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Summer Activities in Milton Keynes

Discover what Milton Keynes has to offer throughout the Summer Holidays. We've got events and activities for the whole family, many of which are free or low cost.

Located in the heart of the UK with easy access on many transport routes, Milton Keynes offers everything from outdoor theatre, film festivals, an indoor beach, museums, theme parks and much, much more! For a list of all activities on across MK during the Summer Holidays and beyond you can visit our What's On section.

Below are some of the activities available in Summer 2017! You can also visit our Family Fun page for even more ideas - CLICK HERE

centre mk beachBeach at centre:mk - 21 July to 3 September - FREE

The beach is back at centre:mk's Middleton Hall for 2017! Middleton Hall will be filled with 100 tonnes of  sand as far as the eye can see. You'll be able to enjoy candy floss, gelato and hot drinks from one of the lovely kiosks. There will be a carousel, fairground rides, inflatables and other fun rides (some charges apply).

Whatever the weather does this summer, you can still go to the beach! For more information visit www.thecentremk.com

Screens Court at centre:mk - Various dates

Sports and movie fans are in for a treat this summer as centre:mk announces that the city's iconic Queens Court is to be temporarily renamed "Screens Court" with the installation of a giant screen.  

Debuting on Monday 3rd July, guests will be able to pull up a deckchair in the sunshine and get their fill of live coverage from Wimbledon followed by a whole season of other major sporting events and evening movies, including Grease, Top Gun, The Goonies and many more - ALL FOR FREE.

For a full list of dates and movies - CLICK HERE

Xscape DinosaurXscape to The Great Outdoors - 24 July to 3 Sept

Fancy ‘Xscaping’ to the Great Outdoors this summer? Xscape is offering the opportunity to do just that, as they launch a whole host of summer activities on 24th July. This year their summer is split into two…the first three weeks is all about the dinosaurs, and then the second three weeks, it’s PARTY TIME!

The Dinosaurs are coming - 24th July to 13th August
Visit the dino-themed area everyday where you can have your photo taken with a newly hatched dinosaur egg. Then on selected days you can meet ‘Rex’ the friendly and very realistic animatronic T-Rex as he roams the Xscape building, looking for tasty child-shaped treats! And for one very special extra day, you can get to pet baby dinosaurs, but be extra careful as they can be a bit too hungry for attention. There will also be FREE dinosaur-themed arts and craft activities (on selected days when Rex is visiting) where you can make your own headdress complete with a long tail and spikes.

Summer Party Time - 14th August to 3rd September
The front outside piazza will be turned into ‘Summer Party Central’ for three weeks – try your hand at giant Jenga, or maybe challenge the family to a game of noughts and crosses? Get your photo taken on the grass furniture or snap a selfie with the summer photo boards. Drag those roller skates down from the loft and dig out your leg warmers as a giant roller rink is installed in the car park from 14th – 25th August ; tickets just £4 for one hour including skate hire. And then across the August Bank Holiday weekend, there will be live music from 12-5pm plus some of restaurants will be offering food to dine al fresco.

For more information including the Rex visit days go to http://www.xscape.co.uk/milton-keynes

Playmobil intu Milton KeynesSummer at intu Milton Keynes

Have a ball this summer at intu Milton Keynes. From competitions and exciting character visits, intu is helping customers get the most out of those long summer days. First, join in their fun ‘Have a Ball’ competition. Pick up a free beach ball from the Customer Information Desk, near Debenhams, for your chance to win a £250 intu gift card! Simply take your beach ball away on your holiday, take it on a family day out, or just in the garden, kick back with an ice lolly and share your snap with us via social media. Use the tag #intuBeachBall for your chance to win. Competition ends on 3 September.

Next up, get ready for Playmobil playtime from the 29 July to the 11 August. Bring the little ones to the Playmobil play tables in the Kids’ Club garden and let them build, play and create until their heart’s content. Also, meet two very special guests from Playmobil Ghostbusters on Tuesday 8 August!

