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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 Welsh National Opera: La Boheme

In a revival of 2012's highly successful production, Manlio Benzi conducts Puccini's vivid portrait of Parisian bohemian life, with direction from Annabel Arden and choreography from Philippe Giraudeau. It's fresh, sensitive and utterly, utterly romantic. Sung in Italian with surtitles in English and Welsh.

When: Mar 22 & 23, 7.15pm, audio-described perf Mar 23
Where: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK9 3NZ
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7652
More Details: www.wno.org.uk/event/la-boheme

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2 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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3 Sklamberg And The Shepherds

Lorin Sklamberg, Merlin Shepherd and Polina Shepherd play Jewish-based folk that is informed by their shared Ukrainian roots and originates from Yiddish and Russian song. Each of these renowned performers represents a different nation yet together they embark on a musical journey full of spirited joy and deep emotion.

When: Mar 26, 8pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.sklambergandtheshepherds.wordpress.com

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

Bletchley Park. TICKETED

5 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

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6 Bilal Zafar: Cakes

The 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee presents his sidesplitting debut show, based on a true episode in which his Twitter handle @zafaracakes became the target of a Far Right abuse storm in the mistaken belief that he was running a 'Muslim-only cake shop'. It's a beautiful deconstruction of social media idiocy.

When: Mar 27, 8.45pm
Where: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK17 8LU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 280800
More Details: www.bilalzafarcomedy.com

Milton Keynes Museum. TICKETED

7 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: Nov 5-Mar 24, Sat & Sun 11am-4.30pm, Mar 25-Oct 30, Wed-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 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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8 Shirley Valentine

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Willy Russell's heart-warming comedy, Jodie Prenger takes on the lead role of housewife Shirley in director Glen Walford's adaptation of the classic tale, that sees her embark on a spontaneous holiday to Greece that changes her perceptions of the world and herself.

When: Mar 27-Apr 1, 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm
Where: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK9 3NZ
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7652
More Details: www.shirley-valentine.com

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9 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, 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 Experience The Country: 4x4 Off-Road Driving

Release your inner Jeremy Clarkson by taking a Land Rover Defender around a Land Rover-designed course. The 3.5-mile trail offers rough terrain, obstacles, woodland, steep hills, a large area of mud ruts, water crossings and purpose-built features. A full driving licence and experience with manual controls is essential.

When: Mon-Sat 9am-3pm, booking to Mar 31
Where: Hounslow Hall Estate, Drayton Road, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes. MK17 0BU
Contact: +44 (0)1908 370 077
More Details: www.etc-leisure.co.uk/node/14

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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.