Latest News Latest News /News/Latest-News Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:03:37 +0000 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:03:37 +0000 Try something different with the children this Easter break! One of Milton Keynes’ best kept secrets is the Ride High Equestrian Centre (RHEC).  Tucked away in Loughton, the Centre’s 37 acres are just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and easy to reach by car and train. This Easter the Ride High Equestrian Centre is offering a full programme of activities, ranging from “Pony Hour” and “Have a Go” sessions for beginners, right through to 3 day pony camps for children who are able to ride independently and want a totally immersive horsey experience.  The Centre is also offering led hacks this Easter, for children from 4+ and adults weighing under 13 stone, to try riding horses outside of the enclosed riding school environment. A new offering for Easter is the “Adult Equestrian Experience”:  On Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday it’s not just the children who can enjoy spending the day as an equestrian trainee!  Adults can also spend a day with the RHEC team, learning more about the care of our horses. They will be allocated a horse for the day, bring it in from the field, get involved with grooming, tacking up and of course an hour’s riding! During the day they will also learn more about the feeding and care of the horse and its tack, have the chance to take part in an agility session, ask questions and get very hands-on with the horses.   Pre-booking for all equestrian activities is essential, and you can find out more about what’s on here: The Ride High Equestrian Centre is home to the children’s charity, Ride High, which works with disadvantaged children in Milton Keynes and has helped more than 1,000 local children since it began 10 years ago.  The Ride High Equestrian Centre was founded as a social enterprise to provide a permanent home for the charity and any profits from the Centre are used to further the charity’s work and help more children. E6482081CC9FD2748F7457D6AB23506D Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:12:51 +0000 Business Achievement Awards Celebrate Skills and Education in Milton Keynes Last night (14th March) fantastic businesses from across Milton Keynes came together to celebrate the city’s innovations and success, in an awards night themed around Skills and Education, attended by 700 guests. With Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards’ (MKBAA) Headline Sponsor, The Open University, celebrating 50 years of revolutionary learning in 2019, the awards’ organisers praised the immense expertise The OU has developed in Milton Keynes and acknowledged their success with a special dedication award. The big winners of Milton Keynes’ most prestigious awards were Integral Powertrain, who picked up Business of the Year, as well as a category award for Best Technology Business. David Lock, Founder of David Lock Associates, who was presented with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards, which celebrated the great work achieved by businesses across Milton Keynes over the past year, saw more entries and a bigger, better and more glamourous awards evening than ever before, in new venue, the Marshall Arena where guests were invited to view a number of business stallholders in the “Business City” before the dinner commenced and to enjoy taking part in the “Entertainment City” afterwards where dancing, casino and skills games were available to finish off a fabulous evening’s entertainment. Main sponsors of the evening were the Open University, celebrating its 50th year, KPMG and MK Council. Integral Powertrain is a leading independent engineering consultancy, with a key focus for advanced powertrain services and unique e-Drive technologies. As it approaches the future, the company continues to evolve and embrace new technology to meet tomorrow’s requirements. The judges were unanimous in awarding Integral Powertrain the title of Business of the Year 2019. MKBAA Business of the Year, sponsored by The Open University, was chosen by the judges from the winners of each of the twelve categories and is the highest accolade any business in Milton Keynes can achieve. The MKBAA Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Barclays, was awarded to David Lock, Founder of David Lock Associates for his extraordinary contribution to town and country planning. As well as being Chair of his own company, David was Chief Planning Advisor to the Department of the Environment and has also Chaired the internationally renowned environmental education charity, the Town and Country Planning Association. Category winners on the night included: The Winners Charity of the Year – sponsored by: Bletchley Park MK Hospital   Business Impact in the Community – sponsored by: Cranfield University Red Thread Partnerships Leisure & Entertainment – sponsored by: Jurys Inn MK Biergarten   New Business – sponsored by: BSI Naturally Tribal Skincare   Design & Creativity – sponsored by: Niftylift Vantage Event Structures   Small Business – sponsored by: Transport Systems Catapult SJD Electrical Customer Service – sponsored by: ATL Ltd Wed2B Culture & Arts – sponsored by: MK Business Improvement District The Stables   Technology Business – sponsored by: Hillier Hopkins Integral Powertrain Professional Services – sponsored by: dbfb David Locke Associates   Best Training Scheme – sponsored by: Mazars BSH Home Appliances Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by: Keens Shay Keens Matt Bowler The awards were once again organised by Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership (MKBLP). Chair of MKBLP, Dr Philip Smith MBE said: “This year’s awards represented a further celebration of the fantastic success of the business community we have in Milton Keynes, and the world leading skills, education opportunities and facilities, including the Open University, Cranfield University, the University of Buckingham and the MK College, all of whom are helping to pave the way for MKBAA winners of the future.    “Now in its sixth consecutive year, Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards continues to go from strength to strength, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, as without their support this celebration of great business success would not be possible and to all our entrants around whom our evening is based.” 8910F41D3F22B34450934EA4C13EACF5 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:42:02 +0000 Milton Keynes Lightning to join newly-formed National Ice Hockey League The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning announced that they will compete in the newly-announced National Ice Hockey League, commencing in the 2019-20 season. Announced by the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) earlier this month, this exciting new league will sit above the existing NIHL Division 1 North and South. Lightning’s membership was confirmed at a meeting of the NLMG and interested parties today, alongside applications from nine other teams. Graham Moody, owner of the Lightning commented, “I’m very excited and optimistic about the Lightning competing in this new league.  It’s going to be a combination of clubs who have faced each other previously and some who haven’t, in teams comprising a majority of British talent and two imports. Some old rivalries will be revived - and new ones formed! “We appreciate that some of our supporters would have preferred us to retain Elite status. However the long-term financial viability of the Lightning franchise is incredibly important to us - and it became unsustainable to compete at that level. Milton Keynes is a hockey town and we are determined to maintain senior hockey here. Graham continued, “Nobody wanted this season to be more successful, than we did. We acknowledge that mistakes were made - but it would have been a bigger mistake to try and continue in the Elite League before strengthening the already solid foundations with extra sponsorship agreements and higher attendances first. “Joining the new National Ice Hockey League means we will be able to compete sustainably again and put a genuinely competitive team onto the ice for our fans.” Graham and Monica Moody will host a Fans’ Forum on Thursday 21 March at a venue to be announced, getting underway at 7.30pm to explain more about their plans for the upcoming season and to provide a way for supporters to ask questions.  