News Archive News Archive http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk /News/News-Archive Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:35:24 +0000 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:35:24 +0000 Be part of Bletchley Park's history Bletchley Park is looking for enthusiasts, drama students and amateur actors to become part of History at the Home of the Codebreakers. The chosen candidates will take part in filming for the new Bletchley Park experience and record voiceovers for audio installations about codebreaking. The Bletchley Park Trust and Elbow Productions, the specialist company creating the digital interpretation as part of the £8m, Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of Bletchley Park, are looking for between 20 and 30 people to feature in audio and film installations for the newly renovated Huts and Blocks. Elbow will film scenes about Bletchley during World War Two, in period costume, over two days in February or March 2014. Filming will most likely take place over a weekend. Anyone taking part will be asked to attend weekend and / or evening rehearsals at the end of January and in early February, plus a daytime or evening costume fitting. Everyone taking part will be dressed in 1940s costume or uniform with full hair and make-up (costume, hair dressing and professional make-up will be provided). If you think you would like to take part, please apply to be invited to one of our casting workshops, which will last for approximately 2 hours, and will involve warm up and drama games, plus sight-reading from some of the scripted Bletchley Park World War Two scenes. CASTING WORKSHOP TIMES: Friday 17 January 6pm – 8pm or: Saturday 18 January 11am – 1pm If you are interested, please telephone or email: Sultana Khanom Elbow Productions sultana@elbowproductions.com 0203-432-6314 With the following information: Full Name Head shot photo (very basic - mobile phone pic will do) Contact Details (email and telephone) Casting Availability (17 January 6pm / 18 January 11am) Age Male / Female Acting Experience Please note that invitations to the workshops will be based on the information and head shots submitted.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Be-part-of-Bletchley-Parks-history 71E09B16E21F7B6919BBFC43F6A5B2F0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 02:35:18 +0000 Priscilla to hit MK Theatre International smash hit musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert will storn into Milton Keynes from 20 – 25 January 2014 and will star the incredible Jason Donovan who will reprise his role as Tick, the part he played when the show originally opened in the West End. Jason who reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, has had a hugely successful and varied career as both an actor and world-wide recording artist, selling over 13 million albums to date.  As well as Priscilla Queen of the Desert his other West End credits include the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His touring credits include Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, the title role in John Doyle’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and he can currently be seen as The Artilleryman in The War of the Worlds. His television credits include Neighbours and Echo Beach. He was also a finalist in ITV’s smash hit I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!. Richard Grieve will play Bernadette having previously played the part of Tick in the West End production of the show. He is probably best known as Jonny Foster in Emmerdale. A native Australian, he played Sam Kratz in Neighbours and Dr Lachlan Frazer in Home and Away. His UK theatre credits include the national tour of Footloose - The Musical and Bells Are Ringing at the Unicorn Theatre.  His theatre credits in Australia include Greg Connell in The Boy from Oz and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Graham Weaver will play Felicia, which he played in the West End production of the show. His other theatre credits include Mary Sunshine in Chicago and Assassins. Get ready for the ride of your life! Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including It’s Raining Men, Say a Little Prayer, Go West, Hot Stuff and Always on My Mind, this wildly fresh and funny new musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical originally opened in Australia in 2006 where it ran for two years before opening in the West End for a run of a further two years. The show recently played a hugely successful season on Broadway. Along the way, it has won numerous awards including the prestigious Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Costume Design. Book today for the best seats in the house at  Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com /miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Priscilla-to-hit-MK-Theatre 9F44E956E3A2B7B5598C625FCC802C36 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:23:43 +0000 Midsummer Place aims to Make MK Smile Monday 20th January is said to be the most depressing day of the year.  Aptly named ‘Blue Monday’, it is notorious as the day when people feel they have hit rock bottom – but not if Midsummer Place Shopping Centre has anything to do with it!   Improving on last year’s effort to banish the blues, Midsummer Place is hosting a whole week of joke-telling to #MakeMKSmile.  From Monday, they will be collecting the funniest family-friendly jokes that Milton Keynes has to offer.     Members of the public are invited to nominate their joke by writing it on a brightly coloured Post-it note and sticking it to an eight foot high board which will be on display all week outside the new Chopstix restaurant on the Boulevard.  The week-long celebration comes to an end on Saturday 25th January when the best joke will be chosen and the author will win a £50 voucher.   Midsummer Place hopes to bring smiles to the faces of all in Milton Keynes during the gloomiest time of the year.     Anyone that can’t make it to the centre is welcome to share their joke with the Centre on Facebook or Twitter using #MakeMKSmile.   Facebook – facebook.com/midsummer.place Twitter - @MidsummerPlace   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Midsummer-Place-aims-to-Make-MK-Smile B440509A0106086A67BC2EA9DF0A1DAB Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:55:58 +0000 Chinese New Year celebrations hit The Casino MK As the Chinese community welcome in the Year of The Horse, The Casino MK will host a very special evening of celebrations to mark the occasion. On Monday 3rd February, Milton Keynes’ hugely popular entertainment venue, will celebrate in style from 11pm with a mix of traditional activities. At midnight you’ll be able to watch the ‘Lion Dance’ inside the casino, a tradition that is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to all. Shortly afterwards a free prize draw will take place for Aspire members to win prizes such as Samsung tablets, Nikon cameras and slots vouchers. Chinese food will be available to guests all prepared by local restaurant Taipan, and on into the early morning there will be Chinese Karaoke for everyone to try their hand at. The Casino is also running a special stamp card promotion starting on 3rd February where visitors can collect a FREE Rice Cooker if they collect 8 stamps up until 28th February. For the latest information and events taking place at The Casino MK visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk or follow them at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or @TheCasinoMK   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Chinese-New-Year-celebrations-hit-The-Casino-MK 98E6F17209029F4AE6DC9D88EC8EAC2C Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:26:47 +0000 Taster sessions at Snozone Snozone will be showing the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on 7th February from 4pm plus all the coverage throughout the Games on its screens in the Snobar. Entrance to watch is completely free, but to get truly inspired for Sochi, like so many of us did during the 2012 London Games, Snozone is putting on Taster Lessons throughout the opening weekend. Taster Lessons, Snozone Milton Keynes: 8th & 9th February 12 - 4pm If you're a ski or snowboard novice, the taster lessons include medals, certificates and freestyle hints and tips to set you on your way to learning a new sport and skill for life.  Spaces are available from 12.00pm for £14 per person. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.   Email salesmk@snozoneuk.com or call 0871 222 5673 to make a booking. For those who can already ski or snowboard, simply book a main slope pass online and our coaches will be ready to greet you on the slopes with freestyle hints and tips in our specially designed rookie park and a chance to try beating the pro's on the slalom course.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Taster-sessions-at-Snozone 269D837AFADA308DD4AEAB28CA2D57E4 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 09:36:37 +0000 Fossil hunting fun with The Parks Trust Squids, oysters and sea urchins - enjoy some fascinating fossily fun with The Parks Trust as you hunt for our ancient aquatic life.  The Fossil Hunting event takes place this half-term holiday, on Wednesday 19 February 2014, 10am- 12pm, at Stonepit Field, Milton Keynes. Rangers will provide a guide to fossil hunting, what to look for and where and then set you off on your own quest to hunt for fossils. We’ll help you identify you fossil finds, discover when they would have lived, how they were created and where the best areas are to look for fossils. As well as fossil hunting you can make your own volcano, play some fossil inspired games and do some making and creating in the crafts area. Parking is available in the car park off Wolverton Road opposite Oakridge Park. The event costs £3 per child and must be booked in advance. To book you’re Fossil Hunting event online visit www.theparkstrust.com or call 01908 255379 for further information.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fossil-hunting-fun-with-The-Parks-Trust ADD217938E07BB1FD8796E0315B88C10 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 09:41:01 +0000 360 Play promises family fun this half term There might be few opportunities to play outdoors at the moment as the rain continues to fall almost non-stop, but at Milton Keynes’ favourite children’s play centre, 360 Play, a warm, friendly – and dry! – welcome awaits families with young children over the forthcoming school half-term holiday. A wide range of fun and creative play activities for youngsters is on offer, all of which mum and dad can join in with too. Activities available include a central, three storey play structure with lots of climbing, crawling and sliding elements, dodgem cars, a carousel, the 360 Street creative play area, a messy play area and more, all housed within a safe, clean environment. With so much to do, children will be kept busy for hours. When it’s time to take a break, the 360 Play café area offers a wide range of freshly made fare to recharge the batteries, while for those arriving at the centre early, a hearty breakfast is also available to set everyone up for a day full of activity. Comfortable seating areas will help everyone relax too. 360 Play, at Knowlhill, is designed to provide children with a fun yet educational experience and encourages them to use their imaginations with the many creative play elements available. Aimed at families with children aged from pre-school up to 12 years old, the venue also features a dedicated toddler area for the very youngest visitors, so all ages are very well catered for. Unlike some other play centres, there are no time limits at 360 Play so guests can stay all day if they wish, while free parking is also available right outside the venue. Quite simply, it’s the best place to be this half term – whatever the weather. For more details on the great day out that awaits at 360 Play visit www.360Play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/360-Play-promises-family-fun-this-half-term 020BF2C45E7BB322F89A226BD2C5D41B Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:04:35 +0000 Midsummer Place's wrapping station raises £8,000 The Midsummer Place and Advantage Africa gift wrapping service has, for the fifth year running, raised a record-breaking amount of money, boasting a grand total of £8,000. The annual gift wrapping service relies on the hard work of over 80 trained volunteers who wrapped more than 3,000 gifts between 7 December and Christmas Eve 2013.   All money raised will help Advantage Africa and its local partners to start new projects to help those in need across Africa.  This includes; a health facility in Kalulini, Kenya, which will provide tests and treatment for life-threatening diseases such as malaria, as well as a school for children with disabilities in Ggaba, Uganda, which will provide 25 children with an education, many of them for the first time.   Martin Hindson, General Manager said: “Every year Midsummer shoppers look forward to the gift wrapping service; not only does it offer an invaluable service for busy shoppers, it raises money for a very worthy cause.  We’re very pleased to be able to support Advantage Africa and are proud of the impressive amount of money that has been raised.” Andrew Betts, Director at Advantage Africa commented: “This money is the beginning of many new projects that will save and change lives.  Every gift wrapped really does help change a life and will help put a smile on the faces of many vulnerable children.  We can’t thank our volunteers enough, running on pure devotion to the cause, they put in over 200 hours and all of their hard work will make a huge difference.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Midsummer-Places-wrapping-station-raises-8000 100D9F30CA54B18D14821DC88FEA0631 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:49:45 +0000 Handmade and Vintage fair marches into Milton Keynes The first weekend in March sees the keenly anticipated return of the MK Handmade & Vintage Weekend Extravaganza, one of MK’s most popular events.    Middleton Hall, in thecentre:mk, is transformed into a treasure trove of 120 colourful market stalls, a paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique.  For savvy shoppers who aren’t slaves to high street trends and prices, the event offers an eclectic mix of thousands of handmade and vintage items you won’t find in the shops. Now in its fourth year and with its reputation for high quality, originality and affordable prices attracting visitors from across the country, this quarterly event brings together the cream of our local independent makers - an amazing range of talents right on our doorstep.  Add to the mix the most original vintage/antique sellers and you have quite a spectacle, and a buzzing atmosphere. Event Director, Jacqui Lewis: “Our carefully selected mix of stalls offer everything from furniture to fashions, from jewellery to jukeboxes;  the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky.  All our talented exhibitors are passionate about what they do and everything is a one-off.  It’s a great day out for all ages and tastes and I’m thrilled that the market’s reputation attracts visitors to MK from far and wide.” If you love a unique style, the thrill of the bargain hunt, and believe in supporting our local independents, get along to Middleton Hall – it’s free entry - but remember to allow yourself a good few hours to explore everything! The market is on Saturday 1st (9am-7pm) and Sunday 2nd March (10.30am-5pm).    See www.mk-handmade-and-vintage.co.uk  and  www.thecentremk.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Handmade-and-Vintage-fair-marches-into-Milton-Keynes BE1DF9A5D08724971F64A511E24FC904 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:12:38 +0000 Wicked flies into MK Theatre Wicked, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will continue its major UK and Ireland tour, opening at the Milton Keynes Theatre on Tuesday 4 February 2014 for the strictly limited 4-week season until Saturday 8 March 2014. Wicked has already been seen by over 36 million people around the world and has 6 productions running concurrently. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) where it is now in its 10th Anniversary year. The West End production is now in its 7th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it has been seen by almost 5 million people. Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Wicked has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the best-selling novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, by Gregory Maguire. The musical runs approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes (including an interval) and is recommended for children aged 7+. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted into the theatre. Tickets are available from Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee), www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee) EXCLUSIVE WICKED - SHOW, DINE & HOTEL PACKAGES Destination MK has partnered with two hotels to offer you a great value couples package.  Packages are £198 per couple and include: •    Two top band tickets for Wicked at Milton Keynes Theatre •    A two course dinner and drinks for two at the theatre’s decadent Piano Bar •    Overnight accommodation at your choice of hotel For full details and to book - CLICK HERE GOT YOUR TICKET, NOW GET THE OFFERS! There is no doubt that Wicked is the hottest ticket in Milton Keynes right now - but once you have your ticket the fun doesn't stop there. We've teamed up with some of our members across MK to offer Wicked ticket holders some exclusive discounts at top attractions, restaurants, hotels and shops! Just CLICK HERE to find out why Milton Keynes is WICKED!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Wicked-flies-into-MK-Theatre 4B4EDC2630FE75800DDC29A7B4070ADD Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:08:51 +0000 Wicked figures for Milton Keynes Theatre WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has become the biggest hit musical in the history of the Milton Keynes Theatre with over 45,000 people seeing the spectacular production during its engagement. The hit musical will play is final performance on Saturday 8 March 2014 (before heading off for its Welsh premiere at the Wales Millennium Centre). Some tickets are still available at Monday-Thursday performances next week. Executive Producer, Michael McCabe said: “Audiences in Milton Keynes have been incredible and we thank them, and all of the staff at the theatre, for their generous welcome and support during our fantastic run. We are thrilled and grateful that so many people attended performances”. Mike Keane, Milton Keynes Theatre General Manager agreed: “It has been a genuine pleasure having Wicked at the venue these past weeks, our audiences’ ecstatic reaction to this phenomenal show is a joy to behold at the end of every performance. On behalf of MKT, I would personally like to thank the producers, cast, crew and the entire Wicked family for bringing this spectacle to a record-breaking audience at Milton Keynes Theatre.” Wicked received rave reviews from local critics and standing ovations from the audiences. The Milton Keynes Citizen said “this distinctive, green-hued saga of witchery really is the perfect prequel – and sensational sequel – to the familiar tale of Oz”, MK News said: “there is absolutely nothing to fault Wicked, and you can be assured of a fantastic night out at MK Theatre” and Luton Today said: “there’s a reason Wicked is one of the most popular shows in recent West End and Broadway history. Basically, it’s fantastic!” The award-winning London production continues its open-ended run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now in its 8th year. The “hugely popular show” (The Times) is already the 15th longest-running musical in West End theatre history and recently celebrated its 3000th landmark performance. Around the world, Wicked has already been seen by over 39 million people and has 9 productions running concurrently. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after a decade at the Gershwin Theatre. In a brilliantly witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Wicked-figures-for-Milton-Keynes-Theatre C57168A952F5D46724CF35DFC3D48A7F Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:40:54 +0000 Celebrity chef inspires students on the road to success BBC MasterChef judge, Claire Clark, has been inspiring students in Milton Keynes College’s catering department with tales of her glittering career at some of the most prestigious restaurants and hotels in the country. Claire has worked at such well-known eateries as The Ritz and Claridges and is recognised as one of Britain’s top chefs.  Her tour of the fantastic catering facilities available at the College included a visit to the newly refurbished restaurant, The Brasserie, which allows students to showcase their work to (paying) guests. Claire was very impressed with the level of skill and dedication shown by the students and said, “It gives me great pleasure to be able to provide inspiration and support to such an enthusiastic and dedicated team." Claire’s own career began at College and she was able to remember what it felt like to be a junior caterer on the first step of her journey to become a professional chef. Level 3 Professional Cookery student and 2013 Student of the Year finalist, Daniel Jackson, explained, “Hearing Claire speaking about her career was inspiring.  I’d like to work in top restaurants and Claire’s rich and varied experiences make me want to push myself harder to achieve my goals.” Maria Bowness, Deputy Director Faculty of Creative and Service Industries department added, “Claire was a true inspiration to the students and I am thrilled she is keen to be a part of our work here at Milton Keynes College. Claire is hoping to discuss the qualifications we offer and has agreed to judge our very own, student MasterChef.” To find out more information about the catering courses offered at Milton Keynes College, please visit www.mkcollege.ac.uk and to book a table at The Brasserie restaurant, please call 01908 637373.       http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Celebrity-chef-inspires-students-on-the-road-to-success 25DB67C5657914454081C6A18E93D6DD Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:57:05 +0000 BBC 3CR Big Tour coming to Newport Pagnell BBC Three Counties Radio is coming to Newport Pagnell as part of their Big Tour of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The radio station is keen to meet people living in the cities, towns and countryside they serve. They'll be in Newport Pagnell on 11th March to find out what issues are affecting the community and then covering them on-air for a week's special all about the town from Monday 17th March. Whether it's to hold a council to account or tell the story of how a new business or club came to be. They want to hear from you, so get in contact with them and you may get to hear yourself on the radio. It's also a great chance for current listeners of the station, to put a face to the voices they hear every day. You could get to meet Iain Lee who can be heard every weekday morning from 6am entertaining you and covering all the local stories that matter with up-to-the-minute travel news to get you around Buckinghamshire. Perhaps you have a problem with a company or local organisation that you just cannot fix. Well don't fear Jonathan Vernon-Smith will be on hand to help, as he fights for your consumer rights on the JVS Show weekdays from 9am. Editor of the station Laura Moss, says "It's a great opportunity to meet some of our audience and get the under the skin of Newport Pagnell.” Over the week the station will hear from people who have lived in the town for most of their lives as well as some who moved here from abroad. The Big Tour will see the station go to a different town every week, including Berkhamsted, Woburn and Wheathampstead.  You can hear BBC Three Counties Radio online, on digital and on 103.8 and 90.4 FM. If you want to take part in the station's Newport Pagnell week special call them now on 08459 455 555 or tweet @BBC3CR mentioning #BBC3CRBigTour.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/BBC-3CR-Big-Tour-coming-to-Newport-Pagnell B21F9F98829DEA9A48FD8AADDC1F159D Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:48:31 +0000 2014 Sport Relief Mile in Milton Keynes Do your bit for ‘The Milton Keynes Sport Relief Mile’ On Sunday 23rd March join in one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events in CMK and do your bit to transform the lives of others here and around the world. Run, jog or walk 1, 3 or 6 miles along the tree-lined route in CMK with friends, family and colleagues.           Enter today at www.sportrelief.com Volunteer to be part of the event organisation on the day and help it to be the best ever. Sport Relief is looking to recruit enthusiastic volunteers for a number of exciting roles. To register your interest in helping to support The Milton Keynes Mile, contact: 01908 253229 or vicki.clark@milton-keynes.gov.uk On your marks, set and go for Sport Relief!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/2014-Sport-Relief-Mile-in-Milton-Keynes 921C2DC40D0B979C2910298D2F880152 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:51:56 +0000 Boutique Days bring wartime glamour to Bletchley Park Bletchley Park is holding glamorous and exciting 1940s Boutique Days for the first time in 2014, with lessons in hair and makeup of the era. Hair stylist and makeup artist Sarah Dunn will teach students on each one day course – being held throughout the year – how to create the famous victory rolls as well as other ‘dos’ of the decade. Also within the ticket price of £65 is a practical make-up session, with demonstrations on Sarah’s models. Lunch is included as well as a tour of Historic Bletchley Park and lots of advice and the chance to chat with like-minded enthusiasts about this most fascinating decade.   In the 1940s the squeeze of rationing and post-war austerity measures prompted ever-more ingenious methods of self-beautification. Today’s straightened economic times are reminiscent of that austere era. Add to that the devil-may-care attitude engendered by the fear of death on any given day during WW2 and it’s easy to see why lipstick got brighter, skirts got shorter and heels got higher.   Stylist and teacher Sarah Dunn says "As a vintage hair stylist I am inspired by the style and spirit of the 1940s, so it's a real honour to be bringing the decade back to life at the Home of the Codebreakers. I imagine the women at Bletchley Park during World War Two were probably more preoccupied with the vital work they were doing than with their hair and make-up but I bet it was a different story on their days off, when they travelled into London and took up the offer of cheap entry to clubs and shows.   “The hairstyles of the 1940s are wonderful as there is so much choice, they can be very dramatic as well as feminine and often quite practical. I love how glamorous people feel when they have had a makeover from this era, victory rolls and red lipstick can make anyone feel stylish and it's amazing to think all this all came out of an age of such hardship and austerity.”   Friends of Bletchley Park can book now on 01908 272684. Tickets will go on general sale 1 February. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Boutique-Days-bring-wartime-glamour-to-Bletchley-Park CDF1E288CA02272E717C9D5E4CB180BD Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:46:49 +0000 DMK and VisitEngland prepare your business for the worst In response to the recent extreme weather conditions across the UK, the Government has awarded a £2 million tourism package to VisitEngland, the national tourist board, to support destinations and tourism businesses. Destination Milton Keynes has partnered with VisitEngland to run a free Business Resilience Workshop, aimed at all tourism businesses in the local and regional area, to help them understand the impact that extreme weather may have on their business, what it means for tourism as a whole, and how to ensure that their business is ready for any future environmental issues. The workshop is taking place at Jurys Inn, Central Milton Keynes on Friday 28th March from 10am – 3pm and is free for all tourism-based businesses in and around Milton Keynes. VisitEngland’s Chief Executive James Berresford said: “We welcome this additional funding from Government to support the tourism industry. It has enabled us to act fast and, together with Destination Milton Keynes,  we are providing vital on the ground support to help businesses become more resilient against severe weather conditions in the future. A price-led advertising campaign in March will support our efforts to reassure visitors that England remains a beautiful and exciting destination to visit this spring and summer.” To book your place on the workshop visit http://mktourismresilience.eventbrite.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/DMK-and-VisitEngland-prepare-your-business-for-the-worst DBBF603FF0E99629DDA5D75B6F75F966 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:40:58 +0000 UCMK and MK Chamber forge new alliance Milton Keynes’ new university campus, UCMK, and MK’s Chamber of Commerce have signed an agreement to work together to promote enterprise, growth and innovation across the city. The Memorandum of Understanding will see the two organisations investigate opportunities to launch joint bids for contracts, set up business-specific continuing professional development courses and raise the profile of UCMK as a centre for enterprise, innovation and business. The partners also expect to share information garnered from the multi-million pound MK:Smart project.  UCMK is at the heart of this enormous “big data” exercise which could revolutionise the city’s economic and infrastructure planning in the future, with significant implications for local businesses. The document also commits the partners to academic opportunities including the idea of working together on new degree and professional courses in enterprise. Speaking at the signing Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, UCMK’s parent body, said: “This Memorandum of Understanding is a further sign of the University’s commitment to support economic growth and innovation in this exciting city.  It underpins the development of what both we and the Chamber hope will be a long-term partnership between us. These are exciting and fast-moving times for Milton Keynes and, through UCMK, the University is delighted to be part of the city’s future.” Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce, added: “The signing of the agreement represents the Chamber’s determination to ensure Milton Keynes becomes a driving force for business growth, enterprise and innovation. This is a huge opportunity to work collaboratively with the University for the mutual benefit of businesses in the community. We look forward to developing this into a long-lasting partnership and to seeing more businesses unlocking their potential in this growing and vibrant district.” In addition to its commitment through the Memorandum of Understanding, the University of Bedfordshire has also agreed to join the MK Chamber’s Business Alliance as its first member.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/UCMK-and-MK-Chamber-forge-new-alliance 00A03EC6533CA7F5C644D198D815329C Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:54:34 +0000 Eco Event at Midsummer Place The third annual Eco Event takes place at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March to draw attention to sustainability issues, celebrate initiatives and show how recycling can be fun for everyone.       The showcase will be highlighting how the Centre’s retailers are increasingly environmentally astute; from simply installing energy efficient lighting, to extraordinary developments such as manufacturing brand new eco-friendly materials.  Shoppers will be invited to visit the Midsummer Place Fact Board to find out more about what each store does to help the environment, for example; did you know that at H&M you can donate a bag of old clothes and receive a £5 voucher?  Or, that Lush created its own biodegradable glitter?   Throughout the weekend, there will be an abundance of activities across the Centre.  On the Boulevard, to engage the younger generation of ‘eco warriors’, Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park will be hosting potting workshops, with the farmer’s crew teaching children how to make eco-friendly pots and plant seeds.  This will be on 30 minute rotations with The Professor’s slime workshop where children can make their very own slime.  Gulliver’s will also have two of its model dinosaurs and examples of fossils from its ‘dino-dig’ on display.     Shoppers can find out about how to further reduce their own carbon footprint and save money through Milton Keynes Council’s information stand.  There will also be games including a pedal-powered scalextric competition and plate spinning with plenty of prizes up for grabs.      Lush is hosting ‘Bubble Bar’ making on the East Walk; Lush staff will be using their expertise to teach children how to make their very own Lush Bubble Bar.  Lush will also be offering eco-friendly facials and hand massages using sustainable ingredients from the UK.   Martin Hindson, General Manager, said:  “Sustainability is important all year round but our Eco Event highlights the issues and draws attention to key solutions.  It allows us to show our visitors that we care about sustainability and demonstrates what we do to help the environment.  The fashion industry is also doing more to become eco-friendly and as the fashion destination for Milton Keynes, it seems appropriate to celebrate those efforts.”   Midsummer Place will also be taking part in Earth Hour, an international event which anyone can get involved with.  At 8:30pm on Saturday 29 March, everyone joining in will turn off all unnecessary electricity.  Midsummer Place will be doing its bit by taking the Centre down to emergency lighting for the hour.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Eco-Event-at-Midsummer-Place 33267E5DC58FAD346E92471C43FCCCDC Fri, 21 Mar 2014 04:51:58 +0000 Tan-tastic curry from Calcutta Brasserie A Milton Keynes Indian restaurant has created a curry that every woman – and man – dreams of; a unique curry that gives customers a healthy St. Tropez-esque fake tan. The Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford claims that its new ‘Chicken Tikka- Tan-doori’ uses natural colours extracted from vegetables and spices to create a distinctive ‘bronzed glow’, says the manager Mo Abdul. He said: “It takes about 24 hours from eating the curry for the bronzing to start to take effect but the results are incredible. “Our chef uses a secret blend of vegetable extracts and natural colourings that are added to a base sauce and then there is one secret ingredient that is added to enhance the tan effect. We have trialled this Tikka Tan-doori for the past two months and we’re now ready to launch this week.” The Chicken Tikka Tan-doori will be on the menus from Tuesday and costs just £15.95 per portion – a traditional fake tan can cost around £25. The bronzed look created by the Tikka Tan-doori lasts for up to two days AND does not carry the ‘biscuit’ smell of normal tanning products. Management are also running a special promotion where customers can buy unlimited Tikka-Top Pops for £49 throughout the month of April. For more details about the Tikka Tan-doori, contact management on 01908 566577.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Tan-tastic-curry-from-Calcutta-Brasserie B1300291698EADEDB559786C809CC592 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:21:55 +0000 Fashion Live at Midsummer Place This Saturday 5 April will see fashion come alive at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre as the spring fashion show takes over.  Kicking off fashion month is ‘Fashion Live’, an all day show that will thoroughly entertain shoppers with dynamic dance routines and prizes galore. Between 10am and 5pm there will be 16 mini fashion shows taking place throughout the Centre.  Each sponsored by one of the Centre’s top brands, the shows will present the hottest looks of SS14.  The dancers will march through the Centre to their destination outside the sponsoring store where they will perform a three minute dance routine. There are prizes to be won at each performance so spectators should make sure they stay put to be in with a chance of winning!  25 numbered envelopes will be distributed to audience members; the person with the number that matches the one on display in store will win a prize. Fashion Live coincides with the launch of the Midsummer Place Street Style campaign which aims to find Milton Keynes’ most stylish shopper.  The winner will be crowned MK’s Style Hero and will go on to compete in the national competition where they could win £1,000 and become the face of a national intu campaign. On the first three Saturdays in April (5th, 12th & 19th), the Centre’s ‘Style Hunter’ will be scouting the malls for inspiring fashionistas.  Anyone that she thinks has a great look and sense of style is in with a chance so those keen to get involved need to be in the Centre to ensure they get spotted!   The Style Hunter will then photograph each potential winner (with their permission) and load the shots onto a special app where voting for Milton Keynes’ Style Hero will begin. The app will be available on the Centre’s Facebook page in the tab section and on its website. Between 7th and 27th April, the public will be able to access the app where they can vote for their favourite ‘Street Style’ look.  More contestants will be added to the mix each week; votes are limited to one per person so voters need to consider carefully.  The Street Style candidate with the most votes at the end of April will become the ultimate MK Style Hero.  The winner will receive a selection of prizes to the value of £250 and two runner-ups will win smaller prizes.  There will also be a prize draw for voters; everyone that casts a vote will be automatically entered to be in with a chance of winning £100 in vouchers. Entrants must be over 18. For more details on Street Style, visit: www.midsummerplace.co.uk or see the tab at www.facebook.com/midsummer.place For the latest updates, search for the hash tag: #StreetStyleMK   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fashion-Live-at-Midsummer-Place FB3F76858CB38E5B7FD113E0BC1C0721 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:02:54 +0000 ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star Arg to visit thecentre:mk James ‘Arg’ Argent, star of ITV2’s ‘The Only Way Is Essex’, will be visiting WHSmith on Friday 11 April at 4pm to sign copies of his new book ‘Living It Arg’. A key figure in the award winning reality TV series, Arg remains a favourite with writers and is a character loved by male and female fans alike.  But life for Arg hasn’t always been easy – broken hearts, ongoing weight and self esteem issues mean there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye, and here he lifts the lid for the first time. Neil Storey, manager of WHSmith, comments “from his ongoing quest to find ‘the one’, to his secret passion for the Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra, Arg is an old fashioned soul who found overnight fame in The Only Way Is Essex.  His book tells us what really goes on behind the scenes of the hit show, and we look forward to seeing him in store.” Arg will be signing copies of his book from 4pm on Friday 11 April.  For updates, visit thecentre:mk on Facebook or Twitter (facebook.com/thecentremk and twitter.com/thecentremk).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Only-Way-Is-Essex-star-Arg-to-visit-thecentremk 0172D289DA48C48DE8C5EBF3DE9F7EE1 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:03:32 +0000 Easter Bunny Hunt in Shenley Wood Join the hunt for a giant Easter Bunny with The Parks Trust at Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, on Tue 15 April 2014. Follow the trail to find the clues and eggs left by the Easter Bunny and receive your chocolate egg. Join in the games and crafts, make your own bunny ears and Easter basket.      Shenley Wood is an ancient wood and a fantastic place to explore. In spring and early summer there is a riot of colour as bluebells, celandines and wood anenomes flower. Look out for signs of foxes, deer and badger as well as listening to the wonderful woodland birdsong. Organised by The Parks Trust, the Easter Bunny Hunt takes place between 10am – 12pm on Tue 15 April 2014. It costs £3 per child and booking is essential. Free parking is available at Merlewood Drive, off V2 Tattenhoe Street, Shenley Wood. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For further information or on-line booking visit www.theparkstrust.com or call 01908 233600.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Easter-Bunny-Hunt-in-Shenley-Wood 0BED45BD5774FFDDC95FFE500024F628 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:16:29 +0000 The Infamous Derren Brown returns The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion is back on tour with his smash-hit one-man show Derren Brown: Infamous. The show, coming to Milton Keynes Theatre 14 – 19 Apr demonstrates why Derren is one of the world’s most renowned live performers; a dark manipulator of magic and mind control. Derren commented: “After six months of touring a much more personal show - quite a 'brave' move away from the template of previous shows - it's been hugely rewarding to repeatedly hear audience members and critics say it's the best show yet. I can't wait to get it up and running again”. Critics and the public have been universal in their praise for what has proven to be Derren’s most ‘heart-felt’ show and audiences have flocked from around the world to be part of this unique theatrical experience. Infamous is Derren’s 6th show since 2003. Since then he has toured every year and been watched by an estimated audience of over one million people. He has won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012), and confesses that performing live is still his favourite thing to do. Infamous is produced by Michael Vine, Andrew O'Connor & Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management. Directed by Andy Nyman, written by Derren Brown & Andy Nyman. Set Design by  Simon Higlett, Lighting Design by Tim Mascall, Sound Design by Colin Pink. Video Design by Duncan MacLean. Tour Booker: David Walker for Stagedeal Ltd. General Manager is John Dalston The performance is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Book now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Infamous-Derren-Brown-returns 35C5A2CB362C4D214156F930E7D13252 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:42:53 +0000 Are You Tomorrow’s Style Hero? Midsummer Place Shopping Centre is launching its national Street Style campaign to find its most stylish shopper, who could win £1,000 and become the face of a national intu campaign. On the first three Saturdays in April (5th, 12th & 19th), the Centre’s ‘Style Hunter’ will be scouting the malls for inspiring fashionistas.  Anyone that she thinks has a great look and sense of style is in with a chance so those keen to get involved need to be in the Centre to ensure they get spotted!   The Style Hunter will then photograph each potential winner (with their permission) and load the shots onto a special app where voting for Milton Keynes’ Style Hero will begin. The app will be available on the Centre’s Facebook page in the tab section and on its website. Between 7th and 27th April, the public will be able to access the app where they can vote for their favourite ‘Street Style’ look.  More contestants will be added to the mix each week; votes are limited to one per person so voters need to consider carefully.  The Street Style candidate with the most votes at the end of April will become the ultimate MK Style Hero.  The winner will receive a selection of prizes to the value of £250 and two runner-ups will win smaller prizes.  There will also be a prize draw for voters; everyone that casts a vote will be automatically entered to be in with a chance of winning £100 in vouchers. The lucky winner and newly crowned Style Hero of Milton Keynes will then be entered into a national competition, together with the winners from all 13 intu Shopping Centres across the UK.   The public will then vote for their National Style Hero.  The winner will become the face of a national intu campaign and will receive £500 to spend on intu’s website where they can buy items from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant and Michael Kors, as well as £500 to spend at their local intu Shopping Centre.    Martin Hindson, General Manager at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre, said:  “As one of the UK’s most fashionable shopping destinations we’re on a quest to find our most stylish shoppers. We want to capture our shoppers’ authentic style in their natural environment and use these images to inspire others to try new things.  It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80 – if you’ve got great style we’ll spot you on our malls!  By leaving the voting to the public to vote we’ll get a true reflection of what our shoppers think is stylish.”   Entrants must be over 18. For more details, visit: www.midsummerplace.co.uk or see the tab at www.facebook.com/midsummer.place For the latest updates, search for the hash tag: #StreetStyleMK.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Are-You-Tomorrows-Style-Hero 98D8A23FD60826A2A474C5B4F5811707 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:18:27 +0000 Fun and games this Easter at 360 Play Families with young children are in for a treat this Easter with Milton Keynes’ favourite children’s play centre, 360 Play, offering a host of fun and entertaining activities over the Easter weekend and throughout the school holidays. Conveniently located at Roebuck Way, Knowlhill, 360 Play will be providing various themed activities over the Easter period for children aged 2 to 12 and their families, in addition to the venue’s usual mix of creative and imaginary play options – and all under cover in a warm, safe environment. A number of special Easter themed activities will be on offer over the long bank holiday weekend, with the ‘main event’ being ‘The Great Easter Egg Count’ to be held over three days, on Good Friday and Easter Saturday and Sunday. Visitors taking part will be able to look for clues around the centre and there will be some great prizes on offer. The winner will receive a three month family pass to 360 Play (for two adults and two children), while two runners-up will each receive a family day pass to 360 Play (again for two adults and two children). To enter, visitors simply need to collect an entry form from reception when they arrive (one form per family) and then search for clues hidden around the centre to enable them to complete the form to hand back in. Also in April at 360 Play Milton Keynes, there’s a special party offer visitors can take advantage of. Parties booked during April will receive free party bags and one hot drinks tray for adults. (To receive this offer, please quote the April Party Offer at the time of booking. T&Cs apply). Other activities over the holidays will include Easter themed fun in 360 Play’s messy play area and, of course, 360 Play mascots Twizzle and Twirl will be on hand to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. As well as the indoor attractions, 360 Play Milton Keynes also offers an outdoor area where even more activities can be found. This section of the venue will be opened over the Easter holidays if the weather conditions are deemed suitable by the centre management. So where better to take the children this Easter than 360 Play, where they can run off that excess energy and enjoy hours of creative, imaginative fun – whatever the weather. Full information can be found on the 360 Play website at www.360play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fun-and-games-this-Easter-at-360-Play AEEFB050911334869A7A5D9E4D0E1689 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:58:43 +0000 Plans for MK Gallery expansion take shape This month MK Gallery Project Space presents floor plans, elevations, sections, visualisations and models sharing current ideas for MK Gallery’s expansion by 6a architects. The scheme involves adapting existing spaces as well as constructing new ones, making them energy and maintenance efficient, fully accessible and flexible. This world-class cultural facility will be launched in 2017 to coincide with Milton Keynes’ 50th anniversary. The building will include: New state-of-the-art exhibition spaces for more varied displays, including historical artworks Three cinema screens (300 seats in total) for independent and art house films Welcoming entrance with a new shop selling books and gifts Bar and café area for refreshments and socialising New dedicated education suite allowing the gallery’s extensive learning programme to meet demand Improved disabled visitor facilities to enhance and support programmes and workshops Visitors can meet members of the design team at a Special Viewing on Thursday 10th April from 6-9pm and gallery staff will be available throughout the exhibition to answer questions and receive feedback. Jess Thompson, MK Gallery Expansion Client Project Manager said: “We are delighted to share our design team’s exciting ideas for the expanded gallery this month and we look forward to receiving people’s responses while the scheme is still in development.” MK Gallery Expansion MK Gallery Project Space 4 – 27 April 2014 Special Viewing: 10 April / 6-9pm - All welcome Complementing the Project Space exhibition, throughout April, MK Gallery’s family programme offers architecturally inspired activities. This includes the Tuesday Start the Art sessions (for under 4s) and Saturday Mini Makers (for over 5s). Members of 6a’s team will be joining Start the Art parents and toddlers session on 22 April to learn more about their needs and expectations of the expanded facility. Project Space Exhibition Open: The exhibition can be accessed during advertised gallery opening hours. Admission free. Recommended times to visit: 10 April 6-9pm - Special Viewing with DesignTeam. Tuesdays – Thursdays 12noon – 5pm and Saturday 26 April 12-6pm when the Client Project Manager will be available for questions and feedback. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Plans-for-MK-Gallery-expansion-take-shape E27A949795BBE863F31C3B79A2686770 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:36:18 +0000 Time to master Chopstix Get practicing as Chopstix Noodle Bar is now in Milton Keynes, bringing a delicious fast and convenient Oriental flavour to Midsummer Place Shopping Centre’s food offering.   Chopstix, which started its business in 2001 has opened 40 restaurants nationwide and has a further 10 planned this year, offers a mix of freshly prepared rice or noodles with a selection of over 12 toppings from Hot and Spicy Malaysian Chicken to Thai Style Chicken. The restaurant brings an element of theatre as their chefs cook the food on site to ensure each dish is served as freshly as possible. Kris Kmita, Chopstix Area Manager for Milton Keynes, said:  “We are delighted to be in Milton Keynes and we are very pleased with the start to our new year so far. Chopstix is perfect for people looking to grab a bite to eat or take a carton back to their office desk. We are very proud of the food we serve and it is delivered at an incredible value for money.” The new restaurant opened its doors on Boxing Day 2013 and has already attracted many customers with the allure of tasty, freshly prepared, nutritious food.  The first three weeks has seen an impressive 10,000 visitors with staff serving over 6,000 cartons of noodles and 4,000 of rice. Martin Hindson, General Manager, said:  “Chopstix Noodle Bar is a welcome addition to Midsummer Place; it certainly gives a lot more variety to our shoppers.  Passing by Chopstix, it is hard to resist the call of those cartons; my favourite has to be the Salt and Pepper Chicken – very tasty and with a good kick!” To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Chopstix will be giving away an extra three pieces of mini spring rolls or mini samosas with every small meal box (£5.00), medium box (£5.50) or a large box (£6.00). Chopstix Noodle Bar at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre is open daily from 10am-7pm (Sunday 11 until 5pm).  Prices start from £5 for a small box and go up to £6 for a large with sides available.