Latest News Latest News http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk /News/Latest-News Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:08:14 +0000 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:08:14 +0000 Free CMK employee shuttle bus is launched This week, the My Bus free employee shuttle bus service for Central Milton Keynes has officially launched. This new city centre transportation service is being provided by MyMiltonKeynes, the local Business Improvement District, and responds directly to the feedback from employers and employees within CMK. The service will run Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and the circular route, via Silbury and Avebury Boulevards, has ten stops across the city centre from the Network Rail offices by the station up to the shopping centres and leisure districts. Stops include the Civic Offices, The Hub, 12th Street, centre:mk and intu Milton Keynes. Employees located within the city centre can download the free MyMiltonKeynes app (on iOS and Android) to register, ride for free and access live bus times. Melanie Beck, Chief Executive of MyMiltonKeynes commented, “We are thrilled to finally launch the My Bus service. This tangible benefit for CMK employees will allow them to leave their cars parked up – jump on the free shuttle buses to head to a meeting elsewhere in CMK or just to pop up to the restaurant or shopping areas in their lunch break. It gives full transport flexibility to employees within the city centre.” To keep up to date with the latest information from MyMiltonKeynes follow them on social media search ‘MyMiltonKeynes’ or visit www.mymiltonkeynes.co.uk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Free-CMK-employee-shuttle-bus-is-launched E17343FD137BD00F14B47F1EA35EC3CA Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:01:09 +0000 centre:mk launch their brand new ‘smart’ car park centre:mk has officially opened its  brand new multi-storey ‘smart tech’ car park, situated behind the shopping centre’s flagship store; John Lewis & Partners. With parking charges from as little as £1 for 2 hours – the new car park is now one of the most cost effective place to park in central Milton Keynes. What’s more guests will now be able to enjoy more parent and child bays, more disabled bays as well as a carry-to-car service via Guest Services giving hands-free convenient shopping at the top 10 shopping and leisure destination. With free parking after 6pm and a £2 all-day charge for Sundays, Guests can enjoy this visionary new car park at an incredibly competitive rate. Furthermore, the carpark which cost centre:mk’s joint owners £30 million to build, features intelligent state of the art technology which is all geared up to deliver hassle free shopping to centre:mk’s guests. The ANPR (automatic number place recognition) system for example, works with the soon-to-launch app, to take automatic payment by recognising guest’s registration plate. Other technologies such as the smart parking bay sensors and ‘find my car’ technology (which will be implemented after the smart-systems learning period), will help in guiding guests as to where available bays are to begin with and then remind them where they’ve parked afterwards. Kevin Duffy, Centre Director, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new multi-story car park which has been designed with our customers’ needs in mind whilst also benefitting the wider local community; with more mother and baby spaces, more disabled parking, more motorcycle spots and more electric vehicle charging points.”   Kate Broadhurst, Partner and Head of Branch at John Lewis & Partners at centre:mk, commented: “We are really excited about the launch of the new multi-storey car park at centre:mk. As a longstanding retailer in the centre, we’re delighted that our customers will now be able to make the most of state of the art technology and enjoy cost-effective parking, with more choice when it comes to the spaces available. Here at John Lewis, our aim is to make sure our customers have a comfortable and enjoyable experience; we feel this visionary new parking facility will greatly contribute to this.” Facts & Figures: Number of spaces: Cars - 1,243 Disabled - 82 Parent & Child - 64 Motorbikes - 14 Electric - 12 Total - 1,415 The car park is located next to John Lewis and Campbell Park and will be free after 6pm until midnight, meaning even more people can enjoy all there is to offer at centre:mk and the surrounding area. mycentre:mk app will launch in January and is free to download from the Google Play and iOS App store.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/centremk-launch-their-brand-new-smart-car-park 58DCF38E3941EA8A0E4BD27DCA3326A4 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:09:17 +0000 New Alpine Village is now open at intu MK From a Warm Mulled Wine in a Twinkling Giant Yurt to the Private Outdoor Globe, with Fun and Games for All the All-New ALPINE VILLAGE is Now Open at intu Milton Keynes This winter there's no need to slope off to the Alps, the all-new Alpine Village at Oak Court, intu Milton Keynes, has all the fun of a festive alpine ski retreat in the heart of the city centre. Now open, the Alpine Village is an all-new, magical winter experience for all ages. Entry to Alpine Village is FREE and visitors can enjoy all manner of festive experiences.   A *giant, luxury yurt and bar, decorated with vintage ski memorabilia and hundreds of soft, twinkling lights will play host to live music in the evenings and movie magic on select days, plus much more. A superb range of delicious temptations will leave guests spoilt for choice including the latest street food sensation - Yorkshire pudding wraps - foodies can feast from a range of meats wrapped up in a large Yorkshire pudding crammed with gravy, stuffing, sauces and vegetables. Other wintery treats include:   *   Indoor fire pit for toasting marshmallows and enjoying hot toddies   *   Large choice of non-alcoholic drinks - from decadent hot chocolates and coffees to mocktails   *   Nutella House - crepes, donuts and all manner of Nutella drenched delights   *   Bubble waffle wraps   *   Bratwurst from the swing grill   *   A range of mulled wine and cider   *   Prosecco and champagne by the glass Friends and families can immerse themselves completely in the festive spirit by booking MK's smallest restaurant.  Seated inside a beautifully lit snow globe (seats 8) diners can enjoy fondue and raclette served inside the dome, a unique setting for a well-earned treat! Movie Magic - free screenings of festive family favourites, including Elf, Frozen, Home Alone and The Polar Express (see notes below for Move Magic timetable). Guests can cosy up for that apres-ski feeling whatever the weather and put themselves on the slopes in front of an Instagram photo wall and alpine photo booth complete with fun props will help capture the moment. Commenting on the launch, Nigel Holliday, director of the Alpine Village said: "We wanted to create a destination that's free to enter and fun and memorable for all ages whatever time of day. The giant yurt will be the hub of the village, showing everyone's favourite Christmas films free of charge and during the evening the open fire and live music will create a real apres-ski feel. With MK's smallest restaurant and the famous Yorkshire pudding wraps - it's got to be the perfect stop off during a busy day's Christmas shopping." The Alpine Village will be the perfect destination for all - from friends and families to couples and co-workers, there is something to keep everyone entertained right through the day and into the evening. *The giant yurt is also available for exclusive hire and offers a unique setting for a celebration or office Christmas party. The Alpine Village will open Monday to Saturday from 10am until late and on Sundays from 12noon until 6pm. For more information go to www.alpinevillage.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/New-Alpine-Village-is-now-open-at-intu-MK 213B9C781A1CB3740D204492E6CE20C0 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 10:37:39 +0000 New Wolverton McDonald's opened by local Mayors The new McDonald’s restaurant on McConnell Drive in Wolverton was officially opened on Wednesday 28th November by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Martin Petchey, and the Mayor of Wolverton, Cllr Ansar Hussain, bringing 110 new jobs to the local area.  