The evening will be in an ‘open mic’ format but supporters wishing to ask a question to be asked on their behalf can email 6E3115F9D6AC3C663E9A264FCEFB6CD7 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:41:27 +0000 Destination Milton Keynes and McDonald’s help Keep Up the Clean Up on LoveMK Day For the seventh annual #LoveMK Day, being held this year on Thursday 2 May, official tourism and information service Destination Milton Keynes is teaming up with local McDonald’s franchise, Kaizen Restaurants, to help keep up the clean up in Milton Keynes. Each year, the day not only promotes Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination but it also harnesses the pride that many people have in their city, and what better way to do this than extend the existing ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign that Team Kaizen already runs regularly.  Last year, the litter picking group took on estates near Westcroft and Kingston, along with Central Milton Keynes, with over 75 people taking part throughout the day. Now, Team Kaizen and Destination MK are asking members of the public to vote on their Facebook page for which three areas within Milton Keynes are in need of a litter pick; then anyone can volunteer to help on the day. The six areas shortlisted for this year’s #LoveMK Day litter picks are:- Central Milton Keynes MK Hospital Wolverton Broughton and Brooklands Fenny Stratford Shenley Wood and Medbourne Ken Tomkins, owner of local McDonald’s franchise Kaizen Restaurants, said “We are really proud of the work we have done to improve the landscape in Milton Keynes through our litter picking events, and particularly how we brought the community together last year through the #LoveMK Day litter picks which the public voted for.” “Now, we are delighted to extend this even further with a series of litter picking events in new locations on #LoveMK Day, in partnership with Destination Milton Keynes.  We hope local residents will rally to keep up the clean up in their local areas, and show how much they #LoveMK on Thursday 2 May.” But don’t worry if you can’t help on the day, you can still support #LoveMK Day by downloading the #LoveMK poster, or just get creative with the hashtag and photograph yourselves spreading the love. On the day you can also follow @DestinationMK on Twitter for your chance to win prizes as they run ’12 competitions in 12 hours’ where you could win by just using the hashtag. 4A9F57C5DADF5BC6555A2E754CA3CFA7 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:33:01 +0000 Friends Fest is coming to Milton Keynes! The award-winning FriendsFest arrives in Milton Keynes for a 25th anniversary tour, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, with brand new and exclusive activities and merchandise! The event will be at Willen Lake from 6th-15th September 2019. That’s right, 25 years ago our six favourite TV friends catapulted onto our living room screens giving us some of the most memorable moments and iconic one liners in TV history. What better way to celebrate 25 years of this TV phenomenon than heading to Comedy Central’s ‘FriendsFest’, where fans can immerse themselves in the world made famous by Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross! Isn't that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic? Brand new features for 2019 include the fan favourite Thanksgiving floating heads moment and the iconic three wedding dress shot. There's also the best of the fest from previous years including, Monica's apartment, Joey and Chandler's apartment (separated by the iconic corridor), and your chance to re-create the Pivot scene. There's the ever-popular 'Recreate the Titles' experience, Ross's apartment and of course the chance to grab a coffee in Central Perk... plus much, much more. There will also be brand new and exclusive merchandise, as well as a limited edition digital photo experience, giving you the chance to take away your very own souvenir 25th anniversary memory! General tickets go on sale Friday 15th March at 10am - for more info: 58A64841D710F8F56EBEBB6AEBA57A98 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:49:09 +0000 The Milton Keynes Soapbox Derby is back for 2019! The news is officially out - the ‘MK Soapbox Derby 2019 with MyMiltonKeynes’ is returning this year on Saturday 8 June. The day will take place once again in Central Milton Keynes, along a 200m course on Midsummer Boulevard, all raising money for Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Cancer Centre Appeal. Last year’s inaugural event saw some of the most amazing soapbox karts hurtle down the iconic Midsummer Boulevard, with thousands of spectators cheering them along the route. But this year, it’s going to be even bigger and better. With a new headline sponsor for the event, MyMiltonKeynes, there will be live entertainment between the races. This year also sees more prizes up for grabs, while the soapbox launch ramp will be three times as big as last year. As in 2018, there will be three race categories; Junior, Adult and Business & Company. But this year instead of just speed – judges will also be looking at creativity and showmanship before awarding the prizes. You can find all the entry details including the soapbox specification requirements at – meaning you can get your thinking caps on and start building the fastest, most creative soapbox you can! The event is totally free for spectators, and you can line the route and enjoy the atmosphere for a whole day of races starting from 10am. The event is organised by Milton Keynes Council, Ringway MK, MK21 and MyMiltonKeynes. Melanie Beck from this year’s headline sponsor MyMiltonKeynes commented, “This event was so well received by the people of Milton Keynes last year, that doing it all over again in 2019 just seemed obvious and MyMiltonKeynes wanted to be involved. Hosting this type of event in Central Milton Keynes proves what a vibrant place the city centre is and we can’t wait to see the amazing creations the competitors come up with this year.” For more all the information in the build up to race day visit and follow the event on Facebook via and on Twitter using the hashtag #MKSoapBox. AEC3D6ABDE16F9AAD1970FAD0FED2CB3 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:33:55 +0000 The King comes to Calcutta Brasserie Stony Stratford’s award winning Indian restaurant, Calcutta Brasserie are preparing to welcome an award winning performer to recreate the magic of the King of Rock'n Roll on Thursday 21st March. Mark Goddard is officially Great Britain's Best Elvis Tribute and has appeared on TV countless times including This Morning, Loose Women and Trisha. Diners will be able to enjoy outstanding live music and an award winning 3 course curry banquet for £27.95 as part of a series of live music events which will also include tributes to Michael Buble on 16th May, plus Frank Sinatra and some modern icons in coming months. The restaurant recently won the Best Asian Restaurant award at the prestigious MK Food and Leisure Awards and celebrated its tenth birthday. Calcutta Brasserie General Manager Ali Ajmol said: “We are famed for our lavish banquets and bringing great performers to entertain our customers and I can’t wait to see Mark’s famous tribute to Elvis.” More details can be found on the website To book a table for a night to remember, diners can call the restaurant on 01908 566577. Mark Goddard has been a huge Elvis fan since the age of 12 when he became aware of the publicity surrounding his sad passing brought the amazing voice and charisma of undoubtedly the world's greatest ever performer. His first ever paid performance was at the royal wedding in July 1981 when he sung Elvis songs among others in his band. Mark has sung twice on the TV show 'Trisha' as Elvis as well as appearing on 'This Morning', 'The Other Half', Can't Cook, Won't Cook', 'The Really Usefull Show', 'Loose Women', and many more, also presenting 'Hello Campers!' and 'ArtyFacts' for Anglia TV. You may also have heard him sing on many local radio shows. 