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Time-to-master-Chopstix 14EA0D5B0CF49525D1866CB1E95ADA5D Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:43:17 +0000 The Hub makes good on charity promise After a hugely successful Facebook campaign during December, The Hub has made good on its promise to donate £763 to local charity Food Bank MK. For the second year, in the run up to Christmas, The Hub ran a campaign to encourage new ‘likes’ on its Facebook page. For every new like it received it promised to donate £1 to this worthwhile local charity, specifically chosen because The Hub is the city’s premier restaurant quarter. Over 760 new likes during the month raised a significant amount for the charity that provides local families and individuals with essential food supplies at a time when they need it most, covering the days or sometimes weeks before other parts of the social care infrastructure can come into play. Rebecca Savage, spokesperson for the charity said, “We are so grateful to The Hub for running their fantastic ‘Like’ campaign again, donating even more than last year! Support from local companies like The Hub is crucial as Food Bank MK faced a 32% increase in demand on last year with many more families needing to access the service.” Simon Spavins, from Broadoak Management, who manage The Hub commented, “It was our pleasure to once again support this worthwhile local charity. The Hub wanted to play its part, even in a small way, to make sure they can carry providing this invaluable support throughout the coming year.” If you’d like to find out more about Food Bank MK visit www.mkfoodbank.org.uk or for more information on The Hub visit www.thehub-miltonkeynes.com, you can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thehubmk. You can also follow The Hub on Twitter @thehubmk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Hub-makes-good-on-charity-promise C3614206A443012045CFD75D2600AF2D Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:13:22 +0000 Casino crowned European Operator of the Year 2014 In early February, The Casino MK celebrated as the Aspers Group scooped the award for the European Casino Operator of the Year 2014 at the 7th International Gaming Awards. The prestigious annual awards were hosted at the spectacular Savoy Hotel in London. Richard Smith, from Aspers Group attended the glamorous ceremony and was presented with the winning trophy. The International Gaming Awards is supported and enhanced by well renowned industry insiders as well as gaming clients from all tiers of the gaming world. Last year, the Aspers Group won The Responsible Land based Gaming Operator of the Year 2013 at the annual International Gaming Awards. General Manager at The Casino MK, Nigel Hartland said: “We are thrilled Aspers has been recognised as a European Casino Operator. The International Gaming Awards is the biggest event of the year for the gaming industry and we are delighted with our win.” For further information about The Casino MK, visit: www.thecasinomk.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Casino-crowned-European-Operator-of-the-Year-2014 3BAA271BC35FE054C86928F7016E8AE6 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:09:21 +0000 Competition is heating up to crown the Dish of MK Destination Milton Keynes and the MK Food and Leisure Awards have teamed up to seek out the official Dish of MK.  Since the judges first called for entries back in January, there has been an overwhelming response from local chefs, pubs and catering companies fighting for that highly coveted award. The Dish of MK Award will be presented at the upcoming MK Food and Leisure Awards ceremony on 11th May 2014, and there’s still time to enter… If you’re a hotel, pub, café, restaurant or catering company – and you have whipped up a plate of grub that you think the world should associate with Milton Keynes then get nominating –  the nominations will be judged by an expert panel including Michelin starred chef and owner of Paris House in Woburn, Phil Fanning. Steven Gordon-Wilson, Chief Executive of Destination Milton Keynes was impressed at the quality of entries so far: “We knew that this would be a hotly fought competition – what greater achievement is there to be the chef that created the City’s official dish – but I must confess, I’m stunned at the level of entry!  MK really does have culinary talent! It’s going to be a hard one to judge…but I’m looking forward to the challenge!” Nominations are now being accepted CLICK HERE. We’re looking for a dish that positively screams MK.  If you have whipped up a plate of grub that you think the world should associate with Milton Keynes then get nominating – the deadline is 30th April!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Competition-is-heating-up-to-crown-the-Dish-of-MK F0F6BA4B5E0000340312D33C212C3AE8 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:28:55 +0000 Dirty Dancing comes to Milton Keynes College Students at Milton Keynes College were able to experience a taste of the West End at a workshop run by choreographers and dancers from hit West End show Dirty Dancing. The Performing Arts Department, in partnership with Milton Keynes Theatre, hosted the workshop as part of the launch for the show’s new tour, which will see it take residence in the Milton Keynes Theatre 8 October - 21 November. Karl Sydow, the producer of Dirty Dancing, spoke to those in attendance, telling the story of how the production came into being, the success of both the film and stage productions and offering an incentive to the students.  “We are doing the second tour, but haven't finished casting for the second tour. So, no pressure”. The workshop, led by associate choreographer Glenn Wilkinson, with dancers Lisa Welham and James Bennett, began with a demonstration of the choreography of Dirty Dancing before getting everyone up on their feet and learning a few steps. First year students Anastasia Lightfoot and Sarah Lee Malcolm were among those who took the opportunity to get involved in the workshop, and both were keen to see even more workshops and shows come to Milton Keynes College. “It was a great chance to learn something different, and learn from someone in the industry” said Sarah. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm in our year” added Anastasia. “Seeing the two dancers, and how they hold that professional image, and have to live up to it, was impressive. It’s motivating for us, and makes it all seem more possible. When you watch them you think ‘I want to be that person, I’m going to focus and get myself to do that’”. Milton Keynes College offers a number of courses that help students to develop the skills needed to pursue successful careers in theatre, dance, music or any other related field. Through both practical and theory-based learning, students can develop their skills and take part in College productions. This academic year sees performances of A Christmas Carol, The Little Shop of Horrors Musical and Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. With qualifications available up to HND in Performing Arts level, students will be given a thorough understanding of the industry, and will be ideally placed to continue their studies at drama school or university.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Dirty-Dancing-comes-to-Milton-Keynes-College 92A0E7A415D64EBAFCB16A8CA817CDE4 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:45:17 +0000 Be At One to open in Milton Keynes Be At One are opening a new cocktail bar on 19th March in The Hub in Milton Keynes. This is the fourth venture outside of London for Be At One, which is led by three former bartenders who opened their first bar together in 1998. Operations Director Andrew Stones says, ‘Milton Keynes is a fantastic area for us and we are really looking forward to settling in here; it’s a return home for one of our founders, Rhys Oldfield, who grew up just outside of Milton Keynes. We have taken on eight full-time employees as a result of securing the bar here and the team are currently training in our King’s Cross bar in preparation for the opening in March’. What makes Be At One different from other cocktail bars is their focus on the holy trinity of fantastic cocktails, served by friendly staff in an excellent atmosphere. Be At One only employs fulltime staff who have great personalities and a passion for excellent service. Eight weeks of training is carefully invested in each team member at a cost of £5,000 by putting them through a comprehensive training programme to ensure all employees are world-class bartenders. The programme consists of learning over 200 cocktails, liquor knowledge, free-pouring, multiple order-taking and serving great quality cocktails in a high-volume, high-pressure environment. Be At One has 20 other bars which are located mainly across London in Battersea, Richmond, Covent Garden, Balham, Hammersmith, Putney, Soho, Clapham Common, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Monument, Guildhall and Russell Street just to name a few. www.beatone.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Be-At-One-to-open-in-Milton-Keynes 17F98DDF040204EDA0AF36A108CBDEA4 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:36:35 +0000 Army of volunteers needed for MK Marathon A small army of volunteers is needed to make Skechers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon and Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Challenge happen and ensure all the participants have a fantastic time. In 2013 hundreds of volunteers got involved and had a great time making the Skechers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon a wonderful success for both runners and spectators and in doing so helped the event be named amongst the top 10 marathon races in the UK by readers of Runner’s World magazine and website. The new MKM Half Marathon has been added to the event for 2014, which like the marathon is on a traffic-free course and finishes in StadiumMK. The 2014 event also includes the ever popular Superhero Fun Run and the Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Team Relay. As a result, this year race organisers are looking to put together an even bigger volunteer team to help guide the runners around the course, see them across the finish line and help local residents. People are needed for a variety of roles including marshalling along the route, helping out at the start and finish, manning the drink stations, providing entertainment and helping in the baggage area. Among those who have already signed up to volunteer is Gareth, who also volunteered in 2013, “I loved the experience last year. I had an awesome team to help me out, and it was great to be encouraging all the runners.” Also helping out is Angela. “I am volunteering for the first time. I’ve never run a marathon; I was only training for a half, but I felt if I volunteered I could cheer on the runners, and hopefully make a difference to their Milton Keynes experience.” Kassia is also volunteering, “For me, it’s a family affair; I’ll be handing out medals on the finish line with my two daughters. They’re so excited about hanging medals around the runners’ necks they can’t wait for race day.” Race Director, Andy Hully, said, “We couldn’t put on the event without the support of our volunteers. We really do appreciate the fact that people willingly give up their time to help up make the MK Marathon one of the top 10 marathons in the UK. "We have lots of opportunities this year for people join in and really make a difference to those that are running.” All volunteers will be provided with refreshments and, in addition to a huge thank you from Milton Keynes Marathon event team, they will also receive an event crew t-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteers party on Saturday 10th May in Milton Keynes. Volunteers for the event should be aged 16 or over, although younger children can help out if they are supervised by an adult who is also registered to volunteer. Online registration for individual volunteers and groups is available. Groups of friends, family, Scouts, Girl Guides, running groups and local football teams are particularly welcomed. Groups of volunteers should add their club, company or charity when they register, and they’ll be placed as close together as possible. “Volunteers don’t need to be experienced, as they’ll be fully briefed on their role before the day. They just need lots of enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of a team. The great thing about volunteering is that people can also make new friends or support local and national charities," said Mr Hully. If you would like to generously give up a few hours of your time to volunteer at the Milton Keynes Marathon visit www.mkmarathon.com/volunteer Entries for the Skechers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon 2014 and new MKM Half 2014 are also open. Visit www.mkmarathon.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Army-of-volunteers-needed-for-MK-Marathon 9087B0EFC7C7ACD1EF7E153678809C77 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:07:01 +0000 Milton Keynes to be honoured with its’ own official Monopoly As announced earlier this month, Milton Keynes is being honoured with its’ very own official MONOPOLY board – and already just three weeks after the big news broke there have been some “mind blowing” suggestions from the MK public. The public has been voting in their many thousands for MK landmarks to fill the official customised board – and votes have come in from as far away as New Zealand and Canada. Voting closes at midnight Thursday 1st May. “The board will travel the globe when it's out in time for Christmas ,” says Dan Taylor, Head of MONOPOLY Development at makers Winning Moves UK, who have the official license from MONOPOLY owners Hasbro to produce this board. “Thank you for all the suggestions – each and every one will be considered. Please, please keep them coming!” Amongst the more novel suggestions so far are: A cow to be a playing piece – to commemorate the famed MK cow sculptures. The board to be round rather than square – to celebrate the city’s record number of roundabouts Players fined for visiting Northampton or Luton. The board to be called by a shortened form: The MONOPOLY MK Edition. The new board will see 22 Milton Keynes property landmarks swapping places with the famous MONOPOLY London streets. Also, many of the Community Chest and Chance cards will be customised too. The four train stations from the original London board will take on a ‘travel’ feel. Carys Underwood, Marketing Manager at Destination Milton Keynes, says: “It’s amazing to see just how many votes are coming in for this brand new board. It’s no surprise ! We are very proud of our city and it is brilliant to know it will be forever immortalised on the most famous board game in the world. “Please keep voting to make sure your choice gets on one of the coveted spots.” Nominations and suggestions can be sent to mk@winningmoves.co.uk OR at www.facebook.com/mkmonopoly  or via traditional ‘snail mail’ to: MILTON KEYNES MONOPOLY, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-to-be-honoured-with-its-own-official-Monopoly 6244B2BA957C48BC64582CF2BCEC3D04 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:28:23 +0000 Milton Keynes asked to spread the #LoveMK once again Destination Milton Keynes, the official tourism organisation for MK, is asking residents, visitors, businesses and anyone else to spread the love as they hold the 2nd annual #LoveMK Day on Thursday 1 May 2014. Their aim is to not only promote Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination but also to harness the pride that many people have in their city. The visitor economy is worth over £200 million to the area and by encouraging the community to get involved in promoting their city, it could increase the wider benefits even further. DOWNLOAD THE #LOVEMK SIGN HERE They are asking the MK Twitter community to use the hashtag #LoveMK on all their tweets on 1 May to try and get it trending in the UK, as it did three times on the same day last year. Although just a small gesture, they are hoping that by promoting the city via the social media channel they can raise the profile of Milton Keynes and its status as a visitor destination. The day also coincides with the launch of the new LoveMK Guide which has been produced by MK Web and Destination Milton Keynes and showcases all the activities on offer in the area. Carys Underwood, Marketing Manager at DMK, said “Last year’s #LoveMK Day really captured people’s imaginations and we had support from all over the UK and beyond. We’re hoping that this year the Twitter community will get behind us again and get #LoveMK trending again not only to promote MK as a destination but to show how much pride they have in the place that they live and work.” To get involved and to show your support just use #LoveMK on any tweets you send on 1 May and help spread the love. You can also follow @DestinationMK for your chance to win prizes on the day as they run ’12 competitions in 12 hours’ where you could win by just using the hashtag. Prize list below. You can also download the #LoveMK Day sign and get your photo taken to show your support, tweet it to @DestinationMK and they’ll add it to their Facebook gallery - CLICK HERE to download Prize list: 9am to 10am - ‘Day at the Festival’ on Friday 18 July for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival plus overnight accommodation at Jury's Inn, CMK 10am to 11am - 2 tickets to any Comedy Cow live comedy night/ Segway Experience for 2 at Experience the Country 11am to 12pm - One night spa break for two at Whittlebury Hall 12pm to 1pm - Ski or snowboard beginner day course at Snozone worth £160 1pm to 2pm - Two tickets to Happy Days at MK Theatre/Meal for two at The Casino MK with wine 2pm to 3pm - 4 Limited Edition #LoveMK mugs from iprint plus a printer from Max Office/Meal for two at Calcutta Brasserie 3pm to 4pm - 2 tickets to MKCO Vintage Classics concert 22 May/2 tickets to the Open Air Theatre of Midsummer’s Nights Dream on 4 July via The Parks Trust 4pm to 5pm - £20 gift voucher from Headonist + free Hot Yoga session at Sweat Studios both in The Hub 5pm to 6pm - Gulliver’s Land family ticket/Gulliver’s Dino & Farm Park family ticket 6pm to 7pm - Family prize package at thecentre:mk - Pirate Golf for four, dinner for four at a restaurant, Gelato at Giovanni's for four plus £100 giftcard 7pm to 8pm - Family Four ticket to MK Dons match on Saturday 3 May – plus pre-match dug out experience/Meal for two at Silk Road MK 8pm to 9pm - Meal for two at The White Hart in Sherington (excluding drink) 9pm to 10pm - Meal for Two at The Swan MK Village + an overnight stay at the Ramada Encore CMK (Friday night only)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-asked-to-spread-the-LoveMK-once-again 4B29FA4EFE4FB7BC667C7B301B74D52D Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:29:08 +0000 Celebrate Spring with The Parks Trust's May Day Festival Join The Parks Trust for a day of traditional May Day celebrations for FREE on Saturday 3 May 2014, 12.00pm- 5.00pm. Enjoy the colourful displays of Morris dancing, the traditional sound of folk music and try your dancing skills around the maypole. This fun packed festival is free and celebrates the vibrancy of Spring. There will be a maypole dancing demonstration from Great Linford Primary School, a variety of folk musicians, traditional children’s entertainment and craft stalls. Set next to the Grand Union Canal amidst the ponds and beautiful landscape of Campbell Park you can bring a picnic, feed the ducks and watch the colourful display of narrow boats. The May Day Festival also includes a variety of fete games, fairground rides, stalls and refreshments. The event and car parking for the event is free. For further information and a programme of activities visit www.theparkstrust.com.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Celebrate-Spring-with-The-Parks-Trusts-May-Day-Festival B1B0432CEAFB0CE714426E9114852AC7 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:54:57 +0000 MK Marathon named amongst the top 10 marathon races in the UK The Sketchers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon has been named amongst the top 10 marathon races in the UK by readers of Runner’s World magazine and website. The monthly publication’s yearly polls are based on feedback from those who have taken part in marathon events across the UK. Race Director, Andy Hully, said it was a real honor to achieve and reflected on the Milton Keynes’ residents who came out to support the event.   “To get into the top 10 after only two years is an amazing achievement and a fantastic accolade for all those who have organised, supported and volunteered at the event. “For such a new event like ours to make it into the Runner’s World marathon top 10 is something we couldn’t have dreamed about last year,” he said. “A lot of the feedback touched on the atmosphere and support out on the streets and Redways of Milton Keynes. The huge numbers of people who cheered on competitors were amazing and it really did make a lot of difference to the runners. “Many commented on the excellent organisation and encouraging marshals, and we owe our thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who gave up their Bank Holiday Monday last year to help the race go smoothly.” In highlighting the 26.2 mile race, Runner’s World wrote 'The organisers should feel flushed with success' and they also singled out the plentiful toilets – a lack of toilets is usually a common gripe by runners at races. The race scored 85% for organisation, 84% for atmosphere , 78% for beginner friendliness and 78% for Scenery. It was given an overall score of 87%, with 90% saying they would do it again. One local runner’s feedback read: “A great race that can be taken seriously or just have fun and enjoy the atmosphere along with the huge support.” Despite the high praise, the Sketchers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon race team is keen to continue to make improvements for the 2014 event which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2014. Work is ongoing to enhance the route and participants have been told to expect more city centre tree lined boulevards and fewer underpasses in 2014. The race will remain a traffic-free, fast single lap with entertainment on route and a finish inside Stadium MK, home of the MK Dons. Organisers have also added the new MKM Half Marathon to the event for 2014, which like the marathon is on a traffic-free course and finishes in StadiumMK. The 2014 event also includes the ever popular Superhero Fun Run and the Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Team Relay. Sketchers Performance Division is once again backing the event for 2014. Entries for the 2014 event have already opened with nearly 1,800 people already snapping up an “early bird” discount of £6 on the £44 race fee for affiliated club members and £46 for the unaffiliated. Early bird entries close on the 31st January 2014. www.miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Marathon-named-amongst-the-top-10-marathon-races-in-the-UK 0234C510BC6D908B28C70FF313743079 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:41:09 +0000 Street Style Unveils Three Finalists Midsummer Place Shopping Centre’s national Street Style campaign is reaching a climax after voters selected their three fashionista finalists; Hannah Boozer, Hollie Dunn and Rachel Skinn.   The campaign launched in early April to find the Centre’s most stylish shoppers.  There will be one lucky winner who will be crowned Milton Keynes’ Style Hero, as well as being entered into the national stage of the competition with the chance of winning a £1,000 shopping spree, an Elite Models experience and potentially becoming the face of a national intu campaign.   The Centre’s Style Hunters spent three weekends spotting those individuals with inspired, chic style throughout the malls.   The 15 weekly candidates were voted for by the public via the Centre’s App on its website and Facebook page.     Voting for the final commenced on Monday 28th April and is open until 10am on Monday 5th May.  The public must vote for the person whose style they admire the most.  The Street Style candidate with the most votes will become Milton Keynes’ Ultimate Style Hero and be entered into the national stage of the competition.   The winner will receive a selection of prizes to the value of £250 and two runner-ups will win smaller prizes.  There will also be a prize draw for voters; everyone that casts a vote will be automatically entered into a draw to win £100 in vouchers.   The nominated Style Hero of Milton Keynes will compete in the National Style Hero Final with the winners from all 13 intu Shopping Centres across the UK.   Voting for the National Style Hero will go live to the public at 10am on Monday 5th May.  The person who is voted National Style Hero will be announced on Monday 12th May.     Martin Hindson, General Manager at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre, said:  “We’re delighted that the public has chosen three finalists that capture great authentic style and show why the Centre is one of the UK’s most fashionable shopping destinations.  We wish them all the very best of luck for the final and fingers crossed that the winner will go on to be a bigger fashion success in the national final in May.”   For more details, visit: www.midsummerplace.co.uk or see the tab at www.facebook.com/midsummer.place   For the latest updates, search for the hash tag: #StreetStyleMK.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Street-Style-Unveils-Three-Finalists- 275D7FB2FD45098AD5C3ECE2ED4A2824 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:58:32 +0000 Minister praises “inspirational” College for focus on employment Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, has heaped praise on Milton Keynes College for the work it is doing to forge strong links with business. Mr Hunt was on a visit to the College’s Bletchley Campus where he was treated to what he described as a “fantastic spread” of sandwiches and cakes prepared and served by catering students, while at the same time being lightly grilled himself by their colleagues who are studying journalism. He was given a tour of the College’s state-of-the-art hair and beauty facilities including The Graduate Salon and The Whittlebury Day Spa where he said he was very impressed with the way the College integrates professional facilities in coordination with top businesses in the sector. A historian himself, he met a class of History A-Level students and invited them to tell him what he should do if he becomes the Secretary of State for Education following next year’s election.  The students left him in no doubt that they want to see increased support for Further Education. Isabel O’Sullivan said, “I want you to continue to invest in Colleges.  They’re a lot more relaxed here than school and everything isn’t centred just on university and UCAS forms so there are more options for students.”   Mature student, Mark Ball, added, “Places like Milton Keynes College are so essential.  I’m twenty-six and I wasn’t ready for sixth form when I first did it and being here is a much better way to learn.  I came back to College after work and I’m trying to improve myself and this is the one place where I can do it.” Mr Hunt was introduced to the College’s top flight basketball team and given a demonstration of the skills which have taken them to top of their league and one of the best teams in the country.  This clearly delighted the Shadow Minister who had become a fan of the sport when previously living in Chicago.  Coach, Mike New, explained that the players are in for training first thing every morning but are automatically dropped if they miss any of their academic targets. Mr Hunt said, “Today I’ve seen a very inspiring college delivering multiple provisions from the causes of the American Civil War to beauty and spa treatment to an inspirational coach not only producing a great basketball team but making sure that his young people are in there at seven and working on their grades as well.  You put that together in a city like Milton Keynes which has always been focused on skills and education and the future and it seems to me exactly the kind of College the country needs, centred on the local labour market and giving young people the skills they need to succeed.” College Principal, Dr Julie Mills, said, “There’s no doubt Mr Hunt was really impressed by what he saw of our staff and students but that’s no surprise to me because they impress me every day.  It was great for some of them to have the chance to meet such a senior politician but we’re also grateful to him for coming so he can see just how much of a contribution FE makes, often quite unnoticed, to the lives of young people and to the local economy.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Minister-praises-inspirational-College-for-focus-on-employment 148260A1CE4FE4907DF4CD475C442E28 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:20:55 +0000 Hot Yoga open day at The Hub Sweat Studios offers its members exactly that: yoga that gives you a great workout, without the complications. Sweat, which recently opened in The Hub, has already seen over 2,000 people through its doors and is aiming to promote yoga as an excellent exercise choice, while challenging preconceptions at the same time. The studio is holding an Open Day on Saturday 17 May where you can try free classes (three throughout the day), visit the pop-up Onzie hot yoga clothing shop, meet the team and take a look around the state-of-the-art studios. “There are plenty of stereotypes about what yoga is, the kind of person you need to be in order to do it and, in particular, how flexible you have to be,” says Sweat director Kirsty Lowe, “but it ought to be open to everyone, regardless of your skill levels, flexibility or lifestyle. It is a total body workout, great fun and very good for you.” Among the classes offered at Sweat are hot yoga, which is great for burning calories, increasing strength, flexibility and balance and developing muscle tone; stretching classes, to improve flexibility and keep your body supple; and flow classes good for developing upper body strength and providing an opportunity to try a variety of postures. There will also be pre-natal classes available in the coming months. Classes are available seven days a week, from 7am to 8:30pm.  There is a range of membership options available, from pay-as-you-go to pre-paid minutes that can be used for any class during a three month span, to full annual membership, for those looking to take several classes each week. For those keen to go to the Studio during weekdays only, there is also a very favourable off-peak pricing. Sweat Studios boasts a team of experienced yoga teachers, who can give individual guidance and support all levels of experience. Sweat offers state of the art facilities with classes taking place in bold, brightly coloured studios, luxury changing rooms complete with large individual shower cubicles, personal lockers and hairdryers. By removing the aspects of yoga that can put people off, Sweat hopes to introduce many more people to it, Kirsty says, “Everyone can benefit from yoga, it is a perfect antidote to the lives we lead today; the downsides of sedentary lifestyles, spending hours hunched over desks, rushing about from place to place and finding it hard to find a moment for ourselves can all be countered by yoga. It really is a real workout for real life” To find out more about Sweat Studios visit: www.sweatstudios.co.uk facebook.com/sweatstudios @sweatstudiosuk www.thehub-miltonkeynes.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Hot-Yoga-open-day-at-The-Hub E5522F7AC7CD76F19B396595C9C25B40 Mon, 12 May 2014 12:48:42 +0000 Olympic stars show support for SENSE at Snozone May marks a proud moment for Snozone as it becomes an official partner of Sense, the charity that supports and campaigns for deafblind people. Snozone believes that everybody should have access to winter sports and is organising an event to showcase and promote the new alliance. On 17th May customers will be able to book a 7 hour slope pass at Snozone Milton Keynes, within Xscape for £40, 25% of all proceeds will be donated to SENSE to help fund their important work, helping to change lives across the UK. On the day of the event, the slopes will include freestyle features such as race gates where riders can try to beat the professional coaches.   Complimentary sledging sessions will be on offer to all families who are supported by Sense and Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) will also provide taster lessons to give people with any disability the opportunity to try winter sports. Supporting the event and fresh from the Sochi Olympics will be Freestyle Skiier Rowan Cheshire and Ski Cross racer Emily Sarsfield. It promises to be a memorable event for skiers, snowboarders and also for spectators, who are welcome to visit and watch for free. Sue Piper, the Coroprate Fundraising Manager at Sense says: “We are delighted to join forces with Snozone in this charity partnership. We look forward to supporting the Snozone sites in both Milton Keynes and Castleford in their efforts to raise funds for our projects and services in the next two years. Our dedicated team will work closely with Snozone to ensure the partnership is successful for all concerned.” For more information or to book visit: www.snozoneuk.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Olympic-stars-show-support-for-SENSE-at-Snozone 0CD60EFB5578CD967C3C23894F305800 Mon, 12 May 2014 02:08:58 +0000 Bailey McConnell is coming to Midsummer Place Milton Keynes’ very own Bailey McConnell is paying a visit to Midsummer Place Shopping Centre this weekend.  The fifteen-year-old Singer-Songwriter is a well known face around the City, having performed locally many times over the past year and most recently, appearing on Britain’s Got Talent. Midsummer Place Shopping Centre is hosting a meet and greet with Bailey to give his fans a chance to see him in person.  Bailey will be at Midsummer Place, on the Boulevard, from 12 – 2pm on Saturday 17th May.   Bailey caught the gaze of the public eye after his audition on Britain’s Got Talent two weeks ago.  Having wowed judges; Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams with his original song and unique voice, Bailey is waiting to find out if he’s through to the live semi-final stage of the competition. To show support for Bailey in the competition, Midsummer Place is giving away limited edition #TeamBailey wristbands to fans that attend. Having performed at ‘Live @ Midsummer’ in 2013, the Centre is pleased to continue its support of Bailey.  Midsummer Place also helped Bailey create a new look for his Britain’s Got Talent audition, using the expertise of its impressive range of retailers. Martin Hindson, General Manager, said:  “We’re very proud of the local talent that Milton Keynes has and Bailey is a shining example of this.  We wish him lots of luck in Britain’s Got Talent and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him! We’re ‘Team Bailey’ all the way!” Bailey commented:  “It’s great to have the support of Midsummer Place; I love loads of the shops in the Centre and they helped me get some new clothes for my big audition.  Performing on Britain’s Got Talent was really exciting; I just hope I get through to the next round!  I can’t wait to meet fans on Saturday; they’ve shown me so much support, especially on social media.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bailey-McConnell-is-coming-to-Midsummer-Place F0204E1D3EE3E4B05DE4E2DDBD39E076 Tue, 13 May 2014 12:30:48 +0000 Milton Keynes' Ultimate Style Hero named The people of Milton Keynes have voted and Midsummer Place Shopping Centre is excited to announce its Style Hero is Rachel Skinn.  Rachel triumphed over the other 44 stylish contestants to be crowned Style Hero of Milton Keynes in the Midsummer Place Street Style Campaign.       The campaign launched in early April to find the Centre’s most stylish shoppers.  There were three rounds over a 3 week period; the person with the most votes each week entered into the final.  The votes for the three finalists were reset and at the end of the fourth week, the person with the most votes was crowned Milton Keynes’ Ultimate Style Hero, winning £250 worth of prizes.     Rachel is a 41 year old pre-school teacher and mum from Bromham in Bedfordshire who loves to shop in Milton Keynes.  She gets her style inspiration from high street trends, magazines and celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and TOWIE’s Jessica Wright.     The competition isn’t over though; Rachel is now representing Milton Keynes in the national stage of the competition.  To be in with a chance of winning and becoming the intu National Style Hero, Rachel needs as many votes as possible.  Voting for the final commenced on Monday 5th May and is open until 10am on Monday 19th May.     There are 12 finalists from the regional heats, as voted for by the public.  The Ultimate National Style Hero will win a glamorous photo shoot, a VIP trip to the Elite Model Look Grand Final, a £500 gift card to spend at their local intu centre and £500 to spend on intu's website, where they can indulge in designer treats from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant and Michael Kors.  To top it off they could also become the face of an intu campaign.   Martin Hindson, General Manager at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre, said:  “We’re thrilled with the finalist that the public has selected; Rachel is a great representative for Milton Keynes.  We all need to get behind Rachel as much as we can to give her the best chance possible in the national competition.”   For more details, visit: www.midsummerplace.co.uk or see the tab at www.facebook.com/midsummer.place   For the latest updates, search for the hash tag: #StreetStyleMK   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-Ultimate-Style-Hero-named 272E11700558E27BE60F7489D2D782E7 Mon, 12 May 2014 02:15:14 +0000 Peter Andre confirms Milton Keynes appearance intu Milton Keynes (formerly Midsummer Place) has confirmed that celebrity, Peter Andre will be signing copies of his new album, ‘Big Night’ in the Shopping Centre on Tuesday 27 May from 3pm until 5pm.   He will be located between Hollister and Barclays, Martin Hindson, General Manager said: “We are delighted to welcome Peter to intu Milton Keynes and to be able to offer his Milton Keynes fans the chance to meet one of their idols.”   Shoppers must pre purchase a copy of his album before having it signed, a proof of purchase will be required.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Peter-Andre-confirms-Milton-Keynes-appearance 748D6B6ED8E13F857CEAA6CFBDCA14B8 Tue, 27 May 2014 08:45:23 +0000 Dance Project commissioned for IF The Stables has been selected to receive a prestigious ‘Exceptional Award’ of £215,000 from Arts Council England for ‘Under The Vaulted Sky’ - an ambitious dance project commissioned from choreographer Rosemary Lee for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014. Award-winning choreographer Rosemary Lee has been inspired by Milton Keynes’ magical Cathedral of Trees in Newlands to create ‘Under The Vaulted Sky’. The performances in July 2014 will be the culmination of a year-long residency that will have seen Rosemary work with professional and non-professional dancers from across the region. Situated on an ancient ley line that runs through Central Milton Keynes, The Cathedral of Trees was planted more than 40 years ago on the exact footprint of Norwich Cathedral by landscape architect Neil Higson. Different species of trees represent the character of the Cathedral's sections - hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the nave, evergreens to represent the central tower and spires, flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. In springtime, colourful bulbs represent the sun shining through stained glass windows onto the ground. Rosemary’s vision for ‘Under The Vaulted Sky’ will feature the participation of 100 dancers, live music and a specially-composed soundscape commissioned from award-winning composer and instrument maker Terry Mann. The audience will be invited to ‘promenade’ - to move and follow the performance as it weaves around the atmospheric environment of the Cathedral. Rosemary is now looking for 100 participants of all ages and experience from the Milton Keynes area to perform in ‘Under The Vaulted Sky’. Participants must be able to take part in a series of workshops and rehearsals from April to July, following taster workshops in March. www.ifmiltonkeynes.org for more information and an application form. The Extraordinary Award is one of a handful of strategic investments to be made this year by Arts Council England to help deliver its strategic vision of Great Art for Everyone. IF: Milton Keynes International Festival was founded in 2010 and is produced every two years by The Stables as part of its commitment to help raise the artistic adventure of one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director said “We are delighted and honoured to receive this Exceptional Award from Arts Council England to enable us to bring the beautiful Cathedral of Trees to life with dance and, with the support of all the partners involved, deliver a truly inspiring event.” Councillor Andrew Geary, Leader of Milton Keynes Council said “Arts Council England’s Exceptional Award to our International Festival is testament to the huge success of the Festival both locally and nationally, and in turn recognises the city’s support of this innovative showcase for the arts. Milton Keynes is a rapidly-growing, progressive and forward-thinking city, and the transformation of its landscape every two years for extraordinary Festival events is now part of the city’s DNA.” Rosemary Lee said: “The Cathedral of Trees is a source of great inspiration and a beautiful place to work in - a magical, tranquil, little-known green space amidst the busy city. I’m very much looking forward to working with local people who will take part in the production alongside professional dancers, designers, musicians and film-makers, and also then welcoming people to experience the production.” ‘Under The Vaulted Sky’ is also supported by Milton Keynes Council, The Parks Trust and South East Dance, and sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire. It will premiere over the first weekend of the 10-day International Festival that will also feature music, comedy, contemporary circus and cabaret in a beautiful Belgian Spiegeltent; a spectacular fire and water event on Willen Lake; and a festival for children. IF: Milton Keynes International Festival runs across various locations and venues in Central Milton Keynes from 18 to 27 July 2014. www.ifmiltonkeynes.org   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Dance-Project-commissioned-for-IF F8E59F4B2FE7C5705BF878BBD494CCDF Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:32:59 +0000 Interdirect's dedication award from Destination MK Nicholas Mann, founder and managing director of Milton Keynes’ leading full service agency Interdirect, has been recognised by Destination Milton Keynes for his services to tourism and support of the region’s official tourism and information provider. Nicholas was honoured with a certificate of appreciation for his hard work and dedication with Interdirect since Destination MK’s conception. The awards were presented at The Casino MK on 23 January to coincide with Milton Keynes’ official birthday, and are expected to be an annual event following the success on this occasion. Interdirect has supported Destination MK in numerous digital and online marketing projects throughout its seven years, most recently completing an exciting new website refresh to update the provider’s online presence to mirror the Amazing MK branding and allow for full accessibility on all mobile devices. Speaking of the award, Nicholas said; “Interdirect takes pride in investing in the communities in which we live and work, and from which we draw our fantastic team and some of our clients. So to be recognised by Destination Milton Keynes, an organisation that is passionate about promoting all things MK regionally, nationally and internationally is an honour.  I am the first to acknowledge it’s the commitment of the Interdirect team that is behind this award and I’d like to thank everyone at the agency for all their hard work.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Interdirects-dedication-award-from-Destination-MK 5F6371C9126149517D9BA475DEF53139 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:47:52 +0000 Byron Hamburgers to open at thecentre:mk this spring Byron Hamburgers are the latest new arrival to thecentre:mk, bringing “proper hamburgers” to Milton Keynes when they open at 11am on 7 March. The hamburger specialists, founded in London in 2007 by Tom Byng, will serve a short and simple menu centred around hamburgers the way they should be – good beef from Scottish farms, ground fresh every day, cooked pink and juicy, and served in a squishy bun with the minimum of fuss and fanfare. There are just four choices of hamburger on offer  - Classic, Cheese, Chilli and the signature Byron - plus a regularly-changing special. Sides include fries, onion rings, macaroni cheese and courgette fries, while classic desserts such as brownie, cheesecake and ice cream are also on the menu.  To drink, Byron will serve a selection of craft beers from small brewers all over the world. Byron will be located on Silbury Arcade opposite Carluccio’s and represents yet another strong restaurant to the already great line up of Yo Sushi, Cafe Rouge, Giraffe and Jamie’s Italian to name but a few. The restaurant’s design is inspired by the bold, modernist vision at the origins of Milton Keynes, with clean geometric lines and accents in bright primary colours. Tom Byng, Byron’s founder, says, “We’re excited to be opening in Milton Keynes in a great central location, and I hope the proper hamburger lovers of Milton Keynes feel the same.” James Waugh, Centre Director commented: “We are delighted that Byron is coming to thecentre:mk as we believe the values of the brand and its focus on quality and sustainability fit perfectly with the demands of our guests.” Byron is the latest in a number of high profile flagship openings including Dr Martens, Blott, Cafe Nero, Pret a Manger, Metro Bank and Tempur. For more information visit www.thecentremk.com, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook. (www.twitter.com/thecentremk, www.facebook.com/thecentremk)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Byron-Hamburgers-to-open-at-thecentremk-this-spring 8C59FD6FBE0E9793EC2B27971221CACE Mon, 03 Mar 2014 02:30:08 +0000 Big Doggie Do hits Willen Give your four-legged friend and your family a real treat and head for the Big Doggie Do. Celebrate all things doggy and enter a variety of dog show classes at this year’s event. Organised by The Parks Trust this event takes place at Willen Lake (South) on Sat 31 May 2014, from 12.00 until 5.00pm. It will host  a variety of fun activities including stalls, displays, competitions and entertainment. Highlights include dog agility displays, puppy obedience demonstrations, a Hula rescue dogs presentation and novelty competitions, including cutest puppy and best young handler. There are dog charity displays, free giveaways, refreshments and exhibitors selling everything you might need for your dog. Competition entries will be taken on the day for £1 per class and a full list of classes is available from The Parks Trust website. The dog show is kindly sponsored by MK Veterinary Group and all proceeds will go to charity. For further information visit www.theparkstrust.com or contact the organisers on 01908 255379.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Big-Doggie-Do-hits-Willen 75B9B6DC7FE44437C6E0A69FD863DBAB Wed, 28 May 2014 12:55:19 +0000 Saturday night is #VoteBailey night for Milton Keynes Milton Keynes’ teenage singer-songwriter Bailey McConnell will face his live semi-final showdown on Britain’s Got Talent this Saturday night at 7pm on ITV.   The Milton Keynes College music student will be battling against eight other hopefuls for one of the two last places in this year’s grand final.  The overall winner of the show will not only have the chance to perform at this year’s Royal Variety Performance but will also win £250,000.      Now everyone is being encouraged to get behind the fifteen year old artist by tweeting their support with #VoteBailey and of course, recording their crucial votes for him during the show.     Bailey says, “I’m feeling so excited and nervous all at the same time.  It’s been an incredible couple of weeks and it would be brilliant if it went on just a little bit longer.  I’m going to do my very best on Saturday night and I just hope people like what I’m doing enough to vote for me.”   #VoteBailey #BGT @baileymac02 @mkcollege @gottalent   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Saturday-night-is-VoteBailey-night-for-Milton-Keynes 9F8684E630C4C30CAD7B1F0935CD62AB Fri, 30 May 2014 09:00:33 +0000 MK Dons to host Women's FA Cup Final MK Dons have confirmed that this season’s FA Women’s Cup Final will be staged at stadiummk on Sunday 1 June. The showpiece match, which will kick-off at 4.30pm, will be broadcast live on BBC2 for the second successive season. The FA Girls’ Youth Cup Final will also take place at stadiummk earlier in the day (1pm kick-off). It will be the fifth FA game to be held at stadiummk since it’s opening in 2007, following three men’s Under-21 victories against Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Finland. Brian Eastick’s Under-19 side defeated Russia 3-1 in Milton Keynes in 2008. Vice Chairman of The FA Women’s Committee, Elaine Oram, said: “We thank Milton Keynes Dons for agreeing to host what is traditionally the biggest and most high-profile domestic women’s match of the season. “We were impressed with the enthusiasm they showed to stage The Final on our behalf and we are sure they will do a magnificent job, with the help of the City Council and the Berks and Bucks County FA. “And to once again have the support of the BBC is absolutely fantastic. The BBC broadcast all three of England Women’s home World Cup qualifiers last year and we look forward to more excellent coverage of women’s football throughout 2014.” Tickets for The Final will go on sale on Friday 21st February. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Dons-to-host-Womens-FA-Cup-Final 217C0E01C1828E7279051F1B6675745D Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:57:25 +0000 Jobs boost for youth and long-term unemployed at Bounce Applicants for the sixty jobs up for grabs at Bounce GB, the UK’s first indoor trampolining park which is set to open in Milton Keynes in May, will receive intensive training from MK College.  Working in conjunction with Job Centre Plus they have put together a two week course covering customer service, food hygiene and health & safety.  All those who successfully complete the two weeks training will be guaranteed an interview. “From the start we have concentrated on finding local suppliers and using local companies for the fit out of the premises,” says Park Manager Graham Baker.  “We think it’s really important to be as connected as possible to the community and that means working locally wherever possible, especially when it comes to recruitment.” Applications are being taken at Job Centre Plus and then passed to the College’s Business & Leadership Centre at Silbury Campus.  Graham says, “It’s not about what qualifications people have; what we’re looking for is personality, positive attitude and big welcoming smiles.”  Even the health & safety marshalls are expected to be of a sunny disposition.  “They will have great attention to detail and be constantly making sure nobody does anything hazardous but in an approachable and friendly way.  What we want is Mr Spock with a personality!” Director of Business Engagement at Milton Keynes College, Jane Horridge, says, “It’s great to be able to take local people who are looking for employment and give them the skills they need to work at a place like Bounce.  It’s also very encouraging that ambitious and forward-looking companies like this are turning to us for their training and recruitment needs when they come to Milton Keynes.” www.bouncegb.com   Twitter: @bouncegbonline   Facebook.com/bouncegbonline   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Jobs-boost-for-youth-and-long-term-unemployed-at-Bounce 86C4AD52768C511046FEA7B2D42B300C Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:27:30 +0000 MK Handmade and Vintage Fayre The weekend of 7-8 JUNE sees the keenly anticipated return of the MK Handmade & Vintage Weekend Extravaganza, one of MK’s most popular events.    Middleton Hall, in front of John Lewis in thecentre:mk, is transformed into a treasure trove of 120 colourful stalls, a paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique.  For savvy shoppers who aren’t slaves to high street trends and prices, the event offers an eclectic mix of thousands of handmade and vintage items you won’t find in the shops. Now in its fourth year and with a reputation for quality, originality and very affordable prices attracting visitors from across the country, this quarterly event is quite a spectacle and brings together the cream of our local independent designer-makers and independent vintage sellers - an eclectic mix and an exceptional range of talents.  Forget Brighton or Camden - this is right on our doorstep, it's indoors and it's free entry!   Event organiser, Jacqui Lewis:  “This vibrant event  is now an established highlight in the MK calendar and visitors enjoy an excitingly different shopping experience in the centre of MK.  Our standards are high and our carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything from furniture to fashions, from jewellery to jukeboxes;  the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky – all exhibitors passionate about what they do, and every item a one-off.   For our June market, you'll find loads of old favourites, plus, as usual, spaces reserved for interesting newcomers - including, in June, new designers selling their collection of affordable handmade bridal wear and accessories,  a fashion graduate and vintage fabric enthusiast launching his handmade unisex bow-ties business, handmade and bespoke dresses for both children and adults, and one of our resident designers, Sally Hutson, will be selling her latest range of clothing re-fashioned into unique pieces of wearable textile art.  