The new restaurant is fully digitalised and offers customers more options on how they can order including via click and collect. The new mobile app is one of the latest innovations from McDonald’s focused on improving and enhancing the restaurant experience for customers. The app means that customers can order when and where they want and at their own pace, without having to queue. They can also redeem offers and access menu updates, customising them so it is tailored to their preference. It’s simple – order, check in, pay & collect: Order – open the app and select your meal Check in – when you arrive at the restaurant scan the code at your mobile order check-in point which is clearly signposted in your restaurant, then pick where you would like to eat; table service, eat in, or take out. You will be given an order number Pay – pay immediately via the app using your credit or debit card Collect – keep an eye out for your order number and collect when ready Franchisee Ken Tomkins, who now owns six restaurants in the local area and employs 637 staff, says of the new restaurant: “I’m delighted the new Wolverton restaurant is now open to the public. I’m proud that with this restaurant we’re able to offer customers more choice as to how they enjoy their McDonald’s experience with this new digital store. McDonald’s is committed to harnessing digital innovation to provide our customers with the food they want, when and how they want it, as seen with the addition of mobile ordering. We anticipate ‘click and collect’ being very popular particularly when people are in a hurry and on-the-go.” Other features also help customers enjoy their local restaurant in a way that works for them.  Self-service kiosks mean visitors to the restaurant can order at a speed that suits them, while easily accessing nutritional information and making informed food choices. The digitalisation of the restaurant has also made table service possible, with McDonald’s being the first in its category to offer this. The introduction of this service has also provided the crew with more opportunities to interact with customers and build valuable soft skills from working front of house. It also allows people driving past to come in and take a break from the road for some food. Customers in certain areas of the UK are also able to enjoy McDonald’s from the comfort of their own homes, with the introduction of McDelivery to select locations last year. Over 80% of McDonald’s restaurants across the country have been digitally transformed in the past three years, by the end of 2018, all McDonald’s restaurants in the UK will offer customers an enhanced digital McDonald’s experience. Other digital features in the restaurants include free to use tablets, interactive magic tables for children and mobile phone charging points.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/New-Wolverton-McDonalds-opened-by-local-Mayors AA25A165A029282652901F835F9F83B5 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 03:21:12 +0000 Step back in time and enjoy A Victorian Christmas at Milton Keynes Museum It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Milton Keynes Museum wants to share a little festive cheer with you at the return of its popular A Victorian Christmas event. Step back 100 years and enjoy all of the sparkle, fun, warmth and wonder that the era has to offer. This might be Santa's busiest time of year, but the man in red will be in situ at the museum, hard at work in his toy workshop on site, and little mites will be able to meet the rosy cheeked chap and his elves. And teddy bears will be getting ready for Christmas in their very own toy workshop at the museum, too. Upon arrival, visitors will be greeted by a butler with mulled wine (for the grown-ups) and hot squash (for little folks), before enjoying carols by paraffin lamps in the parlour, and Christmas crafts in the old schoolroom. And you'll be nice and snuggly; It might be cold outside, but roaring fires will keep the chills at bay, while the youngsters play puff billiards. Feeling hungry?  You can make hot-buttered toast in the farmhouse kitchen, nibble on freshly roasted chestnuts cooked in the yard, or give in to your sweet tooth with a visit to the Granary Cafe, where you'll be tempted by home-made mince pies and cakes, and steaming hot chocolate.  Yum! If you've still got shopping to do, a visit to the traditional Christmas market will fill you with inspiration – it's perfect for picking up great gifts you won't find on the high street. And of course, there's that aforementioned visit to meet Santa and his helpers - and every child will receive a gift. Forget seasonal stresses; come and enjoy a little festive fun instead! Event timings: Fridays 30th November,  7th and 14th December, 4.30pm-7pm Saturdays 1st, 8th and 15th December, 1.30pm-6pm Sundays 2nd, 9th and 16th December, 1.30pm-6pm Advance booking for Santa visits is advised to avoid queuing. Santa visits cost £7 per child. If you don't have an annual ticket, entry to the museum will also need to be paid. To book call 01908 316222 between 9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Step-back-in-time-and-enjoy-A-Victorian-Christmas-at-Milton-Keynes-Museum 68DA6E6E5325AA33287FF385B70DF5D5 Mon, 26 Nov 2018 02:21:04 +0000 intu Milton Keynes has decked the halls and festivities have begun The magic of Christmas was brought to life at intu Milton Keynes when the city centre was transformed into a glittering winter wonderland, lit up by thousands of sparkling lights. The free event, hosted by MyMiltonKeynes the local Business Improvement District, together with partners, at intu Milton Keynes, drew huge crowds gathered to begin the countdown to Christmas with the spectacular lights-switch on. Families enjoyed a festive feast of yuletide cheer, with music, dance and a laser display that sent everybody's Christmas spirit soaring. Ivan and Emma from Heart breakfast presented the seasonal extravaganza, which marked the opening of a host of fabulously fun and festive activities at intu Milton Keynes. There's the traditional carousel, roasted chestnuts, and sweet treats on the mall, plus the Alpine Village in Oak Court where you'll find a bar and fire pit, Christmas movie showings and much more. It's the perfect spot to merrily sip on warm mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate ... not to mention street food including Yorkshire pudding wraps, bubble waffles, candy floss and traditional Bavarian sausages! Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: "The lights switch on was so much fun - it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We've got so much planned for the festive season, we hope you'll join us for shopping, singing, Christmas movies, eating, wrapping and more!" There's so much more festive family fun planned at intu Milton Keynes - so if you want to have yourself a merry little Christmas, you know where to come. Join intu Milton Keynes on Saturday 1 December for the much-loved Etsy Market, where shoppers will find 80 stalls of hand-crafted goodies that will put smiles on faces on Christmas Day. Pop along from Friday 7 December onwards to hear your favourite Christmas songs and carols performed by carol singers, school choirs and bands - because we all know the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Then from Saturday 8 December the gift wrappers will be back, helping you out with your least favourite part of the season. It's all going on at intu Milton Keynes! But first up, it's Black Friday on 23 November - that's your chance to hit the shops and stock up on deals to help you get ahead on your Christmas shopping.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/intu-Milton-Keynes-has-decked-the-halls-and-festivities-have-begun 912578CEBD95B3483921959730DE49F3 Mon, 26 Nov 2018 02:35:32 +0000 New MK Gallery to open in Spring 2019 The new MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, designed by 6a architects, in close collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, will open on 16 March 2019.   The new MK Gallery seeks to capture the original spirit of Milton Keynes, reflecting the natural world in its polished stainless-steel exterior surfaces inspired by the city’s original grid and the geometries of the adjacent Campbell Park. It will provide spaces for major exhibitions both contemporary and historical, films, music, performance, family events, workshops, and social spaces, a place that puts a clear emphasis on community engagement, and democratic access to the best of the arts.   The new MK Gallery will open with The Lie of the Land, an ambitious exhibition spread across all five galleries curated by MK Gallery Director, Anthony Spira, with Sam Jacob, Claire Louise Staunton, Fay Blanchard, Tom Emerson, Gareth Jones and Niall Hobhouse. The exhibition takes the idea of leisure as its theme and how it has altered alongside changes in land ownership. It features work by 85 artists, who include Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W Turner and Capability Brown, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Jeremy Deller and Bridget Riley, with new commissions including a 60-channel sonic portrait of Milton Keynes by sound artist and composer, Caroline Devine, a new film commission working with the community by Ed Webb-Ingall and an immersive installation by Project Art Works.   