1B4219720CC03460E2E65140F5BAD4DB Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:39:42 +0000 Lies, greed, corruption - Glengarry Glen Ross comes to MK Theatre Following a critically acclaimed West End run David Mamet’s Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy, Glengarry Glen Ross comes to Milton Keynes Theatre. In the dog-eat-dog world of purveying real estate, four increasingly desperate employees will do anything, legal or otherwise, to sell the most property. If you’re looking to buy some land then avoid Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms. It may sound too good to be true – and it is. These shady salesmen would sell their own grannies to seal the deal. As time and luck start to run out, the mantra is simple: clinch the contract and you've won a Cadillac; blow the lead and, arriverderci, you're out. Mark Benton (Waterloo Road, As You Like It, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hobson’s Choice) takes on the role of salesman Shelley ‘The Machine’ Levene, who is desperately hanging on to the coat tails of his career in the last chance saloon . Olivier award-winning Nigel Harman (EastEnders, A Chorus of Disapproval, Shrek the Musical) plays the ruthless Ricky Roma whose fortunes – and sly manoeuvrings - are on the rise. Other cast includes Denis Conway (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Dave Moss and Wil Johnson (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) as George Aaronow. With designs by Chiara Stephenson and lighting by Richard Howell Glengarry Glen Ross is directed by Sam Yates who, having previously featured as a rising star in theatre in both The Observer and GQ Magazine’s Men of the Next 25 years, was voted one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2016. LISTINGS Performances: Mon 1 – Sat 6 Apr  Tickets: From £13 Box Office: 0844 871 7652* Groups Hotline: 0333 0095 939 Access Booking: 0800 912 697* Online Booking: ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes *A transaction fee applies. Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. E185111CED5BE9D23745229B5FFF2F16 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 03:00:49 +0000 All the fun of the Fayre at 360 Play Baby & Toddler event The event at the 360 Play family entertainment centre in Knowlhill was a hit with local families as new and expectant parents came along to the free baby and toddler event at the centre on Wednesday 27th February. This was a great opportunity for local families to try out informative classes and workshops from leading professionals on topics such as breastfeeding and baby first aid. Over 25 local businesses had stalls throughout the centre for parents to browse and enjoy. There was all the usual 360 Play fun to be had too making it a great day out for young families and a great introduction to the centre for first time visitors. At 360 Play you can enjoy a wide range of activities for children, from babies and toddlers, right up to the age of 12 and all of the activities included are designed so that adults can join in the experience too. In addition to the multi-storey play frame which features slides and ball zones, visitors can enjoy unlimited rides on the dodgems and musical carousel, messy play activities and the 360 Street role play area. The management team put together the event with the support of the local business community and staff were thrilled with the turn out. “We have had some great feedback from both stall holders and customers” said Assistant Manager, Steff Kelleher-Crook  “Some customers said their favourite thing about our facilities is that ‘There is something to do for all ages and loads to do’ and ‘Knowing my grandchildren are always safe’. We would like to thank all the stall holders and customers that attended and made it a successful and enjoyable event for all.” “It was a great event, well organised and an opportunity to meet families in an informal setting.” said Tamsin from Water Babies “I love the way that there are activities for all ages of children and the children are encouraged to explore and use their imagination whether it is dressing up or chasing bubbles” Kate who hosts Baby College classes at the centre on Friday mornings said “Having been invited to attend the Baby & Toddler Fayre at 360 MK Play as an exhibitor I have to commend the team on the organisation and press surrounding this event. It was a very well turned out event and it was a pleasure to meet so many bumps, babies and toddlers. It was also an opportunity to meet like minded businesses. Can’t wait for the next one!” For more information on 360 Play visit EC9B954AEFD15BC4FFFE92F5683D1DD2 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 04:13:11 +0000 Local people chosen for intu Milton Keynes' SS19 campaign Five local people were selected to feature in the new intu Milton Keynes marketing campaign for Spring Summer 2019, following a MK-wide real model search! The five budding models took part in their debut photoshoot last week, in which they showcased the latest trends from the centre’s retailers. intu Milton Keynes launched its search on Facebook at the end of January and had a whopping 126 local people putting themselves forward for the competition. The judges had a tough job on their hands whittling it down to just five winners. The models are all from the MK and the surrounding area and are Gloria Onomah, Emma- Louise Brown, Hitesh Sharma, Melissa Hill and Chris Beck. The newly famous five showcased the top looks for the season between them in the one-day shoot by local professional photographer Gill Prince and videographer Gareth Lloyd. The shots and videos will be used over the next few months in the shopping centre’s promotional materials and online marketing. Plus, from the 11 March, the centre will be releasing five images over five days on their Facebook page to allow shoppers the chance to win a £50 intu Gift Card each day. Kirsty McGiff, marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes said: “We wanted to use real, local people again, so that our campaign would be ‘Milton Keynes’ through and through. We cannot get over how high the standard has been – so many gorgeous men and women wanted to take part. We found five fabulous models and both the images, and the videos have turned out absolutely stunning.” intu Milton Keynes ensured all five models lived just like real models for the day, being pampered, preened and papped from dawn until dusk. The models were treated to a delicious lunch in Loaf & Bloom in Debenhams, were personally styled by each retailer and make up was kindly provided by the MAC, Dior and Bare Minerals counters within Debenhams. Plus, all models received an intu Gift Card each to treat themselves. This is the second time that intu Milton Keynes has held a real-models search – and it’s always a huge success. For more information, visit or follow the shopping centre’s Facebook page at 357861553D0DB7307050A24CE16A8C64 Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:23:59 +0000 Alexandra Burke stars in The Bodyguard Milton Keynes Theatre is delighted to announce that Alexandra Burke will return to the starring role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in the international smash hit production of the award-winning musical THE BODYGUARD.   