We also have a new MK designer specialising in beautifully alternative headpieces and fascinators.   Several of our vintage/antique traders have just returned together from an organised buying tour of Europe and, as always, come straight to our MK event laden with unusual European pieces for your home straight from the brocantes of France and beyond.  We should see French vintage lace, linens, kitchenalia.   Our very popular jukebox restorer will have more jukeboxes for sale.  Our resident sign-writer will be there with his unique style of quirky sign-written pieces of furniture and, as many exhibitors, will be happy to take commissions.  Add into the mix a traditional home brewer, home baking stalls, unique jewellers including jewellery refashioned from antique silverware, a vintage collector specialising in original designer dresses, a Japanese calligraphy and origami expert, luxury homemade natural cosmetic maker, original artists, and dozens more very special exhibitors - there really is something, old or new, for every one, every age and every occasion.    If you love a unique style,  the thrill of the bargain hunt, and wish to buy quality and local, get along to Middleton Hall - but remember to allow yourself a good few hours to explore everything! The market is only there for 2 days -  Saturday 7th June (9am-7pm) and Sunday 8th June (10.30am-5pm).    See www.mk-handmade-and-vintage.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Handmade-and-Vintage-Fayre 1706F191D760C78DFCEC5012E43B6714 Wed, 21 May 2014 10:44:40 +0000 Calcutta Brasserie to screen Slumdog Millionaire For the second edition of the award-winning restaurant’s movie night, Calcutta Brasserie will screen Danny Boyle’s hit drama Slumdog Millionaire on Tuesday the 17th of June at 7pm. The stunning grade II listed building will host the free event and offer its guests complimentary ‘curry flavoured popcorn’. The manager Mo Abdul said of the upcoming night: “The customers really enjoyed the first movie night where we screened the Bollywood classic, Devdas. We’re looking forward to the showing of Slumdog as it’s such a brilliant film and what better way to enjoy it than over a curry in a cosy setting?” The restaurant recently won the Best Asian Restaurant accolade at the Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards last month and is also a finalist in the upcoming British Curry Awards. http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Calcutta-Brasserie-to-screen-Slumdog-Millionaire CE47BE4ABD80AC324C645FD57A27FC73 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 02:37:57 +0000 Duchess of Cambridge to visit Bletchley Park The Bletchley Park Trust is delighted to relay the following announcement from the Royal Household.   “The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Bletchley Park, a heritage and education site, on Wednesday 18 June 2014. Her Royal Highness will view the restored location, tour the WW2 Codebreaking Huts and will hear about the achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years.”   The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Bletchley Park to mark the completion of the year-long restoration project, which has restored the site to its World War Two appearance.   During the visit, Her Royal Highness will meet WW2 Codebreaker veterans who worked at the Government Code and Cypher School during WW2, where encrypted messages sent by the Navy, Army and Air Forces of Germany and its allies were decrypted, translated and analysed for vital intelligence.   The Duchess will view interactive exhibitions and demonstrations, and will meet the Design & Management Team and supporters who worked to deliver the project.   Her Royal Highness will be escorted on her tour of Bletchley Park by Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, and Iain Standen, Chief Executive Officer of the Bletchley Park Trust. The Duchess will be invited to plant a tree to commemorate the visit and the completed restoration.   Bletchley Park's £8 million, Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project has seen more building work on the site than at any time since 1944, at the peak of war. The work carried out over the last year allows visitors to experience what it was like for the Codebreakers, as Bletchley Park has been returned to its wartime appearance and atmosphere, and now boasts a vibrant new Visitor Centre which will continue to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.     Bletchley Park is run by the Bletchley Park Trust, a charity formed in 1992 to preserve the site for the nation.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Duchess-of-Cambridge-to-visit-Bletchley-Park 54FDA78AA8A09B4D77B5AAEC57B75028 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:04:05 +0000 Mascot Mayhem returns to Milton Keynes Mascot Mayhem is due to return to the Theatre District in Central Milton Keynes as Saturday 21st June is announced as the date for the 2014 Mascot Olympics. The award winning event attracts football, rugby and other sports club mascots, as well as those representing businesses and community groups, from all over the country.  Regulars include Bartley Blue from Cardiff City FC, Roary the Tiger from Hull FC, Captain Blade from Sheffield United FC and the mascot who won last year’s Most Entertaining Mascot title – H’angus the Cheeky Monkey from Hartlepool United FC. Milton Keynes mascots plan to be out in force, including last year’s overall Olympic Champion – Twizzle from 360 Play.  So far to date a local mascot has won the event twice – with Gully Mouse from Gullivers being the original winner in 2007.   This year the event supports a local charity with a huge National remit.  Emily’s Star was set up by local Mum Katie, and her family and friends, after she tragically lost little Emily at only 26 days old.  When Emily was born she was diagnosed with the little known, but sadly 2nd most common syndrome in the UK, Trisomy 18, or also known as Edwards Syndrome. Two years on the now registered charity works nationally to raise awareness and support others who are touched by Trisomy 18.  They also provide Emily's gift neo-natal boxes that have much needed items for premature & underweight babies and their Mums, as well as help and support the children with complex needs nurses who care for all babies & children within Milton Keynes who suffer with life limiting or life threatening illnesses. The Mascot Olympics not only provides much hilarity for spectators, young and old, but also offers the chance to get involved in some of the events, take part in the Mascot Parade and warm up as well as FREE parkour and cheerleading workshops at lunch time.  Emily’s Star will be raising money through many fun stalls and there will also be live music, a fun fair and other activities.   Sara Mills, the organiser of the Mascot Olympics, said, ‘when this event was created it was to help celebrate MK’s 40th birthday back in 2007, and now 8 years on it has grown as an event beyond recognition!  Each year we try to include the best parts from the year before, which means we will again provide the very popular undercover grandstand seating and the fun of the opening and closing ceremonies.  However, we do like to make sure we keep the mascots, and spectators, on their toes and provide new challenges, so for the first time ever we are going to experiment with a giant sack race as an event this year ... I can’t even imagine how much chaos it is going to be!  The mascots love the chance to mix with the spectators and drum up support for their characters, and I can promise that you will never see or experience anything quite like this day anywhere else, ever!’ More details about the Mascot Olympics and Emily’s Star can be found on the Theatre District website – www.theatre-district.co.uk or on their facebook page.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Mascot-Mayhem-returns-to-Milton-Keynes 4FA177DF22864518B2D7818D4DB5DB2D Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:41:43 +0000 Kings of Leon to play National Bowl in Milton Keynes Kings of Leon will play a huge summer show taking place at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes on 22 June 2014. The Followill family - including singer Caleb, drummer Nathan, lead guitarist Matthew and bassist Jared - will be heading to MK on Sunday 22 June 2014. The band secured their fourth UK number one album with ‘Mechanical Bull’ earlier this year and also headlined V Festival, having earlier completed a series of arena dates. Some of their famous hits include ‘Supersoaker’, ‘Charmer’, ‘Sex on Fire’, ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘The Bucket’. Indie pop band Haim will support the band at The National Bowl. Tickets are on sale priced at £55 plus fees - www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk You can visit our dedicated National Bowl page for more information on the venue. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Kings-of-Leon-to-play-National-Bowl-in-Milton-Keynes F5496252609C43EB8A3D147AB9B9C006 Wed, 14 May 2014 07:55:03 +0000 Break the Safe at Xscape and win £20,000 During June 2014 (2nd – 28th) Xscape are giving visitors the chance to win a whopping £20,000.  To be in with a chance, visitors to the city’s premier leisure and retail destination just need to make any purchase in a participating retailer and claim their free ticket. Ticket holders will have the chance to enter a code into the safe….if they manage to crack the code, they walk away with the cash! Head of Marketing at Xscape, Steven Gordon-Wilson said “This is a great chance for everyone in MK to come and have a go at getting their hands on a life-changing cash prize – I think Break The Safe fever is about to hit the City!” For continuing information, including details of more prizes to be won throughout the month, follow XscapeMK on Twitter and Facebook.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Break-the-Safe-at-Xscape-and-win-cash 86B20716FBD5B253D27CEC43127089BC Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:19:38 +0000 The Casino MK celebrates success of first six months Last week, The Casino MK celebrated hitting another milestone as the venue has been open in the popular Xscape complex for six months on 5th March. In that short time it has quickly established itself as the premier leisure and entertainment venue in the city by welcoming over 300,000 people over the six month period. With the introduction of new higher jackpot limits in early 2014, the slots have proved particularly popular and the venue has already had four jackpot winners, between them winning over £57,000. As part of its commitment to being part of the community, the venue has created over 200 jobs, with the vast majority going to local people. By developing closer links with MK College they have directly benefitted students with skills training and providing ‘real-world’ opportunities. The Casino MK has also embraced the business community by sponsoring the upcoming MK Business Achievement Awards, hosting charitable events such as SportsAid, and becoming actively involved with tourism service provider, Destination Milton Keynes. It also created the Milton Keynes CARG group (Community Action for Responsible Gaming) to constructively address problem gambling issues in the community it operates within. Richard Noble, Chief Operating Officer at Aspers Group, commented, “We are delighted with the performance of The Casino MK in its first 6 months of operation, which has exceeded our expectations. The most pleasing aspect for me has been the overwhelmingly positive reaction of our customers, with over 96% of people visiting in the opening few weeks confirming they planned to visit again” As the largest casino outside London, The Casino MK offers 108 slot machines, 22 gaming tables, 76 electronic gaming terminals and a Poker room to seat 150 players.  Plus the venue has a restaurant and two bars offering contemporary food and a vast range drinks and cocktails. For the latest information and events taking place at The Casino MK visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk or follow them at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or @TheCasinoMK.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Casino-MK-celebrates-success-of-first-six-months 7180CFFD6A8E829DACFC2A31B3F72ECE Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:27:15 +0000 Indochinese restaurant Banana Tree to open in The Hub Indochinese restaurant Banana Tree has announced that it will open its newest venue at The Hub in Milton Keynes in July. They will bring their delicious Indochina street style food from the lemongrass growing countries of South East Asia right into the heart of the city. Banana Tree’s delicious indochinese menu was the creation of founder and head chef, William Chow. William gave up his architectural career to embark of his food journey twenty years ago, starting with a 36 seater oriental eatery in Maida Vale, and organically growing to a total of 7 restaurants in and around London. Today, they have announced the arrival of their newest restaurant at The Hub, Milton Keynes. Planning to open early July 2014, Banana Tree looks forward to providing The Hub’s guests with an exciting casual dining experience that is truly different from other Milton Keynes restaurants. Milton Keynes will be the largest Banana Tree venue to date, with a beautiful restaurant as well as a fully licensed bar, serving our unique and delicious Indochina-inspired cocktails. There will be a host of different unique dining areas, suitable for couples as well as groups or corporate bookings. Relaxed, buzzing and full of laughter, we want our restaurant to be a place where our guests can enjoy our food, drinks and design and most importantly themselves on their night out or for an informal lunch. Indochina a region in South East Asia that lies roughly east of India and south of China. It comprises of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, common ingredients such as lemongrass, coconut, galangal, Thai basil and coriander in their cooking. These common ingredients allowed William Chow to design a revolutionary menu that offers homemade dishes such as Vietnamese Monks’ Spring Rolls and The Legendary Rendang on the same dining table as our Lemongrass and Turmeric Stir Fry or our Tamarind Crispy Fish with Thai Basil Glaze. “We are very pleased to be bringing Banana Tree to Milton Keynes,” says William Chow. “We chose Milton Keynes and the Hub for its dynamic neighbourhood and buzzing night life. Banana Tree prides itself on bringing healthy, authentic and delicious dishes from the Indochina region of South East Asia as well as innovative drinks and cocktails, with a warm and friendly service. We can’t wait to open our doors and showcase what we do to the residents of Milton Keynes.” www.bananatree.co.uk   www.thehub-miltonkeynes.com http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Indochinese-restaurant-Banana-Tree-to-open-in-The-Hub 466473650870501E3600D9A1B4EE5D44 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:07:47 +0000 Bailey McConnell wows fans at intu Milton Keynes Fifteen-year-old Singer-Songwriter and Britain’s Got Talent hopeful, Bailey McConnell, wowed an unanticipated number of fans at intu Milton Keynes (formerly Midsummer Place Shopping Centre) this weekend.   Bailey attracted a crowd of over 1,200 fans when he attended a meet and greet at the Shopping Centre on Saturday.  Due to the number of visitors there on the day, Bailey stayed an extra hour to perform, take photos with his young fans and sign autographs.   A well known face around the City, Bailey has been performing locally over the past year but his recent audition on Britain’s Got Talent saw his following rise dramatically.  Bailey is currently waiting to find out if he’s through to the live semi-final stage of the competition. intu Milton Keynes gave away all 1,000 limited edition wristbands to visitors to show support for Bailey in the competition.   Martin Hindson, General Manager, said:  “Saturday was a brilliant event for us, we were incredibly proud to be able to host the meet and greet with Bailey.  It’s amazing to see so many young people in the Centre, as well as getting to meet Bailey; they got to have a little shop!  We all have our fingers crossed for him and will be watching to see if he gets through to the next round.” Bailey commented:  “It was so exciting to have so many people turn up to see me; I could have spent another hour saying hi and taking pictures!  intu Milton Keynes has been so supportive of me, they helped me put together my whole look and hosting the meet and greet was great.” intu Milton Keynes is the new name for Midsummer Place Shopping Centre.  The Centre was acquired by intu Properties PLC in March 2013, the name change is the first stage in an exciting rebrand for the Shopping Centre.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bailey-McConnell-wows-fans-at-intu-Milton-Keynes F14BC21BE7EAEED046FED206A492E652 Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:27 +0000 “Our Bailey” makes it through to BGT semi-finals Milton Keynes’ singer-songwriter sensation, fifteen year old Bailey McConnell, has won through to the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent. The Milton Keynes College music student was given the thumbs up by the judges on Sunday night’s show when the two hundred remaining acts were whittled down to just forty.  Celebrity judge, David Walliams gave Bailey the news in the most nerve-wracking style.  He said, “It was very difficult to make a decision particularly a unanimous one.  We’ve had such a high standard this year, but we have made a decision.  I’m so sorry.  We’re sending you home – to go and work on your acts.“   The young musician was clearly bowled over to have reached such a key point in the competition and said, “It’s absolutely amazing and totally surreal.  I really didn’t think for one minute I’d get this far that it’s actually quite overwhelming.  I really want to thank my parents and friends and the people at the College who’ve helped me get this far.  Now it’s down to whether people out around the country like what I’m doing.  All I know is that people in Milton Keynes have been so supportive – just wonderful, and I hope they’re willing to vote for me in the semi.” Bailey’s Programme Manager at Milton Keynes College, Ashley Spiers says, “Bailey has tremendous ability and potential and his success on Britain’s Got Talent is a result of hard work and perseverance.  Everyone in the department and the College as a whole is delighted and we will all be backing him and voting for him next week.  It’s very satisfying and exciting when someone you teach puts their lessons into practice with such spectacular results.” The budding superstar’s mum, Tonia, is also a student at the College where she’s studying hairdressing.  She says, “Words can’t describe how proud we all are of Bailey.  All you ever want as a parent is for your children is to be happy and do well and Bailey has done that by being himself and doing what he loves.  We’re actually in shock; it’s amazing to see your son get through to the semi-finals of BGT – it’s just something we never thought we’d be saying.  We’re so thankful other people have recognised his talent too.  We’re a very close family and we all can’t wait to be there at the semi-finals to cheer him on.” #TeamBailey #BGT @mkcollege @gottalent @baileymac02   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Our-Bailey-makes-it-through-to-BGT-semi-finals 4DB0F8B0FC895DA263FD77FC8AECABE4 Tue, 27 May 2014 09:31:38 +0000 A Midsummers Night's Dream at Willen Lake Bring a picnic and enjoy a magical theatrical experience in the park. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a Shakespearean romantic comedy, a story of mistaken identities and a tangled love triangle set amidst the magic of woodland fairies. The Parks Trust will present this wonderful comedy on Friday 4 July 2014 at 7.00pm at Willen Lake – mini bowl. Performed by professional theatre company London Contemporary Theatre the play will bring a touch of fun and frivolity to your evening under the stars. Bring your family and friends, a picnic, seat and blanket and enjoy a relaxed performance in the open-air. The event will go ahead whatever the weather so be prepared for rain or sunshine.   Tickets cost £12/adult, £8/ child or £32/ family of four. The performance is suitable for adults and children aged eight and over. Tickets must be bought in advance. You can buy your tickets on-line at www.theparkstrust.com or in person at Campbell Park Pavilion (office hours only). Parking is available at Willen Lake South and charges apply. For more information visit www.theparkstrust.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/A-Midsummers-Nights-Dream-at-Willen-Lake F507783927F2EC2737BA40AFBD17EFB5 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:35:36 +0000 intu Milton Keynes is having a party To celebrate the exciting changes at the Shopping Centre, intu Milton Keynes is inviting everyone to a party on Saturday 5th July.  A jam-packed day of entertainment with fun activities and surprises around every corner – don’t miss the intu Milton Keynes Summer Party! Everyone’s invited to join in the fun, whether they’re five or 95.  The festivities commence at 10am and will continue until 4pm when there will be an incredible prize giveaway.  Throughout the day there will be an abundance of entertainment and activities with something for everyone; from stilt walkers to statue artists, face painting to balloon modelling and more...and it’s all completely free! There will be plentiful offers and competitions from various stores throughout the Centre during the day, as well as samples galore on the Boulevard from Pret-A-Manger, Millie’s Cookies, Caffe Italia and Starbucks.   MKFM is hosting live music all day, featuring the very best local talent.  There will also be huge giveaways with exciting prizes from stores within the Centre as well as Milton Keynes’ finest attractions, including Gulliver’s and Daytona.   Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “This celebration marks the beginning of a new era for our Shopping Centre as Midsummer Place becomes intu Milton Keynes.  Upholding our position at the heart of Milton Keynes and supporting the local community will always remain a priority but now, alongside our sister centres, we’ll be able to bring more excitement, fun and entertainment on a regular basis.  This is more than a simple name change and we really look forward to welcoming you all here to experience it for yourselves.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-Milton-Keynes-is-having-a-party B59307FDACF7B2DB12EC4BD5CA1CABA8 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:39:44 +0000 Pearl Jam to play Milton Keynes in 2014 Pearl Jam will embark on an eleven-date European tour in June and July of 2014. The bands summer tour kicks off on June 16th in Amsterdam, NL and wraps up on Friday July 11th in Milton Keynes, UK at The National Bowl. The band will be supported by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Off! Tickets are on sale now visit: www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk You can also visit our dedicated National Bowl page for more information on the venue. Here's a preview video of their European Tour:   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Pearl-Jam-to-play-Milton-Keynes-in-2014 6917FF2A7B53421FF4066020E2D89EEC Wed, 14 May 2014 07:53:16 +0000 MK Tattoo Convention moves into new era This year will see MK Tattoo Convention move into a new era. The organisers of MK Tattoo Convention have gone that extra mile to secure the new venue 'The Arena at the Stadium MK' which is a 5,000 capacity venue, allowing them to showcase 200 artists and traders over the weekend on the 12 & 13th July 2014. This year will host some massive acts such as Hollywood actor Robert LaSardo who will be onsite signing autographs and judging some of this year's work at the convention. The Fuel Girls will be with us the whole weekend. If you want to see those kick-ass, ultra-sexy, fire-breathing rock 'n' roll girls then you won't want to miss out on this show! The highly respected and accomplished aerial artist The Amazing Ari will showcase on the Sunday. There will be loads of other entertainment to keep everyone excited for the weekend include Graffiti Workshop, Airbrushing, Custom Cars & Bikes, Live Bands, Realistic Workshop with its Host Charles Laveso all the way from Brazil. We also have a lot lot more in the pipeline it's gonna be too good to miss, so get your tickets now at www.mktattooconvention.co.uk Presale tickets £15.00 or on the day £20.00.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Tattoo-Convention-moves-into-new-era F499D34BD87B42948B3960B8F6B82E74 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:41:13 +0000 intu Milton Keynes shows England its support The people of Milton Keynes showed their support for the England football team by signing a giant flag with good luck messages at intu Milton Keynes. The Shopping Centre hosted the flag signing, with the help of MKFM, on Friday 6th June to get Milton Keynes in the football spirit.   In just over three hours, the 10 by 6 foot flag held more than 250 well wishes from fans.   Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We thought that this would be a nice way to show that we are behind the England team.  It was incredibly well received by visitors and we are so pleased to be able to send this flag to the boys in Brazil to show them our support!”       http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-Milton-Keynes-shows-England-its-support 91378B331327B40E564390C43CD6B2BE Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:16:30 +0000 How would you spend £1 million? For a chance to win a golden ticket to the ‘Spin for a Million’ semi-final on Sunday 15 June, The Casino MK, the Home of the Big Win, is asking the people of Milton Keynes to share with its social media followers how they would spend £1 Million Perhaps you would go on the holiday of a lifetime, get behind the wheel of a supercar or buy your dream home? However you’d spend your winnings, The Casino MK wants to hear by tweeting @TheCasinoMK or sharing your stories on Facebook using the hashtag #SpinForAMillion. The best response will be chosen at midday on Thursday 12 June and will win a golden ticket to The Casino MK semi-final draw. Golden ticket holders will enjoy at champagne reception and canapés at Clary’s Bar & Grill at The Casino MK where five semi-finalists will be selected to go through to the ‘Spin for a Million’ Grand Final. Our five winners will then open a lucky golden box - one containing £5,000 cash, another with £2,000 and the three remaining with £1,000 each. The 20 finalists from all four Aspers Casinos will be invited to Aspers Westfield, Stratford City on Saturday 21 June for the chance to win £1 million. To enter the #SpinForAMillion prize draw, contestants must be Aspire card members and over the age of 18. If you’re not already a member, visit The Casino MK before Thursday to sign up for an extra opportunity to win –all Aspire members will be entered into an additional on-site draw to win a golden ticket. Nigel Hartland, General Manager at the Casino MK said: “We’re really excited to be giving away a golden ticket to our live semi-final where five people are guaranteed to win a share of the £10,000 prize! All you have to do is tell us how you’d spend your winnings….so why not get tweeting and posting now!” For further details on the #SpinForAMillion competition visit www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or www.twitter.com/TheCasinoMK. Full terms and conditions for the ‘Spin for a Million’ draw can be found at:  www.thecasinomk.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/How-would-you-spend-1-million 3EB414BF1C2A66A09C185D60553417B8 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:03:57 +0000 Destination Milton Keynes to host inaugural MK Visitor Economy Conference The visitor economy is worth over £200 million* to the Milton Keynes area every year and is a key part of region-wide economy. To highlight this, Destination Milton Keynes, the official Destination Management Organisation for the City, is hosting a Visitor Economy Conference on 18 July 2014 to give businesses involved in the tourism sector the opportunity to find out exactly what the visitor economy entails and why it's so important to Milton Keynes.   Exclusive speakers and presentations have been lined up throughout the event - including the keynote speaker James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland, who will be launching MK's Destination Management Plan - the ten year plan for how the visitor economy will be managed throughout the city. We will also have presentations from Experience Bedfordshire and an exclusive insight into the new Center Parcs village, plus more speakers to be confirmed – watch DMK’s Facebook page for regular updates. The event, which is supported by SEMLEP, The Stables and Experience Bedfordshire, will take place in the spectacular Spiegeltent at Willen Lake on Friday 18 July 2014 and coincides with the first day of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival.   Chief Executive of Destination MK commented; “In one way or another, most businesses in MK will benefit from growth in the visitor economy - this conference is the ideal platform for us, along with our national colleagues at VisitEngland, to really showcase what we’re doing and to get more MK businesses involved. This is a really key event in the 2014 calendar and I know people will take a lot away from it." The conference is open to everyone with an interest in the visitor economy and is especially recommended to those working in the tourism and leisure industry.  Spaces are limited and entrance is by ticket only. Tickets for the event, including lunch, are £25 (£15 for Destination MK members) and can be purchased online CLICK HERE  For further information, please contact steven@destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk *source VisitEngland   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Destination-Milton-Keynes-to-host-inaugural--MK-Visitor-Economy-Conference 31C0C178A9FC26FFECFFD8670E6D746D Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:23:57 +0000 IF to bring sonic art to The Hub The Hub has announced its partnership with IF: Milton Keynes International Festival for 2014. It will be one of three host venues for one of the highlights of the Festival ‘Chorus’ - a sound and light installation by renowned artist and composer, Ray Lee, who won the British Composer of the Year 2012 for Sonic Art.   ‘Chorus’ is an impressive series of giant metal tripods with rotating arms which tower above the audience.  At the end of each arm loudspeakers emit a pulsating, harmonic sound and lights create the effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies, or planets in motion. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a cohesive harmonious whole that is both transfixing and uplifting.   Ray Lee is fascinated by invisible forces such as magnetism and uses technology in unique ways to create his inspiring works. The presentation of ‘Chorus’ in Milton Keynes is sponsored by the Open University, which has always been creative in using the latest technologies to help people learn.   The ‘Chorus’ tripods will be located in three different sites in Central Milton Keynes, and will be coming to The Hub piazza on  Wednesday 23 July; 12noon - 2pm, 5pm - 7pm and 9.30pm - 10.30pm, and is free for people to attend. Simon Spavins, from Broadoak Management, that manages The Hub commented, “The International Festival has cemented itself as a cornerstone of the arts and cultural world within Milton Keynes, and as The Hub is located at the very heart of the city, we wanted to show our support by playing host to this spectacular installation in July. It should present a mesmerising sight and sound experience for the public to come and visit!” If you’d like to find out more information on The Hub visit www.thehub-miltonkeynes.com, you can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thehubmk. You can also follow The Hub on Twitter @thehubmk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/IF-to-bring-sonic-art-to-The-Hub 78BC62D08A9A0B9B0B9C0AD339EF82D3 Wed, 21 May 2014 01:49:54 +0000 centre:mk welcomes yoga to Pentalum with Sweat Studios centre:mk are delighted to bring yoga to Middleton Hall for the first time with classes in International Festival installation Pentalum, on Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 July.  Classes will last 45 minutes starting at 10am on both days and will be free of charge on a first come, first serve basis.   They will be hosted by local yoga company Sweat Studios, who opened their doors in The Hub in Central Milton Keynes in March 2014.  The only dedicated hot yoga studio in Milton Keynes, Sweat believe yoga is an unbeatable way to achieve a fit, happy and healthy body, and with over 5,000 visitors since their opening, it seems local residents agree. Kirsty Lowe, director of Sweat Studios commented “we are delighted to be involved with the International Festival with yoga classes in Middleton Hall.  We’ve had a great reception in Milton Keynes since opening and we’re very excited to be able to introduce more people to Sweat Yoga in the unique environment of Pentalum!” For more information on the classes, visit www.thecentremk.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thecentremk) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/thecentremk).  Stay up to date with Sweat Studios on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sweatstudios) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/sweatstudiosuk) or visit their website www.sweatstudios.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/centremk-welcomes-yoga-to-Pentalum-with-Sweat-Studios 384BABC3E7FAA44CF1CA671B74499C3B Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:11:42 +0000 IF International Festival announces full programme line up IF: Milton Keynes International Festival returns for its third edition from 18 to 27 July and is bigger and better than ever. The Festival will take place in locations across Central Milton Keynes exploring the cityscape and parklands, the built environment and the great outdoors, continuing its mission to transform the way people think about Milton Keynes. From large-scale spectaculars to intimate experiences, the Festival is ten amazing days of international performance and dance, contemporary circus, installations, live music, comedy, cabaret, talks and many free events. To celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays, the Festival has created IF: Family Focus, a special programme of family-friendly shows and experiences for children and grown-ups. Produced by music organisation The Stables, the Festival is again underpinned by the theme of sound and music and seeks to engage audiences in new and surprising ways. This year’s commissions are Kaffe Matthews’ The lock shift songs, Rosemary Lee’s Under the Vaulted Sky, SKRYF with words by Jackie Kay and Melanie Pappenheim’s Falling. COMMISSIONS & WORLD PREMIERES Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs Award-winning sound artist Kaffe Matthews has created a new sonic installation commissioned by IF: 2014 and the Canal & River Trust. On a walk from London to Milton Keynes along the Grand Union Canal, Kaffe has collected stories from canal-dwellers and workers, and sounds from above and below the water which have inspired songs and a final composition that will be played in large ‘sonic beds’ that people will lie in for a fully immersive and sensory sound experience. Friday 18 to Sunday 27 July, 10am - 7pm Unit opposite Door 10, centre:mk, Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3GB Free Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky This large-scale dance work has been created for Milton Keynes’ little-known Cathedral of Trees by choreographer Rosemary Lee, with live music by composer Terry Mann. A cast of over 100 dancers and musicians will lead the audience through the Cathedral in a promenade performance that draws on the historical and natural resonances of this very special place. Planted over 40 years ago, the Cathedral of Trees recreates the architectural footprint of Norwich Cathedral, with trees and shrubs representing different elements of the building.   Friday 18 July at 5.30pm & 7.30pm; Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 July at 2pm, 4.30pm & 7pm Cathedral of Trees, Newlands, MK15 0DS Tickets: £7, concessions £5, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £20 SKRYF with words by Jackie Kay As SKRYF - the mechanical sandwriter created by Dutch artist Gijs van Bon - moves along, it leaves behind a stream of phrases created out of sand that last as long as time and the elements allow. In this special Festival version, leading writer and poet Jackie Kay has been commissioned to compose poetic words and lines with Milton Keynes in mind for SKRYF to ‘print’ across the city’s walkways and cycle paths.   Friday 18 & Saturday 19 July: locations in Central Milton Keynes Sunday 20 July: South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Melanie Pappenheim: Falling Songs by leading contemporary composers Paul Clark, Orlando Gough and Errollyn Wallen are featured in this solo voice-theatre performance by exceptional singer Melanie Pappenheim in a staging by Emma Bernard and costume by Deborah Thomas. Falling is presented as part of MK Gallery’s Cadences exhibition and responds to its themes of falling, destruction and gravity. Saturday 26 July, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday 27 July at 3pm & 5pm MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3QA Free but pre-booking essential via www.ifmiltonkeynes.org INSTALLATIONS Lucie Lom: Les Rêveurs (The Dreamers) Creating a series of intriguing scenes, 35 mysterious life-size statues will appear overnight on the streets of Milton Keynes and silently move en masse through the city during the course of the Festival. Made of resin to look like iron, these enigmatic figures will tell the strange and surprising story of how they came to be there.  Artists Philippe Leduc and Marc-Antoine Mathieu of Lucie Lom specialise in creating sculptural works of public art that re-imagine and transform their location. Friday 18 to Sunday 27 July Central Milton Keynes locations from Station Square, MK9 1LA, to Campbell Park, MK9 4AD Free Architects of Air: Pentalum - pictured right Located within Milton Keynes’ main shopping centre, the Pentalum luminarium is a monumental inflatable sculpture, 182ft long and 95ft wide. Walking inside, visitors are immersed in radiant light, sound and vivid colour as they explore this joyous multi-sensory experience. It is inspired by Islamic architecture, Gothic cathedrals and nature. Three concerts will be staged inside the installation, see music listings below. Friday 18 to Sunday 27 July, 11am – 6pm each day Middleton Hall, centre:mk, Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3GB Tickets: £4, Under 16s £3, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £12 Ray Lee: Chorus Ray Lee, British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art in 2012, has created a giant sound and light sculpture which runs at three sites in Central Milton Keynes. Chorus is a series of metal tripods with rotating arms which tower above the audience. At the end of each arm, a loudspeaker emits a pulsating, harmonic sound. As the speakers spin, they combine to create a harmonious chorus, at once transfixing and uplifting. Intersecting lights trace rings like a swarm of fireflies. Monday 21 July: Fred Roche Gardens, MK9 3HP, 12noon - 2pm, 5.30 - 7pm, 9.30pm - 10.30pm Tuesday 22 July: Milton Keynes Central Station Square, MK9 1LA, 12noon - 2pm, 4pm - 7.30pm Wednesday 23 July: The Hub, MK9 2DA, 12noon - 2pm, 5pm - 7pm, 9.30pm - 10.30pm Free THEATRE, CIRCUS AND DANCE Rosemary Lee: Under The Vaulted Sky See Commissions above Friday 18 July at 5.30pm & 7.30pm; Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 July at 2pm, 4.30pm & 7pm Cathedral of Trees, Newlands, MK15 0DS Tickets: £7, concessions £5, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £20 Ilotopie: Fous de Bassin (Water Fools) - pictured right This is an unforgettable performance on a grand scale by French company Ilotopie who literally walk on water to conjure up an extraordinary and colourful floating spectacle with fire and pyrotechnics on the surface of Willen Lake. An intriguing, dream-like world sees cars, bicycles and caravans drive over the surface of the water and a seemingly normal day take a unusual turn as a floating community unlike no other wakes up and goes about its daily business . . . Friday 18 & Saturday 19 July at 10pm Willen Lake, MK15 0DS Tickets: £5, concessions £3, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £12 Casus:  Knee Deep Casus is a contemporary circus company famed for walking on eggs - raw and in their shells - and not cracking a single one!  This breathtaking show features exquisite acrobatics and aerial feats of extraordinary skill and beauty, testing the limits of its four international performers.   Friday 18 & Saturday 19 July, 7.15pm; Sunday 20 July, 2.30pm, Monday 21 July, 7.15pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets: £20, under 16s £18.50, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £74 SouthPaw Dance Company: Faust In this fiery re-imagining of Goethe’s classic tale, drinking, gambling and debauchery make an 1920s prohibition-era speakeasy the perfect place for a man to lose his soul. SouthPaw will transport you back to a time of swinging big band sounds and suave sharp suits, combining world-class break dance moves with classic Lindy Hop and Charleston. Friday 25 & Saturday 26 July, 10pm Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate, MK9 3XS Free EVENTS SKRYF with words by Jackie Kay See Commissions above Friday 18 to Sunday 20 July Central Milton Keynes and South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Silent Arena: Silent Disco         Silent Disco does away with traditional speaker systems and instead has clubbers wearing wireless headphones, provided on the night, while two DJs play simultaneously on two separate channels.   Friday 18 & Saturday 19 July, 11pm – 1am The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £7.50 The Cabaret of Ideas 2014         A popular event in 2012, The Cabaret of Ideas is a live ‘Wikipedia-style’ event where trendsetters, opinion formers and experts - all with a connection to Milton Keynes - gather in the Festival’s Spiegeltent to share their passions, thoughts and insights with members of the public. Audiences can lucky-dip pick four 20-minute conversations. Saturday 19 July, 1pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £5 An audience with Jackie Kay     This conversation with poet Jackie Kay is hosted by Festival Director Monica Ferguson. Jackie will make a first public reading of a new poem inspired by Milton Keynes, read from her other works, discuss her new commission, working with SKRYF (see above), and take part in a Q&A with the audience. Sunday 20 July, 4pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £7.50 Harry & Edna’s Vintage Bonanza           Saturday 26 July The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Sarah Do Wop’s Hair Salon: Choose from four different set ‘taster’ styles, pre-bookable in 10 minute slots. 10.30am - 11.30am, Tickets £10   Lindy Hop Dance Class With the Cambs & Beds Lindy Hop Experience. 11.30am - 12:30pm, Tickets £5   Harry & Edna’s Vintage Tea Dance With The Bevin Boys and My Favourite Things 1pm - 3pm, Tickets £10 IF at The World Picnic               The Festival will be presenting a series of events as part of this glorious community celebration of multicultural music and dance in the green environment of Campbell Park. Sunday 29 July, 1pm - 6pm Campbell Park, MK9 4AD Free CABARET Frisky & Mannish          This British musical comedy double act is renowned for shrewdly crafted, expertly-delivered and rapturously-received parodies of pop music. Singer Laura Corcoran (Frisky) and pianist/vocalist Matthew Floyd Jones (Mannish) have been described as ‘the mad scientists of pop’. Wednesday 23 July, 10pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £10 The Gilded Lili Variety Show     The divine Lili la Scala entertains at this late-night show, accompanied by some of her favourite cabaret reprobates including circus artist Michael Standen, hi-energy comedian Imran Yusuf and the mesmerising Miss Betsy Rose. Friday 25 & Saturday 26 July, 10pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £15, over-16s only The Puppini Sisters      Like the Andrews Sisters with added glitz and glamour, the Puppini Sisters deliver an intoxicating mix of music and style they call ‘swing-pop’. Their close harmonies and zesty rhythms featured on Michael Bublé’s 2013 album To Be Loved. Saturday 26 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £23.50 COMEDY Abandoman    Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improv team cuts a highly original path between rap music and stand-up. In 2012 they supported multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour and they have stormed festivals such as Bestival, V, Latitude, Altitude and Glastonbury with their brilliantly mind-blowing, interactive word-bending. Friday 18 July, 8.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £10 Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King Tour 2014           plus support Romesh Ranganathan TV favourite Seann Walsh returns with an all-new show. One of the most frighteningly-gifted talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years, Seann is a charismatic, natural-born observational storyteller. Tuesday 22 July, 8pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £13 Josh Widdicombe                     Stand-up comedian Josh Widdicombe is fast becoming a TV regular with appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. The past 12 months have also seen his Channel 4 show The Last Leg commissioned for two further series after its success during the 2012 Paralympic Games. Thursday 24 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £14 MUSIC Kaffe Matthews: The lock shift songs See Commissions above Friday 18 to Sunday 27 July, 10am – 7pm Opposite Door 10, the centre:mk, Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3GB Free The Stables Sessions A chance to hear new sounds, emerging talent and unsigned bands across the 10 days of the Festival. Friday 18 – Sunday 27 July Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Abandoman        See Comedy above. Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improv team cuts a highly original path between rap music and stand-up. In 2012 they supported multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour and they have stormed festivals such as Bestival, V, Latitude, Altitude and Glastonbury with their brilliantly mind-blowing, interactive word-bending. Friday 18 July, 8.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £10 Nell Bryden       New York born, Radio 2 favourite Nell Bryden celebrates the release of her third album, some of which she will be playing live for the first time alongside old favourites. Nell has toured extensively, including with Gary Barlow, Jools Holland, Chris Rea and Gipsy Kings. Saturday 19 July, 8.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £15 Dub Colossus Dub Band                       Combining dub music with the sounds of Addis Ababa, Dub Colossus is the latest project from Dubulah, aka Nick Page, a founding member of Trans-Global Underground. After collecting sounds from musicians in the Ethiopian capital and then working with members of Jamiroquai and Asian Dub Foundation, Nick created his first album A Town Called Addis in 2006.   Sunday 20 July, 8pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £15 The Bad Shepherds       Led by the irrepressible Ade Edmondson, The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. They’ve given the songs a Celtic feel, and stuck in the odd reel and jig. Expect songs by The Clash, The Jam, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads and Kraftwerk, amongst others.   Monday 21 July, 9pm                The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £21.50 The Feeling                   Five-piece indie band The Feeling have a string of radio-friendly hits under their belts.  Harking back to the heady days of classic pop, The Feeling are a good-time band with foot-stomping, heart-wrenching anthems. Wednesday 23 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £22.50   Kaffe Matthews & Ray Lee This is a one-off collaboration between two featured Festival sound artists, Kaffe Matthews and Ray Lee, in the other-worldly environment of Architects of Air’s walk-in sculpture Pentalum. Wednesday 23 July, 7pm & 8pm Inside Architects of Air’s Pentalum, Middleton Hall, centre:mk, Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3GB Tickets £12.50 includes entrance to the Pentalum luminarium Tunde Jegede Composer, cellist and kora player Tunde Jegede creates a dialogues between his two cultural musical legacies - Western classical music and the Griot tradition of West Africa in the Gambia. This cello and kora concert marks the launch of his latest album, Testimony. Thursday 24 July, 7pm & 8pm Inside Architects of Air’s Pentalum, Middleton Hall, centre:mk, Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3GB Tickets £12.50 includes entrance to the Pentalum luminarium Les Clöchards Les Clöchards started off as the most unusual street music act on the Côte d’Azur. Swapping the street for the stage, they play an eclectic mix of home-made drums, saxophone, melodica, Stylophone, a custom-made Dobro and some event less well-known instruments. Thursday 24 July, 10pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £15 Seth Lakeman               Celebrating his new album Word of Mouth, singer, songwriter, virtuoso fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman straddles folk traditions and the contemporary scene with songs that unearth hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes from his native Devon and Cornwall. Friday 25 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £22.50 Hameed Khan Kawa Hameed Khan Kawa is a tabla maestro and music director from Jaipur. Coming from a long family lineage of Hindustani classical and Rajasthani folk musicians, he is appreciated for the subtlety and quality of his playing, which also embraces Western musical traditions to create a new richness and warmth. Hameed is the founder of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band which also plays at the Festival (see IF Family Focus below). Friday 25 July, 7pm & 8pm Inside Architects of Air’s Pentalum, Middleton Hall, centre:mk, Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3GB Tickets £12.50 includes entrance to the Pentalum luminarium Melanie Pappenheim: Falling See Commissions above. Saturday 26 July, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday 27 July at 3pm & 5pm MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3QA Free but pre-booking essential via www.if.miltonkeynes.org The Monster Ceilidh Band Electro Ceilidh         With Caller Gordon Potts The Monster Ceilidh Band are on a crusade to bring a modern approach to ceilidh music. Their experimentation with electronic beats combines explosive, fiery folk with funky riffs, glitchy drum‘n’bass beats and live drums. Sunday 27 July, 7.45pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £12.50 CHILDREN AND FAMILY: IF: FAMILY FOCUS SERIES Compañía Itinerània: El Labarint (The Labyrinth) Catalonian company Itinerània are renowned for transforming open-air locations with highly interactive structures. A network of doors, windows and corridors creates a puzzle-packed maze with challenges, conundrums and riddles along the way. Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 July, 11am – 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Insect Circus Museum Housed in a vintage, mahogany-lined, Bedford TK beetlebox lorry, this unique museum displays a stunning array of costumes, props, puppets, toys and ephemera from the extraordinary collection of the Insect Circus Society.   Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 July, 11am - 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Peut-être Theatre & Dante or Die: Clunk Early years audiences (under 5s) and their families can join three actor-musicians for an outdoor, theatrical mini-gig that is jam-packed with trombones, trumpets, saxophones and songs. Clunk is commissioned by Small Wonders. Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 July, 11am & 1.30pm Friday 25 July: 1.30pm & 2.45pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free. For under-5s MK Play Association: Workshops with Anna Francis This drop-in workshop is inspired by the Festival’s Family Focus events. Children can use the provided scrap materials to make their own Iron Man mask or insects from the Insect Circus Museum as well as contributing to large-scale constructions and more. Wednesday 23 - Sunday 27 July, 11am - 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free. For 5+ Graeae Theatre Company: The Iron Man Ted Hughes’ classic modern fable is brought to life through a colossal iron puppet, live and recorded soundscapes and a compelling mix of words, sign language and audio description. This enthralling production is performed by a talented cast of deaf and disabled actors and musicians. Wednesday 23 July, 11.30am & 3.45pm Thursday 24 July, 12.45pm & 3.45pm Friday 25 July, 12.15pm & 3.