The public spaces surrounding the expanded MK Gallery form part of City Club, a wide-ranging project by Gareth Jones and Nils Norman animating the top end of Midsummer Boulevard, and infiltrating into the new building with alternative models of contemporary art.   MK Gallery originally opened its doors in 1999, nearly 30 years after the radical creation of Milton Keynes itself as Britain’s largest New Town. Sited prominently at the apex of Midsummer Boulevard in central Milton Keynes, the new MK Gallery is a dramatic extension of the old building, which is subtly updated and incorporated into the new one. The development includes:   •The creation of a sequence of five spectacular new double height exhibition galleries, the first over 9 metres high, the others 6 metres high, providing space for major exhibitions of all kinds, with state of the art environmental conditions.    •The Sky Room, a fully flexible perfectly equipped new auditorium on the upper floor for up to 300 people, with spectacular views over Campbell Park and the surrounding countryside, which will be used amongst other things as the first independent cinema for Milton Keynes, programmed with Curzon Cinemas.   •A large community and learning studio, leading out into a playscape designed by Jones and Norman.   •A new independent café and shop facing a new garden integrated within City Club.    •A new entrance with a colour scheme that revives the original gallery ‘sandstone and terracotta’ facade of 1999 with additional iconic signs from early Milton Keynes: a large red neon heart, the first ever logotype for Milton Keynes and a double headed axe, signs which are part of a homage to the city’s iconic original design. These tributes continue around the gallery through new commissions by Jones and Norman inspired by original 1970s planting schemes, city infrastructure, play equipment and public art.    Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery, said: “In the spirit that created Milton Keynes, the new MK Gallery, on its twentieth anniversary, aims to reinvent the idea of the art centre for our own time. Both radical and inviting, serious and playful, it is fully accessible and the kind of building where I hope everyone will feel welcome.”   Cllr Peter Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, said: “We are proud to be partners and funders of the new MK Gallery. We passionately believe that investment in culture is investment in the future health and well-being of our citizens and will help us to build the reputation and success of our city. We are looking forward with excitement to the opening next Spring.”   The new MK Gallery receives regular core funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation and Milton Keynes Council, and is a member of Plus Tate network.   New MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA +44(0)1908 676900 www.mkgallery.org @MKGallery   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/New-MK-Gallery-to-open-in-Spring-2019 93E37ED292096AE7D6F59C5D5D854DD9 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:51:34 +0000 Inventors unite to solve impossible to buy Christmas conundrum Some of Britain's most ingenious inventors have joined with intu, owner of some of the UK's largest and most popular shopping centres, to create 'impossible-to-buy' gifts for this year's Christmas wish lists. The impossible gifts include Willy Wonka style sweets that taste like Christmas dinner and turning people into LEGO® characters. Following research by the shopping centre owner revealing that one in ten parents (11 per cent) have at least one 'impossible' gift to find this Christmas, it has selected five great British inventors to work with and create truly impossible gifts. The gifts will then be won by shoppers in the run up to Christmas. Other weird and wonderful inventions available for intu shoppers to win this Christmas include a dress that turns its wearer into a princess at the pull of a string, a real fairy house sprinkled with fairy dust and the opportunity to be turned into a comic book star by the artist behind Dennis the Menace. The research revealed that Christmas shoppers in Milton Keynes will spend 20 hours searching for the perfect presents this year, walking 22 miles in the process. According to the research, the average Brit will spend £425 on Christmas presents this year, up just under one per cent on last year. One in three (32 per cent) say they don't always find the perfect gift, with socks the most common last resort Christmas present. Just one in 20 people in Milton Keynes (6 per cent) say they will have all their presents wrapped by the beginning of December. The five impossible gifts were inspired by some of the most bizarre Christmas gifts parents have received including:   1.  I want to be LEGO®   2.  I want a pencil that does my homework for me   3.  I want a pet dinosaur   4.  I want my Christmas dinner in sweets   5.  I want a trampoline to the moon   6.  I want to be a princess   7.  I want shoes that make me run faster   8.  I want my own comic book   9.  I want to be a fairy   10. I want a rainbow FIVE IMPOSSIBLE GIFTS TO SOLVE CHRISTMAS CONUNDRUMS 1. Willy-Wonka style sweets that taste like Christmas dinner by Smith & Sinclair 2. Being illustrated into an comic book star by Dennis the Menace artist Nigel Parkinson 3. Being turned into an actual LEGO® character by certified LEGO® Builder Duncan Titmarsh 4. A dress that turns its wearer into a princess at the pull of a string by Channel 4 seamstress Charlotte Denn 5. A real fairy house sprinkled with fairy dust by woodcrafter extraordinaire Jonathan Sherwood Kirsty McGiff, marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes, comments: "It's a lovely truth that children and even adults will sometimes put impossible gifts on their Christmas lists, but at intu Milton Keynes you'll find all your Christmas presents - even the seemingly impossible ones. While we know we have something for everyone at our centre, we decided to take things a little further and work with some of the brightest minds in the country to make some impossible gifts, possible! So whether you want Santa to turn you into LEGO® or you want Christmas dinner in sweets, at intu we'll have something that is certain to make you smile!" The impossible range of gifts follow intu's Christmas TV advert, which sees a duckling finally able to fly with the help of a brand new drone. To be in with a chance to win one of the 'impossible' gifts for Christmas, enter for free online at intu.co.uk/Christmas/win   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Inventors-unite-to-solve-impossible-to-buy-Christmas-conundrum 7DC7538F41CBEE2BE86AA2559ADE080C Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:52:01 +0000 centre:mk announces Supershoes as new charity partner centre:mk, one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations has announced its new charity partner for 2018/19 as Supershoes, an award-winning children’s cancer charity based in Milton Keynes. Supershoes give children with cancer an opportunity to receive a pair of very special customised shoes created by one of over 300 volunteering ‘Super Artists’ and support staff. The shoes see magnificent benefits to children as they are designed to make the wearer feel special and strong; giving younger children in particular a sense of super-power when they wear their Supershoes. The charity, which was founded almost 5 years ago, by Sarah and Ken White now receives over 30 referrals a week for requests for shoes.  Having recently sent out its 2500th pair of customised Supershoes the charity is now looking forward to its next chapter through its exclusive charity partnership with centre:mk. Sarah White, Founder of the Milton Keynes-based charity said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness of childhood cancer, giving a voice to the 11 children diagnosed every day in the UK, whilst highlighting the work our charity does to empower these young people. We have a goal of raising over £10,000 for our charity through the partnership with centre:mk this year which would enable us to produce 200 pairs of shoes.” Kevin Duffy Centre Director said of the new partnership; “Supershoes is a very unique and worthy charity which we truly believe our guests will connect with. We know just how important it is for children to feel empowered and strengthened during cancer treatment and the shoes this charity produce do just that in an incredibly unique way - which is why we’re impassioned about supporting them to meet their target.” centre:mk will be selling ‘reindeer glasses’ this Christmas, of which 50p from every pair sold goes directly to Supershoes. The glasses turn every point of light into a reindeer face and can be purchased from Guest Services as well as the Grotto in Middleton Hall.