Since winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008 Alexandra Burke has sold more than one million copies of her debut single, Hallelujah, in the UK, played leading roles in the West End and, in 2017, reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Alexandra returns to the role of ‘Rachel Marron’ following her triumphant run in the show in both the West End and the subsequent sell out 2015/2016 tour. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, THE BODYGUARD, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar winning Alex Dinelaris, was nominated for four Olivier Awards and has since played to sell-out houses all over the world. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge but (spoiler alert!) what they don’t expect, is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. Alexandra Burke will perform the role of ‘Rachel Marron’ at all evening performances only. LISTINGS Performances: Tue 12 – Sat 23 Mar 2019. Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm. Price: Tickets from £17.50 Box Office: 0844 871 7652* Groups 10+:  0333 009 5393 Access Booking: 0800 912 6971* Online Booking: ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes* *Fees apply. Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. F0ADE77B43923B38237DB569B016BA25 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:08:38 +0000 Celebrate Mother's Day at 360 Play The 360 Play family entertainment centre in Knowlhill has a great offer for you this Mother’s Day. 360 Play Milton Keynes are taking the stress out of Mother’s Day with an offer for the whole family. Visitors heading to the centre on 31st March can take advantage of the online family ticket promotion and visit the centre for the reduced price of £19 for a family of 4. The centre has a wide range of activities for children, from toddlers up to the age of 12 and all of the activities included are designed so that adults can join in the experience too. 360 Play features a host of attractions and activities, including; A multi-storey central play frame with ball showers, ball zones, slides and more.  Classic family rides including family bumper cars and a magical carousel. The now nationally recognised 360 Street creative play zone which incorporates individual play buildings such as a fire station, supermarket, pizza parlour, vets and pets, car garage/body shop and dressing up boutique where imagination really does go wild. Messy play area with timetabled activities for children to enjoy. Tickets are available to purchase on the company’s website and are on a first come first served basis. Visit before 11.30am on the 31st and you can also enjoy 50% off breakfast when you present your ticket confirmation email. "Our aim is to provide a destination where people can reconnect and play together as a family.”  Said Founder and Managing Director Duncan Phillips. "We are a family business that has family at its core and we hope people will come along and find how much fun you can have when you put the screens down and just let your own imagination drive the play.” Full details on 360 Play can be found at 917FAC06D4DAAE681DABFE964CA8C74E Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:16:00 +0000 Primark confirm opening date for new centre:mk store centre:mk has today confirmed that Primark will be opening the doors to its new 75,000 sq. foot store on the 16th April 2019. The widely anticipated Primark store will sit at the heart of centre:mk and is the largest new store to open in centre:mk in the last 25 years. Spanning over three floors, the store will showcase the entire Primark range. It joins 190 stores and the existing fashion retail mix at centre:mk, which includes John Lewis, Oliver Bonas, River Island, JD Sports, Kurt Geiger, Marks & Spencer, and Jigsaw, amongst others. The arrival of Primark comes off the back of a successful 2018 for centre:mk who reported footfall growth, above benchmark for shopping centres throughout the country, reporting close to 25 million shopper visits in 2018. The signing of Primark is a key milestone in the centre’s “Re-imagining an icon” strategy, which has seen investments of over £60m.  Key initiatives of the programme include the recently completed 1400 space new technological multi-storey car park behind John Lewis, £10m refurbishment of Sunset Walk and award-winning Guest Services area. All improvements respond to specific consumer needs, with Primark the most requested brand by visitors in exit surveys over a number of years. Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk, commented: “We are thrilled to announce that Primark will be open on the 16th April and joining our fantastic selection of fashion and beauty brands at centre:mk. This is a key moment for us – the new flagship store will be the single biggest store since we introduced Marks & Spencer to centre:mk nearly 25 years ago. Primark is a firm fashion favourite, and so we look forward to attracting more visitors by expanding the centre’s fashion retail mix.” Pam Gosal, Head of Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council, added: “Primark's decision to open in the heart of the city confirms Milton Keynes retail dominance in the South East. The store will be celebrated by our locals as well as the thousands of regional visitors we attract and will be complemented by the existing retail offer available throughout centre:mk. Investments of this nature reflect the confidence that businesses continue to have in the Milton Keynes economy." The new store opening is set to provide around 500 new jobs for Milton Keynes. C33EF4454DAF70780820E714A3FCCE8F Wed, 06 Mar 2019 02:44:03 +0000 Willen Lake to create jobs for 100 residents this season Willen Lake, Milton Keynes’ most popular park, is gearing up for the start of the new leisure season by creating up to 100 jobs, suitable for adults of all ages and abilities, and launching a selection of new activities. With Willen Lake offering such a wide variety of attractions both on and off the water, employees are needed for roles covering everything from wakeboarding supervisors, watersports instructors and Treetop Extreme instructors, to lakeside assistants, boat hire staff and cleaners. Those keen to apply for any of the positions available can do so online; The recruitment drive comes as Willen Lake confirms its programme for the season, which begins in April 2019 and runs until the end of October 2019. Alongside popular watersports such as stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing will be a further activity for those visiting the site to enjoy; powerboating. Those interested in this exciting sport can book Discover sessions via the Willen lake website; After the success of its multi-activity club for children, Willen Crusaders, the team at Willen Lake plan to launch a Junior Sailing Club, for children aged between eight and 14 years old who want to get involved in sailing regularly. This club will aim to improve participants sailing skills, working alongside the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme. Furthermore, the packages available at high ropes course Treetop Extreme are being reworked slightly to offer an enhanced customer experience. This will include the addition of the climbing wall at the start of each package as standard, giving customers the opportunity to try another challenge! Finally, an upgraded birthday party package for children under the age of 13 has been launched at Splash ‘n’ Play. This enables guests to enjoy private hire of the outdoor splash park for an hour, finishing the session with a party bag and ice cream for each attendee.  