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting This playful and intriguing show, commissioned by festival consortium Small Wonders, has been made especially for the outdoors and creates a colourful world of movement and dance at the same time as creating a larger-than-life painting. Little artists can also create their own big painting with the dancers after the performance. Saturday 26 July, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm Sunday 27 July, 11am, 1pm & 3.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free. For under-5s Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Hailing from a long family lineage of musicians, tabla maestro Hameed Khan Kawa (see Music above) has assembled a brass band with its roots in Rajasthan. This rousing musical extravaganza embraces a range of elaborate rhythms, musical styles and Bollywood themes, accompanied by a beautifully-costumed traditional dancer. Friday 25 July, 11.30am, 2pm & 4.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Periplum: Imaginarium Inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, the Imaginarium brings together modern technology, film and traditional parlour games to create a delightful flight of fantasy onto a magical other worldly place, peopled by some of Wonderland’s unsung heroes. Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, 11am - 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis Compost Mentis features a large compost heap set in a small allotment and the gardener who looks after it. Things begin to go wrong when the gardener discovers that the compost heap has developed a life of its own. Live action with puppets and mechanical and musical interventions ensure that the audience, like the gardener, are led up the garden path. Saturday 26 July, 12noon & 4pm Sunday 27 July, 12.30pm & 3.45pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free C-12 Dance: Market Stall This high-octane outdoor show mixes circus skills, theatre, street dance and parkour – and a fully-functioning market stall! Getting your five-a-day has never been such fun. Saturday 26 July, 11.30am, 3pm & 4.30pm Sunday 27 July, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free MORE CHILDREN AND FAMILY Puppet State Theatre: The Man Who Planted Trees       This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog) can make to the world. Wednesday 23 July, 2pm Thursday 24 July, 11.30am & 2pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets: £10.50, Under 16s £9.50, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £38 For 7+ Comedy 4 Kids   Like the name says it’s a comedy club for kids. Encounter some of the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best but without the rude bits. Sunday 27 July, 2pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £10, Under 16s £9, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36 For 6+ TALKS Creative Canals with Kaffe Matthews, Liz Pugh and Jon Best Kaffe Matthews discusses her canal-inspired sound installation with canal-dweller Liz Pugh of Walk the Plank known for making work on waterways. Hosted by John Best, Chair of South East Waterway Partnership, Canal & River Trust. Saturday 19 July, 3pm Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free The Cathedral of Trees with Rosemary Lee and Neil Higson The Festival’s Artist-in-Residence discusses her inspiration for Under The Vaulted Sky with the Cathedral of Trees’ creator, landscape architect Neil Higson. Sunday 20 July, 12.30pm Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free International Touring with Casus and Architects of Air Emma Serjeant from Casus and Alan Parkinson from Architects of Air run companies which work internationally. Here they discuss the practical and creative challenges of touring and presenting work in different counties, cultures, venues and locations. Monday 21 July 5pm Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free One Person’s Noise Is Another Person’s Music with Professor Allan Cochrane, Ray Lee, Kaffe Matthews, Caroline Devine and Dr George Revill Allan Cochrane, Open University Professor of Urban Studies, chairs this discussion about how artists embed their work into a place, challenge perceptions of sound, and encourage us to listen and hear differently. Wednesday 23 July, 1.30pm MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3QA Free Making Work for Children with Graeae, Puppet State Theatre and Dante or Die A panel discussion about creating engaging theatre and productions for children and families, particularly using literature or the work of other artists as the creative inspiration. Thursday 24 July, 5.30pm Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free In Conversation with Monica Ferguson and Bill Gee Festival Director Monica Ferguson and Creative Director Bill Gee look back over three editions of the Festival from its first presentation in 2010 and explore what’s next... Saturday 26 July, 1pm Acoustic Stage, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free BOOKING IF TICKETS Online: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org Telephone: 01908 280800 Textphone users: 18001 01908 280800 In person: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU Festival Box Offices open at Festival sites on Friday 18 July   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/IF-International-Festival-announces-full-programme-line-up B22B257AD0519D4500539DA3C8BCF4DD Thu, 05 Jun 2014 02:10:14 +0000 IF announces programme for children and families IF: Milton Keynes International Festival returns for its third edition from 18 to 27 July and is bigger and better than ever. From large-scale spectaculars to intimate experiences, the Festival is ten amazing days of international performance and dance, contemporary circus, installations, live music, comedy, cabaret, talks and many free events. To celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays, the Festival has created IF: Family Focus, a special programme of family-friendly shows and experiences for children and grown-ups: CHILDREN AND FAMILY: IF: FAMILY FOCUS SERIES Compañía Itinerània: El Labarint (The Labyrinth) Catalonian company Itinerània are renowned for transforming open-air locations with highly interactive structures. A network of doors, windows and corridors creates a puzzle-packed maze with challenges, conundrums and riddles along the way. Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 July, 11am – 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Peut-être Theatre & Dante or Die: Clunk Early years audiences (under 5s) and their families can join three actor-musicians for an outdoor, theatrical mini-gig that is jam-packed with trombones, trumpets, saxophones and songs. Clunk is commissioned by Small Wonders. Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 July, 11am & 1.30pm Friday 25 July: 1.30pm & 2.45pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free. For under-5s Insect Circus Museum Housed in a vintage, mahogany-lined, Bedford TK beetlebox lorry, this unique museum displays a stunning array of costumes, props, puppets, toys and ephemera from the extraordinary collection of the Insect Circus Society.   Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 July, 11am - 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free MK Play Association: Workshops with Anna Francis This drop-in workshop is inspired by the Festival’s Family Focus events. Children can use the provided scrap materials to make their own Iron Man mask or insects from the Insect Circus Museum as well as contributing to large-scale constructions and more. Wednesday 23 - Sunday 27 July, 11am - 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free. For 5+ Graeae Theatre Company: The Iron Man Ted Hughes’ classic modern fable is brought to life through a colossal iron puppet, live and recorded soundscapes and a compelling mix of words, sign language and audio description. This enthralling production is performed by a talented cast of deaf and disabled actors and musicians. Wednesday 23 July, 11.30am & 3.45pm Thursday 24 July, 12.45pm & 3.45pm Friday 25 July, 12.15pm & 3.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Commotion Dance: Little Artist, Big Painting This playful and intriguing show, commissioned by festival consortium Small Wonders, has been made especially for the outdoors and creates a colourful world of movement and dance at the same time as creating a larger-than-life painting. Little artists can also create their own big painting with the dancers after the performance. Saturday 26 July, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm Sunday 27 July, 11am, 1pm & 3.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free. For under-5s Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Hailing from a long family lineage of musicians, tabla maestro Hameed Khan Kawa (see Music above) has assembled a brass band with its roots in Rajasthan. This rousing musical extravaganza embraces a range of elaborate rhythms, musical styles and Bollywood themes, accompanied by a beautifully-costumed traditional dancer. Friday 25 July, 11.30am, 2pm & 4.15pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Periplum: Imaginarium Inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, the Imaginarium brings together modern technology, film and traditional parlour games to create a delightful flight of fantasy onto a magical other worldly place, peopled by some of Wonderland’s unsung heroes. Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, 11am - 5pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free Whalley Range Allstars: Compost Mentis Compost Mentis features a large compost heap set in a small allotment and the gardener who looks after it. Things begin to go wrong when the gardener discovers that the compost heap has developed a life of its own. Live action with puppets and mechanical and musical interventions ensure that the audience, like the gardener, are led up the garden path. Saturday 26 July, 12noon & 4pm Sunday 27 July, 12.30pm & 3.45pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free C-12 Dance: Market Stall This high-octane outdoor show mixes circus skills, theatre, street dance and parkour – and a fully-functioning market stall! Getting your five-a-day has never been such fun. Saturday 26 July, 11.30am, 3pm & 4.30pm Sunday 27 July, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Free MORE CHILDREN AND FAMILY Puppet State Theatre: The Man Who Planted Trees      This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog) can make to the world. Wednesday 23 July, 2pm Thursday 24 July, 11.30am & 2pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets: £10.50, Under 16s £9.50, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £38 For 7+ Comedy 4 Kids   Like the name says it’s a comedy club for kids. Encounter some of the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best but without the rude bits. Sunday 27 July, 2pm The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS Tickets £10, Under 16s £9, family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36 For 6+ BOOKING IF TICKETS Online: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org Telephone: 01908 280800 Textphone users: 18001 01908 280800 In person: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU Festival Box Offices open at Festival sites on Friday 18 July   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/IF-announces-programme-for-children-and-families C1D0F19C3F827DAF0EDD3E69C3B195A9 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:18:59 +0000 Highlights announced for IF Milton Keynes International Festival The 2014 Festival brings some of the most innovative and entertaining international dance, performance and circus to Milton Keynes. It features large-scale spectaculars, family events, a children’s festival, live music, comedy and cabaret, as well as pop-ups, free events and installations. Produced by music organisation The Stables, and supported by Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council, events and performances will again take place in locations across Central Milton Keynes and, for the first time, in some of the city’s beautiful rural surroundings - The Cathedral of Trees in Newlands, Willen Lake and Park. Watch the IF:2014 Trailer here: Confirmed Festival programme highlights so far include: ILOTOPIE - FOUS DE BASSIN (WATER FOOLS) Friday 18 & Saturday 19 July: Willen Lake Water Fools is an unforgettable performance on a grand scale, created by French company Ilotopie who literally walk on water to conjure up an extraordinary and colourful floating spectacle with fire and pyrotechnics on Willen Lake. An intriguing, dream-like world sees cars, bicycles and caravans drive over the surface of the water and a seemingly normal day take a particularly unusual turn as a small floating community unlike no other wakes up and tries to go about its daily business . . . ROSEMARY LEE - UNDER THE VAULTED SKY World Premiere: Friday 18 - Sunday 20 July: The Cathedral of Trees, Newlands Award-winning choreographer Rosemary Lee has created Under The Vaulted Sky with live music by composer Terry Mann, inspired by Milton Keynes’ magical Cathedral of Trees in Newlands. The performances in July 2014 will be the culmination of a year-long residency in Milton Keynes that will have seen Rosemary work with over a hundred dancers from the area who will feature in the performance. The Cathedral of Trees was planted over 40 years ago on the exact architectural footprint of Norwich Cathedral with different species of trees and plants to represent the character of the Cathedral’s sections. Under The Vaulted Sky has been commissioned by The Stables for IF: 2014 and is supported by Arts Council England through an Extraordinary Award and Milton Keynes Council. It is sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire, with additional support from The Parks Trust and South East Dance. RAY LEE - CHORUS Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 July Three sites in Central Milton Keynes (locations tbc) Sonic artist Ray Lee – British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art in 2012 – has created the evocative Chorus, a giant sound and light installation sponsored by the Open University. Chorus is an impressive series of huge metal tripods with rotating arms which tower above the audience.  At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit a pulsating, harmonic sound and lights create the effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies or planets in motion. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a cohesive harmonious whole that is transfixing and uplifting.   The ever popular Spiegeltent is back! Forming the beating heart of the Festival, this elaborately decorated ‘mirror tent’ is a regular feature and always a hit with Festival-goers as home to the best in comedy, cabaret and live music. This year the Spiegeltent also hosts Australian circus company Casus: CASUS - KNEE DEEP Friday 18 - Monday 21 July: Spiegeltent Casus perform exquisitely beautiful acrobatics and astonishing aerial feats in a breathtaking show of extraordinary skill, strength and beauty that tests the very limits of the human body. Based in Australia and comprising four highly talented international performers, Casus is a circus company famed for walking on eggs (raw and in their shells) - and not cracking a single one! Presented ‘in the round’ within the Spiegeltent, the audience will be sitting up close to the jaw-dropping action. SETH LAKEMAN Friday 25 July: Spiegeltent Celebrating his new album ‘Word of mouth’, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman straddles folk traditions and the contemporary scene with songs that unearth hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes from his native Devon and Cornwall. Lakeman’s hauntingly melodic style and stripped-back storytellings bring to life majestic landscapes, working lives, the tragedy of war and the price of revolution. THE PUPPINI SISTERS Saturday 26 July: Spiegeltent Take the Andrews Sisters with added glitz and glamour, add close harmonies with a swing-pop twist and you have the divinely fabulous Puppini Sisters - fresh from recording with Michael Bublé! This year the Festival has created a festival focus for children and families. The full programme is to be announced though includes: PUPPET STATE THEATRE COMPANY - THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 July: Spiegeltent This multi-sensory adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tale (for adults and children over 7 years old) tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog) can make to the world. The Festival will also host an extensive acoustic music programme, a range of installations, free activities and surprising pop-up events across central Milton Keynes. www.ifmiltonkeynes.org   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Highlights-announced-for-IF-Milton-Keynes-International-Festival A7789EF88D599B8DF86BBEE632B2994D Mon, 12 May 2014 12:32:54 +0000 Milton Keynes goes mad for world food as Giraffe opens Travel the world, one taste at a time at global restaurant giraffe, now open at the Kingston Centre on the outskirts of bustling Milton Keynes. Whether you’re settling in for a leisurely breakfast, enjoying a welcome coffee break or treating the little ones to the Kids Meal Deal - giraffe is the ideal destination.   Mere moments away from the surrounding stores, giraffe makes the perfect pre or post shopping pit stop. Flanked by a 10ft tall giraffe, the vibrant restaurant offers the most exotic welcome in Milton Keynes!   Dishes vary from comforting classics and familiar sandwiches, stir-fries and salads to around-the-world-plates with a ‘giraffe’ twist for culinary explorers. Start the day with the Huevos Rancheros Mexican Breakfast or the Health Nut Bowl with Greek yoghurt, fresh fruit, mejool dates, almonds, pistachios, orange &blossom honey for lighter cravings; tuck into small plates and sharers including Firecracker Chicken Tenders and Global Mezze; mains such as the famous Giraffe Burger made with 100% British Farm assured beef, bacon, mature cheddar and a smoky tomato relish; or deliciously tempting desserts such asBanana Waffle Split.   Open from breakfast right through to dinner, diners can get great value throughout the day at giraffe by taking advantage with one of the many fantastic offers. Start saving early with a £5 ‘Good Morning Brekkie’ with hot drink before noon; have ‘Lunch for Less’ for just £6.75 (noon – 5pm); or a ‘Feel Good’ dinner – two courses for £10.75 available every evening from 5pm. And be sure to ‘Wake Up Wednesday’ with all regular take-out coffees just 50p until 10.30am!   At giraffe, little ones are just as important as the grown-ups and have their very own menu of mini-mains, desserts and drinks complete with puzzles and games to keep them entertained. Sit back and relax in the knowledge that the dishes such as the Open Face Omelette or Grilled Salmon, served with a garden salad andbaby baked jacket potato wedges or steamed vegetables, are 100% fresh and healthy. Also available all day, every day is the Kids Meal Deal – a mini main and selected drink for just £5.25.   Just like the menu, the wine list is international with every bottle available by the glass. Beers and ciders such as Rekorderlig’s Strawberry & Lime Cider will be perfect for summer. Cocktails make their mark with a heady combination of old favourites such as the Skinny Ginny and creative concoctions including the Passion “Royale” to shake things up.     giraffe Milton Keynes Winchester Circle Kingston Centre Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK10 0BA 01908 586199   Opening Hours Monday – Saturday 8am – 11pm, Sunday 9am – 10pm www.giraffe.net www.twitter.com/giraffetweet www.facebook.com/girafferestaurants   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-goes-mad-for-world-food-as-Giraffe-opens 894DB62F7B7A6ED2F2A277DAE56A017C Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:20:46 +0000 Women and Computing educational video planned An online video resource for schools to use to encourage more women in computing is to be created by the award-winning team of TNMOC, the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) and the East of England Broadband Network (E2BN). This follows the team's highly successful History of Computing resource which was acclaimed at this year's BETT awards and is now available to 25,000 UK schools connected to the National Education Network. The women in computing resource will be created this summer at TNMOC where it will take as its starting point the Women in Computing Gallery, sponsored by Google UK and opened in September 2013. It will include an interactive timeline highlighting the role of women in computing across the decades starting with the 1944 operators of Colossus. The resource will also explore the past and current challenges that women face in entering the industry and the changing social context of the past seven decades. Role models will feature strongly to give the coming generation the confidence to know that they can play a major role in computing. Like the earlier History of Computing, the completed Woman and Computing resource will become available online, ready for use in classroom settings of schools connected to the National Education Network. Scheduled for release in 2015, it is expected to contain about 50 video clips designed for easy and rapid access. The resource will incorporate curriculum support material for Key Stages 2 to 5. Kathy Olson from E2BN, who helped initiate the History of Computing resource, will present the forthcoming Women and Computing project. Introducing the project she said: "Women are woefully under-represented in the world of computing accounting for only 17% of the IT and telecoms industry workforce*. I was lucky enough to be inspired to take up computing by a dynamic teacher, so I realise the significance of role models. I hope that the stories of the women in computing that we will be able to tell in this new resource will act as a catalyst to encourage more girls into computing careers. As Karen Spärck Jones, a pioneer of computer search techniques, quipped: 'Computing is too important to be left to men'". Chris Monk, Leaning Co-ordinator at TNMOC, said: "Over the past year fewer than one in twenty of our visiting students have been girls. However a recent increase in the number of all-girl schools visiting proves that girls do want to study computing and need encouragement. Our museum will continue to promote the role of women in computing history and we are eager to partner LGfL in producing what we believe will be an inspiring resource." The LGfL partner in the project, Bob Usher, said: "A History of Computing is the most successful resource LGfL has ever produced. The feedback from schools has been very encouraging, so we are very confident that the planned Women and Computing resource will be in high demand. The National Museum of Computing is a great place to base our filming because it tells so much of our computing history in an engaging, interactive way. And it is always developing: I have just returned to film the fully-restored 1951 WITCH computer which, unlike today's computers, is so visual in operation that it gives unexpected insights into modern computing."   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Women-and-Computing-educational-video-planned- 03BFC1D4783966C69CC6AEF8247E0103 Mon, 12 May 2014 02:22:07 +0000 MK College student chefs get put through their paces It has been a busy few weeks for the trainee chefs of The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College. On April 8th, for the third year running, ahead of the annual MK Food and Leisure Awards, the College’s professional kitchen and restaurant played host to the “Chef Of The Year” category for the annual Milton Keynes Food Awards Cook-Off. With eleven professional chefs fiercely competing for the coveted title, things were soon hotting up in the kitchen, as they worked tirelessly to produce innovative and delicious dishes that they hoped would impress the assembled judging panel. As well as the professional chefs vying for an award, there was also a competition for the MK College catering students. Fatima De Ocera, Joseph McRoberts Ellen Heavey and Patience Karinge were tasked with designing the canapés and dessert for the upcoming awards ceremony. Fatima won the canapés competition and Ellen produced the winning dessert. Their reward for their hard work will be a trip sponsored by gourmet pastry manufacturer Pidy, to France and Belgium. Of Fatima and Ellen’s achievements Paul Eason, Chef and Business Development Manager at Pidy said, “The quality of what these young women produced was exceptionally high. Fatima’s canapés were innovative and on trend and Ellen’s dessert, which utilised a Pidy sweet cone was a real hit with the guests.” The awards ceremony itself, which took place on May 11th at Jury’s Inn Hotel, was a roaring success. On the night, fellow students Patience Karinge and Chantelle Holt assisted Fatima and Ellen in the food preparation and what they produced was so well received, that they were invited on stage to receive a rapturous applause from the gratefully sated crowd. Praise was also heaped upon the ceremony and its organiser, Stephen Dryden-Hall. Paul Eason was especially complimentary, he said, “The MK Food and Leisure Awards is such a special event, as it recognises and supports the local, established talent within Milton Keynes and also champions those that are new to the industry, that show immense skill and promise.” Of the student’s success, Tony Oxley, Programme Manager of Hospitality and Catering at Milton Keynes College said “I am very proud that Milton Keynes College learners played such an integral part in the awards ceremony. It has really put our trainee chefs and the College on the map with so many more local businesses and dignitaries.” He continued, “It has been a fantastic learning experience for them, right from the initial conception of their dishes, right through to working in a busy commercial kitchen, where they produced exceptional food for 180 people.” The MK Food and Leisure Awards not only looks to celebrate MK’s best chefs, but also has categories to decide the best small and large hotels, best waiting staff, best restaurant and best attraction in Milton Keynes, to name but a few. A full list of the award winners can be found on the MK Food and Leisure Awards website: http://www.mkfla.co.uk/winners/2014-winners For menus and how to book a table at The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College visit: http://www.mkcollege.ac.uk/enterprise/the-brasserie-at-mk-college/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-College-student-chefs-get-put-through-their-paces 6FEC24EAC8F18ED793F5EAAD3DD7977C Wed, 14 May 2014 12:38:30 +0000 centre:mk welcomes Choice Frozen Yogurts and Ice Cream centre:mk are excited to welcome Choice frozen yoghurts and ice cream, with their cool new kiosk located on Silbury Arcade.  As well as naughty treats, Choice brings an astonishing range of healthy, natural snacks, with some of the delicious options completely fat free! First, choose between their finest Belgian low fat ice cream or their pure frozen yoghurt, free of fat, additives and preservatives.  Pick your size – are you looking for a little treat or a nutritious lunch?  Then choose your flavours - Choice offer a range of thousands of healthy and naughty options, with 50 toppings available to mix and match.  Then, look on as charming manager Constantin blends your choices to create a homemade master piece! Prices start at £1.50 for a pot of plain ice cream or frozen yoghurt, and it’s £2.40 with three toppings included – cheaper than a scoop of wicked ice cream elsewhere.  While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a loyalty card – with every purchase you’ll get a stamp, making your ninth pot free! Jackie Tracey, commercialisation manager at centre:mk, commented "We are delighted at Choice's arrival at centre:mk. With such a vast range of flavours, we hope there's something for everyone. Personally, I'm looking forward to reaching my five a day target at lunchtime with the combination of fresh fruit and granola!" For more information about Choice, visit their Facebook page facebook.com/mychoiceice or take a trip to the kiosk located on Silbury Arcade, near Café Rouge and Starbucks.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/centremk-welcomes-Choice-Frozen-Yogurts-and-Ice-Cream F4AA0DD960521E045AE2F20621FB4EE9 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:22:33 +0000 Poppy sculpture at thecentre:mk creates tributes to soldiers centre:mk is commemorating the WW1 centenary with the installation of an interactive poppy sculpture which has been designed as a moving tribute to the one million service men and women from the UK and Commonwealth who died as a result of World War 1. From Thursday 31 July, shoppers are invited to dedicate and insert a poppy to the sculpture near Middleton Hall.  At two metres tall the sculpture holds hundreds of poppies and it is hoped the public will personalize and dedicate poppies to loved ones who are, and have been, active in conflict in the armed forces. James Waugh, centre director commented “We are proud to welcome the poppy installation to centre:mk ready for the WW1 centenary on Monday 4 August.  We hope shoppers will embrace the concept, remembering the fallen from WW1 while also paying tribute to those currently in service.” The poppy sculpture is located near Middleton Hall on Midsummer Arcade until Sunday 10 August.   For more information on news and events at centre:mk visit www.thecentremk.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter searching for ‘thecentre:mk’ Image shows how the sculpture will look once filled.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Poppy-sculpture-at-thecentremk-creates-tributes-to-soldiers 5401ACFE633E6817B508B84D23686743 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:15:51 +0000 Calcutta Brasserie's next movie night will be Dirty Dancing Movie night at Calcutta Brasserie is back and, following a public vote, the Indian restaurant in Stony Stratford will be showing Dirty Dancing on Tuesday 12 August at 7pm. For their second edition of movie night, Calcutta Brasserie screened Danny Boyle’s superb Slumdog Millionaire to a packed crowd and provided free popcorn for all the guests to the free event. The showing of the 80s classic will be the venue’s third film showing that continues to grow in popularity. The restaurant’s ‘Wine and Spice’ offer will be in effect during the movie night which includes: a starter, a main course, a glass of wine and poppadoms for £12.95 per person. The offer is available from Monday to Thursdays. The owner, Ali Abdul said that “It’s our pleasure to host our lovely customers for a free evening of entertainment. We’re always looking for new ways to make the experience here a lasting experience.” The next movie night will be on the 12th of August at 7pm and Dirty Dancing will be screened for all guests to enjoy free of charge with complimentary popcorn. http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk https://twitter.com/CalcuttaIndian https://www.facebook.com/calcuttabrasserie FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A MEAL FOR TWO PLUS A BOTTLE OF WINE AT THIS EVENT HEAD TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Calcutta-Brasseries-next-movie-night-will-be-Dirty-Dancing 5ABDF8B8520B71F3A528C7547EE92428 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:53:02 +0000 Proms in the Park 2014 Aiming to repeat the unprecedented success of last year’s Proms in the Park, Milton Keynes City Orchestra has partnered again with The Parks Trust to present Proms in the Park 2014. Taking place in Campbell Park on Friday 15 August at 8pm this event promises an uplifting evening of classical favourites, relaxed picnics and a spectacular firework finale. This stirring and patriotic concert will be performed by Milton Keynes City Orchestra and conducted by its founder Hilary Davan Wetton. The soloist and any special guests will be announced closer to the summer concert. David Foster, Chief Executive at The Parks Trust, said: “This family-friendly event is becoming the highlight of the city’s events calendar. We are thrilled that our partnership with Milton Keynes City Orchestra allows us to provide a first class experience for music lovers in Milton Keynes.” Marian Livingstone, Chair of Milton Keynes City Orchestra, said: “Proms in the Park has a great rousing party atmosphere and we’re working on an exciting programme that will bring everyone the classics they love to hear.” Business sponsorship and corporate entertaining are an intrinsic part of the event and enable local companies to entertain their clients and customers in style. Any organisations interested in participating in the event should contact Julie Dawes at The Parks Trust j.dawes@theparkstrust.com or 01908 233600 or Marian Livingstone at Milton Keynes City Orchestra marian@livingstonewhite.co.uk or 07836 583505. Tickets for the concert are £12/adult, £8/adult and £32/family and can be booked online at www.theparkstrust.com or by calling 01908 255379. For further information please visit www.mkco.org or www.theparkstrust.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Proms-in-the-Park-2014 FB89FD138B104DCF8E2077AD2A23954D Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:56:27 +0000 The Parks Trust’s Open Air Film Festival The Milton Keynes’ Open Air Film Festival at Campbell Park, presented by The Parks Trust, will provide a drive-in movie opportunity to see classic 70s film Jaws on Saturday 16 and three free movies on Sunday 17 August 2014.   The drive-in movie will be the classic film Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg. Watch the hunt of the man-eating shark from the comfort of your own car. Tickets are available for £15 per car which permits up to 5 people to see the film. The film, kindly sponsored by Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, begins at 7pm, gates open at 6pm. Three family films Toy Story 2, Hook and Top Gun will be shown at 1.00pm, 3.00pm and 6.00pm respectively on Sunday 17 August 2014.  These film are completely free and no booking is required.   Film-lovers will be able to see these firm family favourites on a giant screen at Campbell Park’s amphitheatre using the latest LED technology. So make a date with your friends and family take some popcorn, seats, blanket or rug and get an afternoon or evening’s entertainment for free.  There will be an array of food stalls, children’s activities and the event will be supported and co-hosted by Heart FM. Recommended parking at Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre. For further information contact The Parks Trust on 01908 255379 or visit www.theparkstrust.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Parks-Trusts-Open-Air-Film-Festival F11BEC1411101C743F64DF596773D0B2 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:59:00 +0000 MK Dons vs Man United Ticket Details Karl Robinson’s side will host the 20-time English champions at stadiummk on Tuesday 26th August in a match which will be shown live on Sky Sports. Kick-off is set for 8pm. Tickets are now on sale to 2014/15 season ticket holders and current members only both online and to personal callers to the Box Office at stadiummk/the kiosk at thecentre:mk. Tickets will only be sold to season ticket holders and current members until 8pm on Monday 18th. Each season ticket holder will be able to purchase their match ticket at a discounted price, as well as buy a maximum of three additional tickets at the non-season ticket holder price, while members are limited to one additional ticket at the non-season ticket holder price. Season ticket holders will only be able pick up their own Man United tickets, those allocated to other season ticket holders/current members that live in their household or for others on production of that season ticket holder's card. Wheelchair and disabled supporters who are season ticket holders should call the Disability Liaison Officer on 01908 622901 to purchase their seats. Non season ticket holders purchasing tickets for the home fixtures with Coventry City (Saturday 23rd August) and/or Crawley Town (Saturday 30th August) and who are pre registered on the MK Dons ticket database can buy an additional ticket for the Man United fixture at the non-season ticket holder price from 2pm on Friday. This facility is only available to personal callers to stadiummk and thecentre:mk. There will no refunds on Coventry or Crawley tickets. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public at 8am on Tuesday 19th – further details to follow. This match has also been designated all-ticket, meaning no tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game. The Club will only sell home tickets in the lower tier before moving to the upper tier if and when required. Tickets are priced as follows: Season ticket holders - on sale NOW Family Area, Standard Corner, Cowshed, East Wing Adults: £20 Over 65s: £15 Under 18s: £6 East Premium Adults: £23 Over 65s: £18 Under 18s: £9 clubRed Adults: £30 Over 65s: £25 Under 18s: £16 General sale – from 9am on Tuesday 19th Family Area, Standard Corner, Cowshed, East Wing Adults: £25 Over 65s: £18 Under 18s: £6 East Premium Adults: £28 Over 65s: £21 Under 18s: £9 clubRed Adults: £35 Over-65s: £28 Under-18s: £16 The Box Office will be operating extended hours in the lead up to the fixture – click here to see the full list of opening times. Season ticket holders, who have until 6pm on Saturday 23rd August to reserve their seats, can purchase tickets from 2pm on Friday 15th online (head to Pick Up Reservations) or by visiting the Box Office at stadiummk/the kiosk at thecentre:mk. Members will be unable to purchase tickets online. http://www.mkdons.com http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Dons-vs-Man-United-Ticket-Details A385D7D1E52D89D1A445FAA37F5B5307 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:40:30 +0000 Enter The Parks Trust Photography Competition 2014 Inspired by Milton Keynes’ parks and nature? We’re looking for images that capture wonderful views, wildlife or a treasured family memory in the park. Milton Keynes has some of the finest parks in the country and we’re encouraging residents and visitors to enter The Parks Trust’s Photography Competition and help us to show the city’s parks in all their beauty and extraordinary variety.   The Parks Trust’s 2014 competition aims to highlight the beautiful and diverse landscapes, features and people of Milton Keynes. The competition has three different categories - wildlife, landscape and parklife. The competition is open to both adults and children and an overall winner will be selected from all three categories. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges and the winner will receive £350 in photography vouchers. Runners up will receive £50 in vouchers and the opportunity to be published in The Parks Trust’s 2014 calendar. David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust, said: “The competition is a great opportunity for all ages to get involved and share their favourite views and greenspaces in Milton Keynes. Previous winning entries have produced some stunning and often unusual images and we’re really looking forward to seeing what people capture on camera this summer.” The competition runs until Friday 29 August 2014. For further information and how to enter the competition visit www.theparkstrust.com Last year's winning entry 'Parklife' by Sue Martin is shown above.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Enter-The-Parks-Trust-Photography-Competition-2014 0CDF61037D7053CA59347AB230818335 Mon, 12 May 2014 12:58:26 +0000 Museum fit for a city gets the go-ahead A landmark museum aiming to be among the best in the UK has got underway way thanks to initial funding from Milton Keynes Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. To be created at the popular Milton Keynes Museum, the project involves a transformation of the existing site - with major new galleries tracing the area's story from pre-history right through to the present day.  The project will also see high-quality museum collections storage and other public benefits, making the new museum a leading attraction for the region and beyond. But Bill Griffiths, director of the current MK Museum which is leading the £7.5 million project in partnership with MK Council, is promising the immersive and hands-on style local people have come to know and love will remain a key part of the new museum experience. Now the partners are asking local people what they want to see, hear and experience from their new museum. "This is an incredible opportunity and what has been missing from the city - a museum that tells the whole story of the area," said Bill. The people of Milton Keynes have given the current museum fantastic support all the way through and what we aim to create is a museum that they feel belongs to them,  is somewhere they are proud of and will want to bring friends and visitors to, to show off their heritage." With a number of other key local organisations such as The Parks Trust and Marshall's already on board, Milton Keynes Museum and MK Council have some 12 months to fully engage with local people, appoint designers and architects and put together detailed plans that will release the next stage of funding - with the new museum set to open in 2018. The new galleries will tell the story of the period from pre-history through to the 1800s, and the story of the new city's creation and development - including special exhibition areas for some of MK's most successful businesses and enterprises. Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Realm, Councillor Peter Geary said: "Milton Keynes has a huge amount of heritage to celebrate. Time has moved on and it is important we don't lose the true story of how this city came to be and the people who helped make it what it is today. That's why we want to hear from the public, and from those organisations that are part of the city's success." There are plenty of ways to help shape the new museum's future: at the end of this month there will be an exhibition in the Discover Milton Keynes Showcase within the Central Milton Keynes library where people of all ages can give their views. You can contribute via the Milton Keynes Museum page on Facebook, start a conversation with @mkmuseum on Twitter, or contact the partners using the details on the museum's website www.mkmuseum.org.uk. Added Bill: "Another thing we are excited about is that this will give us a chance to bring home some of the very important artefacts that belong here but which - without a modern museum on this scale - have had to be stored or dispersed to other museums in the UK. "I really believe this could be the best museum in the country. As people can see, we are setting our sights high!"   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Museum-fit-for-a-city-gets-the-go-ahead 0E900AD84F63618452210AB8BAAE0218 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:09:35 +0000 Bletchley Park celebrates WW2 railway connections Bletchley Park celebrates WW2 railway connections with 2for1 admission ‘On arrival at Bletchley Railway Station, take the exit from the arrival platform, go to the station forecourt and report to a hut on the far right hand side, marked RTO and show him but DO NOT GIVE him your envelope. He will direct you …’. These were the intriguing instructions given to thousands of the young people freshly recruited by the Foreign Office to report for Top Secret duties at wartime Bletchley Park, many young women who had never been away from home before or students plucked from university.  Imagine the train journey and experiencing the mixture of emotions, from excitement to trepidation, not knowing what was in store for them on arrival.   The railway played a crucially important role in the work of Bletchley Park during World War Two. Bletchley Station sat on the main London to Northwest railway line and was also connected via the so-called Varsity Line, to Oxford and Cambridge. Many of the Codebreakers would be recruited from the colleges of the great universities there at the beginning of the war. During the war, the trains ran around the clock and recruits arrived at Bletchley Station at all hours of the night and day.   In The Secret Life of Bletchley Park , author Sinclair McKay recounts the arrival of one Bletchley Park recruit, Sarah Baring and her friend, Osla Henniker-Major. They “...received the summons by means of a terse telegram. She remembers that it read: ‘You are to report to Station X at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, in four days time. Your postal address is Box 111, c/o The Foreign Office. That is all you need to know.’   “These two aristocratic young women arrived one evening in the spring of 1941, having travelled by rail from Euston. Just over an hour later, they were there. ‘We decanted ourselves from the train at Bletchley station,’ recalls the Honourable Sarah Baring, ‘and then, weighed down by our luggage, we staggered up a rutted narrow path. On the side of the tracks, there was an eight foot high chained fence. It was topped by a roll of barbed wire.   “The boundary of the Bletchley Park estate is adjacent to the railway station. The two women struggled with their suitcases through the twilight along this long, quiet path, up a gentle slope running along the fenced side of the wooded grounds, until they reached the short driveway and the concrete RAF sentry post that stood on the road towards the house. The sentry on duty swiftly established that these incongruously elegant ladies were expected.   “Then they caught their first view of the big house itself, with the lake before it, the thick branches of a Wellingtonia tree obscuring some of the windows. One or other of them raised an eyebrow at the prospect. For these two young women – both of whom would have been familiar with grander properties – initial impressions were not remotely favourable. ‘It was a bit of a shock,’ says Sarah Baring lightly now. ‘We thought the house was perfectly monstrous.’ “   To commemorate its historic wartime connections, Bletchley Railway Station now not only proudly displays signs announcing, “Alight here for Bletchley Park, Home of the Codebreakers”, but Bletchley Park has teamed up with Network Rail to bring you an exciting offer.  You too can now arrive at Bletchley by train in the same way as so many of those extraordinary Codebreakers did during WW2 and benefit from 2 for 1 admission to Bletchley Park - CLICK HERE for more information.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bletchley-Park-celebrates-WW2-railway-connections 566A9968B43628588E76BE5A85A0F9E8 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:49:43 +0000 intu Milton Keynes is the new name for Midsummer Place intu Milton Keynes is the new name for Midsummer Place Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes’ premier shopping destination. To accompany the change in name, visitors to intu Milton Keynes will soon be able to take advantage of free high quality WiFi, superfast 4G and a brand new website; intu.co.uk, which enables customers to buy online and collect their purchases from the centre free of charge. The first stage of the rebrand is taking place online with a brand new website.  Over the coming months, customers will notice exciting changes such as new signage, improved customer service and a calendar of exciting events.  To celebrate the changes and kick-start the event programme, there will be a party with entertainment and activities throughout the day on Saturday 5th July - and everyone’s invited!   Built in 2000, the Centre was acquired by intu Properties plc , which owns some of the UK’s best shopping centres in the UK, in February last year. intu Milton Keynes is home to 56 retailers, including; Debenhams, H&M, Topshop, Hollister, GAP, Zara, Superdry and Apple, and has a particularly strong reputation as the fashion quarter of the City. The rebrand, which will see the Centre more closely aligned to intu’s other Centres around the UK, will mean customers can take advantage of a new, interactive online shopping centre – intu.co.uk. The site aims to make customers’ lives easier by letting them order from over 1,000 brands via PC, tablet or phone at any time of day or night. Shoppers can choose home delivery or collect from the centre at a convenient time. intu Milton Keynes will also be introducing free superfast WiFi and superfast 4G throughout the centre, in addition to better customer service for all visitors. Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “We are very excited to be rebranding our Shopping Centre to ‘intu Milton Keynes’. Upholding our position at the heart of Milton Keynes and supporting the local community will always remain a priority but now alongside our sister centres, we will also be able to engage with national partners to bring excitement, fun and entertainment on a regular basis. This is so much more than a name change and we really look forward to welcoming you all here to experience it for yourselves.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-Milton-Keynes-is-the-new-name-for-Midsummer-Place CC3D69ED781B16BCE06687822AE56E6D Wed, 28 May 2014 12:43:12 +0000 Milton Keynes Museum achieves TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 TripAdvisor – the world-leading tourism site – has awarded a Certificate Excellence to Milton Keynes Museum for 2014. The prized award is given only to attractions that consistently receive outstanding reviews from visitors. The Museum appears fifth overall in visitor ratings of things to do in Milton Keynes. Explained Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.” Among those giving the Museum a five star rating during the recent half term was Jill B from Birmingham who wrote: “The lovely thing about this museum is the 'hands-on' exhibits. Everything that was reachable by small hands was touchable. We played with ancient toys; we toasted bread on the kitchen range & ate it; we did a brass rubbing in the chapel; it was all delightful. Then we came to the telephone room & I thought I'd never get the children away. According to Francis T the Museum is ‘a hidden gem’. She told TripAdvisor: “ I had promised my goddaughter a day out for her birthday and worried that, in comparison to the theme parks she had visited recently this might not offer the same level of excitement. However she solemnly told me at the end of the day that this may be the best day of her life....ever!” Museum Director Bill Griffiths commented: “We’re delighted to get this award again and hope it will encourage all those who have yet to discover us to do so soon. I am especially proud that TripAdvisor, and all those who take the time to review us there, appreciate the efforts and hard work of the volunteers, who are the lifeblood of all we do.” To plan your visit see the Museum’s website www.mkmuseum.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-Museum-achieves-TripAdvisor-Certificate-of-Excellence-2014 1160453108D3E537255E9F7B931F4E90 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:36:27 +0000 Jackpot winners scoop £70,000 at The Casino MK Six lucky gamers enjoyed a very successful end to the month as they scooped a combined total of £74,066.36 at The Casino MK. From 26 May – 1 June, The Casino MK experienced its highest number of jackpot winners in one week to date, including a double jackpot win on 1 June. The first and biggest jackpot winner from Dunstable on 26 May, who can only be referred to as Mr R, won £18,195 on a stake of just 50p! On 30 May, jackpot winner Maria Heath took home £15,590.97, with another winner scooping more than £12,500 just one day later. Other winners, who cannot be named, claimed winnings of £15,562, £8,172 and £4,000. “It is always hugely exciting when someone wins big at The Casino MK, but for six gamers to win in just seven days is fantastic” said General Manager, Nigel Hartland. “What a brilliant end to the long bank holiday weekend, and a month of big wins…one I’m sure our winners won’t forget in a hurry!” The Casino MK has seen 18 jackpot winners since January, with eight lucky winners pocketing almost £100,000 between them this month. “We’re looking forward to many more big wins in June,” said Nigel, “particularly with the ‘Spin for a Million’ game being run across all four Aspers Casinos.” To enter, customers use their Aspire Reward card to earn tickets for a draw and a chance to win a place at the ‘Spin for a Million’ semi-final on Sunday 15 June. At the semi-finals five people will be picked to go through to the Grand Final and the chance to pick a box - one containing £5,000 cash, another with £2,000 and the three remaining with £1,000 each. The 20 finalists will be invited to Aspers Westfield, Stratford City on Saturday 21 June for the chance to win £1 million. Nigel said: “We are very excited to be giving away such an unprecedented amount of money; there is a guaranteed £25,000 cash prize that one of the finalists will win plus the chance to spin for £1 million.” The competition is free to enter for Aspire members and open to everyone over the age of 18. For further details on The Casino MK’s ‘Spin for a Million’ draw with full terms and conditions visit: www.thecasinomk.