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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 Cloudbusting: Kate Bush Tribute

Mandy Watson's two-hour show features uncannily faithful renditions of Kate Bush's best-loved songs, including Wuthering Heights, Babooshka and This Woman's Work. She is supported by a masterful live band that more than does justice to Kate's complex arrangements, and there are video projections created by videographer Nick Gregory.

When: Feb 22, 8pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.cloudbustingkatebushtribute.com

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2 The Best Thing

Step into the wordless world of Vamos Theatre for this bitter-sweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution proves a hard and rocky path to tread. The story of Susan, a 17-year-old girl with a taste for adventure, is told entirely in mime by masked performers and is therefore suitable for deaf and hearing audiences alike.

When: Feb 22, 7.30pm
Where: Stantonbury Theatre, Purbeck Way, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK14 6BN
Contact: +44 (0)1908 324 466
More Details: www.vamostheatre.co.uk

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3 La Strada

This musical adaptation of Fellini's Oscar-winning film is directed by Olivier award-nominee Sally Cookson, and has a score by Benji Bower. The soul-searching story follows an Italian country girl who is sold by her impoverished mother to a brutish travelling sideshow performer. Presented by Belgrade Theatre, Cambridge Arts and Bristol Old Vic.

When: Feb 20-25, 7.30pm, mats Feb 22, 25, 2.30pm
Where: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK9 3NZ
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7652
More Details: www.britishtheatre.com/fellinis-la-strada-uk-tour/

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

4 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, 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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5 Worry Dolls

Formed in late 2010, the duo, consisting of Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, met at Paul McCartney's school of music in Liverpool. What really sets this Americana-influenced indie-folk band apart is tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics and their refusal to sing cliche love songs.

When: Feb 25, 8.45pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.worrydollsmusic.com

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6 NERF Zone (Over 6s)

It doesn't matter if the weather's foul outside - 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, additional half-term opening Feb 13-17, 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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7 Thrift Farm

This working farm with a quirky little petting zoo is run by Buckinghamshire Care to provide year-round employment for people with disabilities. It features traditional farm 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

Milton Keynes Museum. TICKETED

8 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: Mar 25-Oct 30, Wed-Sun 11am-4.30pm, Nov 5-Mar 24, Sat & Sun 11am-4.30pm, plus every day during half-term
Where: Milton Keynes Museum, Mcconnell Drive, Wolverton, Milton Keynes. MK12 5EL
Contact: +44 (0)1908 316222
More Details: www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk

Bletchley Park. TICKETED

9 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, 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

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10 Woburn Safari Park

Be at one with the animals which include majestic tigers, giraffes, lions, monkeys and zebras. Visitors have the option to 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 various talks and demonstrations.

When: Mon-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm, last adm 3.30pm, closed Feb 6-8, 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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