From the 29 July to the 28 August, Oak Court will be transformed into its very own mini festival, with live music, performances and entertainment, in association with MKFM & RGS Music. ‘intu Live’ is suitable for the whole family and will feature some of the best local talent, so take a seat in one of our deckchairs and enjoy the show! Plus, don’t forget all summer intu Milton Keynes will have colouring in and regular craft workshops in the Kid’s Club garden, as well as giant games and the woodland soft play and sand pit too! To keep up to date with what’s on in centre, check online at www.intu.co.uk/MIltonKeynes

MK DonsMK Dons - pre-season friendlies

This July, MK Dons FC will be warming up to the new season with two home friendlies:

25th July - MK Dons FC vs Brentford ko 7.30pm
28th July - MK Dons FC vs Leicester City ko 7.45pm

You can buy tickets to both games for the special offer price of £15 for adults, £5 for under 18s and remember under 12s GO FREE! Individual match prices are: adults £10, U18s £3 & U12s FREE. To buy call: 0333 200 5343, visit the Box Office at STADIUM MK or go to www.mkdons.com

MK Theatre - Summer Season

Wonderland - 17th to 22 July
Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder.

La Cage aux Folles - 8th to 12th August
Audiences are standing and cheering and the national critics are raving about Bill Kenwright’s spectacularly stunning and hilariously funny new production of La Cage Aux Folles, currently on its first national UK tour.

Grease - 28th August to 2nd September
He’s the one that you want! Tom Parker, from the UK’s top boy band The Wanted, stars in his first ever theatrical role as ‘bad boy’ Danny in Grease, the No.1 greatest musical!

To book for any of these shows visit: www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

Smurfs at GulliversGulliver's Land - Milton Keynes

Looking for a fun-filled day out for you and your little ones? And this Summer, fancy meeting up with The Smurfs?  The Smurfs are joining Gulliver's Land for a super summer of fun, bring the family between 8th July and 4th September to see them in action. Look out for special appearances from Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy at various points throughout the summer season. This is all part of your standard theme park ticket which includes the fantastic rides and attractions on park. Book your theme park tickets at least two days in advance to save even more this summer.

With over 70 attractions including rides and shows to enjoy each day, Gullivers Land is without doubt one of the best value kids’ days out in the UK designed for families with children aged between 2 to 13. From the Runaway Train in Discovery Bay to the Jungle River Ride and classic Dodgems there are plenty of exciting rides to ensure that all the family have a fun day out. There are also a number of rides designed for the Under 5s, as well as shows!

Book your theme park tickets at least two days in advance to save even more this summer. Plus FREE Parking. https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/book-tickets

Peppa Pig at Gulliver’s Land - Sunday 6th August
Peppa Pig will be making special appearances at Gulliver’s Milton Keynes on 6th August! Enjoy a wonderful day out and see Peppa Pig at intervals throughout the day. Gulliver’s Land has a great selection of rides and attractions plus lots of fantastic play areas that are perfect for toddlers.

For more info: https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/events/peppa-pig-at-milton-keynes

Wild West at Frosts - until 3rd September

This summer let the children experience the Wild West at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands. Guests are invited into the purpose-built desert through the saloon doors and into a huge undercover play area full of games, activities, a giant tepee and Nevada sand pit.

Each session in the Western themed desert includes two hours’ playtime, including thirty minutes of fun and games such as tin-can alley, dress up, arts and crafts, and building sand castles. Plus, there will be plenty of storytelling and a chance to create a postcard to send to family and friends to tell them about your travels in the desert. All cowboys and cowgirls will also be able to help themselves to unlimited fruit and squash throughout the session, while guardians can enjoy the sun in the outside terrace.

Sessions run daily from until Sunday 3rd September at 9.30am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm (Sunday sessions 11am and 2pm) and tickets are £6.99 per child. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and children must always be accompanied by an adult. For more information on events at Frosts and to book, please visit: www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk or call: 0800 954 9484.

Parks Trust Activities - various dates and locations

Join instructors at Willen Lake for holiday courses in sailing, paddlesports and windsurfing. If you’re aged 11 to 16 years you can join one of the junior courses and improve or learn a new skill on the water. For dates, times and prices contact Willen Lake 01908 246599 or visit www.willenlake.org.uk

Parkland Play sessions are FREE and include games, bug hunts, trails and fun activities for all the family.  These events are free and there’s no need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Call 01908 255379 or email events@theparkstrust.com to book your place.

There are also some specific events on during the Summer Holidays:

Filipino Festival - 22nd & 23rd July
Time: 12pm - 6pm; Location: Campbell Park; Price: Free Entry
Annual Filipino Festival celebrating Filipino culture presented by MK British Filipino Society

World Picnic - 30th July 2017
Time: 1pm - 6pm; Location: Campbell Park; Price: Free
Celebrate music, dance and cultures of the world at our annual cultural event.