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Jackpot-winners-scoop-70000-at-The-Casino-MK- 32CBF687880EB1674A07BF717761DD3A Thu, 05 Jun 2014 01:25:49 +0000 Housing boom at 360 Play adds more fun With the subject of a lack of housing, and in particular affordable housing, being a hot topic in the news in Milton Keynes recently, it’s timely that one local company should be enjoying something of its own ‘housing boom’ – even if it does only involve play houses for children! 360 Play children’s play centre at Knowlhill is currently undergoing some refurbishment work which will see various areas at the venue spruced up to further the enjoyment of a day out for visitors. The Club 360 outdoor area in particular is coming in for some revitalising work with the addition of several new features, among them a range of miniature houses and other buildings for youngsters to play in. Milton Keynes’ favourite children’s play centre is renowned for providing activities which let children’s imaginations run wild and the new facilities in the outdoor area will certainly add more creative fun opportunities to the overall offering. “It’s a little ironic that at a time when housing is such a key issue in Milton Keynes we should be introducing some new outdoor play house units to our site,” said 360 Play Managing Director Duncan Phillips. “They’ve all been built locally at our workshop premises in Linford Wood and add a brand new element to the very popular Club 360 outdoor area at our Knowlhill centre. I’m sure they’ll play host to lots of imaginative and creative play opportunities for youngsters who obviously love to play outside when the weather allows.” With the unpredictable weather the UK seems to endure at this time of year, 360 Play provides the perfect place to go to ensure any bad weather doesn’t ruin a day out. Home to a wide range of exciting things to do for children aged between 2 and 12 years old and with everything designed so that mums and dads can join in too, it really is a place where all the family can have a great time together. A wide range of active, creative and imaginary play opportunities are on offer, including a huge, three storey play structure featuring numerous climbing, crawling and sliding play elements, dodgem cars, a carousel, the 360 Street creative play area and, of course, Club 360 (weather permitting). So for youngsters wanting to play ‘house’ and enjoy lots of other fun and games too, 360 Play Milton Keyes is the place to be. Full information can be found on the 360 Play website at www.360play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Housing-boom-at-360-Play-adds-more-fun D3630410C51E60941A9001A46871070E Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:07:28 +0000 Thousands welcome the new intu Fairy stilt walkers, a 50s hula hooper, face painters, balloon shaper, flash mobs, human statues and even a cloud machine formed part of an extravaganza at the weekend to welcome the new intu Milton Keynes – formerly Midsummer Place. Thousands turned up for the event on Saturday 5 July and were treated to entertainment wherever they looked. There were surprizes on the hour, giveaways and competitions to enter, which was all part of the Centre’s ‘Everyone’s Invited’ event. Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “This was a fantastic event and we had one of our busiest Saturday’s of the year. All of the staff got involved whether it was handing out balloons or yo yos, they all showed what a great team we have here. The new intu Milton Keynes will continue to delight and surprise as this is just the start, there’s more to come.” The Centre is launching its new Kids’ club this summer and the next major event is a Food Festival on 13 and 14 September. Further photos of the event can be found at www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Thousands-welcome-the-new-intu 0E9D935F7E3F2B502450C049DDBC7C92 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:40:02 +0000 Banana Tree all set to open at The Hub Last week, around 200 VIP guests were treated to an exclusive look behind the doors at Banana Tree, the newest restaurant all set to open at The Hub, Milton Keynes. The Indo-Chinese restaurant will officially open on Wednesday 30 July after taking the last three months to convert three smaller units into one impressive venue in the heart of the city. Banana Tree will bring their delicious Indochina street style food from the lemongrass growing countries of South East Asia to Milton Keynes, as they open their eighth restaurant in the UK. Milton Keynes is the largest Banana Tree venue to date, including a fully licensed bar serving unique and delicious Indochina-inspired cocktails plus a host of different dining areas, suitable for couples as well as groups or corporate bookings. Banana Tree’s delicious Indochinese menu is the creation of founder and head chef, William Chow.  It comprises elements from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia and uses common ingredients such as lemongrass, coconut, galangal, Thai basil and coriander in the cooking. These have allowed William to design a revolutionary menu that offers homemade dishes such as Vietnamese Monks’ Spring Rolls and The Legendary Rendang on the same dining table as Lemongrass and Turmeric Stir Fry, and Tamarind Crispy Fish with Thai Basil Glaze. William, an architect by profession, also designed the whole restaurant, which is striking and combines industrial chic and an oriental market feel, as well as some immensely fun elements such as the hanging chairs, the prison cell and a unique sunken eating area. Commenting at the VIP party, William commented, “We are really happy with all the feedback and comments as well as the warm welcome that we received tonight from the people of Milton Keynes. We can’t wait to open our doors to the public and will strive to impress everyone with our fantastic food and drinks, friendly service and new design ideas!” Simon Spavins, from Broadoak Management, who manage The Hub, said “We are delighted to welcome Banana Tree to The Hub, they offer a completely different dining experience and they introduce a new cuisine into the mix for Hub customers to discover and enjoy.” For more information visit www.bananatree.co.uk or to book a table call 01908 675 728 or email miltonkeynes@bananatree.co.uk. You can also follow Banana Tree on Twitter @bananatree and on Facebook www.facebook.com/bananatree   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Banana-Tree-all-set-to-open-at-The-Hub 703957B6DD9E3A7980E040BEE50DED65 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:47:43 +0000 Interdirect shortlisted for industry award Interdirect is proud to announce it has been shortlisted as a finalist, in partnership with Whittlebury Hall, in the UK Customer Experience Awards 2014.   Milton Keynes’ leading full service agency and the conference, training centre, hotel and spa have been shortlisted in two categories; Best Customer Experience – Hospitality, Leisure and Entertainment sector and Best Customer Experience – New Product/ Product Improvement. The shortlisting recognises the advanced accessibility and functionality of the Whittlebury Hall website, designed and developed by Interdirect in May 2013, as well as a comprehensive email campaign implemented by the agency. Since the new Whittlebury Hall website went live, there has been a 17% year-on-year increase in visits to the website and an 84% year-on-year increase in online shop sales, as well as a direct correlation between email sends and peaks in traffic to the website. The awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate and reward excellence in customer experience with some of the nation’s best known brands listed as finalists in various categories, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco, and Match.com. This fantastic achievement follows a successful spell of awards nominations, after Interdirect was chosen as a finalist in partnership with Whittlebury Hall at the UK Digital Experience Awards, and became one of ten companies to be given the opportunity to win Global Review’s Award for Best Digital Experience. Speaking of the announcement, Nicholas Mann, Interdirect’s owner and managing director said; “We’re extremely proud to be shortlisted in partnership with Whittlebury Hall for these prestigious industry awards. The customer experience is at the core of all of Interdirect’s digital developments, so to be recognised for this achievement on a national level is an honour.” Michael Stott, director of Whittlebury Hall said: “We are delighted to have made it as finalists in two categories for the UK Customer Experience Awards. It is a great opportunity to gain recognition for all of our hard work, alongside great customer experience results. It’s fantastic news and we look forward to the awards ceremony in September.” Whittlebury Hall and Interdirect will present their entries to a team of judges at ExCeL London on 25 September 2014.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Interdirect-shortlisted-for-industry-award AB4F2B5FD96CA65349119909C1EADA2D Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:30:15 +0000 Local charity link up sought by MK based 360 Play Milton Keynes’ favourite children’s play centre 360 Play is looking to link up with a local children’s charity and help support the chosen organisation over a 12 month period as its official charity. Situated at Knowlhill, 360 Play is a popular destination for families with young children and features a wide range of fun activities designed to encourage children to be physically active as well as to learn as they play.  And as a way of supporting the city and getting further involved with the local community the company is now looking to become involved with another of the many children’s charities based in the Milton Keynes area. “Our first experience in linking with a local charity began in 2013 and was with The Henry Allen Appeal which we have worked with during the past 12 months or so,” noted Adam Skinner, 360 Play’s business development manager. “With the period for that arrangement now at an end we’d like to continue with this initiative and are looking for other children’s charities who feel 360 Play could help with their fund raising and other activities to put themselves forward for consideration as our next official charity. “As a family orientated business providing high quality fun, active, learn-through-play opportunities for families with children aged two to 12, we want to be involved in the local community in various ways and would like to continue with our charitable support. It’s a natural fit with what we do and we feel we have lots to offer whichever organisation we might link up with.” Skinner noted that 360 Play would work with the chosen charity on a variety of fundraising initiatives which could, he said, include charity events held by 360 Play itself, with a percentage of profits going to the supported organisation, the use of the 360 Play premises for a fundraising event and the provision of raffle prizes for further fundraising activities, among others. And as an example of the support 360 Play provides to numerous local groups and organisations annually in the three areas around the UK in which it currently operates, Skinner added that during the past 12 months, as a group, the company has donated in excess of 1,100 raffle prizes and attended over 60 different events. If you are involved in a local charity and would like to register your organisation’s interest in becoming 360 Play’s officially supported charity for 2014/15, please email Andrew Mellor at andrewfmellor@aol.com in the first instance, stating the reasons why you feel your charity should be considered.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Local-charity-link-up-sought-by-MK-based-360-Play 0E7C7D6C41C76B9EE6445AE01CC0181D Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:37:09 +0000 Armed Forces Day is back at MK Dons Serving members of the Armed Forces will be able to attend MK Dons’ home match with Crawley Town in August for FREE as part of the Club’s Armed Forces Big Day. The event, which will take place when MK Dons host Crawley Town on Saturday 30th August, will see all serving members of the Armed Forces able to snap up their ticket for free. Their friends and families along with veterans and cadets can also attend the match for just £10 for adults and £3 for under-18s. The day will see a guard of honour pre-match and a half-time parade giving supporters of both teams the opportunity to show their appreciation of the work that the forces have done and continue to do. As part of the commemoration for the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the Club will be supporting the Royal British Legion with a bucket collection pre-match. The Royal British Legion helps the whole Armed Forces community through welfare, companionship and representation as well as being the Nation's custodian of Remembrance. This offer is also be available to Crawley Town supporters. Supporters wishing to take up this offer must be able to provide proof of military ID when booking and collecting tickets. Tickets for home supporters will be situated in clubRed. Armed Forces day discounted tickets are available to buy now from MK Dons Box Office at stadiummk or the MK Dons kiosk at thecentre:mk or ring the Box Office on 01908 622900.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Armed-Forces-Day-is-back-at-MK-Dons 018DD1E07A2DE4A08E6612341BF2323E Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:17:50 +0000 Milton Keynes College bucks national trend with best ever A Level results In spite of a national fall in pass rates students at Milton Keynes College have recorded the best results in the institution’s history.  While the proportion of students across the country achieving A*-E grades has dropped fractionally the College saw a rise of two percent overall.  More than 94% of students passed their exams and there was 100% pass rate in nine different subjects. Principal, Dr Julie Mills, said, “Massive congratulations to our students collecting their results today.  It’s always wonderful to see people taking a great leap forward towards their chosen careers but it’s not just about the piece of paper showing their grades it’s about all the life skills they’ve learnt here.   I am so proud of all the staff and students.  We work with people to discover what they’re passionate about, how they enjoy learning and then tailor their course or programme to really help them become the best they can be.” Among the celebrating students are many who see their exam success as vindication of their decision to study at college after mixed experiences at school. A delighted Lisa Whenman (eighteen) summed up her feelings, “MK College was my first choice to study A Levels after leaving school and the right choice.  The staff have been so supportive. I am off to study at Roehampton University in September, and I’ll be out celebrating with my family tonight.” Eighteen year old Karensa Hyam says: “I chose to come to college because I wanted a more independent, freer environment than school.  Here they take into consideration not just your grades, but your personality too.  I’m off to Central Lancashire University in September and I can’t wait.” Lucy Moid who’s also eighteen says, “I was quite ill when I started my A Levels at school and had to re-sit them so decided to come to college and I’m really glad that I did.  It’s so different and I’ve really enjoyed it.  School put a lot of pressure on me which I didn’t feel under here and now I’m off to study Psychology at Loughborough or Nottingham Trent University.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-College-bucks-national-trend-with-best-ever-A-Level-results 565767EB96D87D0D3AF8DFB332C2003F Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:14:28 +0000 Summer Bytes is all booted up The six-week long Summer Bytes Festival has booted up at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) starting on Saturday 26 July 2014. The festival of digital fun and games and extraordinary applications is for all the family and is open 11am - 5pm daily from 26 July until 2 September. In the world’s first purpose-built computer centre, visitors can see some of the fantastic machines that paved the way to our digital world, catch up with the latest developments and get creative with machines new and old. Chris Monk, mastermind of Summer Bytes, said: “The Summer Bytes Festival is all about being creative with technology in the first purpose-built computer centre in the world. It is a truly unique setting to explore new and old technologies in the context of seven extraordinary decades of computing developments. There is something for everyone and we guarantee your fingers will be itching to get hands-on with a huge variety of digital devices. Summer Bytes will start with ten glorious brick-strewn days when youngsters of all ages can indulge in the joys of LEGO. They will be able to: •         build robots using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 •         see a LEGO robot solve the Rubik's Cube •         enter the Summer Bytes LEGO competition. These activities will also be available in the final week. Special events on specific days throughout Summer Bytes at the home of Colossus include: •         daytime astronomy •         creating your own special effects •         see some of the vintage special effects from Dr Who and Blake’s 7 •         meet and talk to the professional computer games-makers •         make your own computer game •         try out the famous Oculus Rift virtual reality headset! Drop-in activities on specific days during Summer Bytes: •         get creative with Raspberry Pi and Fuze •         take your first steps with Coding with helpful guides •         explore the Bletchley Park virtual maze to find the geese eggs, decode their clues and win a prize •         explore codes and ciphers and see a real Enigma machine •         test your knowledge with the Date Your Heritage Quiz •         browse the history of computing in 30 books, examples of our great book collection. Chris Monk continued: “We are delighted to have such supportive sponsors who see the importance of exploring the links between yesterday and today’s technologies. We are especially grateful to Bloomberg, whose support has been enabling us to expand the programme. We recommend that visitors keep an eye on the website for even more Summer Bytes specials. There will be lots of reasons to visit Summer Bytes several times!” The up-to-date, day-by-day Summer Bytes timetable can be seen at: www.tnmoc.org/bytes   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Summer-Bytes-is-all-booted-up 1B318124E37AF6D74A03501474F44EA1 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:23:13 +0000 Come Dine With Me is looking for people in MK Do you love cooking and having people over to your house for dinner?  The maker's of Come Dine with Me are looking for anyone over 18 years old, from any walk of life, who feels they have what it takes to throw a great dinner party! The hugely successful C4 series, Come Dine With Me, follows FIVE strangers, all budding chefs, as they take it in turns to try and prepare the best meal, be the best host and hold the best all-round dinner party for the others. The best host at the end of the competition wins £1000 cash! If you are passionate about cooking and you’d like to find out more, or if you know someone who could be a perfect candidate for our show, then please get in touch with the production company as soon as possible and leave your contact details on: Email: cdwm@itv.com Tel: 0871 244 4142 (Callers from a BT landline will be charged a set up fee of 14p per call plus 10p per minute. Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will cost considerably more.) Shoot dates are: MON 29TH SEPTEMBER – FRI 3RD OCTOBER   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Come-Dine-With-Me-is-looking-for-people-in-MK 252A3DBAEB32E7690242AD3B556E626B Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:31:20 +0000 Heritage Open Days return in September Free fun for all the family at MK Heritage Open Days 11-14 September 2014 Local families are being invited to take a trip back in time, with no less than 50 fun events and activities to enjoy free of charge on Heritage Open Days, Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 September. There’s something to interest all ages, in every corner of Milton Keynes and towns and villages around – and all usual admission charges are scrapped! Enjoy archery, birds of prey, costumed re-enactors, games, stalls and more at the colourful Bradwell Abbey Medieval Family Fun Day, at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre. Sunday 14 September, 11am-4pm Learn about anti-slavery campaigner John Newton’s ‘Amazing Grace’ and other local heritage in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Olney’s Cowper and Newton Museum. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 10.30 am-4.30 pm (last entry to museum 3.45pm) Bring proof of your MK postcode and get free entry to WW2 codebreaking centre Bletchley Park. Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 September, 9.30am-5pm Want to discover what your ancestors did in World War One? Drop in to Central Milton Keynes Library Saturday 13 September, 10 am-2pm for expert guidance; and view the display of Great War photos, stories and artefacts Gain new drawing skills in a fun family heritage activity, using the Giant Viewfinder Screen at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Great Linford. Saturday 13 September, 10.30am-12.30pm  Raise a glass at Milton Keynes Museum Beer Festival and Open Day. Explore the authentic Victorian farmhouse and schoolroom, street of old shops, Hall of Transport and much more. Thursday 11, Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, from 11am Be entertained by a history of Milton Keynes in moving images – unique archive footage of the area from the 1940s to the present, at Milton Keynes Gallery. Friday 12 September, 7.30pm Visit Bradwell Windmill, newly restored to working order. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 1.30-4.30pm Enjoy performances of Shakespeare in the Garden at Shenley Wood’s Westbury Arts Centre. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 3pm For details of many more activities and events happening in and around Milton Keynes 11-14 September go to: www.mkheritageopendays.com. Or pick up a leaflet from your local library or various outlets around Central Milton Keynes or you can DOWNLOAD HERE Milton Keynes Councillor Sarah Betteley, Cabinet Minister with responsibility for culture, says:  “The Milton Keynes area has featured on the national timeline of history many times, thanks to its central location and connection to key transport and communication routes. “Don’t be misled by the ‘new city’ tag – there is so much rich history all around us. Heritage Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to get out and experience it.” About Heritage Open Days? Heritage Open Days are an annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture. They are among England's biggest and most popular voluntary cultural events, attracting some 800,000 people every year. Heritage Open Days in Milton Keynes are co-ordinated by the Living Archive, with support from Milton Keynes Council.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Heritage-Open-Days-return-in-September 06EE4C5C93A9957C9B1BB3BD89E800C8 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 01:51:39 +0000 intu Milton Keynes has great taste Attention all food lovers; intu Milton Keynes is hosting its first ever food festival!  ‘Great Taste’ is taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September, from 11am until 5pm, with an array of delicious food and drink on offer.   The Centre will be taken over by food - quite literally as giant vegetables will be wandering the malls!  There will be a live cooking station hosted by Mike Keen, a professional chef who has previously cooked with Jamie Oliver, with demonstrations from the head chefs of well-known local restaurants.  There will also be local food and drink producers, children’s cookery workshops and storytelling sessions with Waterstone’s, all of which is free for visitors to enjoy.  There will also be an abundance of tasters and special offers available from stores within the Centre.   intu Milton Keynes will be presenting the ‘intu Great Taste’ recipe book, in association with its sister Centres from across the UK, featuring recipes from competition winners from each intu Shopping Centre.  The three winning recipes from Milton Keynes are; Chicken Skin Bruschetta from Nonna's Restaurant in Woburn Sands, Crab cakes in Saffron sauce from Jac Roberts in Milton Keynes and Lobster Malai Curry from Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford.   Martin Hindson, General Manager, said:  “We are really excited to be hosting our first food festival; ‘Great Taste’ is all about celebrating the finest food available in our City, especially the local producers and chefs.  We have lots of fun and interactive elements planned so it’s sure to be one for all the family.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-Milton-Keynes-has-great-taste A22D33B4A00C165507A61F3BED4B5149 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:48:47 +0000 Calcutta Brasserie to celebrate sixth anniversary On Wednesday 17 September, award winning restaurant Calcutta Brasserie based in Stony Stratford will celebrate its sixth anniversary with an evening filled with live entertainment led with Bollywood dancers. This year they have enjoyed great success by firstly winning the ‘Best Asian Restaurant’ accolade at the Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards. More recently, the restaurant won the accolade of ‘Best in Britain Top 50 for 2014’ BIBA award, which is the industry’s longest running awards system. The anniversary evening will aim to raise money for Leo’s Appeal, a wonderful cause that funds and supports children’s wards at Milton Keynes Hospital. Local businesses and retailers will provide gifts for giveaways on the night that lucky customers will be able to win. The owner, Ali Abdul said that “We’re extremely proud of Calcutta Brasserie’s success over the past six years. We always try to make our customer experience an unforgettable one and try to give back to the community. The charity we will be raising money for is a great cause so we’re excited to contribute towards it.” Head of fundraising Vanessa Holmes said: “We are delighted to be working with Calcutta Brasserie once again and thank you so much to Ali and the team for their ongoing support. The children’s wards at the hospital rely on charitable donations to fund those extra items that make a huge difference– so support of Leo’s Appeal in the community means a great deal.” Tickets for the night cost £27.95 and includes a drinks reception, three course meal, entertainment and a goody bag. http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Calcutta-Brasserie-to-celebrate-sixth-anniversary 310CC7CA5A76A446F85C1A0D641BA96D Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:42:06 +0000 Rugby World Cup 2015 is Too Big To Miss On Wednesday 17 September the Webb Ellis Cup will be visiting Milton Keynes as part of the ‘Too Big to Miss’ campaign for tickets to Rugby World Cup 2015 going on general sale*. With up to one million tickets for all 48 matches on general sale from September 12-29 2014, the campaign strapline 'Too Big To Miss' describes the size, scale and stature of Rugby World Cup 2015. The tickets on sale include France v Canada, Samoa v Japan and Fiji v Play-off winner which will all be played at Stadium MK. Ticket prices for these matches start at £7 for children and £15 for adults. People can apply for tickets at www.tickets.rugbyworldcup.com   The Trophy will be in Middleton Hall, centre:mk* along with a variety of Rugby specific activities the whole family can enjoy. The event will be running all day with local Rugby coaches running some skills sessions as well as chance to have a photo with the Trophy. Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Council said “With tickets going on sale Rugby World Cup 2015 is feeling very real now.   “It will be too big to miss and we are excited that this event will give residents and visitors to the city a once in a lifetime chance to get up close to the Webb Ellis Cup.” Pete Winkelman, Chairman of MK Dons, who will be hosting the three matches in Milton Keynes, added “This event takes us another step closer to Rugby World Cup 2015 and with tickets set to go on sale this week, too, it is all becoming very exciting. “The Webb Ellis Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies in sport and it will be fantastic to see it here in our city. I’ll certainly be having my photo taken with it and I’m pleased that everyone else will get a chance to do so as well.” Allan Robson, chief executive: “We’re now just one year away from Rugby World Cup 2015, which will provide a massive boost to rugby throughout this region. Excitement is going to build over the next 12 months, and with Milton Keynes hosting three matches we’re delighted to see the trophy itself coming to the city, and to be a part of the event itself.” * Trophy will be on display from 12.30pm   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Rugby-World-Cup-2015-is-Too-Big-To-Miss 11338326597D14A1F7C745853F4D50A8 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:35:29 +0000 More celebrity signings coming to WH Smith at centre:mk centre:mk retailer WH Smith will play host to more celebrity signings next week with visits from Clare Balding and Vicky Pattison.  Presenter Clare Balding OBE will be visiting WHSmith on Monday 15 September at 4.30pm to sign copies of her latest book ‘Walking Home’, while reality TV star Vicky Pattison of MTV’s Geordie Shore will be signing copies of her autobiography ‘Nothing But The Truth’ on Friday 19 September at 5pm. In her latest book ‘Walking Home’, Clare Balding tells of her and her brother Andrew’s determination to conquer the Wayfarer’s Walk, a 71 mile adventure which runs past her family’s stables Kingsclere.  It’s a story of paths and people, discovering glories of Britain and Ireland, and life changing rambles.  Clare’s first book, ‘My Animals and Other Family’, was a number one best seller winning autobiography of the year at the 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards. Meanwhile, following her big break on Geordie Shore four years ago, Vicky Pattison learned that living life on screen hasn’t been easy, with toxic relationships, weight and self esteem issues leaving her struggling to cope.  In ‘Nothing But The Truth’ Vicky reveals in her own words for the first time how she has turned her life around – and dishes the dirt on what really goes on in the Geordie Shore household. To stay up to date with centre news, offers and events visit thecentre:mk on Facebook or Twitter (facebook.com/thecentremk and twitter.com/thecentremk)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/More-celebrity-signings-coming-to-WH-Smith-at-centremk 74791EDF1F8E8B8289A5067737630874 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:58:50 +0000 Station X Sci-Fi Film Festival X marks the spot for an unmissable celebration of Sci-Fi cinema at STATION X, as Bletchley Park was once known. This autumn (19-21 September), Bletchley Park will be transformed into a five-screen cinema, devoted to exploring imaginative and inventive science-fiction films. There will be 18 feature films, giant outdoor screenings, a special children's screen along with a selection of short films, workshops and talks ranging from animation to storytelling...and these will be just some of the activities on offer over the three evenings.   The Station X SciFi Film Festival is one of the flagship events in the BFI Blockbuster project, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with O2.  Thanks to a collaboration between Cambridge Film Trust and Independent Cinema Milton Keynes, it will be a curated weekend of screenings and workshops for all the family, exploring science fiction war narratives, totalitarian dystopias and the fear of the power of science.     The film festival is appropriately set against the historic backdrop of Bletchley Park, known to those who worked there as Station X during the 1940s.  This is an unmissable opportunity to visit the historic site and see first-hand where the wartime Codebreakers cracked the Enigma Code, as the park’s iconic locations will be used for screenings including the Ballroom, WW2 code-breaking huts, the Enigma Cinema, as well as outdoor screenings in the park’s grounds.   For more information and tickets and film list please visit http://stationxscifi.com/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Station-X-Sci-Fi-Film-Festival B67FB3360AE5597D85A005153451DD4E Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:49:30 +0000 Snozone and Xscape team up for first Sno Xpo Ahead of the 2014/15 season, Snozone and Xscape have teamed up to launch the UK’s first ski and snowboard show in Buckinghamshire. With over 900,000 Brits expected to hit the slopes on ski and snowboard holidays this season, they are expecting a significant turnout for the event. Supporting the Sno Xpo at Snozone Milton Keynes on Saturday 27th September will be six of their young and talented sponsored riders: Sarah Glasgow, 13, race ski; Jake Binnee, 14 freestyle board; Will Gilmore, 11, freestyle board; Skyla Baily, 14, boarder cross, Mason Ferebee, 14, freestyle ski, Jade Walsh, 12, freestyle board and Snozone veteran Gary Walsh, 44, who has been freestyling at Snozone since its doors first opened. They will be demonstrating their skills on the slopes from 11am. Sponsored rider profiles. If you enjoy watching snowsports, this is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the UK’s finest riders in action, for FREE from the restaurant area at Snozone Milton Keynes. During the Xpo visitors can enjoy guaranteed snow including family-fun sledging (£6) and all day slope passes with freestyle features, coaching and a beat-the-pro slalom style course (£40). A limited number of private lessons will also be available for £99. Within Xscape, winter season equipment and apparel will be showcased along with a German market, live entertainment and performers.    Upcoming event highlights Who’s Afraid of the Park is Snozone’s monthly coaching event which is attended by their finest sponsored riders, on hand to teach you how to ride the freestyle features and to chat about their snowsport adventures. Inspiration for up and coming freestyle riders Friday 19th September, 7pm – 10pm, £37.99/£27.99. Not content with nurturing Winter Olympic hopefuls, Snozone is now searching for Milton Keynes’ performing artists too. Its monthly ‘Spotlight’ kicks off in the Snobar on Sunday 28th September between 7pm – 11pm. Talented musicians and performing artists (e.g. comedians and dance troops) from Milton Keynes and the surrounding counties are encouraged to attend the first event, which will be scouted, with one lucky hopeful (throughout the 6 month season) securing a recording package worth £5k. Spotlight events are open to ages 14+. Oktoberfest marks the launch of Snozone’s winter season of celebrations. On Saturday 4th October there’ll be live music from 'Die Dorf fest Kappelle' in the Snolounge (FREE entry), plus Bavarian schnitzels, alpine beverages and local ales all on offer. With a specially designed freestyle park and an exhilarating slalom run, take advantage of all-day slope passes at only £50 (£40 for members) with coaches on hand to help you get the most out your day. Sledging £6, 10am - 6pm. The Snofresh Student Night returns to Snozone on Wednesday 1st October, with a Bavarian theme for students to ride the park features while listening to great music. Also on Wednesday 15th October, 7pm – 11pm, £23.00 with a valid NUS card. For more information about any of these events, or to book, visit www.snozoneuk.com/events or call 0871 222 5673   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Snozone-and-Xscape-team-up-for-first-Sno-Xpo 6754E06E46DFA419D5AFE3C9781CECAD Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:28:50 +0000 Theatre of Fashion returns to thecentre:mk centre:mk is hosting its biggest fashion and lifestyle event to date, with four days showcasing the latest fashions set to hit stores this autumn winter 2014, with the return of the Theatre of Fashion to Middleton Hall from Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 September.   Middleton Hall will be transformed into the Autumn Theatre of Fashion, with a runway and models featuring stunning catwalk looks from retailers within centre:mk. As well as being able to follow the latest trends there’ll be plenty going on over the four days, including demonstrations and workshops, featuring the centre:mk’s biggest brands. Additionally, shoppers will see activity from Milton Keynes College and Heart FM on Thursday and Friday, and exclusive performances from the cast of Milton Keynes Theatre’s upcoming production Dirty Dancing on Saturday.   The Spring Theatre of Fashion, in April 2014, was a huge success with over 100,000 people visiting Middleton Hall for the shows. It was great for business with many retailers reporting double-digit growth compared to the same period the previous year.   James Waugh, centre director for thecentre:mk said: “The autumn theatre of fashion will be centre:mk’s biggest and best fashion event yet.  April’s event was a great success, with over 100,000 people visiting Middleton Hall that weekend. “This is going to be a must-see event for all those who want to see the latest fashions right here at centre:mk.  It also underlines the fact that we have some of the best names in high street fashion right here in Milton Keynes.” To stay up to date with news, offers and events at www.thecentremk.com, visit us on Facebook or Twitter (facebook.com/thecentremk and twitter.com/thecentremk)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Theatre-of-Fashion-returns-to-thecentremk 9D068C869FD3E03FC606EC297FCD00BE Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:22:59 +0000 MK College students open Theatre of Fashion Milton Keynes College’s fashion, music and beauty therapy students will be at the heart of the centre:mk event when more than thirty shops will be showcasing the best styles this Autumn/Winter 2014.   Shoppers can look forward to an exciting range of activities from the Creative and Service Industries students at Milton Keynes College on the first day of the four day happening which will be the biggest fashion and lifestyle event so far staged in the centre:mk. Free hand and nail treatments will be delivered by professional Level 3 beauty therapy students while fashion and clothing students will take to the catwalk throughout the day with creations which will captivate and inspire audiences. Finally, the evening will be rounded off with a guest performance from Britain’s Got Talent star, Bailey McConnell following his exciting summer on tour. Bailey will be accompanied by some of his most talented fellow music and performing arts peers to close a day not to be missed. Come down from 9.30am till 8pm on Thursday 25th September to enjoy all that the College’s fashion, arts and music students have to offer and find out how studying a course at Milton Keynes College can help you take your first step forward on your journey to a successful future.  To find out more, please visit www.mkcollege.ac.uk. For more information about the Theatre of Fashion event, please see here http://www.thecentremk.com/Events/Events-Listing/Autumn-Theatre-of-Fashion.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-College-students-open-Theatre-of-Fashion CB16B8498F74BA6B6A6873518624168C Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:15:26 +0000 Latest US sports craze Bounces into Milton Keynes Indoor trampolining, the latest sports craze which has taken America by storm is coming to Milton Keynes.  Bounce GB will provide a new form of family entertainment never seen in Britain before which is a world away from traditional trampolining as we know it in this country.   “Indoor trampoline is a concept that began in the States less than eight years ago and already there are a hundred and forty-four parks operating throughout the US with a further thirty opening around the world this year alone,” says Bounce GB Managing Director, Gary Knill.  “It started as a dry weather practice venue for extreme sports like snowboarding but now parks include Dodgeball and somersault pits and the kids just love it.” Such is the popularity of the new sport that online there are over 1,500,000 videos promoting and celebrating trampoline parks.  The sprung surfaces cover floor and walls without any of those slightly worrying gaps between the springs normally associated with more traditional equipment.  “The trampolines are two metres by two metres,” Gary says, “and covered with a special honeycombed matting to protect the people bouncing.  The surfaces cover the floors and go six feet up the walls so children can bounce in all directions while having great fun.”  Bounce GB will have eighty-two separate trampolines in twenty-one thousand square feet of floor space and the new park is also bringing forty-five new jobs to the city.  Mr Knill has successfully operated sports and fitness clubs all over the world in a career spanning thirty years.  He says he looked long and hard around the country before deciding that Milton Keynes was the ideal spot for his new venture.  “Everyone knows that Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK but over the next five years it will also have the second largest proportion of younger school age children of anywhere in the country and this sport is especially popular with the five to twelve age group.” The park will open on Peverel Drive a stone’s throw from Stadium MK which Gary believes will be an ideal location for the venture.  He says indoor trampolining is not just about having fun but can be a serious aid to fitness.  “It’s been shown that exercise taken while trampolining is three times more effective than on a hard surface.  With all the fears about childhood obesity we very much hope parents will see the enormous potential health benefits of getting their children involved.” Bounce GB aims to have regular clients of all ages but the company particularly expects to be a top venue for children’s parties and for entertainment during school holidays.  The venue is due to open in May.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Latest-US-sports-craze-Bounces-into-Milton-Keynes AE587CFEEA5AC21A8F1C1EA51027FEF0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:11:46 +0000 New season has lift off at MK Theatre Winter is over and Spring has sprung as Milton Keynes Theatre announce a sizzling summer season with something for everyone. The season sees Milton Keynes Theatre play host to some of the biggest and best musicals around.  Voted the number one greatest musical of all time in the Times Top 50 Musicals 2013 the groundbreaking West Side Story returns to MK away while another firm favourite Singin’ in the Rain with Maxwell Caulfield and Vicky Binns promises to shower you with everything you could wish for from a family classic musical.  The brand new production of Fame high kicks off the legwarmers to bring classic feel-good favourite bang up to date, but if you’re missing a bit of 80’s nostalgia don’t worry, you can always check out smash-hit Rock of Ages with Ben Richards and Noel Sullivan, to take you right back with eyebrow scorching air guitar inspiring tunes.  Remember the Happy Days of the 1950’s as the new musical based on the hit TV series rolls into town with Ben Freeman, Cheryl Baker and Sugababe Heidi Range, or take a trip further down memory lane to the golden age of Hollywood for Top Hat which returns from the West End after it’s world premier at the theatre in 2011. If you are looking for laughs there’s plenty to be had with the holiday hi-jinks of Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor, Neil Stacy and Carol Royle in comedy drama Last of the Duty Free reuniting the stars of one of the UK’s best loved sit-coms or for more drama enjoy a major revival of one of the best-loved plays of the 20th century of Pygmalion with Rula Lenska and Alistair McGowan. Dance fans can look forward to Northern Ballet’s beautiful adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  experience the passion and feel the rhythm in Rhythm of the Dance or enjoy Dance til Dawn,  a classic love story from Strictly Come Dancing starring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacac.  Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer also bring Flash Mob with Flawless and other acts from Britain’s got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and Got To Dance to the stage. Why not bring all the family along? Join Northern Ballet for their special 35 minute performances of Three Little Pigs or enjoy a big splash adventure with Peppa Pig.  You can even catch local talented youngsters taking to the stage themselves in this summer’s stage experience performance in The Wiz, a dazzling, lively mix of rock, gospel and soul. Some fabulous one night shows tie up the season with music from Elvis Presley on Stage, The Drifters, That’ll be the Day, the Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, Motowns Greatest Hits, and One Night of Queen.  Or try something different with the perfect girl’s night out with the Dreamboys or the jaw dropping Chinese Martial Arts with The Immortal Chi Warrior’s Quest for Harmony. A quick look towards Autumn sees the return of Dirty Dancing, Glyndebourne on Tour and English National Ballet’s annual visit, the brand new Calamity Jane, the return of The Mousetrap and much more not least the theatre’s annual pantomime – Peter Pan on sale and booking now! To book just visit Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or go to www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes  (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-season-has-lift-off-at-MK-Theatre 779EFBD24D5A7E37CE8DC93E7C04D572 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:58:37 +0000 UK's first indoor trampoline park opens in Milton Keynes Indoor trampolining, the sports phenomenon which has taken America by storm has arrived in the UK!  BOUNCE, which opened in Milton Keynes this weekend, will provide a new form of family entertainment never seen in Britain before, lightyears away from traditional trampolining as we know it in this country  , and the ideal fun party venue for kids of any age!   BOUNCE has more than one hundred  interconnected trampolines in 22,000 square feet of floor space, and includes features such as a dodgeball court, slam dunk hoops and foam pit.  BOUNCE is the brainchild of experienced health centre operator, Gary Knill, who was determined to open Britain’s first park having seen its immense popularity in the US. He said, "We're here, we're the first, we did it! I'm already seeing so much talent on the trampolines and the foam pit is particularly popular. I think we may have some future Olympians in here." Research¹ carried out by the US Space Agency, NASA, shows that trampolining is kinder on the joints, exercises the whole body and has greater aerobic benefits than other forms of intense physical activity, so much so that the organisation uses it to train astronauts before they go into space and to recondition them when they come back. The space agency describes trampolining as “the most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man.” At a time when the nation faces an obesity crisis it is also one of the easier forms of exercise to persuade children to enjoy. Knill has successfully operated sports and fitness clubs all over the world in a career spanning thirty years.  He says he looked long and hard around the country before deciding that Milton Keynes was the ideal spot for his new venture.  “Everyone knows that Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK but over the next five years it will also have the second largest proportion of younger school age children of anywhere in the country and this sport is especially popular with the five to twelve age group.” www.bouncegb.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/UKs-first-indoor-trampoline-park-opens-in-Milton-Keynes 7221E5C8EC6B08EF6D3F9FF3CE6EB1D1 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:35:10 +0000 The White Company choose centre:mk for latest store Hermes Real Estate has announced that The White Company will be opening a new store at centre:mk.  The luxury lifestyle brand is taking a 3,922 sq ft unit on Silbury Arcade.   The news marks the first exclusive store from The White Company within the Milton Keynes catchment area.  It will join other recent additions to centre:mk, such as Dr Martens and Byron on Silbury Arcade, and will stock the brand's full range of bed, bath, clothing, fragrance and childrenswear.  Established in 1994 as a mail order business, The White Company now has more than 50 stores across the UK.   Speaking on behalf of centre:mk's joint owners, Hermes Real Estate and AustralianSuper, Gavin Murray, Asset Manager at Hermes Real Estate, said: “To have secured the first store from The White Company in the catchment is a great reflection of centre:mk 's appeal.  The White Company is the latest in a series of brands to not just recognise the dominance of centre:mk  within Milton Keynes, but its position as the first choice destination for consumers from across the region.”   “The White Company as a brand is synonymous with high quality store design, products and services, and their new store is a great complement to the existing line-up and other recent additions. The brand is also perfectly aligned to the affluent catchment, which has significant demand for premium retailers.” Will Kernan, CEO of The White Company, added: “We are very pleased to be opening at centre:mk, which is our location of choice in the catchment.  We are in a prime location in the city's prime centre, which creates a great opportunity to reach a very large, affluent consumer audience. “Our new regional flagship at centre:mk  will allow customers who currently shop online or travel elsewhere to enjoy the complete experience provided by The White Company.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-White-Company-choose-centremk-for-latest-store FA84632D742F2729DC32CE8CB5D49733 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:11:30 +0000 Cath Kidston to bring modern vintage to centre:mk Hermes Real Estate has today announced global lifestyle brand, Cath Kidston, will be joining the retail line up at centre:mk. The 2,570 sq ft store is due to open on Silbury Arcade this autumn.  The news follows Cath Kidston’s pop-up kiosk at centre:mk, which traded successfully last Christmas.  The permanent store is adjacent to House of Fraser, Kurt Geiger and the recently announced White Company flagship. Established in 1993, the brand now has more than 60 UK locations, as well as stores abroad in over 12 countries across Europe and Asia stocking a wide range of homeware, accessories, women’s fashion, and Cath Kids products.   Speaking on behalf of centre:mk's joint owners, Hermes Real Estate and AustralianSuper, Ed Sellick, Asset Manager at Hermes Real Estate, said: “We are thrilled Cath Kidston is returning to centre:mk with a permanent store.  The brand is highly successful, has a great heritage and perfectly matches centre:mk’s visitor and catchment profile.  Furthermore, Cath Kidston is further evidence of the growing number of leading brands that are selecting centre:mk for regionally dominant stores.” Chris McKendrick, Commercial Director at Cath Kidston, added: “The success of our pop-up last year demonstrated what an ideal location centre:mk is for our brand.  Moreover, Milton Keynes has its own special history as a city where the traditional meets the modern, and so is the perfect place to bring to life the unique Cath Kidston concept of Modern Vintage.”   CBRE and MMX Retail acted for centre:mk.  CBRE advised Cath Kidston.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Cath-Kidston-to-bring-modern-vintage-to-centremk 7535BBB91C8FDE347AD861F293126633 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:24:52 +0000 Bletchley Park welcomes its 100,000th visitor this year On 30 July, Bletchley Park welcomed its 100,000th visitor of 2014, among a family of three generations who’d travelled specially all the way from Newcastle Upon Tyne.   Carol and Ronnie Elliott brought their children and grandchildren to visit the Home of the Codebreakers, with its newly restored buildings, exciting displays and interactive exhibitions, following the £8 million Heritage Lottery Fund supported restoration.   Carol said “I’d heard about Enigma and had researched the subject, which made me want to come and visit.” The couple’s daughter-in-law Judith Elliott is a secondary maths teacher, who teaches codebreaking and had also enjoyed the hit ITV drama, The Bletchley Circle.   The Elliott family were given complimentary entry as they arrived at the new Block C Visitor Centre as well as gifts including teddy bears, the Alan Turing special edition of Monopoly, puzzle books and a guidebook.   Kelsey Griffin, Bletchley Park’s Director of Operations said “We have never hit this milestone so early in the year before. It’s wonderful to see so many families intrigued by the story of what happened here, especially now that we are able to tell this breathtaking story to visitors better than ever before.