Rob Wood, General Manager for Willen Lake, commented: “As we leave the winter months behind us and start to enjoy the warmer weather, the team at Willen Lake is gearing up to make this the best season yet. “We’ve revised the programme to add some exciting new activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy and are looking to recruit up to 100 new people to help us meet demand and provide all our customers with an exceptional experience. We look forward to welcoming you to the lake!” For more information about the new activities, or to apply for any of the job vacancies, please visit C87EE42D00306DCB6264CEDA372B8A47 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 04:41:51 +0000 MK Marathon’s #MyMarathonMoment competition launches Organisers behind the Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend have launched an exciting competition to showcase the beauty of Milton Keynes and other cities to the world of running! The 12,000 participants are being asked to post photos of their training runs on social media, using #MyMarathonMoment to document the sights and scenery they come across when out clocking up the miles. All entries will be entered into a competition, with the best photos winning a prize, including a night stay at the Holiday Inn in Central Milton Keynes, plus a meal for two in the hotel’s brand-new Marco Pierre White restaurant. The Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend has become one of the city’s biggest community events, attracting athletes from across the world. So, whether you’re a Milton Keynesian pounding the pavements near the Peace Pagoda, an out-of-town Londoner leaping past the London Eye, or an overseas New Yorker galloping past Grand Central Station … it’s time to get snap happy as you train for the Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend! The full prizes for the first, second and third-place entries will include the MK Marathon Hoodie, Technical T-Shirts and other goodies. Race organiser and founder Andy Hully said: “It doesn’t matter which race you’re taking part in, we just want to see what your training experience looks like! We’ve created a competition that will take our MK Marathon community online to share photos that will hopefully help inspire other runners. It will also highlight just how beautiful Milton Keynes is, as well as how far people are prepared to come to take part in our brilliant event!” To enter, simply post your picture on social media, like/follow Milton Keynes Marathon and use the hashtag #MyMarathonMoment This year’s Marathon will start and finish at Stadium MK, with the route passing spectacular sites including Willen Lake, the historic Linford Manor, and Bradwell Windmill. The event has become so big that it will even have its own live concert in the Rightmove Race Village, as well as plenty of family activities. Now in its eighth year, the MK Marathon Weekend includes the Milton Keynes Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Marathon Relay, 5k Rocket Run and the Superhero Fun Run. The inclusive event is not just for the super fit, but is for anyone who wants to set themselves a personal or fundraising challenge. The Milton Keynes Marathon organisers work with Nick Anderson a UKA level 4 endurance coach to give you fitness advice including a face-to-face clinic in February, and team up with local clubs such as the Redway Runners, where people of all abilities can meet up and run together. Head to to sign up or to access tips, advice, inspirational videos, testimonials, a map of the route, information about what to expect on the day and what runners will see, and more. 0EBFFB73E257D1190853B416038B6D2C Tue, 05 Mar 2019 12:59:04 +0000 Marshall Live line up announced Taking place on 1 June 2019 inside The Marshall Arena at the Stadium MK, Marshall Live will give the audience a chance to discover the headliners of tomorrow with over 10 hours of live music. Announced in late 2018, the all-day event will be held in Bletchley at the Stadium MK and will feature some of the UK’s best alternative/rock acts. The event will be unique, bringing 3,500 people together for 10 hours of live music. Marshall are celebrating the headliners of tomorrow. Topping the bill are the buzzy 4-piece Hertfordshire rock band, The Hunna, alt-folk artist, Barns Courtney, and the unique alt rock group Yonaka who are currently taking the UK scene by storm. They will be joined by many more acts including Press to MECO, Thousand Thoughts, Rews and Bad Touch. Alongside billed acts there will also be a Discovery Stage, here bands will be able to apply to perform through an online application process. The two highest-voted acts on the day will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage later that evening. Rock Sound will be announcing how to apply for the Discovery Stage in due course. Tickets are £30 and available now at D6055DE68DAD5A21A33D640118198C98 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 04:03:20 +0000 Over 100 Sheep Return to Campbell Park The Parks Trust’s popular flock of sheep have returned to Campbell Park to continue their important conservation work. The flock of over 100 sheep will graze about half the park, as part of the self-financing charity’s farming portfolio. They will likely remain in the park until the end of March 2019, moving on to elsewhere in the city as the Campbell Park wildflower meadow comes into bloom. Periodic grazing is a vital conservation tool, helping to manage large areas of grassland in order to create a much richer diversity of wildlife. Grazing deters scrub and encourages the growth and spread of wildflower in these grass rich meadows, as the sheep target the sweet tasting grasses to graze on. Where possible, The Parks Trust strives to use traditional forms of land management (such as grazing) across the 6,000 acres of green space it manages in Milton Keynes. Landscape and Operations Director of The Parks Trust, Rob Riekie said: "We are so pleased to welcome the sheep back to Campbell Park. For us, they really signal the start of spring and we know how much visitors to our park love to see them. However, it is vital that people respect and care for the sheep as they use our park. Please can we remind dog owners to keep your dog close, calm and on a short lead.” For more information about The Parks Trust’s land management techniques please visit 16CAA09647D36D0CEF8FC31B1343B043 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 04:30:29 +0000 Become a friend of Milton Keynes Museum and help make history Milton Keynes Museum is calling on its supporters to sign up and become friends of the history hub. The new initiative is part of a fundraising drive to enable the museum to fit out its wonderful new galleries, as part of an extensive £7.5m expansion project. The two spaces will tell the complete history of Milton Keynes, from pre-historic times through to the present day. “Our supporters are the lifeblood of the museum,” director Bill Griffiths said. “The museum was founded by Milton Keynes people who wanted to preserve their heritage. Support has flourished and we are thrilled that our visitor numbers have more than doubled in the past five years. Our army of volunteers, fundraisers and visitors have enabled us to turn a passionate idea into a remarkable vision, and the new galleries will give Milton Keynes an attraction that will stand tall nationally." Funds raised will also help to improve experiences for all visitors. Future plans include an expanded education programme, extending the Granary cafe and disabled access. Friends of Milton Keynes Museum will receive unlimited museum access throughout the year, invitations to an expert lecture series, priority bookings for special events, regular e-newsletters, gift shop discounts and a 'friends of the museum' pin badge. Friends can sign up at the museum or by calling 01908 316222 during office hours. The museum’s £7.5m expansion of the two new galleries was made possible through funding from Milton Keynes Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. The museum now needs to raise the remaining £1.5m to complete the fit out of the spacious new galleries. The galleries will enable the museum to bring home a wealth of significant archaeology found in and around Milton Keynes, which are currently dispersed to other museums or in storage. Becoming a Friend of the Museum is £3 per month, or £36 annually for individuals, or £5 a month/£60 a year for families. 