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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. 

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1 Bletchley Park

Recently depicted in the award-winning film The Imitation Game, the house and grounds were the central site for Britain's code breakers during the Second World War. Learn about their revolutionary and ultimately life saving work, most notably the intricacies of the Enigma machine designed by Alan Turing.

When: Nov 1-Dec 31, Jan 1-Feb 28 2017, Mon-Sun 9.30am-4pm, last admission 3pm, Mar 1-Oct 31, Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm, last adm 4pm
Where: Bletchley Park, Wilton Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK3 6EB
Contact: +44 (0)1908 640404
More Details: www.bletchleypark.org.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

2 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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3 NERF Zone (Over 6s)

Whatever the weather, little space warriors can let off steam at this indoor attraction. Each hour-long session is led by a NERF Zone Commander, who will guide their team through the non-stop activities ahead. Each participant receives a target vest, goggles and the all-important NERF Blaster.

When: Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, Apr 11-23, May 1, May 29-31, Jun 1 & 2, Jul 1-31, Aug 1-31, Sep 1, Oct 23-29, Dec 28-31, 10am-5pm, ongoing
Where: Gulliver's Land, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK15 0DT
Contact: +44 (0)1925 444888
More Details: www.nerfzone.co.uk

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4 Milton Keynes Museum

Follow the history of the area from 1800 to the present day in a series of engaging collections and exhibits that document the emergence of Britain's newest city. The museum boasts interactive recreations and displays, and an ever-changing program of special events.

When: Apr 1-Oct 30, Wed-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 11am-4.30pm, Oct 31-Dec 31, Jan 1-Mar 31, Sat & Sun 11am-4.30pm, local school holidays Mon-Sun 11am-4.30pm
Where: Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Drive, Wolverton, Milton Keynes. MK12 5EL
Contact: +44 (0)1908 316222
More Details: www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk

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5 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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6 Habib Koite

A rare chance to hear one of Africa's most respected guitarists, joined by his band Bamada. His music is rooted in Malian and West African rhythms and melodies, while embracing a variety of musical styles including blues, flamenco and Afro-Cuban. Habib's vocals come in eight languages from Bambara and Mandinka, to French and Spanish.

When: Oct 23, 8pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.habibkoite.com

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7 The Secret Keeper

Cover-ups, open secrets, things that can't be told... Angela Clerkin's lush gothic fairy tale for grown ups is also a political fable. Developed at the National Theatre Studio, this show has been made by an award-winning creative team drawn largely from the Improbable stable and has specially written music by Nick Powell.

When: Oct 23, 7.30pm
Where: Stantonbury Theatre, Purbeck Way, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK14 6BN
Contact: +44 (0)1908 324466
More Details: www.clerkinworks.com/theatre-making/the-secret-keeper

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8 Martin Simpson

Born in Scunthorpe and now resident in Sheffield, this acclaimed folksinger has spent large parts of his adult life living in the States, where he has absorbed a lot of influences. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling.

When: Oct 24, 8pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.martinsimpson.com

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9 Autumn Half Term

With extra opening times, Milton Keynes Museum hosts five days of holiday activities geared to young visitors. Attractions include hourly science shows throughout the day, a nature trail, and historic board games recreated in the courtyard. Plus there'll be children's craft activities in the schoolroom.

When: Oct 23-27, 11am-4.30pm
Where: Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Drive, Wolverton, Milton Keynes. MK12 5EL
Contact: 01908316222
More Details: www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/visit-us/

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10 The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy

The creepy and kooky family, which began life as a cartoon strip in 1938, now makes an appearance in a spectacular live show with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Wednesday Addams has fallen in love... with a respectable young man. Starring Samantha Womack as Morticia, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday, Cameron Blakely as Gomez, and Les Dennis as Uncle Fester.

When: Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm
Where: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK9 3NZ
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7652
More Details: www.theaddamsfamily.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.