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bletchley-Park-welcomes-its-100000th-visitor-this-year CF1CF43CBA274AE7F413E864682B80F8 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:01:55 +0000 Owner of Calcutta Brasserie presents B-Town A unique and exciting Indian Street Food tapas-style restaurant, located near Network Rail and Staples, is to open in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 20 August. B-Town, short for Bollywood Town, is the brainchild of the owner of the Calcutta Brasserie and brings the authentic and soulful flavours and spices of Bombay’s (Mumbai) street foods to MK; delivered in a rustic and relaxed setting. From Bombay’s favourite street vendor snack Gol Guppa to Samosa Chaat, as well as the classics of Hearty Dum Biryanis, customers can expect to “try something new and exciting,” according to the owner. Mo Abdul, owner of Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford said:  “B-Town is a project that I’ve had in mind for a while. The idea is to bring real flavour to the table and creating an atmosphere where customers can unwind. There’s also a Bollywood twist to the cocktails – we’re hoping Bollywood Mary and New Delhi Ice Tea don’t go unrecognised. “If anyone thinks this is just another Indian restaurant in Milton Keynes they would be very wrong. There isn’t anywhere like this in the region and the food will be an education for anyone looking to expand their palette. These dishes come straight from my heart-land and I can’t wait to share this with people in our City.” Throughout the restaurant is a bold and bright theme with splashes of electric and vibrant colours matched by inspirations from Bollywood movies. The restaurant is split in two to create a bar area and lounge that spills onto the terrace in warm weather or a comfy area in winter where customers can enjoy a glass of lassi or an after work cocktail. The restaurant is open seven days a week and at lunchtimes from 12pm where special offers are available for long lunches and short lunch breaks. Sunday will include a buffet service to allow guests to try new and exciting dishes. To celebrate the launch and to ensure staff get up to speed with the service standards required, the opening offer will be 50% off food for August 20, 21 and 22 with limited availability. A VIP opening will take place in September. For more information about the restaurant and to take advantage of the opening offer, email VIP@btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call the restaurant on 01908 200522. Visit www.btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk for more details and join the chatter at www.twitter.com/BTownMK or www.facebook.com/btownmk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Owner-of-Calcutta-Brasserie-presents-B-Town 22B1CD168EC628442B3D4DC00FCA434B Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:34:20 +0000 Aspers annual donation supports the Aspinall Foundation Since 2001, Aspers Casinos have supported animal conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation, raising an impressive £280,000 over its fourteen years of operation. This August, the UK’s largest casino outside of London, The Casino MK and award-winning casino, Aspers Northampton hosted a VIP visit to The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to see exactly how their fundraising is helping to protect some of our planet’s most endangered species. Guests were able to take in the beautiful surroundings of the Port Lympne mansion house and gardens, and get close to the animals on a VIP safari and once-in-a-lifetime gorilla feed. The Aspinall Foundation was established by the late John Aspinall, father of Damian Aspinall, who established the Aspers Group, and exists to prevent the extinction of rare and endangered animals. The Foundation manages animal protection projects in Congo, Gabon, Java and Madagascar and is dedicated to safeguarding more than one million acres of habitat. The Aspinall Foundation is committed to returning all animals it protects back to the wild and were the first conservation project to reintroduce gorillas back into the wild. Since The Foundation was established in 1984, 18 gorillas have been returned to their natural habitat, and a number of successful breeding programmes have been established, not only for gorillas, but black rhinos, African elephants and clouded leopards too. With a family passion for conservation, Damian Aspinall has always maintained zoos should be about animals not people, and this message is clear throughout Port Lympne. Between Port Lympne and the Foundation’s other wild animal park Howletts, 1,000 animals and 90 different species are given an environment that’s as close to their natural habitats as possible to enrich their rehabilitation. One of the highlights of the casinos’ fundraising efforts includes a team of three employees from Aspers Northampton who aim to raise an incredible £5,000 for The Aspinall Foundation by climbing the world’s highest mountain. Darren Wiles, cashier at Aspers Northampton, poker dealer Hina Modha and Luke Goy, customer service gaming supervisor will take on Mount Everest in the Autumn of 2015 and have recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge in preparation for the climb, which saw more than £1,800 raised for The Aspinall Foundation. In celebration of their first birthday, The Casino MK is also raising money for The Aspinall Foundation by giving people the chance to take part in a giant zip wire roulette game from 5 – 6 September for £5, with all proceeds going towards the Foundation. To find out more about The Aspinall Foundation visit www.aspinallfoundation.org. To find out more about The Casino MK and Aspers Northampton visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk and  www.aspersnorthampton.co.uk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Aspers-annual-donation-supports-the-Aspinall-Foundation D8C9D05EC6E86D5BBAD7A2F88A1701D0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:36:47 +0000 Dinosaur Zoo roars into Milton Keynes Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo roars into town with its impressive cast of prehistoric creatures, live on stage. Offering a fantastic trip out for the kids, Dinosaur Zoo opens at Milton Keynes Theatre 02 – 05 Oct. Dinosaur Zoo creators Erth use ingenious puppetry to bring dinosaurs to life in this interactive and imaginative live show, suitable for all the family (age 3+). Audiences are introduced to a range of creatures from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, including a carnivorous theropod known as the Australovenator, based on the most complete meat-eating dinosaur skeleton found in Australia. During the show, intrepid audience members brave enough to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs are brought onto the stage to assist the Zoo Keeper in her daily tasks  - but be warned - not all of these ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem! Fast-becoming a worldwide hit, Dinosaur Zoo has played to family and schools audiences all over the world, from Australia to Los Angeles, from New York City to Bahrain, exciting children with its popular mix of entertaining humour, adventurous daring and informative learning. Australian based Erth create original live theatre at the forefront of new performance practice, inspiring audiences with their unique and dynamic vision. Since its beginnings in 1990, the company has strived to provide audiences with eye-popping visual experiences incorporating, amongst other disciplines, giant puppetry and inflatable environments. Erth has performed internationally at events and festivals including the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2000. Dinosaur Zoo is directed by Scott Wright, designed by Steve Howarth and performed by Lindsey Chaplin (Zoo Keeper), Hal Silvester (Puppeteer) and Steve Peck (Puppeteer). DINOSAUR ZOO is presented in the UK by BOS Productions Ltd and Nick Brooke Ltd. Book this perfect treat for all the family now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Dinosaur-Zoo-roars-into-Milton-Keynes 4625D8E31DAD7D1C4C83399A6EB62F0C Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:46:37 +0000 Watch thrilling live badminton at thecentre:mk With under two weeks to go until the National Badminton League (NBL) begins, tickets are now on general sale for the historic opening night. The NBL starts on 6 October and will be the UK's first ever national badminton league featuring six franchise teams. Team 'MK Badminton' will kick off at their new home venue, thecentre:mk in Middleton Hall. WIN TICKETS VIA OUR FACEBOOK & TWITTER PAGES They will play each other once before a one-day knockout competition sees the top four teams battle for the inaugural title in June 2015. The NBL will make live, elite badminton more accessible than ever with ticket prices starting at £5 for children and £8 for adults. Matches last for two-and-a-half hours and are a great value night out for all the family. A family ticket is available for 13 of the 15 regular season fixtures starting at £28, giving fans of all ages the chance to get behind their favourite players and brand new teams. Former England star and Olympic Silver medallist Nathan Robertson has described the historic league as “a game changer for our sport” while the modifications to the rules mean games will be faster than ever. The monthly evening matches offer five thrilling events which will see new rules exclusive to the NBL: •    A brand new scoring system - best of five games and first to nine points •    In-play features include a 'PowerPlay' point •    Time-outs and substitutions to add to the match-night entertainment •    No interruption to games, meaning non-stop badminton for 2½ hours The NBL will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland. It will also be shown live to over 10 million homes in 16 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia through an exclusive deal with Eurosport Asia-Pacific. The six founding NBL badminton teams competing to be the first ever NBL champions include Olympians, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games stars and world championship medallists. The six teams and venues are: Birmingham Lions – The National Indoor Arena (NIA) and The Great Hall, University of Birmingham Team Derby – The Derby Arena Loughborough Sport – Sir David Wallace Arena, Loughborough University MK Badminton – The Centre:MK University of Nottingham – Albert Hall Conference Centre Surrey Smashers – Surrey Sports Park, Surrey University Chris Adcock, the Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medallist champion, will lead University of Nottingham after the midlands’ outfit won a tight bidding war for the Englishman during the inaugural auction in June. “It is such a privilege to be a part of this great new league which I am hoping really changes the way people see our sport,” said Adcock. “The league will be fresh and innovative and it has been a long time coming. As players, we can't wait for the new challenge. “Competing for my hometown of Nottingham is an honour for me and I am hoping the matches attract a lot of interest from around the area.” To buy tickets go to: http://nblbadminton.co.uk/tickets.html   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Watch-thrilling-live-badminton-at-thecentremk 16738419B15B05E74E1ECB164430BFA8 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:16:02 +0000 Students are getting 'intu' Milton Keynes Calling all students!  intu Milton Keynes’ Student Night is an event not to be missed!  Enjoy entertainment, giveaways, exclusive discounts and more from all of the hottest brands throughout the Centre – for one night only. The Student Night is taking place on Thursday 9th October from 6pm, with many stores staying open until 9pm – that’s a whole hour’s extra shopping especially for students.  All students, whether from school, college or university, are invited to the come along and enjoy a fun-filled evening of shopping.   Brands offering exclusive student deals include; Topshop, Topman, New Look, Miss Selfridge, H&M, Jack & Jones, OFFICE, Schuh, Gap, Timberland, T.M.Lewin,  Mr Pretzels and O2...to name just a few!   Students must register on arrival to receive a wristband which will entitle them to all special offers.  Registration is free of charge.   Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We look forward to welcoming the students of Milton Keynes to the Centre.  It’s great to be able to offer them an exclusive evening of shopping with very generous discounts, exciting entertainment and much more.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Students-are-getting-intu-Milton-Keynes 83DDFBD1C4F871159C148D7A010E69BE Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:57:17 +0000 MK Food Festival is back at centre:mk The Milton Keynes Food Festival returns to Middleton Hall at centre:mk this week (10th-12th October) with an array of activities, including celebrity demonstrations from Simon Rimmer, Mark Lloyd, Richard Fox and Cathryn Dresser, and cool cookery classes for kids. Organised by Do You Love Food, the 3-day event will see adults schooled by chef and TV host of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Simon Rimmer, wild food forager, Mark Lloyd, TV chef and cook book author, Richard Fox and former Great British Bake Off contestant Cathryn Dresser, who will be teaching visitors the art of festive canapes and soggy-bottom-free cakes. Children will have the opportunity to take part in the Children’s Cookery School, learning how to bake scones and biscuits, as well as being invited into the Kids Food Laboratory, where they’ll make edible slime, fizzy cocktails and milk kaleidoscopes. A wide range of independent traders will also be at the festival, showcasing their products in Middleton Hall, with Do You Love Food commenting: “We are looking forward to bringing the Food Festival back to centre:mk, showcasing some of the best regional and local producers. There will also be lots of gifts and goodies on offer for the upcoming festive season, and the celebrity demonstrations and cookery classes for children are also not to be missed." James Waugh Centre Director commented: “At centre:mk we are always looking to showcase exceptional talent. Our food festival is a great example of that with the perfect ingredients for a great day out, whatever your age or cooking capability!”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Food-Festival-is-back-at-centre:mk 4C2E5EAAE9152079B9E95845750BB9AB Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:39:43 +0000 Local celebs spotted hanging out of the Banana Tree Since opening its doors earlier this month, Indochinese restaurant Banana Tree is fast becoming the go-to place for the region’s home-grown stars of sports and screen.   Situated in The Hub, the restaurant is just one of a handful of new establishments to set up shop in the vibrant piazza this year, and with its unique hard stone interior combined with its innovative cocktail list and mouth-watering aromatic menu, a reservation here is seemingly the hottest ticket in town.   The latest star queuing for a taste of Indochina was Bedfordshire-born, The Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack, who popped in for lunch earlier this month and tweeted to her 100,000 Twitter followers her delight at the venue, “Had an amazing lunch today @bananatree MK, great vibes, great food! Thoroughly recommend!”   International model, nineteen year old Jack Vacher, who has recently returned from New York where he has modelled for Ralph Lauren and shot for fashion bible Wonderland magazine, was seen swinging from the venue’s trademark hanging hammock chairs sipping a now famous Lychee cocktail with a group of friends last week.   Things got off to a flying start for the restaurant on opening night back in August, restaurant bosses welcomed along to the glitzy bash MK Dons player Mark Randell.  Also in attendance were the stars of the MK Lightning Ice Hockey team; naturally the players were all accompanied by their glamorous army of girlfriends and partners.   Of course, you don’t have to be “off the telly” to enjoy the revolutionary menu and cool atmosphere of this fabulous new venue The Hub.  Restaurant owner William Chow said, “We are really happy with all the feedback and comments, as well as the warm welcome that we have received from the people of Milton Keynes.”   The menu is healthy, family-friendly and has a whole host of offerings to suit all ages.  With branches successfully scattered all over London, Watford and now Milton Keynes it looks like everyone seems to be enjoying the fruits of Banana Tree.   For reservations call Banana Tree on 01908 676 993 or visit www.bananatree.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Local-celebs-spotted-hanging-out-of-the-Banana-Tree F3C89B7BE367AA4246F90AA007EFE525 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:34:31 +0000 Can you handle the hottest curry in town? This week is National Curry Week and B-Town Milton Keynes have created what it believes is the hottest curry in MK; and customers can try it for free. From Monday 13th October, customers can ask to sample the incredibly hot curry free of charge to see whether they can handle the heat. The Manager, Mo Abdul said: “We’ll have a bit of fun for National Curry Week, we don’t normally serve this dish but we wanted to give our customers a challenge and something to talk about.” The curry will include the Trinidad Scorpion chilli and will also be available as a vegetarian option. B-Town is an Indian Street Food-styled restaurant  and the first of its kind in Milton Keynes. The opening times are 12-2pm for lunch, 6-11pm for dinner from Monday to Saturday and an all-day buffet on Sunday that runs from 12-9pm. For more information about the restaurant or to make a booking, email VIP@btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call the restaurant on 01908 200522. Visit www.btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk join the chatter at www.twitter.com/BTownMK www.facebook.com/btownmk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Can-you-handle-the-hottest-curry-in-town 2ED80F6311C1825FEB854D78FA969D34 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:46:12 +0000 M-Day looms in MK! The date of the launch of the official MONOPOLY board for Milton Keynes has been confirmed. It is Friday 24th October.     The official launch will take place at exactly the same time as the MONOPOLY: MK Edition hits shop shelves - actual and online. And the makers say that as the board appears on shelves a gigantic 5ft square replica of the board will be unfurled in “spectacular” style in the city. “It promises to be quite some launch,” reveals Dan Taylor - from the board’s makers Winning Moves UK. The new board is being launched at a high profile ceremony at one of “the leading locations” on the board, adds Mr Taylor. Mr Taylor is MONOPOLY Development Director at Winning Moves UK, who are making the board under official license from MONOPOLY owners Hasbro. He adds: “We were overwhelmed with wonderful suggestions for the new official board - a very BIG thank you to everyone who sent in nominations.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/M-Day-looms-in-MK 39EA40E164F970C54B0530436D5A9F7A Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:20:01 +0000 B Town launches with a bang The Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Keith McLean was among guests attending the VIP launch of MK’s newest restaurant, B-Town on Thursday evening last week. The Indian Street Food-styled restaurant has received an overwhelming response since opening its doors according to owner and entrepreneur, Mo Abdul. Also the owner of the award-winning Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford, Mo will unbelievably open his third restaurant this week. Mastee on the Buckingham Road in Bletchley has been positioned as a ‘mini Calcutta’ based on the menu, quality of the food and the service. “This has been one of the busiest times of my life. I have been here there and everywhere until the very early hours even getting stuck in with a paint brush to help get everything in place. I want to make sure all details are perfect for our customers so I have put my heart and soul into all that I have done.” Said Mo. He adds, “B-Town has had a great start and the feedback has been phenomenal. I have even been approached by investors to open another B-Town in another town - I might have to take a rest first.” Last week Bollywood dancers and a Dhol drummer performed for VIP guests at the grand launch of B-Town, which is located on Grafton Street next to Staples. The restaurant boasts that it is the first place in Milton Keynes, and possibly the region to offer traditional Indian street food that is similar to a tapas format.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/B-Town-launches-with-a-bang 77EC6F21C85B637CC42BB997841E11A6 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:46:26 +0000 Help high kick cancer's butt at Dancebox Studios Dancebox Studios, Milton Keynes’ hottest new dance and fitness studio, is helping to kick cancer’s butt this half term.   The studios are hosting a one-night-only dance fest and they’re giving all the proceeds to Cancer Research UK to help them in their fight against cancer.   Tom, Head of Ballet at Dancebox explains, “We had planned to close for the half term holiday but so many of our clients were requesting extra classes that we thought we’d host a charity fund-raising night instead.”   Dancebox Studios chose Cancer Research UK as they have a personal connection with the charity, “One of my greatest friends, who was an industry role model, sadly lost her battle against cancer last year and I immediately knew that as soon as we could, I wanted to help raise money to help find a cure” says Matthew, studio director.   The classes are open to everyone, Dancebox regular or not.  All you need to do is call the studios on 01908 699503 to pay your £8.50 donation and secure your space!   You can find out more about Dancebox Studios at www.danceboxstudios.co.uk or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/danceboxstudiosmk   Wednesday 29th October 2014   6.00 – 7.00pm - Beginners Ballet   7.00 – 8.00pm - Intermediate/Advanced Ballet   8.00 – 9.00pm - Commercial Jazz   £8.50 donation per class – all proceeds to Cancer Research UK   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Help-high-kick-cancers-butt-at-Dancebox-Studios D6525AA8638C1D8D4DA535FBB1A5FC80 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:16:28 +0000 Halloween Fun Day at Bletchley Park Creepy craft workshops, trickytrails around the uniquely atmospheric Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and a treat of a tour, designed specially for children, are all on offer at this half term’s Halloween Family Fun Day at Bletchley Park. At no extra charge, families can enjoy a whole day of Codebreaking and crafty fun. And the best news for parents is, the children are learning while they’re having fun! Bletchley Park runs a thriving Education programme, with thousands of schoolchildren visiting every year plus a fantastic Outreach programme. Halloween Family Fun Day is the perfect way for families to enjoy the history of Codebreaking together. On Wednesday 29 October Bletchley Park invites visitors of all ages to dress up as ghosts, goblins, witches, ghouls and whatever else Halloween inspires. Families can enjoy a whole day of activities for the usual admission price, which buys a year-long season ticket. www.bletchleypark.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Halloween-Fun-Day-at-Bletchley-Park 6516C28727509C3DB6280AE16254E916 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:37:25 +0000 IF 2014 smashes box office records IF: 2014 smashes all previous Festival audience engagement and box office records making it the biggest and most successful Festival to date AND announces new Creative Producer for the 2016 edition, Maria Bota. In this third edition of the Festival, a bigger programme of events over ‘10 amazing days’ has engaged with more residents and visitors to the city than ever before. Events took place across Central Milton Keynes and also extended out to South Willen Lake and the Cathedral of Trees in Newlands. Many shows sold out including Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds, the Puppini Sisters and comedian Josh Widdicombe - all in the ever-popular Spiegeltent - and Ilotopie’s on-water production Fous de Bassin (Water Fools). Some 25,000 people purchased for ticketed events, compared with 18,000 in 2012. Free events and installations were presented in city centre hotspots including centre:mk, The Hub, Central Milton Keynes Station Square, with Architects of Air’s Pentalum, the Lucie Lom figures The Dreamers, robot sandwriter SKRYF, Kaffe Matthews’ sonic bed installation The lock shift songs and Ray Lee’s Chorus - all drawing crowds of thousands. Over 140,000 people viewed these installations, took part in the programme or enjoyed free and family events at South Willen Lake Park, and an estimated 190,000 encountered pop-up and roving installations as they went about their business and daily lives in the city. Dr Ann Limb, chair of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, said: “The impact of the Festival was much more widely felt in 2014. Placing a national and international spotlight on Milton Keynes, the Festival has engaged with more residents and tourists than ever before which is great news for businesses, our local economy and Milton Keynes as a destination. People have enjoyed a much busier programme of free events and encountered a range of installations as they have gone about their daily lives - all created to encourage us to see a different side to Milton Keynes.” Monica Ferguson, Festival Director and Chief Executive of The Stables, said: “The Festival presented a bigger and more diverse programme of large-scale events and intimate experiences than before, to encourage people to explore, enjoy and debate. Projects such as the Lucie Lom figures generated a real buzz around the city as people sought to find an explanation for the surprise appearance of these enigmatic characters. ‘Under The Vaulted Sky’ - created especially for Milton Keynes’ beautiful Cathedral of Trees and featuring a cast of 100 local people - had had a profound and moving effect on people whilst the many free events provided great family days out.” Looking ahead, the Festival welcomes a new Creative Producer, Maria Bota, to the team for the 2016 Festival, who takes over from Bill Gee who has been with the Festival since 2010. Maria previously held the post of Festival Director developing the vision and programme of the Grand Départ Cultural Festival in Yorkshire, the 100-day arts Festival alongside the 2014 Tour de France. Prior to this, she was Festival Director of the 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. Before moving to Salisbury, Maria worked as General Manager of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Marketing Director then Deputy CEO at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. She won a fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme and has undertaken secondments with producers of major festivals and events, including Artangel, Artichoke (working on the Sultan’s Elephant) and the culture10 team in NewcastleGateshead. Further back, Maria’s first role in the arts was with the London Symphony Orchestra after studying Music at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.    The next IF: Milton Keynes International Festival will take place in July 2016. The Festival is delivered every two years with funding from Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and support from local and national trusts, foundations, businesses, sponsors and individuals.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/IF-2014-smashes-box-office-records B99D193B66A6542917D2B7BEE52C2574 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:46:29 +0000 The Casino MK launches hotel referral scheme The UK’s second Super Casino, has established an exciting new partnership with hotels in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. The hotel referral scheme will see hoteliers recommend The Casino MK as the ultimate entertainment destination to visit in Milton Keynes for the chance to win a staff Christmas party at this amazing venue. Guests will receive a bespoke ‘gaming chip’ from their hotel reception which entitles them to a complimentary drink and a £5 free bet at The Casino MK. The Casino MK will record the number of redeemed chips to determine which hotel has reached their target first to win their very own Christmas Party. The Holiday Inn Milton Keynes, Mercure Milton Keynes Abbey Hill and Novotel Milton Keynes were among the first hotels to take advantage of the partnership at an introductory Fun and Fizz night at The Casino MK last week. Hoteliers had the opportunity to experience The Casino MK first hand at an exclusive Champagne and Canapé Reception, followed by a VIP gaming demonstration and a tour of the facilities. Group Operations Director Austin Graham, said; “This is a fantastic opportunity for The Casino MK to build strong relationships with local and regional businesses. As a leading leisure destination, it’s important for us to work with the business community to encourage those who visit Milton Keynes to get out of their hotel rooms and see what our fantastic city has to offer. We look forward to working with hoteliers to provide customers with the best possible entertainment experience when visiting Milton Keynes.” Rob Unson, General Manager at Novotel Milton Keynes, who were the first hotel to provide a referral, said; “We’re really excited to be part of The Casino MK’s hotel referral scheme. This is a unique opportunity for us to work closely with the Casino and offer our guests a variety of entertainment options under one roof.” To find out more about The Casino MK, visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Casino-MK-launches-hotel-referral-scheme 50CF0763D8EB871776D4F28B39DEB564 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 01:58:02 +0000 centremk Poppy Sculpture raises £600 Donations have been counted and centre:mk are delighted to have raised over £600 for Royal British Legion following the introduction of its poppy memorial, which was installed as a tribute to the one million service men and women from the UK and Commonwealth who died as a result of World War 1. From Thursday 31 July to Sunday 10 August, shoppers were invited to dedicate and insert a poppy to the sculpture near Middleton Hall in memory of loved ones who are, and have been, active in conflict in the armed force.  At two metres tall the sculpture held an incredible 2,000 poppies.  Donations were left by shoppers as they added their tributes, and via a collection day with representatives from Royal British Legion. James Waugh, centre director commented “we were delighted with the reaction to the poppy installation, with shoppers embracing the concept over the 11 day period in memory of their loved ones.  In total £619 was raised for the Poppy Appeal, and we look forward to its return to the centre in November.” For more information on news and events at centre:mk visit www.thecentremk.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter searching for ‘thecentre:mk’   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/centremk-Poppy-sculpture-raises-600 07845CD9AEFA6CDE3F8926D25138A3A2 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:55:38 +0000 Thriller of a night at Calcutta Brasserie This Halloween, the spook-tacular and award-winning restaurant Calcutta Brasserie have prepared a range of tricks and treats for its customers. The classic romantic film Ghost will be screened for a special edition of Movie Night on Tuesday 28 October followed by a thriller of a night with a Michael Jackson tribute act performing on Thursday 30 October. To celebrate everything ghoulish, Movie Night will continue with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore’s Ghost. For those that need something a little more upbeat and are thinking ‘What About Us?’; Thursday will feature one of the world’s best Michael Jackson tribute acts so guests can expect it to be a Thriller and Off the Wall. The Manager, Mo Abdul said that: “Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year and our building is the perfect setting because of the air of mystery that surrounds it. We’ll have the restaurant themed and the staff will be dressed up to deliver an unforgettable experience.” The Michael Jackson night will feature costumed waiters, a three-course meal and a ghoulish cocktail upon arrival for £24.95 per guest. The Movie night is free to all. http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Thriller-of-a-night-at-Calcutta-Brasserie AAACCD2766EC67AECBE26459BB828D81 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:33:48 +0000 Could you be an MK Ambassador? Destination Milton Keynes will be opening a Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at a unit within Central Milton Keynes in the next two months and we are looking for volunteers. The VIC will be 'the' place to go for local, regional and international visitors to Milton Keynes. It will have up-to-date information on attractions, hotels, events and travel options available to the 100,000s of visitors that MK attracts every year. DMK is looking for volunteers who are passionate about Milton Keynes and want to take a pro-active role in promoting the city. Volunteers must be confident in talking directly to the public and answering the many and varied questions they are likely to get. It is hoped that the VIC will be become a real focal point for visitors travelling to and staying in Milton Keynes for next year’s Rugby World Cup which will inevitably put MK on the global map. If you’re interested in volunteering please email volunteer@destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk for an application form. Volunteers must be over 18 years old. Photo of MK Rose and the City Centre - courtesy of Steve Morris @smilersteve   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Could-you-be-an-MK-Ambassador C24FE9F765A44048868B5A620F05678E Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:48:01 +0000 Ben and Holly are coming to intu Milton Keynes Ben and Holly have left their Little Kingdom and are on their way to pay a visit to intu Milton Keynes!  Girls and boys will get to meet and greet Ben and Holly as well as take part in a magical treasure hunt. intu Milton Keynes is hosting the meet and greet on Saturday 1 November with sessions taking place at 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.   As if meeting Ben and Holly in person isn’t enough, children can also join in with a fun treasure hunt.  Every Ben and Holly fan will know that every day brings a new adventure; the treasure hunt is designed to take them on their own journey around the Shopping Centre.  They’ll need to figure out the clues and complete their activity sheets to receive a certificate for being a successful explorer! Members of the all new intu Milton Keynes Kids Club will receive a free Ben and Holly DVD as a welcome gift* – all visitors will be invited to register on the day.  Membership is free of charge and children that sign up will receive a goody bag, be the first to hear about exciting events as well as invited to exclusive ones, they’ll be the first to meet the brand new intu Milton Keynes’ frog mascot, due to arrive soon, they will even be able to help choose a name. *500 DVDs available, to be issued on a first come first served basis   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Ben-and-Holly-are-coming-to-intu-Milton-Keynes 859B00AEC8885EFC83D1541B52A1220D Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:10:13 +0000 Spooky week on the slopes at Snozone Throughout Halloween (and half term) week, Monday 27th – Friday 31st October, there’ll be some hair raising activities and eerie entertainment in store at Snozone, the real snow slope in Milton Keynes. Mounstrous arts and crafts will setup camp in the Snolounge throughout the week (free); on Thursday 30th October spooky sledging and thrilling tricks will bring the Halloween themed slope and freestyle park to life; and on Friday 31st October there’ll be a chance to get up close and personal with creepy crawlies at the reptile roadshow (free). For the most entertaining childcare around, Snozone’s popular Snocamps return for half term, catering for 7 to 15 year old’s. A fantastic chance to learn to ski or snowboard from scratch; to improve snowskills before the coming season, and to make new friends.  Snocamps are suitable for beginners (rookies) or experienced skiers and boarders (pros). Simply drop them off at 8.30am and pick them up at 5.30pm throughout the half term. Day camps from £50 per person, or £225 for the full half term week (Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October). For students, the popular Snofresh Student Night returns with a Halloween fancy dress special from 5pm on Wednesday 29th October, where the best spooky fancy dress outfit will walk away with one months free skiing or snowboarding.  Ride the slopes and listen to great music or try out the freestyle park, open from 7pm till 11pm. Three hours on the slope for just £23pp with a valid NUS card.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Spooky-week-on-the-slopes-at-Snozone D90E5B6628B4291225CBA0BDC643C295 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:46:13 +0000 Three day MK Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza returns to centremk From 31st of October to the 2nd of November, centre:mk will see the much anticipated return of the MK Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza - a highlight in Milton Keynes’ calendar, with a reputation as one of the best markets of its kind in the country.      Middleton Hall, in front of John Lewis in centre:mk, will be transformed into a vibrant treasure trove of 120 stalls - a paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique, crammed with an eclectic mix of thousands of high quality, handmade and vintage bargains you won’t find in the shops.?   Offering shoppers a unique shopping experience to rival Brighton or Camden’s reputation for vintage, the Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza is a local, indoor event that’s free to attend, with organiser Jacqui Lewis, commenting:   “Our visitors enjoy an excitingly different shopping experience in the centre of Milton Keynes.  Our standards are always high and our carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything unusual from furniture to fashion, jewellery and jukeboxes; always the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky.  There’s something for every age and occasion with all exhibitors passionate about what they do, and every item a one-off.”  ??   For the upcoming special market event – their finale event of the year – the Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza’s organisers have invited back many of the year’s most popular stalls together with some unique newcomers. Stalls and items to lookout for include unusual European pieces for your home, straight from the brocantes of France and beyond; kitchenalia, china and other unusual interior design pieces; specialists in juke boxes, record players and music memorabilia; unusual handmade and bespoke fashions, including affordable bridal wear, alternative accessories made by local designers and jewellery fashioned from antique silverware or incorporating real flowers; luxury natural cosmetics makers; and the opportunity to purchase affordable original art from some exceptional artists. There will also be all manner of expertly handmade Christmas gifts for those looking to fill stockings this October. James Waugh, Centre Director said: "The Handmade & Vintage event is one of our most popular of the year with customers coming from all over the region.  Given the excellent caliber of this year’s exhibitors, we expect the event to be an outstanding success and an extravaganza that’s not to be missed." If you love a unique find, the thrill of the bargain hunt and would like to beat the mad Christmas rush, get yourself along to Middleton Hall where you should be able to buy your whole Christmas list, all in one place - just remember to allow yourself several hours to explore it all!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Three-day-MK-Handmade-and-Vintage-Extravaganza-returns-to-centremk 8DCF2420E78A64333A59674678FB283B Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:29:33 +0000 Firework Spectactular in Campbell Park This year, Keith Emmett & Sons and their Spectacular Funfair and Fireworks in Campbell Park, will run from Thursday 30th October to Sunday 9th November. On Sunday November 2nd, the FREE spectacular fireworks display will start at around 7.30pm, and before that, there's live entertainment from 5:30pm on the "Real Music MK Stage".   Every year for over 36 years, Keith Emmett & Sons have very kindly put on the spectacular Fun Fair and Fireworks in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. And it has now become one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK. Fun Fair Thursday October 30th to Sunday 9th November Open Weekdays 6-10.30pm / Sat and Sun 2-10.30pm Special £1.50 nights on all rides (except Vertigo) on Thursday 30th October, Thursday 6th November, Sunday 9th November 2014. Annual Spectacular Fireworks Display Sunday 2nd November 2014 (starts at approx. 7.30pm) To find out more, and to keep in touch, check out Keith Emmett & Sons by clicking www.keithemmett.com or on Facebook... or on Twitter #MKFIREWORKS #MKFAIR2014 http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Firework-Spectactular-in-Campbell-Park 37DB6BB5F1DB992DF92A919D20757EEC Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:11:42 +0000 Spooktacular fun at 360 Play The school half-term is now upon us and for families with young children looking for a great fun place to go to keep the youngsters occupied, 360 Play at Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, is the place to be. And with a special Halloween event coming up too, there’s even more reason to visit. With a friendly, welcoming environment, 360 Play is the perfect place for 2 – 12 years olds during the school holiday and with its extensive range of fun and creative play activities – all of which mum and dad can enjoy too – it’s a superb day out for everyone, whatever the weather. And on Friday, October 31st. the fun and games take a different turn with the annual 360 Play ‘Halloween Spooktacular.’ The ‘not too spooky’ event is for families with young children and will provide suitable Halloween fun and entertainment for youngsters of all ages. Visitors are being encouraged to enter into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion by coming along in their best Halloween costumes and there will be a host of spooky fun and games to enjoy, along with a Halloween disco and a fancy dress competition, with prizes for the best costumes. Even though it’s Halloween, a warm, friendly welcome is assured and as well as all the extra special activities taking place during the evening, the familiar 360 Play range of fun and creative play activities will be available, including the three storey play structure, 360 Street, the carousel, dodgem cars and much more. The centre will be suitably themed for the evening with Halloween decorations and mascots Twizzle and Twirl will also be on hand to join in the fun and ensure everyone has a fabulous time. The ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ is a ticketed event and visitors are advised to book in advance as there are no guarantees that tickets will be available on the night. The 360 Play centre will close on the day at 5pm and will re-open from 6pm to 8.30pm for the Halloween event. All adults are free of charge and full details of the Halloween evening and half-term activities can be found on the 360 Play website at www.360play.co.uk Everything at 360 Play is designed to encourage children to let their imaginations run wild and with so much to do they’ll be entertained for hours, while at the same time running off some of that excess energy all children have plenty of. When it’s time to recharge the batteries, the 360 Play café, with lots of comfortable seating areas, offers a wide range of freshly made food, coffee and other refreshments to help keep everyone going. And for those who want an early start, a hearty breakfast is also available to set visitors up for the day. All the facilities a family needs for a great day out are provided at 360 Play and with free parking and no time limits it’s a great place to be this half-term and Halloween.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Spooktacular-fun-at-360-Play 9D949C3D8BAA0F9DF6F22C4661946A61 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:04:12 +0000 New City Orchestera Music Director a hit in MK Following his highly-praised debut as Music Director of Milton Keynes City Orchestra at 30 September's concert, Damian Iorio takes to the rostrum again at 7.30 on Thursday 6 November at The Venue, Walton High.   Great feedback from his first concert included;   “The orchestra has taken off to a completely new level under Damian Iorio.  There was tremendous energy and terrific ensemble playing."    "The orchestra was on top form – one of their best performances.”   "Damian Iorio conducted with authority and verve."  "We very much enjoyed the evening as a whole and the selection of music and the performances of the orchestra and conductor in particular."   Damion will be joined on 6th November by Jamie Walton, a cellist of outstanding performance ability, combining warmth of tone with a technical command that reaches dazzling proportions. Read more about Jamie www.mkco.org   The orchestra will be playing: Haydn   Symphony No. 99, Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1, Mozart Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)   The Venue at Walton High also comes in for some great reviews from our concerts. "Our first experience with the Venue was good and the seats comfortable."  "A fine venue." "Comfort and sound quality fine. The cello filled the area; ideal for a smaller orchestra."   Tickets: £10 and £22 (under 18's £5) and there is still time to buy a discounted season ticket for all four MKCO concerts at The Venue www.mkco.org   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-City-Orchestera-Music-Director-a-hit-in-MK D464B5AC99E74462F321C06CCACC4BFF Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:39:15 +0000 Monster celebration of SCI-FI at Bletchley Park Presented by the Cambridge Film Trust and funded with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery, Station X at Bletchley Park on Saturday 8 November, will bring cinema audiences an inspiring, family friendly day of epic Sci-Fi with immersive screenings and fun for all ages, complete with moon buggies, crashed spaceship site and Sci-Fi soundscapes. With a programme of films exploring science fiction war narratives, totalitarian dystopias and the fear of the power of science, Station X’s star attraction is the historic backdrop of the world-class heritage site. Known to those who worked there as Station X, this is an unmissable opportunity to visit the Bletchley Park site, once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, to marvel at the places where astonishing achievements were made by the wartime code-breakers who cracked the Enigma Code, also known as the birthplace for the world’s first electronic computer, Colossus. Station X at Bletchley Park celebrates the best of Sci-Fi with 14 feature films at locations across the park including the iconic Museum of Computing, WW2 code-breaking huts, the Enigma Cinema and Teleprinter Hall. 2014 also marks 60 years since the death of Alan Turing, one of Bletchley Park’s leading cryptanalysts who pioneered thought in computing and artificial intelligence. Station X at Bletchley Park is one of the flagship events in the BFI Blockbuster project, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with 02, which is a celebration of cinema’s most spectacular and visionary genre, exploring how the fear and wonder at its heart continues to inspire and enthrall. The season is one of the largest and most ambitious Sci-Fi projects ever created, with a calendar of more than 576 Sci-Fi screenings and events taking place through the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), screening at least 419 titles at 124 locations nationwide, featuring outdoor events at iconic British sites, classic Sci-Fi titles released into UK cinemas and on DVD and Blu-ray, 50+ films available online through BFI Player, a three-month season at BFI Southbank starting this month, a BFI Sci-Fi Compendium and much more. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE Station X’s film programme includes a special pre-release Q&A preview of MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT with director Tom Green. Ten years on from the events of the critically acclaimed MONSTERS, the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency begins against the monsters. SCI-FI-LONDON’s alien abduction comedy, THE SEARCH FOR SIMON (2013) with a Q&A with director Martin Gooch, is British comedy at its best, with a golden cast: Tom Price (Torchwood), Carol Cleveland (Monty Python) and Simon Jones (Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy). SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets THE X FILES in this tale of family, close encounters and belief. Station X also presents family friendly films for budding scientists and young space travellers: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO (1966), FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956), Aardman Animations Wallace and Gromit in A GRAND DAY OUT (1989) and a live score presentation by musicians John Sweeney and Jeff Davenport for COSMIC VOYAGE, a rare Russian classic from 1935 which sees the first humans – including a young boy - embarking on a trip to the moon. Sci-Fi classic titles include Hammer Films, X THE UNKNOWN (1956) directed by Leslie Norman (The Saint) and starring Dean Jagger and Leo McKern. Mixing sci-fi and horror, X THE UNKNOWN follows a group of scientists and army officials faced with a destructive, radioactive mass that has escaped from the earth's centre, terrorising a remote area of Scotland. Hammer Films’s star Peter Cushing plays Winston Smith in Nigel Kneale’s original BBC TV adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984 (1954), plus a screening of Val Guest's THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (1961), newly restored by the BFI National Archive, generously supported by Simon W. Hessel. Other films include H.G. Wells adaptation THINGS TO COME (1936) Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war satire, DR. STRANGELOVE or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), also celebrating it's 50th anniversary, Cold War paranoia, INVASION OF THE BODYSNATCHERS (1956) COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT (1970), QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967) and the sound version of HIGH TREASON (1929). Plus exclusive extracts, trailers and a programme of archive shorts curated by SCI-FI-LONDON. In addition there will be a special ‘Surprise screening’ on the Saturday night, details of which will be revealed closer to the event. Monsters, Madmen and Mystery await you behind the gates of Bletchley Park so join us for a day of epic Sci-Fi with Station X at Bletchley Park on 8 November. Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite and prices start from £12 for concessions after 4pm, up to £28 for a full day/evening adult ticket (which includes a year long passport to Bletchley Park). All tickets also include entrance to the National Museum of Computing, home of Colossus and The Witch. Under 12s go free http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/station-x-sci-fi-7132561867 Discover the truth at #StationXSciFi #BPark #BletchleyPark www.stationxscifi.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Monster-celebration-of-SCI-FI-at-Bletchley-Park 3341F6F048384EC73A7BA2E77D2DB48B Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:11:54 +0000 Win a short break to your very own Neverland MILTON KEYNES THEATRE IS OFFERING ALL PETER PAN BOOKERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A SHORT BREAK TO CENTER PARCS WOBURN FOREST! This Christmas, Milton Keynes Theatre will be flying off to Neverland with their swashbuckling family pantomime Peter Pan. In partnership with Center Parcs Woburn Forest, they are offering you the chance to find your very own Neverland in their exclusive competition!   #FindYourNeverland is the chance for anyone who books tickets for Peter Pan, starring Bradley Walsh, Flawless and David Bedella before Wednesday 12th November 2014, to be entered into a free prize draw to win one of two £2,500 short breaks for your family at Center Parcs’ new Village, Woburn Forest .   At Center Parcs, Woburn Forest just like Peter Pan’s Lost Boys you can explore 362 acres of natural woodland and can even test your pirating abilities and give the dastardly Captain Hook a run for his money with activities which include fencing, whizzing over the Lake on the zip wire and taking a plunge at the iconic Subtropical Swimming Paradise – No croc included!   In fact, if you #findyourneverland, you can look forward to taking part in more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities.  It’s your chance to be as active or relaxed as you like, perfect for kids of all ages  - including those who never grew up!     To be in with a chance of winning, hook your tickets before Wednesday 12 November at www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call the Box Office on 0844 871 7652. All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust!   