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/centremk-announces-Supershoes-as-new-charity-partner 43FC91DBA3D864D2270837AB20F9E4C9 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 04:19:55 +0000 This Christmas see Tabby McTat at The Stables Freckle Productions are delighted to announce their latest production, a world premiere stage adaptation of Tabby McTat, based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, playing at The Stables, Milton Keynes from Monday 17 – Sunday 30 December as part of a UK Tour. Tabby McTat is a busker's cat with the loudest of meows. He sings all day long with his best friend Fred, until one day they get separated. Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts a cat could dream of, but he soon misses his old friend. Will they ever find each other? Brought to life on stage with original songs and inventive puppetry, Tabby McTat is a heart-warming story of friendship and loyalty. Tabby McTat is Freckle Productions’ latest adaptation of a book by Julia Donaldson, following their acclaimed production of Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales. Best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Julia Donaldson is the multi award-winning author of some of the world's best loved children's books, most notably the modern classic The Gruffalo which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Julia Donaldson said: “I have a very soft spot for Tabby McTat, perhaps because I used to be a busker myself, and also because I am a great cat-lover. So I’m absolutely delighted that Freckle Productions are going to be dramatizing my story and I can’t wait to see it.” Jen Sutherland and Jay Green of Freckle Productions said: “We are delighted to be bringing another new production of Julia Donaldson’s work to the stage. Tabby McTat is a fabulous book and we are thrilled to be working with Alan Lane and Tristan Parkes, two genuine visionaries, who are bringing something very special to theatre for young people and their families.” Tabby McTat is directed by Alan Lane and designed by Heledd Rees, with music by Bobby Delaney. The assistant director is Georgia Green. The cast features Luke Adamson, Riana Duce, Anna Larkin and Terence Rae. Ticket prices: Adults: £15 Children under 16: £13 Family ticket: £52 (two adults, two children) Carers accompanying disabled patrons: £11.25 Groups of 10+: £12 Schools: £11 (one free ticket with every 10 purchased) Relaxed performance: £11 Box office 01908 2808000, online at www.stables.org *BSL-Interpreted & Relaxed Performance (Thu 27 Dec, 1.30pm): This performance is specifically designed for people who will benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with an autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability. This performance will also be sign-language interpreted.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/This-Christmas-see-Tabby-McTat-at-The-Stables 658900B7144EE7B4F419CB8054361045 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:47:45 +0000 A ‘Lightning’ partnership at intu Milton Keynes intu Milton Keynes has teamed up with local professional ice hockey club, MK Lightning to offer free tickets for new family club members. Earlier this year, the shopping destination was one of 14 intu centres to launch a brand-new family and now has thousands of members. Being part of the club encourages families to spend quality time with each other through several ways such as its free annual magazine with offers, discounts and games included. Plus, members can opt in to receive a newsletter, which includes news of the latest events and what’s new at intu Milton Keynes that the family can enjoy. From November, each family to sign up at intu Milton Keynes will receive a family ticket in their welcome pack to see the MK Lightning team play at their home stadium, Planet Ice, which is located by the Milton Keynes train station.  Each ticket can be used at any home game until the 31 March 2019 and will admit two adults and two children. Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes said, “It’s fantastic to have MK Lightning on board with our family club and to be able to offer families such a great deal in their welcome pack. We work closely with our community partners and thank MK Lightning for helping to put smiles on our customers’ faces.” Sarah- Jayne Smyth, commercial manager at MK Lightning said, “MK lightning prides itself on being a family orientated club and community relationships are very important to us. When intu Milton Keynes told us about their family club, we were very keen to show our support by offering a complimentary family ticket to one of our games. This will be the start of a great relationship with intu and we hope lots of families redeem their vouchers and have a great time with us.” If you would like to sign up to the intu family club, simply head in centre and speak to the team on the customer information desk outside Debenhams, or head online to sign up here www.intu.co.uk/family-club To keep up to date with what’s on in the centre, check out www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes or follow the centre on social media by searching intu Milton Keynes.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/A-Lightning-partnership-at-intu-Milton-Keynes- 8F48BA716A4AF57AE9B2E0308C871C00 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:54:53 +0000 Christmas Movie Magic comes to intu Milton Keynes Fancy catching a festive flick whilst Christmas shopping this year? Well at intu Milton Keynes, you can do just that from Saturday 24 November! This year, the regional shopping centre has pulled out all the stops for Christmas and something new and exciting for 2018, its Movie Magic films. Festive family favourites including Elf, The Polar Express and Home Alone will be screened inside a yurt in the centres ‘chalet-esque’ Alpine Village, which will be situated in Oak Court for the festive season. Shoppers of all ages are invited to sit down and watch a movie together and bask in the magical surroundings of the Christmas setting, which will also be serving delicious festive food and drink. Take a look at the Movie Magic schedule here; 29 November Frozen (1hr 49) 2pm   1 December Elf (1hr 37)11am The Polar Express (1hr 40) 2pm   2 December It's A Wonderful Life (2hr 15) 11am Jingle All The Way (1hr 35) 2pm   4 December Frozen (1hr 49) 11am   6 December Home Alone (1hr 43) 2pm   8 December Elf (1hr 37) 11am Arthur Christmas (1hr 37) 2pm   9 December Disney's A Christmas Carol (1hr 36) 11am Home Alone (1hr 43) 2pm   11 December Frozen (1hr 49) 11am   13 December It's A Wonderful Life (2hr 15) 11am   15 December The Polar Express (1hr 40) 11am Jingle All The Way (1hr 35) 2pm   16 December Arthur Christmas (1hr 37) 11am Disney's A Christmas Carol (1hr 36) 2pm   18 December Frozen (1hr 49) 11am   20 December Jingle All The Way (1hr 35) 2pm   21 December It's A Wonderful Life (2hr 15) 11am Elf (1hr 37) 2pm   22 December Arthur Christmas (1hr 37) 11am Disney's A Christmas Carol (1hr 36) 2pm   23 Decemeber Home Alone (1hr 43) 11am The Polar Express (1hr 40) 2pm   24 December It's A Wonderful Life (2hr 15) 11am Jingle All The Way (1hr 35) 2pm Kirsty McGiff, marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes said, “This year we want to make something extra magical for families to enjoy together. My family love to sit together and watch a Christmas movie and we thought it would be the perfect pit stop whilst Christmas shopping for everyone to enjoy. Plus, the Alpine Village is a really lovely must-see attraction this year and I hope our shoppers love it as much as we do.” To find out what else is happening in the centre for Christmas, head online to www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes/whatson and to stay up to date with the centre, follow them on social media by searching intu Milton Keynes.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Christmas-Movie-Magic-comes-to-intu-Milton-Keynes E0154AC829ACB5CB5735E1D1E7F48C68 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 02:03:25 +0000 It's panto time at Stantonbury Theatre The team behind the smash hit, Robin Hood, at Stantonbury Theatre last year invite everyone back into the woods this December for a singing, dancing, gripping, ripping new pantomime adventure for all the family. It’s the annual Red Riding Hood parade in the leafy town of Stanton-on-the-Briar, and young Scarlett has the great honour of taking over from her mum as the brand new Red Riding Hood. However, as the townspeople begin the festivities, celebrating the day they drove the awful Grandma-guzzling wolves into the deep dark forest, a charming stranger arrives in town. Is Scarlett the only one who thinks there’s something not quite right about him?  