0CF9E05E144599E342541462A833F535 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 04:35:27 +0000 McDelivery expands in Milton Keynes McDonald’s McDelivery via Uber Eats is now available in even more restaurants in Milton Keynes, as the service rolls out to the Kingston Centre, Westcroft District Centre and Bletchley Stadium MK restaurants. Customers living within 1.5 miles of the restaurants can now get their favourite McDonald’s menu items delivered straight to their door, simply by ordering through the Uber Eats app. McDelivery is just one of the ways McDonald’s is offering its customers even more choice on how they order and enjoy their food. So if you’re planning a Friday film night with the other half, watching the football with your mates, or just fancy your favourite burger on the sofa, McDelivery is here. This news comes as McDonald’s announces that more than 18 million individual customers have ordered a McDelivery in the UK alone since its launch in 2017. Franchisee Ken Tomkins, who owns and operates the Kingston Centre and the Westcroft District Centre restaurants, as well as four others in the Milton Keynes area, comments: “My team and I are delighted to be expanding McDelivery in Milton Keynes. We are always working towards making our customers’ dining experience easier and more convenient – from self-service kiosks and table service to McDelivery I’m excited we’re constantly changing to meet our customers’ needs.” 77DA2F07ED6C94AFA27B5F113BEA7EBE Fri, 01 Mar 2019 04:39:22 +0000 A new home for independent cinema in Milton Keynes MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. Following a major expansion, the new MK Gallery will open to the public on 16 March with a brand new, state-of-the-art auditorium – the ‘Sky Room’. Audiences can look forward to a dynamic and exciting programme from the world of cinema beyond the mainstream. Expect affordable screenings of the latest breakthrough indie, cutting-edge documentaries, award-winning world cinema, and heart-warming family films – all programmed in partnership with the renowned Curzon Cinemas. Damian Spandley, Director of Programme at Curzon, said "Curzon share MK Gallery's passion for culture and discovery, and we are excited to be working with them to bring a dynamic programme of film and screen events to their astonishing new arts venue in Milton Keynes." Simon Wright, Curator of Public Programmes at MK Gallery said “It has been a pleasure to work with Curzon on our prodigious opening programme and we’re delighted to be able to bring their renowned programming to the City, offering audiences the very best in independent cinema.” Highlights in the Gallery’s opening film programme include the Academy Award-nominated films: The Favourite, starring Oscar-winning Olivia Colman as a frail Queen Anne; Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free climber Alex Honnold – winner of best documentary; and If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkin’s adaption of James Baldwin’s novel about two lovers divided by circumstance. The programme will also include live screenings, relaxed screenings for those who feel overwhelmed by the cinema environment, and ‘Little Big Screen’, offering affordable films for family audiences. With 13 venues across the UK, Curzon has been providing audiences with exceptional films since 1934. In 2017, the Curzon group received the prestigious award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 2017 BAFTA’s. Explore the Gallery’s forthcoming film programme and book tickets at 360BFBE9FB2FE3F305DB7B6FE1F8A4AD Tue, 26 Feb 2019 01:20:52 +0000 Countdown to MK Museum’s new HERstory in Objects Exhibition begins Milton Keynes Museum’s HERstory in objects exhibition is getting ready to open its doors on the 22 March 2019. This fascinating and thought-provoking exhibition will tell the story of local women’s lives, experiences, and history through an array of loaned and donated objects. Following an appeal to girls and women in the area to suggest objects that have meaning for them, the exhibition features around 100 loaned items. Alongside them are objects from the Museum’s own historic collection, as well as items made specially to reflect some of the themes – for instance the notorious scold’s bridle used to silence outspoken women. HERstory in Objects will touch upon various aspects of the female experience, from their role in public life, through exploring their bodies and health, to women’s liberation and so much more. The exhibition has been supported by Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Milton Keynes Council, and takes place in one of the new galleries created as part of a £7.2 million expansion project at the Museum. Once it opens the Museum will continue to take suggestions and stories for inclusion to ensure it continues to change and develop over its four-month run. You can submit by email: , or via a message or comment on the Museum’s Facebook page: or on Twitter @mkmuseum. Use the hashtag #HERstoryMK. F591ED4B09492933C2DE77C78C9D9A66 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 04:54:16 +0000 New soft play facility opened at intu Milton Keynes The children of Milton Keynes - and their parents - will be jumping for joy when they see the exciting new soft play facility on the mall at intu Milton Keynes, which is now open! Completely refurbished, the bright and colourful new soft play remains totally free to use and is now suitable for babies and children up to the age of seven. With rope climbing, stairs, rocking animals, building blocks, stacking rings and sensory additions such as mirrors and 3D animals, there's now even more fun for the little ones at intu. While little ones play, parents can sign up to the intu Milton Keynes free family club, giving families access to exclusive discounts, a free gift, a membership pack and a magazine, among other benefits. You can sign up to join at Kirsty McGiff, marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: "We are very excited to have revamped our soft play area - it's looking amazing and we can't wait to welcome Milton Keynes' playful children to it! The kids will love it, but parents will too. Anything that keeps the little ones happy while you shop is a massive bonus - all parents know that! That's why we are making intu Milton Keynes a real go-to destination for family days out." The installation comes just in time for the February half term that sees the centre go back millions of years when dinosaurs roamed the land. Full details are at 728C1CA931886472C471607B9F763E2D Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:02:04 +0000 Easter Egg fun at Frosts Garden Centre Decorate An Easter Egg at Frosts Garden Centre Woburn Sands. Monday 8th April to Thursday 18th April. Sessions from 9.45am to 3.45pm (No 9.45am session on Sunday). Have Fun at Frosts meeting the Easter Bunny, where he will give every child a small gift. Children can then get creative by decorating their very own chocolate Easter egg with a selection of yummy sweeties perfect to take home for an Easter treat. Children will ?nish the activity with a bunny hunt around the Garden Centre and a glass of squash. Booking is required, tickets can be purchased at the Customer Services Desk, online at or by calling 01908 583511. The activity lasts approximately 25 minutes and children must be accompanied by an adult. 