Things to Do

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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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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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