Haven’t the rest of the town noticed what big teeth he has? This unique production from Stantonbury Theatre in association with Splendid Productions and Greenwhich Theatre includes students from Stantonbury International School who have the opportunity to work with professional performers It is an affordable high quality family Christmas show, suitable for all ages, starts on Saturday 8 December with a mix of matinee, afternoon and evening performances.  See the theatre website for full details. Ticket prices range from £15 - £22 for adults, from £11 - £18 for concessions and from £7.50 - £11 for children. Book on line now: http://www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/red-riding-hood-versus-the-wolf/12299/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Its-panto-time-at-Stantonbury-Theatre E1C599867EE5449A59E6C638200A3D92 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:46:38 +0000 Celebrate with Brasserie Blanc Milton Keynes this festive season With party season just around the corner, Brasserie Blanc at The Hub, has just introduced its Christmas menu, packed with festive French favourites and plenty of vegan options. From Bronze roast turkey and vegan fritters with pumpkin purée to traditional pork terrine accompanied with rich apple and pear chutney and potted brown shrimps served with nutmeg butter on toast.   Elevated classics include grilled smoked Scottish salmon with piccalilli infused vegetables and a citrus crème fraiche dressing and duck cassoulet with chorizo, haricot beans and French herbs. To finish, a winter-spiced bread and butter pudding with brandy crème anglaise nods to tradition with a subtle French twist. Vegan dishes include winter vegetable fritters, wild mushroom and truffle risotto and a sweet cherry apple and almond crumble with vanilla ice cream. If it’s just drinks you’re looking for, join Brasserie Blanc at one of its welcoming bars and enjoy a festive tipple including warming cocktails such as the popular Sipsmith hot gin and tonic, classic mulled wine or indulgent hot chocolate with Chambord. For something more intimate, select locations offer private dining spaces that can be booked out exclusively. With 3 courses from just £32.50, the festive menu is available now until 31st January. Whether it’s a meal or drinks with friends, family or colleagues, party ‘chez nous’ this year with Brasserie Blanc. For the full menu and for more information please visit brasserieblanc.com/our-menus/christmas-party-menu/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Celebrate-with-Brasserie-Blanc-Milton-Keynes-this-festive-season 6E212075E04D1616B06A5E1398E10053 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:03:15 +0000 Hundreds of Santas to Dash around Willen Lake this December Santa Dash, the iconic Willen Hospice festive fundraiser is set to return on Sunday 16 December. The event will see hundreds of people dressed as Father Christmas flock to Willen Lake to walk, jog or sprint the 1.2 mile Santa Dash. Starting outside the Hospice at 10.30am, (off Willen Lake North) the event is open people of all ages, and dogs are welcome to take part too. Sarah Sweet-Rowley, Head of Events and Community Fundraising at Willen Hospice, said “Our Santa Dash has become an annual favourite; a really special event that we know our community looks forward to each year. For some, it’s become a staple in their Christmas routine as a great way to mark the start of their festivities. Besides being a hugely important fundraiser for us, it’s a whole lot of fun for families who enjoy dressing up and getting involved in supporting their local Hospice.” Willen Hospice provides compassionate, specialist palliative care to people in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. To continue to provide that care, the Hospice needs to raise £9 every minute of the year from the local community. Places can be booked at www.willen-hospice.org.uk/santadash. Registration is £15 for adults including a Santa suit; £5 for kids including a Santa Hat or £7.50 for kids including a Santa suit, and £2.50 for dogs (includes a branded bandana).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Hundreds-of-Santas-to-Dash-around-Willen-Lake-this-December A995B410D5E76ED56523533B47E3786A Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:08:41 +0000 centre:mk ranked within Top 10 UK Shopping Centres centre:mk is proud to have once again ranked in the top 10 listing of shopping centres in the UK. The research, released by GlobalData consulting ranks retail and leisure destinations based on key metrics including annual turnover, size, footfall and shopper ratings. centre:mk performed particularly well in the ‘meeting shopper expectations’ category which looks at the provision of key shopping centre facilities, ranging from retail, leisure and food service to transport, events, Wi-Fi and click & collect. Kevin Duffy Centre Director said of the announcement “We are immensely proud that centre:mk has made the top 10 again. We continue to work tirelessly to ensure our shoppers experience the best the retail world has to offer in an environment that meets their needs effectively.  The results are winning through in data such as this as well as our award winning Guest Service area facilities which means we deliver a truly exceptional guest experience 365 days of the year and sets centre:mk apart from the competition”   centre:mk has undergone extensive investment with £60 million of enhancements since 2016, including the £10 million refurbishment of Sunset Walk, and Deer Walk Guest Services lounge which was unveiled to the public in June 2017. Ahead of celebrating its 40th birthday in 2019, centre:mk will be opening its new 1,400 space multi-storey carpark and looks forward to unveiling its largest new store opening in the last 25 years in the form of high street favourite; Primark which is due to open in Spring 2019.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/centremk-ranked-within-Top-10-UK-Shopping-Centres 777FAEDF322F9CDA62E87A9A1DB76D24 Wed, 07 Nov 2018 04:39:38 +0000 Santa’s back at Xscape MK spreading free festive cheer That’s right, Xscape MK welcome Santa back to his grotto this year, opening on Saturday 10th November and you can visit him for FREE every weekend right up to and including Christmas Eve. The festive grotto will be open in the main mall, every weekend plus on 20th, 21st and 24th December between 11am and 5pm and families can visit for FREE with online booking* now open.  Limited walk-up slots will also be available on a day-by-day basis but it is advisable to book in advance to guarantee your visit. Each family will get and individual chat with Santa and every child will receive a present, families are welcome to take their own photographs. And don’t forget, Xscape can help out with those last-minute present buying dilemmas, their gift cards are available to buy now and right up until Christmas from £5 to £500. To book your visit to Santa online and to find out more about the Xscape festive activities visit Xscapemiltonkeynes.co.uk or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. * 50p online booking charge applies   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Santas-back-at-Xscape-MK-spreading-free-festive-cheer B344953B75615EB41588C6753A3899E9 Wed, 07 Nov 2018 04:56:20 +0000 Shane Richie and his Merry Men head to MK for Xmas Soap star Shane Richie will be leading the cast in this year’s spectacular family pantomime Robin Hood from Saturday 8th December. He’ll be starring in the title role alongside comedian Peter Piper as Friar Tuck and West End star Gina Murray as the Spirit of Sherwood as Robin Hood comes to the venue for five weeks over the Christmas period. Having established himself as one of the nation’s favourite soap stars, Shane has won numerous awards and millions of fans for his portrayal of Albert Square’s loveable landlord Alfie Moon in EastEnders. Most recently Shane released his critically-acclaimed album A Country Soul, an album inspired by his musical heroes and contemporary country sounds. Away from EastEnders, he has appeared in Making Dad’s Army for the BBC and Benidorm for ITV1 and Redwater alongside his EastEnders co-star Jessie Wallace, a six-part drama series based on their soap alter ego’s lives. Stage roles include touring productions of Peter James’ A Perfect Murder and Not Dead Enough as well as regularly starring in pantomime for Robin Hood producers Qdos Entertainment. Peter Piper is no stranger to both sides of the Atlantic having appeared in television series in the UK and the USA and has worked as a voice-over artist on Black Beauty, Patriot Games and Pocahontas. He has also recently appeared as Tom Ridley in the ITV soap Coronation Street. Gina Murray has recently received much acclaim for portraying Velma von Tussle in Hairspray and has appeared in Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Fame and The Full Monty as well as appearing in Doctors, EastEnders and Judge John Deed. She has also recorded an album entitled Womanville alongside her sister Mazz Murray forming the acoustic rock/pop duo Woman. The Acromaniacs is a fast and hilariously funny, slapstick acrobatic act constantly in world wide demand, such is its entertainment value which crosses all language barriers. The groups use of trampette, box and crashmat has to be seen to be believed...split second timing was never more important! Audiences will join the most heroic outlaw of them all as the arrow-shooting hero Robin Hood strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his trusty band of Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a show full of action, adventure, music, laughter and audience participation. Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division said: ‘We’re delighted to have Shane leading such a fantastic Company in Milton Keynes and this year, with the added dimension of 3D, audiences will be taken on the ultimate arrow-shooting adventure!” Emma Sullivan, Theatre Director at Milton Keynes Theatre said: “We can’t wait for this year’s pantomime spectacular Robin Hood to comes to Milton Keynes Theatre this Christmas. We have a fantastic cast which will entertain audiences of all ages and get everyone ready for the Christmas period.” LISTINGS Performances: Sat 08 Dec 2018 – Sun 13 Jan - 2019 (times vary, contact Box Office for info) Prices: Tickets from £14 (£17.65 online/phone) Box Office: 0844 871 7652 Groups Hotline: 0333 009 5393 Access Booking: 0800 912 6971 Online Booking: www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes* *Transaction apply. Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Shane-Richie-and-his-Merry-Men-head-to-MK-for-Xmas C0EAB2DCE3FC614A18251FB483E71DEE Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:10:13 +0000 German rockers Rammstein to play Stadium MK German rockers Rammstein will play Stadium MK, the only venue on their European Tour on 6th July 2019! On September 17th, Rammstein announced on their website: “Almost done! Orchestra and choir recordings in Minsk for album No.7." Additionally, the band then made two pictures from the session public, with a quotation from their song ‘Adios’ that could also be interpreted as working orders for Rammstein: "Fiddle-burning with screeches, harps cut into the flesh”. It is almost ten years now that Rammstein fans have been waiting eagerly for the follow-up to ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da’. No wonder that the announcement of new music has spread through the international press like wildfire. Now Rammstein is adding more logs to the flames: parallel to the appearance of their as yet untitled new album (Spring 2019), the band are announcing their first-ever stadium tour starting in May. Whoever has seen the band's dramatic, perfectly staged live shows, might have thought that it couldn't get any bigger… but with Rammstein, you can be certain that the band have planned something extraordinary for these mighty stages! Tickets go on sale Thursday 8th November at 10am, they will be available online from Eventim.co.uk/Rammstein, AXS.com/Rammstein and Ticketmaster.co.uk/Rammstein. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/German-rockers-Rammstein-to-play-Stadium-MK 7881F1E0495CFB89D108DAE7DB90F763 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:26:39 +0000 MK Playday Returns for 2019 MK Playday is back! After taking a year off, the MK Playday Organising Committee is thrilled to announce that MK Playday 2019 will take place on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. Planning for the hugely popular event is well underway and early signs suggest it will be the best free play event Milton Keynes has ever seen. MK Playday 2019 will be held between 11am and 4pm, with plenty of activities for all children to enjoy.         As in previous years, the team behind MK Playday are looking for local organisations to support the event, whether that is through volunteering to help on the day, or financial contributions. They are also looking for a sponsor to help ensure MK Playday is enjoyed by as many children from across the city as possible. Organisations and companies looking to be involved should email the Chair on emma.stace@pre-school.org.uk or The Parks Trust representative j.dawes@theparkstrust.com MK Playday provides fun, free accessible activities for all children, young people and their families across Milton Keynes as part of the nationally recognised Playday which celebrates children’s right to play and highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Emma Stace commented: “We are so pleased to be bringing MK Playday back to Campbell Park next summer. It’s an incredibly popular event that is enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities, making it the highlight of the summer for many. “The success of MK Playday wouldn’t be possible without the support of organisations across Milton Keynes for which we are very grateful; we hope people will be as generous with their time and assistance in 2019 to make MK Playday bigger and better than ever!” The MK Playday Organising Committee Group consists of representatives from The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Play Association, MK Dons Sport and Education Trust, MK Pre-School Learning Alliance, Play Rangers at Woughton Community Council, MK Children’s Centres and Milton Keynes Council.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/MK-Playday-Returns-for-2019 B1D3A8FBA2C3B1A07DA18922EC3D5664 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:02:10 +0000 intu Milton Keynes brings its car park to life as a spectacular living wall is to be installed intu Milton Keynes is set to install a dramatic and visually spectacular 'living wall' that will complete and complement its £2.8m car park redevelopment. The regional shopping centre has been working with internationally renowned company, Biotecture, which specialises in transforming urban sites into 'living and breathing' installations. Responsible for some of the UK's most iconic living walls, including MTV London, Edgware Road Tube Station, the Walkie Talkie Tower, and Kings Cross, London, Biotecture confirms this is the biggest install of its kind in the region. Due to be completed in November, intu Milton Keynes's car park entrance and the inner core of its upward ramps will be covered with plants and foliage, creating a stunning visual welcome for shoppers that will also improve the quality of air and produce a habitat for wildlife. Another significant and increasingly recognised benefit, now supported with comprehensive scientific evidence, is that of 'biophilia', an idea termed by Edward Wilson in 1984. It suggests that when humans are surrounded by plants and nature their mood is improved, they are overall less stressed and in general their wellbeing is improved. Wilson himself explained Biophilia as: "the idea that humans possess a biological inclination to affiliate with natural systems instrumental to their health" (Wilson, 1984) He went on to say that "the mere insertion of plants into the built environment can enhance comfort, satisfaction, wellbeing and performance" (Kellert, et al., 2008). Shelley Peppard general manager at intu Milton Keynes adds: "Plants have a natural calming effect on people and, as the walls establish themselves, we expect wildlife to make this their home as it has in Biotecture's other locations. We hope it will become an attraction for people to visit us and show why Milton Keynes is unique and a great place to live and work. "Milton Keynes is often wrongly associated with concrete and having no soul, which is why we are bringing one of the busiest parts of the city centre to life with a living and breathing wall." intu Milton Keynes has invested £2.8m to completely redevelop its multi-storey car park, which is due to be fully completed by the time the living wall is installed. Works have included laying a completely new floor, better marked spaces, easier to follow wayfinding for cars and pedestrians, clearly marked walkways around the car park, a brighter look and feel - and, soon to be added, more electric vehicle bays - an extra 12 in total. Shelley adds, "We attract visitors from all over the world and we want to show them what an incredible forward-thinking city Milton Keynes is. The living walls will look beautiful and has additional benefits to the well-being of our customers and those that work here." "We are really pleased to be working with intu Milton Keynes on this green infrastructure project. The combination of living walls to the entrance and climbing plants adorning the ramps is the first of its kind on any car park that we are aware of. We are sure that the green installations will help to create a fresh, vibrant and unique car park experience!" Said Richard Sabin, managing director at Biotecture. Living walls are known to act as green corridors through cities, creating a network of green spaces that enable wildlife, like butterflies and honey bees to survive and thrive in the urban environment. At present, intu Milton Keynes' plants are growing in a nursery in West Sussex and getting ready for installation. The walls will be maintained throughout the year by Biotecture's team to ensure all plants are healthy. Photograph shown is not of intu MK.