MK Playday - 2nd August
Time: 11am - 4pm; Location: Campbell Park; Price: Free Entry
No public parking in or around the park.
Biggest day of play presented by the MK Play Partnership made up of representatives from MK Play Association, Pre-School Learning Alliance, The Parks Trust, MK Council and MK Dons SET. Visit www.mkplayday.wordpress.com for event information.

Love Willen Day - 4th August 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm; Location: Willen Lake South; Price: Free Entry
Fun and games at Willen Lake.

Shakespeare in the Park - 11th August
Time: Gates open at 6.30pm; Performance begins at 7.30pm; Location: Linford Manor Park
Prices: £12/ Adult; £8/Child; £32/Family (2A2C or 1A3C)
Booking Required: Yes
Enjoy an evening under the stars with a performance of Shakespeare's 'A Comedy of Errors' by Illyria. Performance approx. 2 hours 30mins with 20 min interval. Bring your own seating or blankets and warm clothing. Picnics welcome, gazebos and BBQ not are allowed.

Proms in Campbell Park 2017 - 18th August
Time: Gates open at 6:30pm; Concert begins at 8pm; Location: Campbell Park Amphitheatre
Ticket prices are Adult/£19; Child/£9; Family/£49.
Booking Required: Yes
Join The Parks Trust and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra for an evening of uplifting music and a firework finale. Please bring your own seating and warm clothes. Picnics are welcome. Gazebos and BBQs are not allowed. No pets allowed. All assistance dogs are welcome. Performance approx. 2hrs including interval.

FREE Open Air Film Festival - 19th & 20th August
Location: Campbell Park
Bring a chair, your friends and family and sit back and enjoy films in the open air. Film programme TBC
Booking Required: No

For further information on all events visit www.theparkstrust.com

MK Dons FC - Holiday courses

MK Dons SET offers summer holiday courses for both boys and girls to enjoy physical activity during the school holidays. It is a great environment for children to make new friends and develop their confidence. Early drop off and late pick up is now available. For full details on date and prices call 01908 622888.

Safari MK - Summer deals

Come along to Safari MK during the summer holidays between Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 3rd September after 4:15pm to join in with our Twilight Offer. Child entry and a meal from our children's menu for only £7.75 OR entry only for just £4.50. Cheeky Charlie's ready to play so come along and say hello today!
 
We are running 4 laser-tag events during the summer to give you a flavour of our ever popular Laser-Tag Parties. The events are open to children aged 5-10 and include a buffet dinner followed by laser games. Check the website www.safarimk.co.uk for more details.

Fancy a party with a difference? Book a Buddy Bear party to have an extra special treat and let all your guests build a Buddy to take home with them. All of our Buddy Bear parties are on offer from 1st July – 10th September at just £19.95 per child. So book up now for this fantastic offer and bring the kids to build their new best friend. Please check the website for more details www.safarimk.co.uk/parties

Summer Fun Time at Kingston Centre - 14th to 23rd July

Join in the summer fun at the Kingston Centre with their mini funfair. FREE entry. Individual ride token £1.20 each (or 10 for £10). Unlimited ride wristbands available. Session times last 2 hours.

Opening times:
Weekdays: 3-8pm (closed 18th & 19th July)
Weekends: 11am to 9pm

Bletchley ParkBletchley Park - various dates

Bletchley Park Summer Holiday Family Workshops - 25th July to 31st August
From 10:30 to 15:00
A range of fun workshops for all the family, inspired by the Bletchley Park Codebreakers. Every Tuesday and Thursday in the Summer holidays, drop in to Block B any time between 10:30 and 15:00 for activities to enjoy, particularly aimed at 5-14 year olds. Event free with admission. Under 12's visit for free.
For full event details, visit: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/summer-holiday-family-workshops

MK50: Summer Concert Series The Fabulous Fifties - 23rd July
From: 12:00 to 16:30
Visit Bletchley Park to explore, experience and enjoy the once top-secret world of iconic Codebreaking Huts and Blocks set within an atmospheric Victorian estate. Dance the afternoon away to the sounds of a swinging bass band playing tunes from the 50s including hits from Frank Sinatra at our summer concert event. Relax in a deckchair and enjoy a glass of Pimms whilst soaking up the historic atmosphere.
Event free with admission. Children under 12 visit for free.
For full event details, visit: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/mk50-pimms-in-the-park-the-fabulous-fifties