4643DD49216B67D9C617CEB260E45684 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 03:05:30 +0000 Willen Hospice plans for bigger and better MK Midnight Moo Willen Hospice is calling on local ladies to sign up for this year’s MK Midnight Moo, taking place on 13 July 2019. The local charity launched its flagship fundraiser this week, announcing the introduction of a brand new Half-Moo, in addition to its popular 10 mile walk. The new route is just over half the distance (6.3 miles) but promises to be just as much fun. The Moo has become iconic in Milton Keynes, last year raising more than £120,000. Starting and finishing at intu Milton Keynes at midnight, it’s open to walkers of all levels, whether they walk on their own, in pairs or in teams.  Willen Hospice Chief Executive Peta Wilkinson said: “I was thrilled to be part of last year’s MK Midnight Moo walking alongside 1000 other ladies, all raising money to support our care. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and we’re so excited to be launching it for 2019. Walkers can sign up for the Moo for just £20. The registration fee covers the cost of the event but it is fundraising that is key to the Moo’s success. Senior Events Fundraiser, Tracey Jago said: “We know our ladies love a theme and this year we have opted for disco! We can’t wait to see how our walkers will embrace this theme through their fundraising and outfits on the night. Our ultimate aim is to raise funds for Willen Hospice and we know the ladies of Milton Keynes can rise to the challenge.” Steve Moore, Director of Specsavers Milton Keynes, added: “We are very lucky to be able to support local events and charities. Last year we sponsored the MK Midnight Moo and we’re very happily supporting it again this year! It’s a fun and unusual event to be involved with and we’re enjoying building on the success of our ongoing partnership. Willen Hospice provides exceptional care in our community and we are so proud to be able to sponsor them to help raise vital funds.” Willen Hospice needs to raise £4.7 million every year, that’s £9 a minute, to continue to provide care to patients in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The MK Midnight Moo is a key event that helps the Hospice to reach that goal. To find out more and to sign up, visit 9B8FE41D7A9A359029570F1D2EF42440 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 03:09:41 +0000 Paddington is coming to MK Playday 2019 MK Playday is excited to announce that the Opener for this year’s event has been confirmed; Paddington™! Join us and Paddington on Wednesday 7 August 2019 between 11am and 4pm at Campbell Park.  Paddington will open the event from the main stage in the morning and then will be making personal appearances in the park at intervals throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring your camera as there will be plenty of opportunities to take photos!  Emma Stace, Chair of the organising committee, commented: “We are so pleased Paddington will join us for the incredibly popular event this year. Paddington will meet with children of all ages, making it a highlight for MK Playday 2019."  MK Playday is the largest free play event held in Milton Keynes. The event 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.  Keep a look out for upcoming event announcements and activity details! Visit our Facebook page at @MKPlayDay or tweet us @mkplayday 4C32296316CEC19D27F62E4E8DB15430 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 04:37:37 +0000 Now is the time to make it a Marathon of a year! Registration for the 2019 Rightmove MK Marathon Weekend is open. It is set to be the biggest and best to date, the Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend is preparing for over 12,000 people to take part in one of the its events, and "now is the time to set yourself a New Year challenge", says organiser and founder Andy Hully. In its 8th year and taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May, the Milton Keynes Marathon, Half Marathon, team Marathon Relay, 5k Rocket and the Superhero Fun Run have collectively become one of the biggest community events in the city that attracts athletes from across the world. "This is the biggest Marathon is the region, the closest being London but it's not just for the super fit," explains Andy Hully, "The Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend is full of people that have set themselves a challenge, for businesses that are looking to raise money for charity and for people to come together to run for fun. "As we start the New Year, it's the perfect time to think about a challenge. Our advice to anyone reading this is to register today, not tomorrow. Do it now and then you've committed to doing something amazing. If you start training now, you have plenty of time to get fit for the full 26 miles, especially for those that have already run a half marathon and are thinking of the next step. If you're new or a casual runner, the half marathon is still an incredible achievement, and we can give you everything you need to make it a race to remember." The Milton Keynes Marathon organisers provide fitness advice and host clinics for just £10, which includes a free High5 nutrition pack worth £15 - the first being on 11 February at David Lloyd Leisure - which explain how to train, when to train and how to avoid injury. The website ( is full of tips, advice, inspiration videos, testimonials, a map of the route, what to expect on the day and what runners will see. "Milton Keynes has some spectacular sites on the route, from Willen Lake and the Peace Pagoda to the historic Linford Manor and Bradwell Windmill - it's not all roundabouts and concrete cows," Andy adds. "It's is also one of the flattest marathons in the country, which, if considering a marathon for the first time, is a huge advantage." If motivation is a barrier, the MK Marathon organisers have teamed up with local organisations such as the Redway Runners who run every Sunday morning, and is for people of all abilities. Starting at a different location each week and attracting in excess of 100 people, you can just turn up and introduce yourself with no need to book. The scale of the Marathon Weekend has become so large that it's even has its own concert. Starting and finishing at the home of Milton Keynes Don's football club, the Stadium MK provides a spectacular start and finish for the race, and now includes the Rightmove Race Village. Situated outside Gate 5 of Stadium MK, there will be a full line up of exciting live acts on stage, and many different activities for all the family to participate in. So, whether a runner, spectator or volunteer, if you are looking be part of the Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend, find out everything you need to know at and register today. F2843FE2048ACB2E687EEEBE826DB352 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:52:42 +0000 The Dragons are coming! Entries are officially open for the annual Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival which returns to Willen Lake on Sunday 23rd June and, organisers Gable Events, are expecting an even higher turnout this time around. The Dragon Boat Festival attracts more than 50 companies annually and for the second year the teams will be raising funds for MacIntyre, a national charity based in Milton Keynes that supports over 1,200 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability or autism. There is a great incentive for teams to raise as much sponsorship as possible as the top fundraisers will win a charity trophy and a special prize meal, sponsored by Merinvest, at Melis Restaurant. The sponsorship raised by the participating teams is expected to make a significant contribution to the funds MacIntyre needs for its vital work. Head of Fundraising, Claire Kennedy comments, “MacIntyre is delighted to again be the official charity for the 2019 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival. Last year’s event was amazing and we’re really looking forward to doing it all again! Every penny raised at this event will be used to benefit people in the Milton Keynes area. The funds raised will support our sports projects which aim to make sport equally accessible for people with a learning disability and other complex needs who want to participate.”   