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/intu-Milton-Keynes-brings-its-car-park-to-life-as-a-spectacular-living-wall-is-to-be-installed B8C1AAE00EE0D4AA84ACC071D563DF92 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 04:38:41 +0000 The Parks Trust Launches Adult Explorers Group The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that looks after over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes, has launched a regular outdoor learning session for adults who are available during weekdays, such as retirees; Adult Explorers. Held every other Tuesday, Adult Explorers provides an opportunity to learn new skills and experience the local environment, while meeting like-minded people. Sessions are held at Elfield Nature Park, a site which is rich in flora and fauna and not normally open to the public. This provides the perfect location for Adult Explorers to try hands-on outdoor skills, whether that is learning how to light a fire using seven different methods, whittling a spoon out of wood, or building a compostable toilet. Lynn Maddocks, Outdoor Learning Practitioner for The Parks Trust, said: “Adult Explorers is an excellent opportunity for those who are not working full-time to make new friends and learn new skills in a stimulating, interesting outdoor environment. “We have been trialling Adult Explorers for a few months and it has been very successful, so we would like to encourage more people to come along. You don’t need to have any previous experience with bushcraft and we offer a range of activities every time so you can choose what you would like to do. Spending time outdoors is proven to have a positive effect on wellbeing and mental health, so we hope many more people are able to join us!” Tickets for Adult Explorers cost £5 per person per session and can be booked through The Parks Trust’s website, or over the phone. Attendees are very welcome to come alone, or with a friend or partner if they prefer. For more information please visit https://www.theparkstrust.com/get-involved/outdoor-learning/adult-explorers-outdoor-learning-group/ or call 01908 233600   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/The-Parks-Trust-Launches-Adult-Explorers-Group 41884C79B3339F66E8B7E121F785D641 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 03:25:36 +0000 MK Gallery launches search for MK’s most exciting young dancer MK Gallery in Milton Keynes is inviting young people with a passion for dance to enter its latest competition – MK Young Dancer of the Year. Those wishing to take part will need to submit a one minute video of their dance performance for shortlisting, with the shortlisted entrants having the opportunity to perform in a live show at the new MK Gallery auditorium in April, where a winner will be announced. Entry is open for ages 7 – 19 and dancers can perform in any style they wish. The competition will be judged by representatives from the competition’s partners - Helen Parlor, Artistic Director at MÓTUS, Rachael Hutchinson, Creative Learning Manager at Milton Keynes Theatre, and New Adventures Dance Company. The theme for the competition is ‘transformation’ – celebrating the reopening of MK Gallery in 2019 and the new exhibitions, programmes and activities that the gallery will provide. Victoria Mayes, Head of Learning at MK Gallery said “We’re incredibly excited to be launching our Young Dancer of the Year competition. We know there’s so much talent and passion for dance out there and we are really keen to celebrate that. Whether it’s jazz or street, ballet or tap, or anything else in between, whatever dance you choose, we’ll be looking for a celebration of individuality, creativity and storytelling in the performance.” Rachael Hutchinson, Creative Learning Manager at Milton Keynes Theatre said “Milton Keynes Theatre Creative Learning Team are thrilled to be partnering with MK Gallery to find MK’s Young Dancer of the Year alongside one of our visiting dance companies New Adventures. Dance plays an important part of our theatre programming and we want to ensure that there are opportunities for young people in MK to get involved and this project provides just that, an exciting new platform for young dancers and choreographers in our local area!” Helen Parlor, Artistic Director at MÓTUS said “MÓTUS are delighted to be involved with Young Dancer 2019. To be able to facilitate and enrich the journey of any young person in relation to their exploration of dance is a privilege. This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person from any community across the city to engage and be engaged throughout this process, gaining experiences whilst learning from one another alongside a range of artists and further afield opportunities with Dance across the UK.” This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation. For more details on the competition and to find out how to enter, visit www.mkgallery.org/dance. Entry closes 25 February 2019.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/MK-Gallery-launches-search-for-MKs-most-exciting-young-dancer 59727FA212140DA7999B9E659B3196AA Mon, 22 Oct 2018 02:48:11 +0000 First ‘Play VR’ experience in the UK comes to Xscape Rush VR, based at Xscape Milton Keynes, has launched their ‘Play VR’ multi-player arena, the first of its kind anywhere in the UK. ‘Play VR’ allows multi-player Virtual Reality games for up to four people playing simultaneously, either competitively or as a team. Popular games in this multi-player world include the engaging action wild west style game “Revolvr” where players become virtual cowboys and have to battle with the Sheriff in their own saloon-style arena. Other multi-player games are available including titles developed specifically with family fun in mind – meaning younger children can immerse themselves safely into the virtual world. Since opening in Xscape earlier in 2018, Rush VR has quickly become the ‘go to’ venue to experience the ultimate in VR thrills and spills; from the ride simulator ‘Xtreme Machine’ through to ‘VR Maze’, a free-roaming game which sees players take on space aliens or try to escape from a spooky Mayan temple. For racers, Rush VR is the first location in Milton Keynes to offer full-motion Virtual Reality racing. Guests can compete head-to-head or take on the clock and try to top the leader board in the monthly Lap Time Challenge. CEO and Founder of Rush VR, Tom Hamilton commented, “We pride ourselves on offering an unrivalled mix of virtual reality games and experiences. If you’ve never stepped into the VR realm, Rush VR is the perfect place to discover this new technology and open up your senses to a whole new world.” Rush VR offers tailor-made made packages allowing guests of all ages and abilities to get the very best out of their Virtual Reality experience. You can come as a solo gamer, bring friends, family or throw a VR party, the choice is yours. The most popular element of the Rush VR offer is the children’s birthday packages. The on-site, experienced team will help and guide party guests to ensure they have a truly amazing time.  You can also book for groups of friends or corporate events. Celebrate a birthday, stag or hen night, or maybe a spot of VR teambuilding. To book your Rush VR Experience Package to go www.rushvr.co. Follow them on Twitter @rush_vr_ and on Facebook search RushVR.