MK50: Summer Concert Series Smooth Jazz Sunday - 6th August
From: 12:00 to 16:30
Relax to the sounds of jazz and enjoy a Pimms from the comfort of our deckchairs whilst soaking up the historic atmosphere. There will also be a barbecue available to purchase summer snacks. Event free with admission. Children under 12 visit for free.
For full event details, visit: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/pimms-in-the-park-smooth-jazz-sunday

MK50: Summer Concert Series The Swinging Sixties - 13th August
From 12:00 to 16:30
Dance the afternoon away to the sounds of The Sparkling ’66, an exciting tribute band to the greatest decade in pop. There will also be a barbecue available to purchase summer snacks. Event free with admission. Children under 12 visit for free.
For full event details, visit: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/mk50-pimms-in-the-park-the-swinging-sixties

Vintage Open Air Cinema - 9th September
From: 18:30
Visit Bletchley Park to watch classic films from the 60s at the Open Air Cinema event. Enjoy a complimentary bag of popcorn relaxing under the stars in the historic surroundings. Gates open at 18:30 and the film starts at 20:00. Visitors will also be entered into a prize draw to win a Bletchley Park hamper.
Child ticket (under 18): £10.00; Adult: £15.00
For full event details, visit: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/vintage-open-air-cinema-casino-royale-1967

360 Play

Milton Keynes’ favourite children’s play centre offers a fun, active day out for children aged 2 to 12, and their families, and even the most demanding of youngsters will be kept occupied for hours with both indoor and outdoor activities.

Grass head growing competition
Fun for all ages competition, see how far your seeds will take you! Runs from 7th July until the end of August, visit the centre and they'll give you all you need to get started. Then take your seeds home and watch them grow. Upload your photos onto their Facebook page for a chance to win a Quarterly Play pass or a day pass. Winners announced 1st September.

Out and about with Twizzle and Twirl!
The 360 Play mascots will be attending events throughout the summer, see the 360 Play Facebook pages so you know where to go! If you are out and about and spot Twizzle or Twirl have your photo taken with them and upload them onto the Facebook page. The best photo will be announced on the Facebook page and the lucky winner will win a Quarterly Play pass! There are plenty of opportunities to be in with a chance of winning as 360 Play will be giving these passes away every week from 1st July until 5th September 2017.

3 ways to Play summer ticket - 22nd July to 5th September
Exclusive online purchase, £20 family day ticket, £55 for a 3 month pass (this covers the whole summer holidays) £125 annual play pass.

Pirate Treasure Hunt - Sunday 20th August
Visit the centre for your chance to win an instant prize.

Say Hello to Summer Disco - 28th July 6.30-8.30pm
Bring your little one down to celebrate the end of the school year party and celebrate the start of the summer! With special guest Moana and a Disco held by Corina’s Mascots MK. Children: £5 Adults: £1.50
All profit of the event will go the Henry Allen Trust, in aid of childhood cancer. Visit the website to pre-book tickets

Full information on 360 Play can be found at www.360play.co.uk

Milton Keynes Museum

A host of special summer activities will be on offer as Milton Keynes Museum moves into school holiday mode. Always a good option for keeping the kids entertained, the museum was recently named in the UK’s top 20 most family friendly museums from more than 800 nominations. The award is based on the Museum’s interactivity. We positively encourage our visitors to touch things and try them out – especially in the Connected Earth gallery, which is always a big hit with children. Admission is a reasonable £26 for a family ticket giving entry to two adults and up to four children plus you can then visit as many times as you want during the next 12 months. And you’ll be able to feed the whole family on freshly made sandwiches, homemade cake, and a drink, for less than a fiver a head. For directions, opening times, and more information on what there is to see and do, visit www.mkmuseum.org.uk

Aerial ExtremeSummer discount at Aerial Extreme

This Summer Aerial Extreme is offering a fantastic 20% off all online bookings throughout the summer holidays.

All you need to do to take advantage of this excellent offer is use code ‘SUMAE20’ when booking online today. For more information and to see full T&Cs CLICK HERE

MK50 Birthday Celebrations - various dates

As Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th Birthday thoughout 2017 there are events, activities and offers happening across the city.

Check out the MK50 website www.mk50.co.uk for up to date information.