasising the importance of climate action. The festival kicked off with a vibrant Parade of Colours, a spectacular display of Milton Keynes' multicultural community. Participants donned traditional attire, creating a living tapestry of the city’s diverse heritage. The festival stage was graced by an eclectic mix of performers, including the energetic Raka Balkan Band, the dynamic Taal Bhangra Dance Group, the melodious Northampton Orchestra, the..

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17th Jul 2024

Free family fun for the summer holidays

Whatever the weather, there’s still plenty of time to pack a picnic or wield your wellies, and head outdoors for some free family fun with The Parks Trust. Discover local nature at Howe Park Wood Open Mornings every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 23 July until 29 August, 9.30am-12.30pm. Plan multiple visits to make the most of a different theme each week – learning about Mammals, Conservation & Biodiversity, Freshwater, Birds, Plants & Trees, and Minibeasts. At Howe Park Wood Open Mornings, enjoy the tranquil oasis of a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, with free access to experts and artefacts in the Education Centre, nature-themed challenges, and self-guided trails. There are also some sessions offering bookable low-cost activities like Nature Craft and Pond Dipping. Hosted in a different park each week Parkland Play sessions are filled with family fun, from lawn games and sports equipment to bubble machines, sensory..

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16th Jul 2024

Endless activities await at Willen Lake this summer

Searching for a summer of fun? Willen Lake is waiting for you with endless activities to keep friends and family entertained all summer long. Experience excitement Sign the kids up for an exciting activity week this summer, where they will work towards a watersports qualification in either sailing or paddlesports. Kids aged 8-15 years old are invited for a week of watersports fun; learning and earning a recognised qualification in the process. Flexible clubs are also available, including the Junior Paddlesports Club which costs just £10 for two hours of paddling practice on a Thursday evening. And on Sunday mornings the Sailing Club offers experienced sailors the chance to practice their skills. Have an adventure Embark on a new adventure with a range of taster sessions, choose from sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking or stay on land with a Discover Archery session. Discover sessions last 90-minutes and are ideal for beginners to..

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16th Jul 2024

Special guests and VIP Mini Experiences at Woburn Safari Park this Summer

Woburn Safari Park is always a great place to make some memories, and this summer there are even more reasons to plan your next safari adventure as the Park welcomes family-favourite TV characters for an extra special day out! Throughout the Park, you might spot some familiar faces this summer as popular kids’ TV characters come to say hello. Visit on selected dates to meet Paw Patrol and CoComelon characters, Hey Duggee, Peppa Pig, and Bluey, who will be popping up at intervals!  A priority event ticket is available to buy online at woburnsafari.co.uk for each event, at no extra cost to standard safari admission! Event tickets also include a full day of safari fun from 10am, including the chance to get up-close with lions, tigers, giraffes and many more exotic and endangered animals from the comfort of your car, before heading into the foot safari to see more exciting..

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09th Jul 2024

Gravity Active in Milton Keynes launches Unlimited Summer Pass

Discover the ultimate location for excitement and adventure with the brand-new Unlimited Summer Pass at Gravity Active in Milton Keynes. A thrilling variety of activities await, ensuring non-stop entertainment from start to finish. For those needing the perfect spot for a summer playcation, the Unlimited Summer Pass has got you covered! From prices as low as £40, these new Unlimited Summer Passes are designed specifically for those looking to make the most of their summer. The passes offer unlimited access to all of Gravity Active's thrilling attractions, with a range of packages to choose from including trampolining and climbing walls. The Unlimited Summer Passes are available now through to the end of summer 2024 at all Gravity Active locations nationwide. Inspired by the Summer of Sport, Gravity Active has also partnered with Capri Sun this summer. Gravity Active is offering an incredible opportunity to introduce children aged 6-10 to the..

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05th Jul 2024

Aqua Parcs makes mammoth England Euros pledge

Aqua Parcs at Willen Lake has announced that IF England win the UEFA European Championship 2024, it will open its water park for FREE. So far, the England team’s performance has been ‘questionable’, but Saturday’s victory against Switzerland has taken them through to the semis finals where they will face the Netherlands on Wednesday evening. A win against the Dutch will see Gareth Southgate’s team progress to the final where they could face one of the two following teams: Spain or France. To commemorate what could be a historic win for England, Aqua Parcs will offer free access to its popular water park on Monday 15 July between 3pm and 6pm. Spaces will be a first come first served basis. “We are incredibly excited at the prospect of our national team making it to the final and winning this year’s Euros,” said Kieron, Joint Owner at Aqua Parcs. “We want..

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05th Jul 2024

Popular Pizza Restaurant Fireaway Invites YOU to the Relaunch

Beloved Pizza restaurant and takeaway, Fireaway Pizza Milton Keynes is hosting a relaunch party this Saturday 6 July between 1pm – 9pm. Bring the whole family down to the restaurant based at Milton Keynes’ number one leisure quarter, 12th Street, from 1pm for kid’s entertainment, including activities, AND FREE face-painting. Then from 7pm, the adults can enjoy a live in-house DJ pumping the best music, all whilst tucking into delicious authentic Italian pizzas cooked right in front of your very eyes. All signature pizzas will be on special offer at £6.95 and there will be loads of other special discounts to explore too. Atia Khan and Mira Daya, Fireaway Pizza Milton Keynes Owners commented: “We are thrilled to announce the relaunch of Fireaway Pizza under our ownership. As the new owners, we are incredibly excited to carry forward the quality and freshness of our pizzas, whilst also bringing new innovative..