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/First-Play-VR-experience-in-the-UK-comes-to-Xscape 064D5929FB1F298F64353D6F3E25FFAC Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:24:25 +0000 Take That to perform at Stadium MK in 2019 CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT Today, it has been announced that Take That will perform at Stadium MK, with special guest Rick Astley, on 23 May as part of their #TT30 Greatest Hits Tour anniversary tour in 2019! Tickets go on sale 28 September at 9.30am – more information here https://takethat.com/ Ticket prices: Arenas - £55, £70, £85, £99 + booking fees (VIP packages at £199 + booking fees) Stadiums - £55, £65, £85, £99 + booking fees (VIP packages at £199 + booking fees) www.ticketmaster.co.uk www.gigsandtours.com WWW.TAKETHAT.COM 2019 marks Take That’s 30th Anniversary. To celebrate their milestone, the band have announced a massive UK arena and stadium tour performing all their much loved greatest hits live. The tour will see Take That play shows in many towns and cities that they have never played before plus they will be joined by special guest Rick Astley. Take That have also confirmed the release of ‘Odyssey’ a re-imagined greatest hits album that takes the listener on a journey through the incredible musical history of one of the UK’s most successful bands of all time. Ahead of the Album release, fans will get a taster of what’s to come when the band release ‘Pray (Odyssey Version)’ on 21st September to coincide with their UK Tour announcement. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Take-That-to-perform-at-Stadium-MK-in-2019 5644FB01B5333E2548D12DFBC3D5A0C8 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:04:28 +0000 Rod Stewart to play Milton Keynes Rod Stewart will play Stadium MK, Milton Keynes on Tuesday 4th June 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to see Rod Stewart LIVE in a fully seated show. Tickets for the concert go on General Sale at 9am on Friday 21st September at Ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 844 0444. The best and quickest way of securing your tickets is online. All tickets are seated, and a full seating plan is available online at Ticketmaster. Tickets are priced from £55 each + booking fees. For further information visit: http://www.arenamk.com/whats-on/2019/rod-stewart-live-at-stadium-mk/ http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Rod-Stewart-to-play-Milton-Keynes D7852CD2408D9D3205DC75B59A6CE22E Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:54:30 +0000 Maaya Indian Kitchen has been shortlisted for the ‘curry Oscars’ Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar in The Hub received a letter from the British Curry Awards announcing that it has been shortlisted. The independent restaurant will represent Milton Keynes as it competes for the title of the best Indian restaurant in the South East. The awards will be held on Monday 27 November at the glamourous Battersea Evolution, and will be attended by over 1,600 restauranteurs, celebrities and royalty and will be broadcast live in over 200 countries. This is the second year Maaya has been shortlisted for the most prestigious Indian restaurant awards in the UK. Maaya, which opened earlier this year in The Hub, was shortlisted for the best Newcomer award last year and made it to the final 14 from the 230,000 overall entries. “We are incredibly excited to have received this letter. The nomination for the British Curry Awards is directly from the public, which is very special and then we submit all our details to the organisers for consideration to be shortlisted. We will keep our fingers crossed and look forward to attending the event in November", said Owner and Restaurant Manager, Mo Abdul.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/Maaya-Indian-Kitchen-has-been-shortlisted-for-the-curry-Oscars A0A40B610AFC7E41298F3EBD55C60DED Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:29:08 +0000 DMK Chair receives honorary doctorate from the Open University This week one of the most recognisable and respected people in Milton Keynes received an honorary doctorate from one of the most prestigious organisations in the city, The Open University. Hailing originally from Moss Side in Manchester, Dr Ann Limb has worked in the education sector for over 35 years and in 1987, at the age of just 34, Ann became Principal and Chief Executive of Milton Keynes College – setting the record for the youngest FE College Principal ever appointed. In 2000, she became Chief Executive of the University for Industry, where she established the online platform Learndirect and in that role, she also oversaw the development of UK online and Directgov. From 2004 to 2010 she worked as Senior Vice President at Citizen Service Transformation. Her wise counsel has been sought by the current and previous governments and she has advised all the major political parties on education and skills policy and public service delivery. Ann used her passion and experience to found the Helena Kennedy Foundation in 1998, which supports disadvantaged learners, often with few formal qualifications and significant barriers, to move from FE into university. She also chairs the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) ensuring that businesses across the region are working together to promote economic growth, job creation and skills. Two years ago Ann became the first woman ever to chair the Scout Association, the largest mixed volunteer-led movement in the UK. Amongst many positions she holds, Ann is Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Buckinghamshire, and is Chair of Destination Milton Keynes, and the Milton Keynes Major Events Board, which is leading the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2023. She has been honoured many times for her contribution to education, business and public services, receiving an OBE in 2011 and then a CBE in 2015. Ann commented on the day, “I’m thrilled to be awarded a doctorate from the Open University as I have upheld the values of openness and access to opportunity for all throughout my professional life. It is a huge honour to be formally recognised by a unique, globally renowned university headquartered in the amazing city of Milton Keynes where I have lived and worked for over 30 years.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/DMK-Chair-receives-honorary-doctorate-from-the-Open-University E8CBA4B42D85228F7228C917E4C686C2 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:26:47 +0000 intu and My Milton Keynes switch on Christmas Lights http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/intu-and-My-Milton-Keynes-switch-on-Christmas-Lights 34470A05EB3BFBEE2352941DD1B94320 Sat, 03 Nov 2018 02:14:13 +0000 intu and My Milton Keynes switch on Christmas Lights The magic of Christmas begins at intu Milton Keynes this year! Central Milton Keynes will be lit up with thousands of twinkling, sparkly lights on Saturday 17 November, marking the start of the countdown to Christmas. Milton Keynes Business Improvement District, MyMiltonKeynes, together with partners will host the city centre’s light switch on, free for everyone to enjoy at intu Milton Keynes. Hosted by Ivan and Emma from Heart breakfast, it promises to be a festive feast of fun with music, dance and fireworks. From 4pm, there will be entertainment at intu Milton Keynes, before the lights go on at 5pm and Christmas officially begins. The switch-on will take place between Gap and Hollister – more details will be released nearer the time. ‘Tis (of course!) the season to be jolly, so intu Milton Keynes has the most exciting calendar of events planned this yuletide, designed to send those warm, fuzzy Christmas feelings soaring! As part of the festive extravaganza, from 17 November there will also be a traditional carousel, roasted chestnuts, and sweet treats on the mall. Oak Court will be filled with an indoor Alpine Village, complete with a bar & fire pit – the perfect cosy spot for you to merrily sip on warm mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate! Look out for a list of activities taking place in this hot spot throughout December. MK’s glorious carol singers, school choirs and bands will return from Friday 7 December onwards, filling shoppers with magical Christmas spirit – join in or listen as the festive music fills the malls! And they’ll be joined by our much-loved gift wrappers from Saturday 8, who will make the pressies under your Christmas tree look they’ve been wrapped by Santa himself. But that’s not all – on Saturday 1 December, intu Milton Keynes’ Etsy Market will take place, bringing together 80 stalls of handcrafted goods – perfect for stuffing those Christmas stockings and filling the bottom of the tree with original gifts for your loved ones. And don’t forget Black Friday on 23 November. Get a head start on the Christmas shopping, with bargains to be had left, right and centre from intu Milton Keynes’ retailers. Don’t miss out! Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “intu Milton Keynes is fast becoming the city’s top spot for Christmas fun and we plan to make this year our most festive yet. We hope to see you there!” http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/Latest-News/christmaslights2018 AAF662BE6CD123F4C54C4D90D24B1373 Sat, 03 Nov 2018 02:15:33 +0000