Things to Do

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19th Jan 2017

The Parks Trust Presents Exciting Programme of Activity to Celebrate MK50

The Parks Trust, the charity that cares for Milton Keynes’ parks and green spaces, has planned a series of events and activities to celebrate the city’s 50th birthday, with exciting activities for people of all ages and interests to enjoy. A highlight of the year for many will be The Parks Trust’s partnership with Milton Keynes Council to offer a special programme of 50 led walks throughout 2017. These walks will be held at a wide variety of locations across the beautiful and inspiring city, offering people the chance to discover new areas and learn more about Milton Keynes. The most adventurous of all will be The Parks Trust’s 25 mile Challenge Walk, which will begin at Howe Park Wood. This will be a self-guided walk stretching across the city’s parkland, with a downloadable map available at www.theparkstrust.com This will be complemented by The Parks Trust’s definitive list of the..

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11th Jan 2017

The big MK50 Anniversary Exhibition – it’s here

A New City Comes to Life, at Middleton Hall, kicks off Milton Keynes’ year, celebrating 50 years since the city was officially born. From Tuesday January 10 until the ‘Designation Birthday’ itself on Monday January 23, the huge exhibition tells the story of the UK’s most successful new city showcasing everything Milton Keynes. From dinosaur bones to driverless cars; from Stone Age nomads to the digital generation; from farms, sleepy villages and Victorian railway towns to a vibrant regional economic and cultural powerhouse of 260,000 people - and it is still growing. Follow the information and data trail and learn how Milton Keynes was born and built. What was here before, what’s here now, and what is to come. See archive images, period videos and those famous..

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09th Jan 2017

Willen Hospice Santa Dash raises over £7000

Willen Hospice held its Santa Dash on Sunday 18th December which took place around Willen North Lake, starting and finishing just outside the Willen Hospice gardens. Over 500 dashers attended and so far over £7000 has been raised to support the specialist care Willen Hospice provides. Currently it costs £7 per minute for Willen Hospice to provide the specialist end-of-life care for its patients and support for their loved ones –events such as the Santa Dash contribute greatly to helping raise those urgently needed funds. Sarah Sweet-Rowley, Events Manager at Willen Hospice said “We were delighted to see so many people take part in our Santa Dash. It was a wonderful morning for a festive run and was fantastic to see a big group of Santa’s from the community take part showing much needed support for the care we provide here at Willen Hospice. Thank you to everyone who took..

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09th Jan 2017

Be stronger, braver and pinker with Race For Life Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes women are being urged to get the New Year off to a great start by signing up now to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2017.  The charity is calling on women of all shapes and sizes to show cancer who’s boss by choosing their event - Race for Life 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy – and committing to take part at Campbell Park and Willen Lake this summer.  Although many see January as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter in terms of health and fitness, motivation can slip as the cold weather drags on.      That’s where Race for Life comes in. The 5k and 10k events will take place on Sunday 11th June and Pretty Muddy will take place on Saturday 10 September so women who sign up now will be creating their own compelling goal to aim for later in the year,..

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07th Jan 2017

Glorious spoof of the Victorian melodrama

Ruddigore’s zany plot has it all - the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered, poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; and ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse. Will virtue triumph and can love conquer all? Join the cast from Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society at Stantonbury Campus Theatre from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 March 2017 to find out the answers for yourself. Tickets are available priced £16, concessions £13, under 16s £5 from First Night on 01908 510452 or via their website http://www.1stnight.co.uk/boxoffice.php Full of fun, laughter and wonderful music, this is an evening for the whole family and the show starts at 7.30pm at Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN. Wolverton..

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07th Jan 2017

Take part in the first ever Caldecotte Xtreme Challenge

Make up a team of 4 and tackle a new and unique challenge at the Caldecotte Xperience on the weekend of 18th and 19th March 2017. Test yourselves against a whole range of obstacles and challenges and you’ll learn what you can do and how to work together as a team. It’s hard and its great fun! As you follow a track around the site, you’ll climb, abseil, negotiate the scramble wall, go underground in the caving system, try to strike gold at archery, go canoeing on the lake, run round the lake and finally wade the river on your way to the finish. It is likely to take 1 to 2 hours to complete and each team will have its own start time. Points will be awarded for successfully completing each challenge so we will have a winning team at the end. It costs just £200 for each team..

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06th Jan 2017

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you enjoy meeting people and sharing your passion for...

We are looking for new volunteers to join our team as Visitor Experience Assistants, Meet and Greeters, Tour Guides and Buggy Drivers. If you love meeting new people and sharing your passion for historic places this could be the role for you. You will be on hand to assist our visitors throughout their visit and help to support the Visitor Experience team in the day-to-day running of Stowe House. Brilliant customer service is at the heart of what we do and our volunteers leave our visitors feeling refreshed and inspired.  'The Stowe House volunteers are a great group to work with and have an infectious enthusiasm for the property. New volunteers are made welcome and all are happy to share the wealth of knowledge they have'.  (Volunteer Visitor Experience Assistant) No prior experience is required to join our team as you will be given a full induction and training to help..

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30th Dec 2016

Fun goes on whatever the January weather in Gulliver’s indoor attractions

Parents with restless kids to entertain on cold and wet January weekends will be thankful for Gulliver's Land's January offer - the theme park's Splash and NERF Zones and The SFEAR are offering half price tickets all month long! To mark the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes - and as the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues - tickets to the indoor attractions are discounted by 50% during January. The three indoor attractions in Milton Keynes are open at weekends all year round, even when the main theme park is closed. The Splash Zone is a water play centre with water jets, sprays, streams and slides. The water isn't deep enough to swim in, so it's perfect for non-swimmers who just love to have fun getting wet. The water is heated to the perfect temperature giving families with young children a splashingly good time. The NERF Zone is the ultimate..

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29th Dec 2016

MK50 Anniversary Exhibition – A New City comes to Life

MK50 Anniversary Exhibition - A New City comes to Life The year-long MK50 celebrations kick off with a major free exhibition in January 2017 that tells the exciting story of the UK’s most successful new city and showcases everything Milton Keynes. From dinosaur bones to driverless cars; from Stone Age nomads to the digital generation; from farms, sleepy villages and Victorian railway towns to a vibrant regional economic and cultural powerhouse of 260,000 people, and it is still growing. Follow the information and data trail and learn how Milton Keynes was born and built. What was here before, what is here now, and what is to come. See archive images, period videos and those famous TV adverts as well as a unique collection of original architectural models of iconic city landmarks. Read the words and hear the voices of those who conceived and constructed Milton Keynes, the first residents and..

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29th Dec 2016

Wolverton shines on at annual Lantern Festival

December delivered the 28th edition of Wolverton Lantern Festival, MK’s longest established lantern parade. Boasting giant lantern creations of a spaceman from Wyvern First School, an Egyptian Sarcophagus from Bushfield Middle School,  paraffin lit ‘Great Fire of London’ lantern flats by the children of Greenley’s First School, as well as hundreds of ‘horrible history themed’ lanterns created by visitors. Stony Stratford volunteers brought a huge Spike the Dragon lantern to the parade, after learning how to make the giant willow creations in Wolverton’s ‘train to build’ workshops.  Concrete Circus youth troupe wowed the crowds with stilt-walking knights and unicycling princesses, whilst Black Diamond Majorettes spun their batons at the speed of light. Bushfield School Samba Band and Nova Guarda provided carnival beats and sonic energy during the parade.  Audiences to The Square were treated to music from local artists including the Wolverton Town Band, dancing from local groups, and singing from Rock..

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