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04th Jul 2024

Adventure golf comes to Willen Lake

Fun seekers have an exciting new outdoor activity to love at MK’s most popular park, Willen Lake, as an all-new adventure golf course opens on Saturday 13th July! Visitors of all ages will be able to practice their putting skills through the twists and turns of the 12-hole course, designed with a wildlife theme. On the route there’s superb sculptures to spot, of creatures found in the local environment – with a different one at each hole to see and learn about, from bats to butterflies, and more. Robert Wood, Executive Director at Willen Lake said “Mini-golf courses are hugely popular for a reason – they’re fun for all ages! And at the heart of our course is a wildlife theme, to reflect the biodiversity work of The Parks Trust, which Greenspan have brilliantly brought to life. Now, we just can’t wait to see visitors enjoying the course this summer..

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04th Jul 2024

Milton Keynes Islamic Arts & Culture returns this summer

Milton Keynes Islamic Arts & Culture (MKIAC) is thrilled to announce their annual Art in the Park festival, set to take place on the 13th July 2024 from 1pm to 9pm at the Campbell Park Events Plateau in Milton Keynes. This year's theme, Green City, will explore the intricate links between culture, identity, and nature, celebrating our diverse heritage while championing climate action.  Date: 13 July 2024 Time: 1pm-9pm Location: Campbell Park Events Plateau, Milton Keynes Admission: Free Event Highlights: Parade of Colours: Join the vibrant Parade of Colours, showcasing the rich tapestry of Milton Keynes' multicultural community. They are actively seeking participants to contribute to this colourful spectacle. Performances: Enjoy an eclectic mix of performances throughout the day, including: Headliners: Raka Balkan Band Taal Bhangra Dance Group Northampton Orchestra Greek Cultural Performance Brazilian Samba Drummers Art Marquee: Participate in a variety of engaging art workshops and demonstrations: Art Workshops: Only £2 per session Islamic Arts: Featuring calligraphy sessions..

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25th Jun 2024

Get closer to the natural world at Love Nature Day

The Parks Trust, the charity caring for over 6,000 acres of the city’s parkland, has joined forces with local nature groups to celebrate Milton Keynes’ natural world - and everyone is invited! Aiming to bring local people closer to nature, Love Nature Day returns to Howe Park Wood on Saturday 6th July with lots of fun crafts and activities to enjoy between 12pm - 4pm. On the day, learn about bees and many other fascinating creatures as local wildlife organisations showcase the positive changes supporting the local natural environment. Confirmed to be joining The Parks Trust are The Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, North Bucks Bat Group, Wolverton Swifts, RSPB, Natural History Museum Tring, and MK Natural History Society. You could also explore the woods on a guided tour led by The Parks Trust Biodiversity specialists, spotting plants, birds, and butterflies - with BSL interpretation available. There’ll be storytelling and face..

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16th Jun 2024

Just one month to go until popular Midnight Moo event

Local charity Willen Hospice are calling on Milton Keynes to ‘join the herd’ for their Midnight Moo night-time walk on Friday 12 July. The event, sponsored by Specsavers MK, takes place at Midsummer Place in Central Milton Keynes, with a warm up and entertainment from 9.30pm, and a countdown to the walk at 10pm. Midnight Moo-vers can choose to walk 5 miles, ending at the ‘half-moo’ mark at The Good Gym MK in Kiln Farm, or a 10 mile circular route returning to Midsummer Place. Each mile is sponsored by a local organisation or community group, with Willen Hospice nurses, staff and volunteers marshalling mile 3. Everyone taking part can opt-in to receive a cow-print Midnight Moo 2024 t-shirt to walk in and participants will also receive a fundraising pack, sponsor form and Midnight Moo medal. For those walking in memory of a loved one, they are encouraged to write..

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16th Jun 2024

Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival – Saturday, 6th July 2024 – Last Chance to Enter...

The Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival is returning on Saturday, July 6th, 2024, and if you haven't secured your spot yet, now is the time! With over 25 teams already signed up, there are still some spots available. Supported by MKFM, Business MK, and MK Pulse Magazine, and in aid of Brain Tumour Research, this festival will take place at the picturesque Willen Lake on 6th July 2024. It promises to be a highlight on the regional events calendar. This festival brings together a vibrant mix of new and returning crews, all eager to enjoy a memorable day with colleagues and friends while making a positive impact in their community. This year, teams have the chance to fundraise for Brain Tumour Research, ensuring that this charitable organisation benefits from the festival's success. There are also gold and silver entry options available, offering marketing benefits and substantial donations to charities. Notable..

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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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