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Milton Keynes

discover the top things to see and do in Milton Keynes

Midway between Birmingham and London, Milton Keynes has got a host of unique museums and historical sites, including Bletchley Park where they cracked the Enigma code in WW2, The National Badminton Museum, and The National Museum of Computing. It’s also a top destination for an action-packed day out, with real snow slopes at SnoZone, all the fun of the fair at Gulliver’s Land, plus unrivalled shopping one of the longest shopping malls in Europe! Boasting Roman remains and 4,000 acres of parks, this surprisingly green destination is ideal for a relaxing day out. 

Great events in Milton Keynes this week

Check out our top 10 events in and around Milton Keynes this week

Best things to do this week in Milton Keynes

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1 Scratchblast

Ten years ago Irishman Jimmy Penguin started the Community Skratch Games. This anniversary tour celebrates the creativity of cutting-edge scratch delivered in a non-competitive format. It features a roster of international artists including the UK's Djackulate and Symatic, NMCP Studio from Russia and Electrofood CH from Belarus.

When: Aug 23, 7.30pm-12midnight
Where: MK11, Tilers Road, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes. MK11 3LH
More Details: www.facebook.com/pg/Mk11Music/events/

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2 The Climax Blues Band

This veteran outfit has been flying the flag for British blues since the 1960s. Vocalist and harmonica player Colin Cooper, who formed the band in 1967, died in 2008 but wanted the band to continue. The current line-up of skilled bluesmen pays tribute to classics like Couldn't Get It Right and I Love You as well as recently recorded material.

When: Aug 25, 8pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.climaxbluesband.com

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3 Hats Off To Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin Tribute

True Led Zep fans wouldn't settle for anything less than world-class musicianship and they have it in Peter Eldridge, Jack Tanner, Kevin Oliver Jones and Simon Wicker, who are managed by Peter Grant's son Warren and are the closest we can now get to the real thing. This is the only tribute act in the UK officially endorsed by Marshall Amplifiers.

When: Aug 26, 8pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.hatsofftoledzeppelin.co.uk

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4 Grease The Musical

The Wanted's Tom Parker is hopelessly devoted to playing T-Birds heartthrob Danny Zuko in the 1950s-set high school musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Co-stars Danielle Hope, Louisa Lytton and Darren Day perfect their hand jives to You're The One That I Want, We Go Together and Greased Lightnin'.

When: Aug 28-31, 7.30pm, Sep 1, 5.30pm & 8.30pm, Sep 2, 5pm & 8.30pm
Where: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK9 3NZ
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7652
More Details: www.greasethemusical.co.uk

Staff members at work in the Computer room on Election Night at the Press Association in Fleet Street, London. Pictured is the high-speed automatic printer of the NCR 315 Computer pouring out a mass of information. TICKETED

5 Guided Tour (Over 11s)

This two-hour tour of the collection from Colossus onwards is pure geeky heaven for adults and older children interested in the history of technology. Experienced guides, many of whom spent their careers using the machines on display, explain and demonstrate how the early computers were employed, and tell anecdotes about their design and operation.

When: Tue 2pm, Thu 10.30am, also from Feb 1, Wed 2pm, subject to availability, please arrive 15 minutes early and meet at the shop, adv booking required, ongoing
Where: The National Museum Of Computing, H Block, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes. MK3 6EB
Contact: +44 (0)1908 645001
More Details: www.tnmoc.org/visit/guided-tours

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6 The Bill Tutte: Mathematician & Codebreaker

Bill Tutte, a British codebreaker based at Bletchley, made a brilliant and fundamental advance in cryptanalysis of the Lorenz cipher, which was used for top-secret Nazi communications within the Wehrmacht High Command. Find out more about his achievements, which laid the foundations for the science behind internet search engines.

When: May 15-Oct 31, Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm, last adm 4pm, Nov 1-Feb 28, Mon-Sun 9.30am-4pm, last adm 3pm, phone for Christmas and New Year opening times, ends May 15 2019
Where: Bletchley Park, Wilton Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK3 6EB
Contact: +44 (0)1908 640404
More Details: www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/bill-tutte-mathematician-codebreaker

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7 Gulliver's Milton Keynes (Ages 2-13)

With over 70 attractions throughout the site, the children's theme park offer families a fun, adventure-filled day out. The popular park features tree top swings, giant tea cups, a cycle monorail, roller-coasters and an indoor play area. You can even book a short break and stay overnight.

When: Aug 1-31, Sep 1, Oct 23-29, Mon-Sun 10.30am-5pm, Sep 2-30, Oct 1-22, Sat & Sun 10.30am-5pm, Sep 4, 22, 10.30am-4pm
Where: Gulliver's Land, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK15 0DT
Contact: +44 (0)1925 444888
More Details: www.gulliversfun.co.uk/gullivers-land-milton-keynes

STANDALONE Photo. Rare newborn quadruplet lambs born at the 550-acre working farm The Olde House, in Cornwall, as the present mid-climate of the area means Cornwall can lamb earlier than other parts of the country. TICKETED

8 Thrift Farm

This working farm with a little petting zoo is run by Buckinghamshire Care to provide year-round employment for people with disabilities. It features livestock such as sheep, goats, pigs and chickens, as well as the more exotic rheas and alpacas. Adults can refuel at the Food4Thought Cafe whilst their little ones play on wooden climbing frames.

When: Mon-Sun 9.30am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, ongoing
Where: Thrift Farm, Buckingham Road, Whaddon, Milton Keynes. MK17 0EQ
Contact: +44 (0)1908 501733
More Details: www.thriftfarm.co.uk

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9 Woburn Safari Park

Be at one with the animals which include majestic tigers, giraffes, lions, monkeys and zebras. Visitors can drive through the large animal exhibits, which contain species such as white rhino and elephants, or walk around the enclosures. The 360 acre park also offers opportunities to interact with animals during talks and demonstrations.

When: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, last adm 5pm, ends Nov 5
Where: Woburn Safari Park, Woburn Park, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire. MK17 9QN
Contact: +44 (0)1525 290407
More Details: www.woburnsafari.co.uk

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10 Aerial Extreme Milton Keynes

The biggest high-rope adventure course in the south of England features a range of outdoor challenges to suit everyone from thrill-seeking adrenaline addicts to those who wish to conquer their fears. The obstacles include a rope bridge, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams. All courses include a clip-and-go safety system.

When: Jan-Dec, dates and times vary, check website for details, ongoing
Where: Aerial Extreme, V10 Brickhill Street, Willen Lake, Milton Keynes. MK15 0DS
More Details: www.aerialextreme.co.uk

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Midway between Birmingham and London, Milton Keynes has got a host of unique museums and historical sites, including Bletchley Park where they cracked the Enigma code in WW2, The National Badminton Museum, and The National Museum of Computing. It’s also a top destination for an action-packed day out, with real snow slopes at SnoZone, all the fun of the fair at Gulliver’s Land, plus unrivalled shopping one of the longest shopping malls in Europe! Boasting Roman remains and 4,000 acres of parks, this surprisingly green destination is ideal for a relaxing day out.