With entries now open, companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together to take part. They represent a complete mix of new and returning crews but all with the same aim in mind - to enjoy a fabulous day out with colleagues and friends and make a difference in their community. Enhanced Gold and Silver entry packages are available which include marketing benefits such as the company’s logo on each side of a dragon boat as well as a significant donation to MacIntyre. To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for MacIntyre, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. There will also be a variety of bankside entertainment to enjoy such as funfair rides, children’s activities and food stalls. For further information and an entry form visit: or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about MacIntyre, visit or call 01908 230100 B8ACB9F3726FCE014595187A18ED05B9 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:21:15 +0000 10,000 will Rock Milton Keynes Campbell Park this summer UK Tribute Festivals proudly present MKF Fest, it’s the UK’s biggest 'free to attend' family friendly festival that brings you blistering sets from some of Europe’s biggest and best rock / indie bands without the costly ticket price and its coming back to Campbell Park this summer. MKF Fest will take place on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July and it’s FREE to attend, all you pay is the booking fee £3.90. The organisers promise two days of chorus chanting, family friendly fun. This unique family type festival will see over 30 bands on two stages, beer tents, food markets, thrill rides and kids activities. Acts already planned will see tributes to Queen, The Foo Figthers, Kings Of Leon, Stereophonics, Guns and Roses and many more. Jools Taylor UK Tribute Festival’s director “We have had an extremely positive reaction on announcing coming to Campbell Park this year, we expect all of the free tickets to be snapped up very soon. Our festivals are unique as we don’t charge for the costly ticket price, we literally give the tickets away, all the festival goers just pay a small booking charge of £3.90, people really appreciate what we do and the fact it’s free really adds to atmosphere and overall experience." Other than music there will be plenty of other activities including thrill rides, vast array of food and beer tents and kids activities. MKF tickets are available from Friday 25th January at 10am via and  ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY – there will be no tickets on the gate. F23077B60542B92033DF4D2E208706DE Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:33:06 +0000 Champions League Curry Lunch with Spurs Legends Curry Club UK is pleased to announce their latest sporting event with Spurs legends Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa. The lunch will give guests the chance to hear from the pair on their career highlights and from host for the day Micky Hazard. The event is taking place at the Jurys Inn, Milton Keynes on May 24th 2019. Ossie Ardiles epitomized the club’s free-flowing football philosophy and in his 10 seasons in north London, Ardiles became a cult figure who was worshipped by White Hart Lane fans. Ricky Villa played 133 League games for Tottenham after a notable career in his homeland of Argentina. Ricky is also  famed for his ‘Goal of the Century’ for Tottenham in the 1981 FA Cup final replay against Manchester City at Wembley. Alongside the informal interview hosted by Micky Hazard, there will be a silent auction running throughout the event with items officiated by The British Sports Museum. Proceeds raised are in aid of nominated charity Willen Hospice. The event promises to be an enjoyable afternoon in the company of Spurs legends. Guests will have the opportunity to hear Ossie and Ricky’s thoughts on the Champions League, and a chance to ask the pair questions - all whilst enjoying exceptional Indian cuisine. Tickets start from £55, with VIP packages and tables of 10 available. The VIP package includes a meet and greet with Ossie and Ricky in a private area, a signed picture, premium seating and wine on the  table. For more information and to book, visit or contact Steve Kettle at EA2D131C2A2C1B6B2956919AF13A76C5 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:36:26 +0000 MK Gallery announces exhibition programme for 2019 The new MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, opening its doors to the public on 16 March 2019, today announced its exhibition programme for 2019.   The inaugural exhibition will be The Lie of the Land, an ambitious show charting how British landscape was radically transformed by changes in free time and leisure activities since the aristocratic pursuits of hunting and shooting. From the social, urban experiment of Milton Keynes to Capability Brown’s gardens at nearby Stowe, the exhibition teases out the aspirations that underpin our built environments. Featuring work by artists and designers including Canaletto, Jeremy Deller, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Elizabeth Frink, Thomas Gainsborough, Richard Hamilton, Emma Hart, Gertrude Jekyll, Laura Knight, Lawrence Lek, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Jo Spence, James Tissot, J.M.W. Turner and Rachel Whiteread.   This will be followed by Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance.  Showing works spanning her entire career since the 1960s, this will be the first major retrospective of Rego’s work in England for over 10 years. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs. The exhibition will subsequently travel to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the first ever retrospective of Rego’s work in Scotland and Ireland.   George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’ will bring together more than 50 paintings and 40 prints and drawings including a rare loan of the National Gallery’s masterpiece Whistlejacket, as well as lesser known works, some of which have not been seen in the UK for many decades. Stubbs’ detailed anatomical studies will be displayed alongside the actual skeleton of Eclipse – the progenitor of over 90 percent of subsequent racehorses - as well as his paintings of Eclipse. The exhibition will also feature a selection of drawings from the artist’s last great endeavour, A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and A Common Fowl produced many years before Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. A version of the exhibition will tour to the Mauritshuis in The Hague where it will be the first George Stubbs exhibition in the Netherlands.   MK Calling will go on show in February 2020, with an open call to artists working across all art forms, with a connection to Milton Keynes. This is an opportunity to showcase and support exciting new talent. The call for submissions will begin in April 2019. 16 March–26 May 2019: The Lie of the Land 13 June–22 September 2019: Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance 11 October 2019–26 January 2020: George Stubbs 13 February–10 May 2020: MK Calling 2F4CD0A689DF7A6613B9FF4E84B34DF6 Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:45:07 +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 or The Parks Trust representative 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. B1D3A8FBA2C3B1A07DA18922EC3D5664 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:02:10 +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 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: 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. 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.” E8CBA4B42D85228F7228C917E4C686C2 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:26:47 +0000 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!” AAF662BE6CD123F4C54C4D90D24B1373 Sat, 03 Nov 2018 02:15:33 +0000