Visit www.atgticket.com/miltonkeynes for full terms and conditions.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Win-a-short-break-to-your-very-own-Neverland B9F35816F460AB999CBC168C4DA26FF3 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:15:56 +0000 World's favourite ballet arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre English National Ballet is returning to Milton Keynes Theatre 11 – 15 Nov with its full production of Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed Swan Lake. Arguably one of the most popular ballets created, Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried’s love for the Swan Queen, Odette, and their battle against the evil magician, Rothbart. This traditional production brings the romance and high drama of the Russian ballet tradition alive. Originally produced for English National Ballet by Deane, this version premiered at the London Coliseum in 2000 and has since been seen by over 550,000 people around the UK. Joining English National Ballet from Boston Ballet, Alejandro Virelles makes his debut as Principal with the Company, performing the role of Prince Siegfried alongside Alina Cojocaru’s Odette/Odile in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake. Swan Lake also sees lead roles from Ksenia Ovsyanick, who was recently promoted to Soloist, and Zdenek Konvalina; Tamara Rojo and the winner of Emerging Dancer 2014 Junor Souza; Fernanda Oliveira and Dmitri Gruzdyev; and Elena Glurdjidze and Arionel Vargas. Exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and glorious music played by the full Orchestra of English National Ballet, makes this a must see autumn treat for the first time ballet dancer or the dedicated fan.  Book now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Worlds-favourite-ballet-arrives-at-Milton-Keynes-Theatre 73C14008D55C730E10BB9412A5BE1A16 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:39:43 +0000 The City will be lit for Christmas For the first time, part of the boulevards in Central Milton Keynes will be lit for Christmas thanks to Milton Keynes City Centre Management and joint partners intu Milton Keynes, centre:mk, MK Council and Destination Milton Keynes. The west area of Midsummer Boulevard, which connects Milton Keynes Railway Station with the main shopping, business and public transport areas, will light up for the festive period culminating with a Christmas lights switch on event on Saturday 22 November at the horseshoe area outside intu Milton Keynes.  Starting in the early afternoon, the event will feature a full programme of events hosted by MKFM, with guest appearances including the stars of MK Theatre’s pantomime Peter Pan… and the great Man in Red himself!  The day’s activities will conclude with a switch on of the lights and an exciting laser and pyrotechnic display which will be seen for miles. Melanie Beck, city centre manager commented, “While the shopping centres already dress up for the Yuletide celebrations each year, this is the first time Central Milton Keynes will light up and add some extra sparkle.  I’m looking forward to peering through the window on those dark afternoons at the stunning white lights to put us in the Christmas mood before Santa Claus makes his annual trip!” Here are some facts about the city light switch on: 1. There will be 19,200 lights 2. The special effects team have worked with Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Adele and Calvin Harris 3. The pyrotechnics are handmade in the USA 4. The project is very eco-friendly 5. Each garland has a loading of 17watts (51watts per tree) 6. Garlands have IP68 extra low voltage light emitting diodes fitted 7. A total loading of 2.5kw (equivalent to 2.5 units of electricity) for the entire Midsummer Boulevard West installation 8. It will take 200 to 250 man hours to put the lights in the trees 9. The lasers in use are 2,400,000,000,000 times brighter than a conventional 100w light bulb. 10. The wireless control system used to fire the pyrotechnics can be operated from over a mile and a half away, and has a one million point encryption system to ensure the safety of the display. More exciting details will be announced over the coming weeks with a programme of activity published very soon.  To stay up to date with the Christmas lights, and the switch on event on Saturday 22 November, follow MKCCM on Facebook (facebook.com/MKCityCentreManagement) and Twitter (twitter.com/MiltonKeynesCCM).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-City-will-be-lit-for-Christmas 8133415EA4647B6345849FB38311CF32 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:40:54 +0000 MK Dons Family Day with tickets under a tenner The MK Dons’ Family Dons Big Day on Saturday 22nd November showcases the return of a popular day for all supporters when MK Dons take on Port Vale with a great atmosphere guaranteed from start to finish. The Family Fun Day sees a wealth of activity going on outside stadiummk and inside the Arena (situated at the end of Gate 6). The day will be Christmas-themed with a very special Santa’s Grotto which will be free for all match ticket holders along with MK Dons season ticket holders and members! In addition, there will also be live music, a digger driving challenge, bouncy castles, an inflatable slide, football skills competitions provided by MK Dons Sport and Education Trust, fairground rides and half-time entertainment provided by mascots from Milton Keynes amongst lots of other events. Nipperbout will also be providing a special Stay and Play area for youngsters to enjoy. Tickets are on sale now with adult tickets starting from just £10 and under 18s from £1, making this a most affordable family day out. Over 50 stalls and attractions will be open from 12 noon until 3pm for everybody to enjoy. There will also be lots of games and competitions for youngsters to enter. Don’t miss out on tickets which are on sale now from both the MK Dons Box Office and Port Vale Box Office from just £10 adults and £1 for under 18s. Don’t forget that under 12s can attend ALL 2014-15 home league matches for free when they purchase a £6 Young Dons membership! Terms and conditions apply – see mkdons.com for more details. To purchase your match tickets for the Port Vale fixture, you can either book via the MK Dons Online Ticket Service or call the Box Office on 0333 200 5343.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Dons-Family-Day-with-tickets-under-a-tenner 440924C5948E05070663F88E69E8242B Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:47:46 +0000 Casino MK takes poker back to basics The Casino MK is inviting you to learn how to show your boss the ‘back door’, ‘cripple the deck’ in front of your colleagues and be the first of your friends to hold a ‘flush’ at its exciting new Poker Club. Every Thursday from 6pm, visitors to the largest casino outside of London will be able to enjoy an hour’s poker tuition, plus a burger and two drinks for just £12. Whether you’re a beginner or a complete novice, the club takes poker back to basics, giving you the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of one of the UK’s most popular card games. With a minimum of six people per booking, the Poker Club is ideal for friends, parties or team building events. “Many people have chosen The Casino MK as the place to play poker, but now we want to give those who aren’t familiar with the game the opportunity to learn something new and different”, said Luke Perkins, assistant general manager at The Casino MK. “The popularity of poker has grown tremendously in the past ten years, but there’s nothing quite like playing poker with friends in the atmosphere of a Super Casino!” To book your place at The Casino MK Poker Club visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk or call 01908 237776. To find out more, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Casino-MK-takes-poker-back-to-basics 98CAC9D33AAD44BB31800130E8C50B5F Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:06:15 +0000 BIG is beautiful in new exhibition by city artists Internationally-recognised photographers and painters, Boyd & Evans, are to exhibit some of their biggest works to date at Milton Keynes College’s Silbury Campus, Gallery 200.  The exhibition will be dominated by an enormous photograph of a tree which will cover the walls on two floors and measures 8.5 metres high by 2.6 metres wide (28 feet by 8½ feet). The artists, who live in the city, have works in the collections of a number of top international galleries from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art both in New York to the Tate Gallery in London. Fionnuala Boyd says, “We’ve been talking to the College for five years about exhibiting but when we first saw the wall at Silbury Campus it inspired big ideas of what could be done there.  It looks like two sides of a canyon, going up through two floors and we wanted to be able to use that.  We’d been looking at big trees and it struck us as an ideal opportunity to go from floor to ceiling.”   Les Evans says, “The idea came as a reaction to the space.  The layout of Silbury Campus allowed us to think of things at scale so there are four other photographs in the exhibition including a 6.5 metres (21 feet) long North American landscape image.” They found the tree in Cannock Chase near Birmingham and have visited it many times.  The photograph is actually about fifty different pictures stitched together in a grid system.  It had to be produced like that to maintain sufficient image quality when it was blown up to such an extraordinary size.  To do this successfully meant a lot of visits as they were dependant on taking pictures in roughly similar light for the idea to work.   Fionnuala says, “It just seemed so very interesting to look at.  The tree is clearly dying; the roots are exposed and out of the soil which may be one of the reasons it’s beginning to lose branches.  It has fungi growing on it and carving on it that looks like scarring in name shapes.  It has a piece of wood nailed to it fairly high up on the trunk as if someone’s tried to make a house on it.  At the same time it’s still producing new branches so it’s living and dying all at once.” Boyd & Evans believe that with the main exhibition area at Milton Keynes Gallery closing for eighteen months it is more important than ever for alternative spaces like Gallery 200 at Silbury Campus to be used by artists to display their work.  They are also pleased to be putting up their pictures in a place habitually frequented by students.   Fionnuala says, “For students to have ready access to exhibitions and artists of a good quality is good for everybody.  Not only do they realise that they’re worth it but they’ll be able to look more closely and ask questions of the artists and make that part of their education and daily life.” College Principal, Dr Julie Mills, says, “It’s wonderful to have such celebrated practitioners as Boyd & Evans living and working in Milton Keynes and it’s a real coup for us to be able to display their images in a student space.  The potential benefits for our art and photography students are obvious but it’s actually wonderful for everyone to have access to beautiful pictures.” The exhibition at Gallery 200 opens with a viewing by invitation on 11th September and will be free to the public from the next day until 19th December from Monday to Friday.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/BIG-is-beautiful-in-new-exhibition-by-city-artists- 2B346A0AA375A07F5A90A344A61416C4 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:15:14 +0000 Random acts of kindness at intu Milton Keynes Unsuspecting shoppers may be in for a surprise as intu Milton Keynes launches intugram – a randomly given gift for a person shopping in the Centre. Martin Hindson, General Manager, will be handing out intugrams twice a week to shoppers he chooses at random.  Designed to reward shoppers and generally inspire a cheerful vibe, intugrams will give visitors special gifts from stores within the Centre.  intugrams launched earlier this month, they are set to include treats from brands such as LEGO and Pret A Manger. As part of its promise to improve shopper experiences, intu has also introduced Joy Jars, free fortune cookies and the all new intu gift card. Visitors to the customer information desk will be treated to little gifts from intu Milton Keynes, stores within the Centre and selected partners.  ‘Joy Jars’ are one way to reward customers and help spread a cheerful vibe throughout the Centre.  Customer service representatives will hand out small gifts to selected customers on occasion, as well as having fortune cookies available to everyone, any time. The new intu gift card can be topped up and spent at any store within any intu shopping centre as well as online on the intu Virtual Shopping Centre.  It’s the perfect gift for any shopaholics out there, available now from the customer information desk. Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We are delighted to have introduced these brilliant additions to intu Milton Keynes.  I am thrilled to be able to hand out intugrams and offer small treats with our Joy Jars and fortune cookies.  It’s a real privilege to be able to surprise shoppers and give them a gift.  I truly hope it’ll create many happy days for our visitors.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Random-acts-of-kindness-at-intu-Milton-Keynes 1D2A48C55F6F10010887CC7D849469A1 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:32:02 +0000 Casino reaches new heights to celebrate birthday This month, The Casino MK celebrated its first birthday in style as it played host to the UK’s most extreme game of zip wire roulette. On 5th and 6th September, visitors to the UK’s second Super Casino were able to zip wire from the top of the Xscape MK building onto a giant roulette wheel for just £5. More than 200 people took part to raise an incredible £805 for The Aspinall Foundation; the conservation charity established by John Aspinall, father of Damian Aspinall who set up Aspers Casinos. Olympic badminton medallist Gail Emms MBE also took part in the zip wire roulette; “I never thought I’d zip wire from the top of the Xscape building. I was shaking; it was such an adrenaline rush!” “The zip wire roulette was a fantastic event and raised an incredible donation for a cause close to our hearts”, said Luke Perkins, assistant general manager at The Casino MK, who also took on the zip wire challenge. “Being the largest Casino outside of London, we had to go bigger and better than ever when it came to celebrating our first birthday. We hope everyone enjoyed taking part as much as we enjoyed playing host to the extreme zip wire event.” “These celebrations, and what we have achieved in the past year, have cemented our reputation as one of the region’s leading entertainment destinations. Following the success of our first year of operation, we are pleased to announce that we will be creating 20 new jobs at The Casino MK in the next few months.” To find out more about The Casino MK, and to see videos from the zip wire event visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Casino-reaches-new-heights-to-celebrate-birthday 73F104C9FBA50050EEA11D9D075247CC Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:07:15 +0000 The Imitation Game screening and exhibition at Bletchley Park To celebrate the release of THE IMITATION GAME in UK cinemas on 14 November, Bletchley Park will open a major new exhibition, taking visitors behind the scenes of the highly anticipated movie.   A dramatic portrayal of the life and work of World War Two Codebreaker Alan Turing, the film stars a host of British acting talent including Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.   The exhibition will open on Tuesday 4 November with an exclusive preview screening of the film for a select audience at Bletchley Park. The same evening, this vibrant heritage attraction will preview a major new exhibition all about the making of the film, in the very room where the bar scenes were filmed.   Entering the exhibition on a red carpet in the Billiard Room, visitors will first see costumes worn by the stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley as Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, as well as the boys at Sherborne School, where a young Alan was played by Alex Lawther. Once inside the Ballroom itself, fans can pose for a photo in the bar, and discover more behind the scenes gems.   The array of items on display will include the Enigma intercepts Alan Turing stuffs into his socks and trousers to sneak them off site, the scribbles made by John Cairncross (played by Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech) and the prototype Bombe machine Turing names Christopher, after his first love.   Sarah Kay, Bletchley Park’s Digitisation and Exhibitions Officer, says “THE IMITATION GAME at Bletchley Park Exhibition is an opportunity to not only provide our existing audiences the chance to see some of the film’s set dressing and some of the fantastic objects and documents created by the film’s art department. It is also an opportunity for us to reach new audiences of film fans who otherwise may not be familiar with the secret wartime work of Alan Turing and the thousands of other heroes who undertook arguably the most important work of the their lives.   “The making of the film will send the history of Bletchley Park worldwide with such incredibly impressive and intense performances by some of Britain's most elite actors. Bletchley Park is incredibly proud of what the filmmakers and actors were able to achieve.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Imitation-Game-screening-and-exhibition-at-Bletchley-Park 551CB238F4895024B98D1943B708DE7C Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:57:33 +0000 The Casino MK celebrates award nomination The Casino MK is celebrating after the Aspers Group was selected as the only European land-based casino operator to be nominated in the 2014 Global Gaming Awards. Aspers’ innovative Aspire Xtra loyalty scheme was nominated for Best Customer Loyalty Program at the inaugural Global Gaming Awards, held at the Titian Ballroom, Venetian Palazzo Congress Centre in Las Vegas last month. The Awards brought together the elite of the gaming industry, both offline and online. Companies were nominated based in their achievement of the past year, and judged by a panel of 50 industry leaders. The Customer Loyalty category recognised programmes that not only offer incentives for customers, but give privileges that the customers would be delighted to receive. Aspers was shortlisted alongside some of the top names in international gaming, including the overall category winners MGM Resorts International. Thanks to innovative technology introduced by Aspers, the Aspire Xtra loyalty scheme enables customers to receive instant freeplay rewards at both slot machines and Electronic Roulette terminals, removing the need for customers to first earn, then exchange points, in the traditional manual systems favoured by other UK casinos. Luke Perkins, assistant general manager of The Casino MK, said; “We are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted in the prestigious Global Gaming Awards.” “Customers are the back-bone of any business, and we’re committed to making visitors to the UK’s second Super Casino feel as valued and appreciated as possible. Since launching in August, more than 50% of customers have signed up for Aspire Xtra at The Casino MK, once again proving how Aspers is the UK leader when it comes to innovation and delivering customer value.” To find out more about The Casino MK, visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Casino-MK-celebrates-award-nomination 1340CCF24722F02BBC81B3822CE23D4C Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:33:50 +0000 The classic Calamity Jane comes to MK Theatre Following a sell-out run at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury Calamity Jane produced by Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon embarks on a UK tour and is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre 25 – 29 Nov. Calamity Jane stars Jodie Prenger in the title role of Calamity Jane, Tom Lister as Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as Danny and Phoebe Street as Katie Brown. Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood.  Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams, for the Deadwood Stage.  But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check.  It takes her long-standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love… The production has an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love. Jodie Prenger is probably best known for winning the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything. During her run in the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane she received both critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of the role. Since then she has starred in the National Theatre’s hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors both in the West End and on tour and as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. Jodie is also a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2. Tom Lister most recently played Grimes and Eel in the world premiere of Water Babies at Leicester Curve. He is probably best known to TV audiences for his role as Carl King’in ITV’s Emmerdale, a part he played for nine years. His theatre credits also include Pan in Loves Mistress at the Globe Theatre and Ralph in Accrington Pals at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Alex Hammond made his professional debut in the hugely successful Taboo at the Brixton Academy. He most recently played the role of Adam Pontipee in the national tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. His other theatre credits include Save The Last Dance For Me. Phoebe Street most recently appeared in The Light Princess at the National Theatre. Her other credits include Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre where she made her West End debut. The rest of the company includes Anthony Dunn as Henry Miller, Sioned Saunders as Susan, Rob Delaney as Francis Fryer, Christina Tedders as Adelaide Adams, Paul Kissaun as Rattlesnake, Jon Bonner as Doc, Martin McCarthy as Joe, Matthew James Hinchliffe as Buck, Jamie Noar as Hank, Giovanna Ryan as Flo and Justin Wilman as Charlie. Calamity Jane is adapted for the stage by Charles K. Freeman and has music by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. Book now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-classic-Calamity-Jane-comes-to-MK-Theatre 1BD36C9AE813F304363AE6AC7F48068E Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:30:39 +0000 Cyclo Cross World Cup is coming to Milton Keynes The third stage of the UCI World Cup is being held in the UK for the first time and they’ve chosen Milton Keynes’ Campbell Park as the ideal place to hold it. Elite cyclists from around the world will take part in this stage on a course designed to test and challenge their abilities over a course combining different terrains, steep hills and lots of mud! Thousands of spectators are expected at Campbell Park on Saturday 29 November to watch the races, ring their cowbells, visit the beer and food tents or watch one of the giant screens around the course. WHAT IS CYCLO CROSS? Cyclo-Cross is a discipline ridden over a 3km circuit and includes clearings, roads, wooded paths and fields. The races generally last between 30 minutes to an hour. The riders cycle several laps of the circuit. To clear some of the toughest difficulties such as steep paths, muddy tracks and artificial obstacles, riders have to carry and run with their bikes. This discipline is a remarkable school of cycling which requires great riding technique, determination skill and great stamina. WHY MILTON KEYNES AND WHERE IN MILTON KEYNES? Milton Keynes has a track record of being able to host and deliver major events. Milton Keynes is easily accessible from all areas in the UK as it is located on the main North –South trunk roads. Milton Keynes is only 3 hours from the major sea ports connecting with mainland Europe , especially Belgium and Holland. Luton Airport also has links with major cities in Europe allowing easy flight transfers and is only 40 minutes away. The perfect location for the event is Campbell Park in Central Milton Keynes. This offers the perfect venue for design and course layout, but also has huge advantages of being in the centre of Milton Keynes which enables visitors to utilise the Centre MK shopping and other facilities. OPPORTUNITY Cyclo-Cross is a growing sport within the general Cycling umbrella and is ridden by Mountain Bikers , Road cyclists and increasingly, by junior cyclists. It is the main Cycling sport in Winter. Throughout Europe Cyclo-cross is the most popular cycling sport throughout the winter months with almost fanatical support at all the main races. Recent events in Belgium have seen crowds in excess of 45,000. In the UK, there are local events held and national events held throughout the winter months, but until recently there has not been the opportunity to showcase the best riders in the sport to the British competitors or spectators. This event gives us that opportunity. In 1992 Britain hosted the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in Leeds and over 40,000 attended the event. Since that day no major World class Cyclo Cross event has been held in the UK. Milton Keynes will now host a World Cup round and the main event will consist of 120 of the World’s leading riders TICKETS Tickets cost just £10 per adult and children under 12 go free! On the day tickets will be £15 per adult with free entry for children under 12. Visit www.mkwcx.com to buy tickets or merchandise   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Cyclo-Cross-World-Cup-is-coming-to-Milton-Keynes 0C2F66F43752D47FB49ABEEA0BADF47A Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:23:10 +0000 Theatre District Christmas Family Event The 2014 Theatre District Christmas event on Sunday 30th November promises to be even more family fun than ever before. They have a full line up of fantastic FREE entertainment, including local singing sensation / song writer Bailey McConnell, local band The Shures, Scott Finley, UK Hip Hop Champions Limitless Dance Crew, Cheerleaders MKCM and, as ever, FREE kids rides kindly provided by Keith Emmett.    This year the event supports The Henry Allen Trust, a local charity started in 2013 after Henry Allen, at only 4, lost his battle to Neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. The charity was set up by Dawn and Mark Allen (Henry’s Mum & Dad) to help bring happiness to other children and their families who are battling cancer.  All money raised from the event will go to this amazing charity and they will be selling their own merchandise plus running a tombola and kids fun stalls to raise additional funds. The festivities will start at 4pm when the FREE rides and refreshments will be opened, followed by a packed programme of talented singers and dance groups, all organised by Real Music MK.  This year they have Barleyhurst Park Primary School on as the first act and Alive & Singing Rock and Pop Choir will return for their second visit.  Local, friendly mascots will be out and about, and apparently Father Christmas has prioritised this event in his busy diary, so will be in his little grotto ready to find out what all the well behaved girls and boys would like for Christmas.   The Christmas Family Fun event on Sunday 30th November will take place in the central area of the Theatre District – at the side of Bella Italia.  Kids rides, stalls and refreshments will be opened at 4pm and stay open throughout the event.  The official switch on of the Christmas lights by The Henry Allen Trust Patrons Bailey McConnell (singer), Karl Robinson (MK DONs) and Ann-Marie Davies (actress, model & presenter) plus special local guest, will take place around 6.45pm.  There will also be, for the very first time, an official switch on of the unique Christmas Light and Sound Dome!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Theatre-District-Christmas-Family-Event 64F07F012A35C83D7C556BA0B69EF64E Tue, 11 Nov 2014 02:02:06 +0000 Black Friday Christmas Market at intu Milton Keynes Every year ‘Black Friday’ grows in popularity as the American inspired phenomenon takes over the UK offering huge discounts and special offers from the biggest names in retail.  On Friday 28 November, generous discounts will be available from stores across intu Milton Keynes throughout the day. To celebrate, the intu group is hosting a variety of activities in centres nationwide; intu Milton Keynes is holding its first ever Black Friday Christmas Market which will be in the Shopping Centre from Friday 28 until Sunday 30 November.   This new and exciting market offers Christmas shoppers plentiful gift ideas and treats; there will be delicious cupcakes, locally produced food and drink, Christmas decorations, home accessories, vintage bric-a-brac, antiques and more.  To warm things up, there is an Afro-Caribbean food market offering delicious tasters and recipe ideas with a kick. Black Friday offers will be displayed on giant walls, which will be kept live with new offers being put up as they are announced. The offers will also be posted on the intu Milton Keynes website and social media channels. This crucial Christmas shopping weekend wouldn’t be complete without the annual gift wrap service.  This year, coordinated by the Cornerstone Christmas Appeal, volunteers from several local charities are taking it in turns to wrap presents in return for a donation to their charity.  The gift wrap station will be located on the south concourse (opposite Caff? Italia) and will be open from 11am – 5pm from Friday 28 until Sunday 30 November.  It will be available again 11am – 5pm over the weekend of 6 and 7 December, and then daily from Saturday 13 December until Christmas Eve.   For all of those Monopoly lovers out there, the inaugural Milton Keynes Monopoly championship will be taking place on Saturday 29 November.  The person crowned champion will receive £200 worth of prizes including an intu gift card and Monopoly goodies.  To enter, contestants must e-mail: mk@winningmoves.co.uk.     http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Black-Friday-Christmas-Market-at-intu-Milton-Keynes 2130EB640E0A272898A51DA41363542D Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:29:50 +0000 Join the Christmas gold rush at intu intu Shopping Centres across the UK are spreading the festive cheer by hiding bags of gold coins, each worth a jolly £100 intu Gift Card. Two bags of coins will be hidden at iconic locations in Milton Keynes each day of the week starting from 10am on Monday 1 December and finishing in the afternoon of Friday 5 December. For clues of their locations, people can follow the Twitter posts and use the hashtag #intuXmasCoins (www.twitter.com/intumk). Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “This is a wonderful way to spread the festive joy and create a bit of fun around the City. Look out for the clues online and you could grab £100 to spend on your Christmas shopping.” Each of the intu Centres across the UK will be hiding 10 bags of coins, giving away a total of £15,000.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Join-the-Christmas-gold-rush-at-intu D93591BDF7860E1E4EE2FCA799911215 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:49:01 +0000 ‘Quids In’ for The Casino MK’s First £1 Poker Tournament The Casino MK is excited to announce its first ever £1 poker tournament on Thursday 11 December. Open to novices, beginners, and regular poker players alike, the super casino’s Quids In tournament promises to be a winning evening with a range of prizes, including a PS4, a Smart TV and an Aston Martin Driving Experience, up for grabs for the final ten in the running at midnight. From 6pm, visitors can register to take part for just £1, with the tournament beginning in The Casino MK’s state of the art 150 seat poker room at 7pm. “Whether you’ve played poker before or not, the Quids In poker tournament is an exciting opportunity to experience all the thrill of a ‘real’ poker game, for just £1”, says Luke Perkins, Assistant General Manager at The Casino MK. “Many people choose The Casino MK as the place to play poker and the popularity of the game has continued to grow. This is a chance for people of all playing abilities to enjoy the game, without big money stakes, and the chance to win some fantastic prizes just in time for Christmas.” To find out more visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, call 01908 237776, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Quids-In-for-The-Casino-MKs-First-1-Poker-Tournament- 6B4E2B9376139FA09A68B94EC04DBE94 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:35:16 +0000 360 Play launch Christmas Toy Appeal Following the recent announcement that Milton Keynes’ favourite children’s play centre, 360 Play, is to officially support local charity Emily’s Star in 2014/15, the company has now launched its Christmas Give a Gift Appeal which will benefit those supported by the charity. Emily’s Star was set up in memory of Emily Elizabeth Mainwaring who was born with Trisomy 18, otherwise known as Edwards Syndrome, and who sadly passed away 26 days after her birth. The charity was set up by Emily’s mother Katie and has a number of objectives. The main activity is to raise funds for the Children with Complex Needs Nurses and families in Milton Keynes, and eventually across the UK, who care for children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses. Additionally, the charity aims to raise awareness of Trisomy 18 and to provide neonatal boxes – Emily’s gift – to local neonatal units, which include items for both mothers and premature or underweight babies. And now, with Christmas approaching, one of 360 Play’s first initiatives with the charity will be to collect toys to hand out to children who are having to spend Christmas in hospital. The toys will be delivered to the children’s ward at Milton Keynes General Hospital, where the neonatal unit is located, to ensure every child who has to stay in hospital over Christmas receives a present from Santa this year. “The children's ward looks after a wide age range, from babies through to age 16, so presents can include puzzles, arts and crafts sets, books, DVDs, chocolate box selections, board games as well as rattles and mobiles for the younger babies,” said 360 Play business development manager Adam Skinner. “And in return for any toys received through our Give a Gift Appeal we will be providing those donating with a voucher for a parent and child to come and play at 360 Play.” The toy collections will begin on Monday, December 1st., and will continue until Thursday, December 18th. (Please note that due to infection control procedures, used items cannot be accepted). Those donating just need to take their toy along to 360 Play to receive their complimentary play voucher. 360 Play, at Knowlhill, is a popular destination for families with young children and continues to support the local community in various ways, including its assistance of Emily’s Star which, as a registered charity, is dependent on the financial support of and donations from local organisations and individuals. Full information on Emily’s Star can be found at www.emilysstar.co.uk while details of 360 Play can be found at www.360play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/360-Play-launch-Christmas-Toy-Appeal A6D5AB67798F3A675DC50C1D5B6C03D4 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:02:29 +0000 Midwinter fire festival in Campbell Park On Saturday 20th December 7-9pm, local arts organisation, Festive Road, will be producing Paraffinalia: a site-specific Midwinter Fire Festival in Campbell Park. The event is free and celebrates the darkest of days with fire spectacles, processional lanterns, pyrotechnic effects and live performances, all based on the traditions of The Lord of Mis-rule and the The Bean King! From 7pm audiences will be met by some extraordinary walkabout characters in the Open Air Theatre area and will be guided to the happenings beyond, where the parade of lanterns and illuminated structures will join the celebrations from across the park. There’ll be a chance to interact with installations and performers and buy some refreshments before the main event –a 20 minute show featuring fire performers, traditional re-enactment and live music from The Kettle band. Price: Free Age Range: All Welcome Meeting Place: Limited public parking on Campbell Park Events Plateau.  Other recommended parking is located at Centre:MK (John Lewis end) and short walk over footbridge into the park. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Midwinter-fire-festival-in-Campbell-Park 1DA546F25222C1EE710CF7E2F7A3FF0C Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:26:59 +0000 Victorian Christmas returns to MK Museum If you’re looking for a special festive treat this Christmas, you’ll find all the magic you could wish for at Milton Keynes Museum’s Victorian Christmas days.  From carols and hot chestnuts to Santa and his sledge, the Museum turns back time to the age that created Christmas as we know it today.   From Fridays through to Sundays every weekend in December, the whole family can enjoy Christmas past, including: mulled wine served by our butler by the roaring fire carols around the piano in the Victorian parlour hot chestnuts in the working forge hot buttered toast made the old-fashioned way with a toasting fork Christmas card-making in the schoolroom an audience with Queen Victoria in the hall vintage Christmas films showing in the chapel a gifts and crafts fair in the barn homemade seasonal refreshments in the Granary tearoom and, of course, Santa and his elves in the grotto. As always, there’s no extra charge for admission to the Museum during its Victorian Christmas celebration – and the memories you make will be priceless. Dates and Times of Opening 2014 Week 1 - Fri 5th, Sat 6th, Sun 7th Dec Week 2 - Fri 12th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th Dec Week 3 - Fri 19th, Sat 20th, Sun 21st Dec Fridays - 4.30 pm till 7 pm Saturdays and Sundays - 1.30pm till 6pm See the website www.mkmuseum.org.uk for more details.     http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Victorian-Christmas-returns-to-MK-Museum 810DFBBEBB17302018AE903E9CB7A483 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:56:35 +0000 City Centre lights up before 2,500 residents After months of planning, the city centre lights are finally on and Midsummer Boulevard is firmly lit for the Christmas period.  The management team of MKCCM would like to say a massive thank you to headline partners Milton Keynes Council, centre:mk and intu Milton Keynes – and an even bigger thank you to the thousands of residents who joined us for the weekend’s festivities. Over the course of the day the public enjoyed a variety of bands and performances thanks to hosts MKFM before intu Milton Keynes’ annual parade swept round the centre and arrived at the stage in time for a performance from the stars of Milton Keynes Theatre’s pantomime Peter Pan.  At 5pm the lights were switched on by Father Christmas, the Mayor of Milton Keynes Derek Eastman, Peter Pan and Wendy to huge cheers from the crowds.  The switch on culminated with a tremendous laser and pyrotechnic show to be seen across the city centre. MKCCM’s city centre manager Melanie Beck commented, “We are delighted the event was so well received with over 2,500 people joining us as we lit Midsummer Boulevard for the first time in Milton Keynes’ history.  We’d like to thank our partners centre:mk, Milton Keynes Council  and intu Milton Keynes for their support in bringing the project to life. We’re looking forward to making this even better next year!” MKCCM are now calling for the public to send their photos and videos of the event for a chance to win a festive prize.  For your chance to win, like MKCCM on Facebook and post your photos and videos on their wall using the hashtag #mklights.  A winner will be announced on MKCCM’s Facebook on Monday 1 December. “We were amazed how the public engaged with the event on the day using social media,” continued Melanie.  “Now, we’re looking forward to seeing even more photos and choosing our favourite one for a festive prize.  Just don’t forget the hashtag!” For your chance to win make sure you’ve liked MKCCM on Facebook (facebook.com/MKCityCentreManagement) and post your images on their wall.  You can also follow MKCCM on Twitter (twitter.com/MiltonKeynesCCM)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/City-Centre-lights-up-before-2500-residents 35D02FEF7D9A24E237057162ABAB82B7 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:00:14 +0000 Roll Up Roll Up for The Casino MK's Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever The Casino MK is giving customers the chance to win some of the best Christmas gifts of all time in the Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever. Did you have your eye on a Scalextric growing up, or perhaps a chopper bike always on your wish list as a child? If so, the UK’s largest casino outside of London is giving you the chance to walk away with your favourite retro Christmas gifts, along with a whole host of modern day classics including an iPad Air and Xbox One. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is pick up an instant daily scratch card from 1st December, and you could be walking away with The Casino MK’s daily mystery prize or a guaranteed free bet, snack or drink. What’s more, pick up a FREE daily prize draw ticket and you could win a brand new Fiat 500 worth £15,000 or £10,000 in cash in the FREE prize draw on 22nd December*. “As the UK’s second Super Casino and Home of the Big Win, we had to go bigger and better than before this Christmas,” says Luke Perkins, Assistant General Manager at The Casino MK. “Everyone’s a winner with our instant daily scratch cards, whilst having the chance to drive away in a top of the range Fiat 500 for Christmas.” “The Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever will make sure that our customers will have a Christmas they won’t forget, not just because of our fantastic gift giveaway, but for our Christmas extravaganza theme inside The Casino MK courtesy the talented team at Frosts Landscapes.” To find out more about The Casino MK’s Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever, visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasino MK on Twitter. *Entry available to Aspire members only. Aspire Reward Scheme is free to join. Photo ID required. Age 18 and over.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Roll-Up-Roll-Up-for-The-Casino-MKs-Greatest-Christmas-Giveaway-Ever 70D5212DD052B2EF06E5E562F6F9AB9C Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:23:33 +0000 The Casino MK is giving away a car for Christmas Fancy driving home for Christmas in a brand new Fiat 500, or scooping a cash prize of £10,000 to help you start the New Year in style? The Casino MK is giving one lucky customer the chance to take home one of these fantastic prizes as part of its free prize draw on Monday 22nd December. Visitors to the largest casino outside of London who have collected a daily prize draw ticket throughout the month are invited to bring their tickets to the draw before 8pm, where six finalists will be chosen. They will then pick a present, each containing a cash prize and a set of keys, one of which will open the doors of the top of the range Fiat 500*. The grand prize draw is just one of the highlights of The Casino MK’s Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever in which one prize has been given away every day throughout December; from an iPad Air and Xbox One to some retro Christmas gifts including a Chopper bike, space hopper and Scalextric. Super casino customers have also been guaranteed a free bet, snack, or drink simply by picking up an instantly daily scratch card this month. “We’ve really enjoyed giving away some of our favourite retro gifts as part of The Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever”, says Luke Perkins, assistant general manager at The Casino MK. “We’re looking forward to the live prize draw which looks set to be an edge of the seat event.” “The Casino MK is also hosting a free Hollywood Glamour New Year’s Eve party with live entertainment throughout the evening and fizz at midnight. There’ll be two sittings in Clary’s Restaurant, and as we’re open 24 hours, there’s no reason for the night to end until you’re ready!” To find out more about The Casino MK’s Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever, visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk/superxmas, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter. *Entry available to Aspire members only. Aspire Reward Scheme is free to join. Photo ID required. Age 18 and over. Terms and conditions apply.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Casino-MK-is-giving-away-a-car-for-Christmas D71F5142463EFCF6DC7BE216CF4644B5 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:43:16 +0000 Get Christmas all wrapped up at intu Milton Keynes Making a welcome comeback this festive season is the annual intu Milton Keynes charity gift wrap service.  This year, the Shopping Centre is partnering with The Cornerstone Appeal and welcomes a variety of Milton Keynes based charities to offer their wrapping skills in return for donations. The service begins on Friday 28 November and ends on Christmas Eve.  All volunteers take part in training sessions so they know all the tricks for wrapping gifts of all shapes and sizes – even the most awkward toys!     The charity gift wrap service is located on the South Concourse (opposite Caff? Italia).  The service is available 11am – 5pm from Black Friday, 28 November, until Sunday 30 November, to offer visitors to the intu Milton Keynes Black Friday Christmas Market the opportunity to have any Christmas purchases wrapped.  The service returns for the weekend of 6 and 7 December, and then daily from Saturday 13 December until Christmas Eve.  Hours will increase in the week leading up to Christmas – full details are available on the intu Milton Keynes website.   Sam Crooks, who runs the annual Cornerstone Christmas Appeal, said:  “Cornerstone is delighted to be coordinating this year's service.  I know that people will be as generous as possible to help our local charities”. Last year, the service saw over 80 volunteers wrap over 3,000 presents and raise a record breaking £8,000 for their charity.   The wrapping service costs £2 for small gifts, £3 for medium gifts and £4 for large gifts.  All funds raised are shared among the charities taking part. Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We are delighted to be able to provide the gift wrapping station again this year.  We have partnered up with The Cornerstone Appeal so that we can get as many charities involved as possible so that they can all raise vital funds.  For those that don’t enjoy the thralls of wrapping, this service is a real bonus – you might just spot me in the queue at some point!”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-Christmas-all-wrapped-up-at-intu-Milton-Keynes 04115EC378E476C56D19D827BCF8DB56 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:30:54 +0000 Meet the legend at the Land of MK Believe! There are only a few more sleeps until the legend himself, Santa, lands his sleigh at centre:mk to officially open his magical Christmas Grotto at the Land of MK Believe. What’s more, if you book online, you could be in with a chance of winning Christmas! Every booking made through the website will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win an £1,000 centre:mk giftcard.   Situated at Middleton Hall by John Lewis, the Grotto visit will also include a special Christmas craft experience with Santa’s elves, where children will make their own Christmas wrapping paper and magical reindeer food to take away with them on the day. The memorable experience, which includes the chance to take a picture with Santa, will last approximately 30 minutes.   James Waugh, centre director for centre:mk said: “Thousands of families through the generations have visited centre:mk for the Christmas experience and we look forward to welcoming them again this year. We’re really excited for the arrival of the legend himself on 14th November and to be able to offer the opportunity to win Christmas with an £1000 giftcard. Good luck to all!”   As well as online, visits can also be booked at the Grotto itself, with the entire Grotto experience including crafts costing just £6.50 per child. Big kids (ie. parents accompanying children) are admitted free this year, and every child gets a gift to the value of £4.50.     Father Christmas will be looking forward to welcoming children to the Land of MK Believe from November 14th‎ with the parade starting at 4.30pm. For more details, visit thecentremk.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Meet-the-legend-at-the-Land-of-MK-Believe 46123E470D3226911C48DF4E9867B9DB Thu, 06 Nov 2014 01:55:20 +0000 MK Mayor has it all wrapped up The Mayor of Milton Keynes showed off his wrapping skills this week at the intu Milton Keynes charity gift wrap service.     This year, the Shopping Centre is partnering with The Cornerstone Appeal and welcomes a variety of Milton Keynes based charities to offer their wrapping skills in return for donations.   The service began on Friday 28 November and ends on Christmas Eve.  All volunteers take part in training sessions so they know all the tricks for wrapping gifts of all shapes and sizes – even the most awkward toys!       The charity gift wrap service is located on the South Concourse (opposite Caff? Italia).  The service is available 11am – 5pm from Black Friday, 28 November, until Sunday 30 November, to offer visitors to the intu Milton Keynes Black Friday Christmas Market the opportunity to have any Christmas purchases wrapped.  The service returns for the weekend of 6 and 7 December, and then daily from Saturday 13 December until Christmas Eve.  Hours will increase in the week leading up to Christmas – full details are available on the intu Milton Keynes website.     Sam Crooks, who runs the annual Cornerstone Christmas Appeal, said:  “Cornerstone is delighted to be coordinating this year's service.  I know that people will be as generous as possible to help our local charities”.   Last year, the service saw over 80 volunteers wrap over 3,000 presents and raise a record breaking £8,000 for their charity.     The wrapping service costs £2 for small gifts, £3 for medium gifts and £4 for large gifts.  All funds raised are shared among the charities taking part.   Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We are delighted to be able to provide the gift wrapping station again this year.  We have partnered up with The Cornerstone Appeal so that we can get as many charities involved as possible so that they can all raise vital funds.  For those that don’t enjoy the thralls of wrapping, this service is a real bonus – you might just spot me in the queue at some point!”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Mayor-has-it-all-wrapped-up 702CAFA3BB4C9C86E4A3B6834B45AEDD Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:26:53 +0000 Milton Keynes Monopoly goes on sale HERD THE MOOS? MK’S FAMOUS CONCRETE COWS TAKE UP RESIDENCE ON ‘OLD KENT ROAD’ LOVE them – or HATE them?  They are the iconic symbol of Milton Keynes. But now the city’s famous ‘Concrete Cows’ sculptures are to spread their hooves. BUY NOW DIRECT FROM DESTINATION MK Visitors to MK are drawn to the Cows the split second their eyes fall on the MK landscape. Now the cows are to have another new home as they take up residence on MONOPOLY’s most controversial location Old Kent Road in the new official MONOPOLY: Milton Keynes Edition, out this Friday (October 24th 2014). The launch of the board in the heart of MK comes on the same day as it hits shop shelves - both virtual and online. The launch is to be a public event with the public being invited to take videos and pictures and put them online. As for the Cows – they are tipped to be SMILING say the MONOPOLY chiefs. “A massive coup,” claims the head of the team that has put the board together. Dan Taylor, MONOPOLY Development Director at Winning Moves UK - makers of this new official board under license from MONOPOLY makers Hasbro - says: “We reckon Old Kent Road was the perfect compromise for the Concrete Cows. It’s a location on the MONOPOLY board that is big in profile just like the Cows are in Milton Keynes, even if a little small in actual MONOPOLY terms.” The Cows are to appear on the MONOPOLY: Milton Keynes Edition board’s most controversial site – a brown site – it will be announced at the board’s launch. But far from being browned off the Cows will be celebrating all over the city. They are so tickled pink (or black and white as they are) to be on the board’s most modest site that they will be celebrating in style by wearing trademark MONOPOLY top hats. At the official launch – at intu Milton Keynes - the new MONOPOLY: Milton Keynes Edition 22 MK landmarks will be revealed. Adds Mr Taylor. “Yes, Old Kent Road may be low on the board but it’s very high in profile.” The Milton Keynes MONOPOLY ‘Big Reveal’ will also see a gigantic five foot square replica of the board unveiled in “spectacular style”. Adds Mr Taylor: “Perhaps it will be our most spectacular launch anywhere in the world in MONOPOLY’S proud 79-year history.” Bletchley Park has landed on the top exclusive Mayfair position, with in all, 22 MK MONOPOLY property sites replacing the famous London MONOPOLY streets. Many sets are themed – including a tourism one headed up by Gulliver’s Theme Parks. Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, says: “The Concrete Cows are synonymous with Milton Keynes so it’s wonderful that they have their very own spot on the board. The Cows are the very first thing many people think of when it comes to Milton Keynes so we think it’s great that they’re first on the board!”. Here's the full list of landmarks and organisations that feature as you go around the board; Concrete Cows, Willen Lake, Open door (charity), Milton Keynes Station, Indoor Skydiving, Daytona MK, SnoZone, National Badminton Centre, Milton Keynes Electric, Planet Ice, MK Dons, Wolverton Station, Kingston Centre, Centre:MK, intu MK, Midsummer Boulevard, MK News MK Web, Image Magazines, Bletchley Station, National Trust Stowe, MK Museum, NYTA, Gulliver's Land, Denbigh School, Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes Citizen, University of Bedfordshire, Fenny Stratford Station, Xscape, Cats Protection Milton Keynes (charity), Bletchley Park. Steven Gordon-Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Destination Milton Keynes, says of the new board: “We think the choices really show what a diverse and interesting place Milton Keynes is. There really is something for everyone. It’s definitely going to be on my Christmas list!” In all, 22 MK MONOPOLY property sites replace the famous London MONOPOLY streets.  The MONOPOLY: Milton Keynes Edition is available from 10am, Friday 24th October and you can buy direct from us online - CLICK HERE       http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-Monopoly-goes-on-sale 71A8B2FFE0B594A5C1B3C28090384FD7 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:04:18 +0000 DMK Chair Dr Ann Limb honoured Buckinghamshire entrepreneur Dr Ann Limb OBE has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the life and community of Milton Keynes and the South East Midlands. The well-known Chair of both South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and tourism service Destination Milton Keynes was presented with the coveted award at today’s [Oct 31st] University of Bedfordshire’s graduation ceremony. Making the presentation of the award to Ann, the University of Bedfordshire listed her impressive experience and spoke about her illustrious career, which has spanned the world of education, charities, business and public life. Ann, a well-known champion of Milton Keynes, campaigns tirelessly to promote the city, and is also Chair of the biennial MK International Festival and Chair of the MK Major Events Board, which has overall responsibility for delivery in stadium:mk of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Ann Limb was awarded the OBE for her public service and for services to education. The University of Bedfordshire’s citation for Ann highlights that she: ‘Is a passionate advocate of education and training as a driver of social mobility and social justice. She began her career as a teacher and lecturer in 1977 and by 1988 was a College Principal at Milton Keynes College.  It is a role she held for eight years before becoming Principal and Chief Executive of Cambridge Regional College. From 2000 to 2005, Ann was Chief Executive of the University for Industry, which is now the successfully privatised digital learning organisation learndirect, and the digital social enterprise Tinder Foundation. From 2005, as Senior Vice President with the international strategic management consultancy Citizen Service Transformation, Ann advised governments in the UK and overseas. Ann has held an extensive range of public and private sector non-executive directorships, together with many educational, voluntary and community appointments.  Nationally, her current government roles include Non-Executive Director of the Homes and Communities Agency, Chair of the Environmental Regulator ENTRUST, and Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, one of the largest of the 39 private sector led economic development partnerships set up by the government in 2010. In 1998 Ann founded a national educational charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which works to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students.’ http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/DMK-Chair-Dr-Ann-Limb-honoured D5FF135377D39F1DE7372C95C74DD962 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:13:39 +0000 MK Social opens in the Theatre District The curtains have been raised on a new bar, dining & music venue ‘MK Social’, at the very centre of Milton Keynes' bustling Theatre District. With servings of quintessentially British food, experimental cocktails and late night licensing—this “showtime” venue has everything to offer and more. Guests can delight in the full experience all week by booking their party or table through info@mksocial.co.uk. Visit them during the week for a matinee lunch, easy supper & evening music performance or late night social gatherings with DJs on the weekend. ‘Eat, drink, dance, be social’   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Social-opens-in-the-Theatre-District 0777ACFF7C9AB34562699E4E1D05AFFB Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:54:01 +0000 Live Music comes to B Town B-Town is delighted to announce that they are introducing live and kicking music nights every Saturday from 29 November. The event is free to attend and starts from 9:30pm until late. Featuring a plethora of talent including: cover artist Iain Sparkes, talented 60s singer Kim Sellick and the Motown man Freddy B. The special event will also feature 2 for 1 cocktails from a choice of twenty. The Manager, Mo Abdul said: “We’re very excited about introducing live music to B-Town. We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where people can come and experience the work of some talented musicians free of charge and enjoy some great deals on food and drink. This will be a recurring night which is a first in the Milton Keynes area.” For more information about the restaurant or to make a booking, email dine@btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call the restaurant on 01908 200522. Visit www.btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk or join the chatter at www.twitter.com/BTownMK www.facebook.com/btownmk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Live-Music-comes-to-B-Town 76C538125FC5C9EC6AD1D05650A57DE5 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:53:47 +0000 Bradley Walsh to return to panto at MK Theatre You’ll never, never believe it! After 7 years Milton Keynes’ most popular panto star ever, Bradley Walsh IS BACK! Taking a break from our TV screens in hit series’ such as Law & Order UK and The Chase,  your favourite funny man Bradley is set for a spectacular return to MKT after smashing Box Office records in Cinderella (2006) and Aladdin (2007)! Leading an all-star cast as Smee, Captain Hook’s hapless first mate, in the tale of Peter Pan, this year’s pantomime will be a magical delight for families of all ages– and there will definitely be some fun to be had for those big kids who never grew up! Bradley says of his return to Panto in MK “I can’t wait to be back at Milton Keynes Theatre, my happiest memories of panto were during my time spent there and I have been dying to get back but my schedule over the last seven years hasn’t allowed me. However this year I’m back with a show that will be fun for everyone .... Especially Me !!! Bring it on !!” Joining Bradley on the decks of the Jolly Roger after soaring to fame in Britain’s Got Talent will be Street Dance sensations Flawless  as a group of pop-locking, hip-hopping  pirates as you have never seen them before! Expect to see some ‘moon-walking’ the plank with this motley crew! Get ready with your loudest boo and hiss, as no panto is complete without its dastardly villain, and there is no bigger baddie in all of Neverland than this year’s Captain Hook, David Bedella. Leading man Bradley played the loveable rogue Danny Baldwin in the award-winning soap Coronation Street winning Best Actor at The Royal Television Society Awards, and The TV Times Awards in 2006.  Bradley’s many TV roles since have included ITV drama Torn and The Old Curiosity Shop alongside Sir Derek Jacobi. Over the last 5 years Bradley has taken the lead role as Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brookes, in ITV’s hugely successful Law and Order UK. Bradley can also be seen as host of ITV1’s  thrilling game show The Chase.  His film credits include Mike Bassett: England Manager and Happy Ending. Global award winning dance act Flawless who rocketed to fame in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, have gone on to appear in hit films Street Dance 3D and Street Dance 3D 2; collaborated with Kylie Minogue at the Diamond Jubilee Concert; headlined at the opening of the 2012 London Paralympic Ceremony and completed 3 successful national tours. Olivier award winner David Bedella’s created the role of Satan/Warm Up Man in the controversially popular Jerry Springer – The Opera, and his many West End and Broadway stage credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Chicago,  Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage Aux Folles, H.M.S. Pinafore, West Side Story, A Chorus Line,  42nd Street, Dreamgirls,  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Guys and Dolls! and Evita, to name but a few!  On the big screen David has also appeared in Oliver Stone’s Alexander opposite Anthony Hopkins; and Batman Begins; Red Light Runners opposite Harvey Keitel. Don’t miss out - Hook your tickets now! Tickets are available at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bradley-Walsh-to-return-to-panto-at-MK-Theatre A495EEBBFA243B79C5B9B224C482D0C2 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:29:11 +0000 Ease into the Christmas Spirit with a Festive Afternoon Tea at Whittlebury Hall There’s no better setting to gently relax and ease into the Christmas spirit. Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa are delighted to announce that between 17th November and 31st December 2014, guests can enjoy a relaxing, sumptuous Festive Afternoon Tea at the Silverstone Bar. Freshly prepared by their in-house chefs, and for just £15.95 per person, the Festive Afternoon tea includes; Smoked Salmon Blinis with Crème Fraiche and Caper Berries Triple Layer Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich Goats Cheese Crottin with Red Onion Jam and Wholemeal Crostini Mulled Wine Trifle Christmas Spiced Chocolate Gingerbread Star Cranberry Macaroon Apple, Raisin and Brandy Fruitcake with Brandy Buttercream Warm Home baked Fruit Scones with Strawberry Preserve and Clotted Cream and Your choice of Mulled Wine, Tea or Coffee The perfect way to kick off that festive season! Book online at www.whittleburyhall.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Ease-into-the-Christmas-Spirit-with-a-Festive-Afternoon-Tea-at-Whittlebury-Hall 7AC71D433F282034E088473244DF8C02 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:11:24 +0000 You can 'Bank' on The Hub this Christmas For the third year in a row The Hub, Milton Keynes’ premier restaurant, café, bar and lifestyle  quarter in the heart of the city, is running a Facebook campaign to raise much needed funds for a local charity. During December, for every new “like” The Hub receives on its Facebook page, £1.00 will be donated to MK Food Bank.  The charity provides local families and individuals with essential food supplies when they are most in need.  That need has gone up massively during these times of austerity; so-much-so that the number of food parcels given out in the city has gone up by a staggering 72% in the last two years.   Simon Spavins, Managing Director of Broadoak Management which runs The Hub says, “As the city’s premier dining destination MK Food Bank is the ideal charity for The Hub to support.  Our friends in the social media community have really got behind this campaign over the last couple of years and we’re hoping for even more support this year to break our target of £1,000.” MK Food Bank distributed just under 13,000 food packs in 2013 and a typical single adult food pack costs around £15 to produce, so donations of both food and money are critical to enable the charity to keep providing this much needed service. If you’d like to find out more about MK Food Bank visit www.mkfoodbank.org.uk or to support The Hub’s campaign visit and like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thehubmk. You can also follow The Hub on Twitter @thehubmk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/You-can-Bank-on-The-Hub-this-Christmas B035D6563A2ADAC9F822940C145263CE Mon, 01 Dec 2014 02:20:56 +0000 The Casino MK teams up with Frosts for the Greatest Christmas Ever The Casino MK has teamed up with Frosts Landscapes to create the greatest Christmas ever at the UK’s largest casino outside of London. Local family run & owned landscaping firm, Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd (part of the Frosts Garden Centre group) have created a fabulous bespoke Christmas installation for The Casino MK, with their talented team of designers turning the UK’s second super casino into a winter wonderland in less than 12 hours. The theming has a vintage look and feel to tie in with The Casino MK’s Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever, in which customers have the chance to walk away with their favourite nostalgic Christmas gifts and a Fiat 500 worth £15,000 or £10,000 in cash.* “We’re delighted with how Frosts Landscapes has transformed the casino, and are proud to have worked with a local, longstanding business for our Christmas theming” says Luke Perkins, Assistant General Manager at The Casino MK. “We want to give our customers a Christmas they won’t forget, not just because of our fantastic gift giveaway, but from the moment they step inside and see the beautiful Christmas theming courtesy of the talented Frosts team.” “We’re really pleased with the installation at The Casino MK, “says Steve Coton, Sales and Operations Manager for Interiors at Frosts Landscapes. “We worked closely with The Casino MK to fully understand their specific requirements to install two stunning Christmas trees and a unique aesthetic appearance throughout the casino.” To find out more about The Casino MK’s Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever, visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk/superxmas, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter. *Entry available to Aspire members only. Aspire Reward Scheme is free to join. Photo ID required. Age 18 and over.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Casino-MK-teams-up-with-Frosts-for-the-Greatest-Christmas-Ever D2E9DD9DCD97FD12A2CB62E2BF7CBE35 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 02:11:19 +0000 Help Bletchley Park reach 200,000 visitors in 2014 If Benedict Cumberbatch is telling you to visit, what are you waiting for?   It’s been an extraordinary year at Bletchley Park and the icing on the cake would be to reach a record-breaking attendance level of 200,000 visitors before 31 December 2014. The 200,000th visitor will be celebrated with prizes and greetings from Bletchley Park VIPs.   Even Benedict Cumberbatch endorses Bletchley Park as a great place to visit.  Hear his impassioned comments in the Bletchley Park Podcast.   Bletchley Park is Milton Keynes’s nearby heritage site with museums, gift shop and restaurant - an ideal destination for the family or visiting friends and relatives with things to do in and outdoors. There are new interactive exhibits and collections, including The Imitation Game, The Exhibition. Especially over the Christmas break there are two workshops: The Shape of Christmas – run by the Education Team, with festive-themed craft activities for children and their grown-ups. Please see Bletchley Park’s What’s On page to learn more.   Bletchley Park is open to visitors daily except 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January but there's still plenty of time for Bletchley Park to achieve a personal best and lots for visitors to see and do. It’s great value for money, too. With your admission, when you validate your entry ticket, you can make unlimited visits for a whole year and under 12s are free. More information can be found on the website.   Bletchley Park also needs help with volunteers. Ever-increasing numbers of visitors and a revitalised and hugely improved and expanded visitor experience mean there is an urgent need to recruit more volunteers, who help share the story of Bletchley Park and its preservation of the work the Codebreakers did during World War Two. If you have a desire to join in a community-based effort, consider joining the volunteer team at Bletchley Park.   To find out more about volunteering at Bletchley Park please call 01908 640404 or email volunteer@bletchleypark.org.uk. Bletchley Park needs you!   Photo ©mcfontaine   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Help-Bletchley-Park-reach-200000-visitors-in-2014 D1F44E2F09DC172978A4D3151D11D63E Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:36:35 +0000 MP’s Christmas Card Design Competition 2014 Christmas card designs by primary school children from Milton Keynes feature in this December’s MK Gallery Project Space exhibition (5 December 2014 – 4 January 2015). The design competition is organised annually by City MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart, in partnership with local schools. A team of local volunteers select the winning designs to feature on the front of each MP’s personal Christmas card for 2014. Designs by the runners up in the Christmas card competition will also feature as smaller “thumbnail” prints on the reverse of the cards. MK Gallery’s Formal Learning Manager, Hannah Gaunt, said: “This year the MPs asked school pupils to respond to the theme of ‘Concrete Cows – with a twist!’. We are looking forward to seeing the resulting designs, which will no doubt reflect the humour and imagination of the children, as well as the festive mood of the season.” MK Gallery's Project Space, located in Margaret Powell Square opposite the main gallery, is made available to the MK Community for monthly exhibitions of contemporary visual art by individuals or groups based in Milton Keynes.  Exhibitions are accessible during advertised gallery opening hours and admission is free. www.mkgallery.org http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MPs-Christmas-Card-Design-Competition-2014 1F187C8BC462403C4646AB271007EDF4 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 01:54:44 +0000 The Circus of Horrors arrives in MK The show that stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & now a West End smash The Circus of Horrors  is back to mark its 20th Anniversary in spectacular style and it arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre for one night only on 13 Jan. The last few years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & to this date it is still the only circus ever to reach the finals. Its appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a household name – taking the Extreme to the Mainstream, Its TV credits now boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show  & A Royal Comand Performance. Last year saw another giant leap for the show when it began a series of dates in London’s West End becoming the first circus to appear in a West End Theatre for 100 years. The show started it’s gruesome begging's at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Marilyn Manson and many more. The latest incarnation ‘The Night of the Zombie’ is set in 2020, a decrepit & corpse ridden London, plagued by a swamp of Zombies. In a city ruled by the undead & climaxing in an awesome flaming apocalypse.  The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shock’s – all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth, sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a demon dwarf, a Guinness World Record holding ‘hairculian’ hair hanging beauty, Sinister Sisters, gyrating & fire limboing acrobats & much more. Performed by an almighty cast with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek and the devil driver rock n’ roll of Dr Haze & The Interceptors from Hell. Book for The Circus of Horrors – The Night of the Zombie now at  Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Circus-of-Horrors-arrives-in-MK 09DEF3EBBC44FF3426B28FCD88C83554 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 02:18:13 +0000 Volunteer at the MK Fanzone for Rugby World Cup In just over 9 months Rugby World Cup 2015 will come to Milton Keynes. MK's very own Campbell Park will host the Fanzone between October 1-11 and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at this special event. You can find out more about getting involved at an information event being held from 6.30pm – 8pm on Thursday 15 January at Campbell Park Pavilion. The Parks Trust staff will be on hand to tell you about what’s planned for the Fanzone and to explain the many different volunteering roles that are available. Caroline Hawkins, Volunteer Coordinator at The Parks Trust, said: “We’re looking for Fanzone volunteers to take a variety of roles including meeting and greeting, stage and screen assistants, stewards and photographers. "The closing date for registering your interest is 26 January so the information event is a great way to find out more.” To book a place at the information event please email volunteering@theparkstrust.com or call 01908 233600. You can also register your interest in volunteering by downloading an application form from www.theparkstrust.com or you can pick one up from The Parks Trust’s offices at Campbell Park Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 4AD during office hours. The closing date for registration is Monday 26 January 2015. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in February 2015 and training will begin in April 2015. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Volunteer-at-the-MK-Fanzone-for-Rugby-World-Cup D26BEB4D23D4930FBA836087F83D9BCF Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:35:55 +0000 Theatre District lights up for Christmas The 2014 Theatre District Christmas event on Sunday 30th November yet again attracted thousands, who enjoyed three hours of sensational entertainment and helped raise this year’s charity – The Henry Allen Trust – a massive £1,760! Highlights of the Light Switch On included the very best line up of local MK talent organised by Real Music MK, probably the best calibre of performers on stage at this event to date!  13 year old singer, Lydia Singer, was amazing and definitely a star in the making, and Bailey McConnell took time out to meet and greet as well as take to the stage for a great performance.  As ever the crowds loved Joe as Olly Murs, Scott Finley and a fantastic local band The Shures, who again are a group to watch. There were wonderful choirs both adult (Alive & Singing) and children (Barleyhurst Park Primary School) plus dancers from Leanne Hughes Theatre School and the incredible MKCA cheerleaders.  Not to be outdone by what was happening on the stage there was plenty of other famous guests including Father Christmas in his grotto, Lightening McQueen and Chips (the cars!), plus loads of characters from films, especially plenty from Star Wars and even a lone Lego Movie Man! Dawn and Mark Allen set up The Henry Allen Trust in memory of their wonderful son, Henry, who sadly passed away last year aged only 4 after battling the aggressive childhood cancer Neuroblastoma.  They want, through the charity, to bring happiness, where they can, to other children, and their families, who are also fighting cancer.   Dawn said, ‘we were so pleased to be given the opportunity to be part of this amazing event and the money raised will make such a huge difference locally.  It was a very emotional day and we were incredibly touched by the support we received’. Skylah-Mae and her family, who the charity have helped during the time Skylah-Mae has been receiving treatment, along with Patrons of The Henry Allen Trust - Ann Marie Davies, Karl Robinson and Bailey McConnell, switched on the Christmas lights.  It was also the first time the ‘Sound Dome’ on the Theatre District has had a Christmas make over and had its own Christmas Switch On!  The evening event was full of surprises and during the switch on The UK Garrison presented The Henry Allen Trust a cheque for £5,000 from all their charity fundraising throughout the year. Sara Mills, Marketing Manager on the Theatre District said, ‘our Christmas event goes from strength to strength and this year definitely raised the most money for our charity to date.  It is a pleasure to be able to support local charities like The Henry Allen’s Trust, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who gave their time to help make the day the triumph it was.  We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and would like to wish the whole of MK a very Merry Christmas from all at the Theatre District.’ For more details and photos from the day have a look at the Theatre District facebook page or their website – www.theatre-district.co.uk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Theatre-District-lights-up-for-Christmas D8A4E572D866AA45DA78418D9D2FF9F9 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:12:53 +0000 Shrek the Musical set to 'Take Ogre' Milton Keynes The wait is over! Direct from the West End and larger than life, SHREK THE MUSICAL is now on sale at Milton Keynes Theatre! Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a must-see show for all the family and arrives at MKT for a strictly limited run of just 3 weeks from Tue 18 Aug – Sun 6 Sep 2015. Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure. Coming direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people, the UK and Ireland tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane production of SHREK THE MUSICAL®  will star Dean Chisnall as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’, the role he previously played in the West End, Faye Brookes as damsel in distress ‘Princess Fiona’, Idriss Kargbo as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’. They will be joined by a full company of fairy-tale characters including Bronté Barbé, Nikki Bentley, Jennifer Caldwell, Candace Furbert, Steffan Harri, Will Haswell, James Lacey, Mia Lincoln, Rory Maguire, Neil Moors, Jenny O’Leary, Georgina Parkinson, Ryan Reid, Leo Roberts, Jacqui Sanchez, Oliver Tester, James Winter, Kerry Winter and Kevin Yates. The UK & Ireland tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL will be directed by Nigel Harman who starred as Lord Farquaad in the west end production, winning him the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.. SHREK THE MUSICAL, originally directed (in the west end) by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Academy Award®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film. SHREK THE MUSICAL opened on Broadway in 2008 before touring to nearly 150 cities in the USA and Canada. Productions of SHREK THE MUSICAL have played in Spain, Poland, France, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia, Israel and Turkey. The UK and Ireland tour will be presented by Dreamworks Theatricals, Neal Street Productions, Playful Productions, Lee Menzies, Ron Kastner, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Saracen Films, Mark Cartwright, Gavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals. Join the adventure! Tickets are now on sale now, available from Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Shrek-the-Musical-set-to-Take-Ogre-Milton-Keynes 477B02D99DD6C00C5BA852BB9A9E1F6C Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:53:42 +0000 New learning programme at TNMOC Following the introduction of Computing to England’s school curriculum last month, young people across the country are being invited to try their hand at programming computers in Block H, the world's first purpose-built computer centre, on Bletchley Park.   Run by The National Museum of Computing, the free Weekend Codability Project will take place every weekend until August 2015, starting 01 November 2014. The sessions are suitable for anyone up to the age of 16, and both girls and boys are encouraged to take part. The project is sponsored by Ocado Technology, the division behind Ocado.com, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer. The sponsorship is part of Code for Life, Ocado Technology’s nationwide initiative to inspire the next generation of computer scientists, equipping pupils with the skills they need to revolutionise industries of tomorrow. At the heart of Code for Life is Rapid Router, a free comprehensive coding teaching resource, targeted at Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2. Weekend Codability aims to empower young people by introducing them to programming computers. Children will be taught how to give instructions to computers, change existing instructions in programs and create their own programs. All this will happen among the restored and reconstructed historic machines now in Block H, the first purpose-built computer centre which housed the wartime Colossus computers, the world's first electronic computers. Codability Guides, a team of young people specifically recruited for the duration of the eight month program, will give visitors lessons on a range of devices from the ever-popular 1980s BBC Micro, to Raspberry Pi and other platforms. A variety of modern laptops and tablets will be available to ensure young people can continue developing their skills through web apps such as Rapid Router and other popular entry-level coding resources. Young coders will also be given information leaflets to enable them to continue developing their skills afterwards at home, school or at a coding club. Flexible sessions will last for up to an hour and are at no extra charge for any young person accompanied by an adult. There is no need to sign up, young people simply need to turn up on any weekend afternoon with an adult and ask for Weekend Codability.   Tim Reynolds, Chair of The National Museum of Computing, said: "We have seen from visiting educational groups that there is a real thirst for knowledge and experience amongst young people when they see our historic working machines in action. They gain an entirely new perspective on computing and quickly realise that Facebook and their favourite social media sites are just a glimpse of the amazing digital world that lies before them. Through Ocado Technology’s sponsorship, we aim to open the eyes of young people even wider and show that they too can aspire to be as creative and imaginative as the founders of Computing." Paul Clarke, Director of Technology at Ocado, said:  “As a technology business, we at Ocado feel passionately that we have a responsibility to help inspire and educate the next generation of computer scientists. However, teaching children to program is not just about nurturing the next generation of software engineers; being able to write code is a transformative and disruptive meta-skill that needs to be seen as being of huge potential value whatever your future holds. This is why we launched Code for Life and why we are now supporting this exciting project at The National Museum of Computing.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-learning-programme-at-TNMOC 3B9BE7E15B46C42911F39A4A9E861022 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:34:47 +0000 Jigsaw to open at centre:mk Jigsaw, the luxury British fashion, clothing and accessories brand, opens its doors at centre:mk this Thursday hoping to welcome thousands of shoppers in the run up to Christmas. The new store stocks Jigsaw’s full range of clothing and accessories including womens’, mens’ and childrenswear, as well as limited edition ranges, such as the current collaboration with William Morris Galleries for AW14. The store, designed by gpstudio, is inspired by the brand’s London Duke Street Emporium, and also includes a café. James Waugh commented: “Jigsaw is another fantastic addition to the Centre:mk.  The brand has a significant following in the catchment, and their arrival at Centre:mk means visitors will no longer have to travel outside the region to shop at Jigsaw reinforcing our regional dominance as a shopping and leisure destination. Peter Ruis, Chief Executive at Jigsaw, added: “We are excited to be bringing key themes from our London Emporium to our Centre:mk store, and are anticipating a very successful future in the city.” Pam Gosal, Head of Corporate Economic Development & Inward Investment at Milton Keynes Council said “I am delighted that another big name brand has come to Milton Keynes. Having Jigsaw in the centre:mk gives shoppers more choice and is another good reason to visit the city.” The announcement follows the arrival of The White Company, Cath Kidston, Nomination Italy and Jessops, all of whom have opened new stores at Centre:mk in the past few months.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Jigsaw-to-open-at-centremk E243AA93E6B6E031797F86D0858F5E40 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:15:44 +0000 Sweat Studios at The Hub Milton Keynes launch Post-Natal Yoga Following the success of pregnancy yoga Sweat Studios are introducing post-natal classes. The first six-week course starts on Tuesday 13 January 2015. Classes are 1 hour from 10:30am-11:30am. Post-natal yoga is open to anyone who has had the 6-week all clear from their doctor.  The classes are specifically designed to target problem areas post-birth and prepare new Mum’s for rejoining regular yoga classes. And baby comes too! The classes led by Caoimhe McLoughlin, an experienced yoga teacher with a 300 hour training qualification in Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga and most importantly Yummy Yoga pre and post-natal training. Classes are a great follow on from our pre-natal yoga course and are designed to strengthen new Mum’s post childbirth and help them better manage stress and anxiety with breathing techniques and relaxation techniques. Babies are present during class and will be part of the class if they need a feed or a cuddle. The class will also incorporate some baby massage. Benefits of yoga after childbirth Strengthen the back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles Realign the body to prevent and decrease injury or tension to back, hips, shoulders and neck Help to heal quicker post birth Improve posture Decrease stress and anxiety and increase energy Amazing way to bond with your new baby Great way to meet, share thoughts and have fun with other new mums At the end of the course, dependent on physical health, it may be possible to rejoin regular timetabled classes. Our aim is to get Mum’s back into the regular classes as quickly as possible. Guidance will be given during post-natal classes on how to practice the postures taught in the regular classes safely. Attendees will gain increased body awareness and be able to work within the bounds of their bodies, reducing risk of injury. To find out more about what Sweat Studios has to offer new Mum’s, visit Website http://sweatstudios.co.uk/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sweatstudios Twitter: https://twitter.com/sweatstudiosuk You can find Sweat Studios at The Hub, 2 Rillaton Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 2FZ   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Sweat-Studios-at-The-Hub-Milton-Keynes-launch-Post-Natal-Yoga 125C0E943C73BB8A0840AB524FDCBD08 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:53:26 +0000 Thanks for the memories at intu MK What’s your favourite memory of 2014? A special wedding, the birth of a little one or summer with friends? Share it with others to help MK beat away the January Blues. Intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre is inviting people in the City to share their happiest memories of the last year to create a ‘wall of happiness’ that will stay in the Centre throughout January. Shoppers are being invited to send a picture of their ‘moment’ to intuMKHappyDays@hotmail.com or share it on Facebook: www.facebook.com/intuMK, where it will be added to a giant collage for shoppers to enjoy and “bring a smile to their faces” says the General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, Martin Hindson. “January is often thought of as a blue month when the joy of Christmas and New Year is over but each year we like to bring our shoppers a fun way to make them smile and laugh.” Pictures will be gradually added to the giant montage that is expected to be completed by Blue Monday on 19 January – apparently the most depressing day of the year. Once complete, the picture that captures the best representation of ‘happiness’ will be awarded a £100 intu Gift Card. To contribute a picture via social media, use the hashtag #MKHappyDays. Terms and Conditions: By using the #MKHapppyDays or by submitting a picture, you agree to allow intu Milton Keynes to post your picture on the wall for public viewing.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Thanks-for-the-memories-at-intu-MK DA974F5EBA1948690C83E9C3B43FFD87 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:55:14 +0000 intu Milton Keynes ends the year on a high The festive sales helped to bring 2014 to a fantastic end for footfall and sales, confirmed intu Milton Keynes.    Christmas arrived at the Centre with a bang this year at Milton Keynes’s first ever Christmas Light Switch On supported by the much-loved annual mascot parade with Gulliver's Land, which was closely followed by Black Friday on 28 November.   "The Black Friday Weekend was a great success for us, footfall was significantly up and our Black Friday offer wall saw a huddle of people constantly checking discounts throughout the day and indeed, the weekend.  There were amazing deals on all sorts of things, from highly desirable tech products to fashion must-haves, which saw a frenzy of Christmas shoppers get ahead on their Christmas shopping,” said General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, Martin Hindson. Footfall for the year was up throughout 2014 compared to 2013 plus retailers are reporting ‘good’ sales over the Christmas period. Martin adds: "The stores themselves looked incredible; the Christmas themed window displays, whether gift ideas or winter fashion, enhanced the festive feeling around the Centre and certainly inspired shoppers. December saw the introduction of late night shopping throughout the week and free parking from 6pm in and around the Centre, giving shoppers ample chance to shop before Christmas Eve!" Boxing Day saw shoppers in from as early at 6am lead by the beginning of the January sales and some of the biggest discounts of the retail year. Savvy shoppers from across Milton Keynes were eager to take advantage of discounts from stores such as Debenhams, GAP and Hollister. Intu Milton Keynes will also finish the year with 98% retailer capacity following the recent openings of Vodafone, Whitewall Galleries and Kokoro Sushi & Bento restaurant, which opened on Boxing Day. Martin Hindson, concludes: “We have had a very exciting year and a highly positive end to the year. The retailers are telling me that they are hitting and exceeding their targets and they have performed better than expected during the festive period. We are predicting that this momentum will continue into 2015 as people take advantage of the January sales.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-Milton-Keynes-ends-the-year-on-a-high DF6C9756B2334CC5008C115486124BFE Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:28:45 +0000 centre:mk launches competition for a Happier ‘New’ You Following a fantastic 2014 and a popular Christmas competition (12 Days of Christmas), centre:mk is offering shoppers another chance to win brilliant prizes, with a new online competition, Happy ‘New’ You. Prizes are geared to ease work on New Year resolutions that include cutting back on sugary treats, getting out more, updating one’s ‘look’ and also treating oneself more often, with a year’s supply of goods given to four winners over the entire month of January. Winners can look forward to a year’s supply of gelato (a healthier alternative to ice cream, with 50-60% less fat) from Giovanni’s Downtown Gelato; a year-long theatre membership courtesy of MK Theatre together with a £50 voucher for Wagamama; an amazing, look-changing prize from the centre’s Specsavers store; and a year’s supply of Krispy Kreme donuts, for winners who’ve promised to treat themselves more in 2015! Centre Director, James Waugh said: “2014 was a great year for centre:mk and we always like to treat our customers in January. This is also a great way to remind shoppers that whatever they want from 2015, centre:mk has it.” With a new prize being revealed each week, all entrants need to do for a chance to win is enter via the centre:mk’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecentremk. Winners have seven days to enter each of the four prize draws over the month, by liking and sharing the prize’s picture on Facebook, where winners will be announced the Monday after each draw has closed.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/centremk-launches-competition-for-a-Happier-New-You 1FEB4CDDA5AAFE2A48CBE27544CD8E4B Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:35:13 +0000 #MKHappyDays cheer up Blue Monday intu Milton Keynes has been asking the people of MK to share their happiest memories from 2014 in a bid to cheer everyone up in time for Blue Monday.   Over 250 photos have been sent in to be shared on intu Milton Keynes’ Facebook and Twitter throughout the day.  People have shared their happy moments from events across MK during the last year, including the Electric Daisy Carnival, Midnight Moo and intu Milton Keynes’ own Everyone’s Invited. General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, Martin Hindson, said:  “January is often thought of as a gloomy month so every year we like to do something to bring a smile to the faces of our shoppers in a fun way.” MKFM has also been asking its listeners to send in their photos using #MKHappyDays. The photo that captures the best representation of ‘happiness’ will win a £100 intu Gift Card, judged by the team at intu Milton Keynes on Tuesday 20 January.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MKHappyDays-cheer-up-Blue-Monday BC9C8C705927BF419147AB7491C54896 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:54:47 +0000 Win a Share of £50K at The Home of the Big Win Throughout January, The Casino MK will be giving customers the chance to take home a share of £50,000 as part of its innovative Aspire Slots Championship. The Casino MK will be running a series of free to enter* daily slots tournaments at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm until the 31st January, which will see £300 given away every day. The top three finalists from each tournament will then win a place in the regional final at the super casino on Sunday 8thFebruary at 7pm. Once through to the regional final, the four players with the highest points total will take home a share of £4,000 and be entered into the Aspers grand final at the UK’s largest super casino, Aspers Westfield Stratford City. Winners from all four Aspers casinos across the country will compete to take home the Aspire Slots Championship Trophy and £5,000, with runners up guaranteed to win anything from £200 to £1,000. “We’re really excited to be launching the first ever Aspire Slots Championship,” said Luke Perkins, deputy general manager at The Casino MK. “In 2014, we saw our jackpot winners scoop more than £687,400, so we’re hoping that the Aspire Slots Championship is just the start of winning ways for our customers in 2015.” To take part in the Championship, simply visit The Casino MK and sign up for free to the Aspire Loyalty Scheme. To find out more visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Casino MK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Win-a-Share-of-50K-at-The-Home-of-the-Big-Win B22ED7EAFE03B63112EF3FF52F0B99DB Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:25:17 +0000 ArenaMK to host major darts tournament Big-time darts is to visit Milton Keynes for the first time following the confirmation that The Unibet Masters will be held at ArenaMK next year. The ITV4-televised event will be held at the new indoor arena - which adjoins MK Dons' stadiummk - on Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February, with two sessions of darts on each day. The Unibet Masters features the world's leading 16 players, including reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen, 2013 champion Phil Taylor (pictured) and James Wade, the recent winner on the event's second staging in Edinburgh. In a change on the Professional Darts Corporation's calendar, The Masters is moving from November to January and from Edinburgh to Milton Keynes. "We are delighted to be moving to the new ArenaMK in Milton Keynes for the first time," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn. "The Unibet Masters is a prestigious event featuring the world's leading 16 players, as the leading names in the sport compete to be crowned as the best of the best. "The first two years of the event have seen some sensational darts and I'm sure that next year's tournament will be equally competitive and exciting. "Coming only weeks after the conclusion of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace, this will be an event not to be missed!" Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 1st December, with a Priority Sales period for www.LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers from Thursday 27th November. Full details will be available at www.pdc.tv/tickets. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/ArenaMK-to-host-major-darts-tournament 8B5C8441A8FF8E151B191C53C1842A38 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:42:18 +0000 Olympic Snowboarder will be special guest in Milton Keynes Two time Winter Olympian Ben Kilner has been confirmed as the special guest at Snozone Milton Keynes for its Sochi Inspired Weekend which takes place on Saturday 7th February 2015. One year on from the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics, the British team snowboarder, who originates from Aberdeen, will be Ben will be giving out coaching tips to rising stars on the slopes between 1.30 - 3pm, after a meet and greet session in the restaurant area at midday and a signing at 3pm. Saturday’s action at the Snozone Milton Keynes’ Sochi Inspired Weekend will also include a ‘Beat the Pro’ slalom course to test your speed against the best or try your hand at the Moguls and extra freestyle features, with expert coaching available all day. The Sochi Inspired Weekend is being supported by Snowsport England. For those confident on the main slope, simply book a main slope pass at http://snozoneuk.com/slope-passes, for lessons visit http://snozoneuk.com/learn http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Olympic-Snowboarder-will-be-special-guest-in-Milton-Keynes CEDE2D63A7C04EBD4CB55A2228C7141A Mon, 02 Feb 2015 02:29:36 +0000 Tickets on Sale for England Women vs USA at stadiumMK Tickets are now on sale for England Women’s first international of 2015, which will be played in Milton Keynes. England will take on USA on Friday 13 February at MK Dons’ stadiummk (8pm KO). And tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available priced at £10 and group booking discounts apply. The match is part of England’s preparation for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place in Canada. England will face France (9 June), Mexico (13 June) and Colombia (17 June) in Group F. In June, MK Dons hosted The FA Women’s Cup Final, where Arsenal lifted the trophy after beating Everton 2-0 in front of a crowd of more than 15,000. Tickets are available from www.mkdons.com/tickets or by calling 0333 200 5343. FULL TICKET PRICING Adults: £5 Concessions: £2.50 (Under 19, Over 60, students with a valid NUS card) Disabled: Full price with carer for free Family Tickets: £10 (2 adults, 2 children) Group Booking: £3 adults/£2 concessions (based on 15+ people) Charter Standard & Girls Centres of Excellence: Free (25 tickets per CS Club & group rate thereafter)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Tickets-on-Sale-for-England-Women-vs-USA-at-stadiumMK AB6439FA2DAF0246F92EEA433BCA5AC4 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 02:21:06 +0000 Jersey Boys rock 'n' roll into MK Theatre The producers of the UK and Irish tour of the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, are delighted to announce the full cast joining previously announced West End star Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli when it rocks in to Milton Keynes Theatre from Tue 3 – Sat 14 Feb. Driesen is currently playing the role in the Dutch production of Jersey Boys, and previously played Frankie Valli for a short season at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End.  He also played Joey Primo in Rock of Ages in the West End and created the role of Adrian Banks (the character based on Mark Owen) in Never Forget, both on tour and in the West End. Stephen Webb, Sam Ferriday and Lewis Griffiths will star as Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi respectively.  Matt Corner will play the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. Also in the cast will be Sean Kingsley as Gyp DeCarlo, Matt Gillett as Bob Crewe, Nathaniel Morrison as Barry Belson, Dominic Smith as Norm Waxman, Damian Buhagiar as Joey Pesci, Henry Davis as Hank Majewski, Leanne Garretty as Lorraine, Amelia Adams-Pearce as Mary Delgado and Sinead Long as Francine, with Dan Krikler, Dayle Hodge, Luke Morton and Charlie Allen. Jersey Boys has been seen by over 19 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of the West End's longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play at its new home of the Piccadilly Theatre. Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.  The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You. Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 55 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.  As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End, Jersey Boys can be seen in Las Vegas, across the United States on its US National Tour and in the Netherlands. Don’t miss the West End phenomenon when it rocks into Milton Keynes Theatre this February! Book now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Jersey-Boys-rock-n-roll-into-MK-Theatre 04C6906524CD877E833FE26DDADDC62F Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:11:55 +0000 Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands is coming to MK Theatre New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt are delighted to announce full casting for the forthcoming production of Edward Scissorhands, devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne playing at Milton Keynes Theatre 17 – 21 February.   New Adventures’ magical production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of thousands across the world since its premiere in 2005. After sell out performances in Europe, America, Asia and Australia this spectacular modern fairy tale returns to the UK in its first major revival. The title role will be played by popular New Adventures star, Dominic North, who will be returning to the role than won him a National Dance Award nomination as Best Male Dancer in 2009. Making his debut as Edward this season will be New Adventures rising star, Liam Mower. Liam was recently seen in Billy Elliot Live, when he returned to the show that made his name to play “Older Billy”. This will be Liam’s 5th show with New Adventures, having recently played The Prince in Swan Lake and Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty. Playing Edward’s sweetheart, Kim Boggs, will be Ashley Shaw and Katy Lowenhoff. Another New Adventures rising star, Ashley has played the Principal roles of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Sugar in Nutcracker! and the title role in Cinderella (all for New Adventures). Katy has become a popular New Adventures performer through her performances as Clara in Nutcracker! and her created role as “Hibernia” in Sleeping Beauty. Returning to the production in her original role as Peg Boggs will be New Adventures star, and Associate Artistic Director, Etta Murfitt. She will be joined by audience favourite, madelaine brennan, another original cast member who will also play Peg Boggs, Joyce Monroe and her created role, Tiffany Covitt. A New Adventures star for more than 20 years, Saranne Curtin makes a very welcome return to the Company to play the role of Joyce Monroe. In other featured roles, Kim’s “All-American” Jock Boyfriend, Jim Upton, will be played by Tom Clark, Dominic Lamb and Leon Moran. Bill Boggs, Kim’s Father, will be played by Tim Hodges And JACK JONES and Joyce’s downtrodden husband, George Monroe will be performed by Danny Collins and Gavin Persand. Based on the classic Tim Burton film and featuring the beautiful and unforgettable music by Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this touching love story tells the bittersweet story of a boy created by a lonely inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his appearance to the innocence and gentleness within. One not to miss!  Book your tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee) and chase away your winter blues!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Matthew-Bournes-Edward-Scissorhands-is-coming-to-MK-Theatre 6FB52E71B837628AC16539C1FF911667 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:19:30 +0000 Clowning around at intu MK Shoppers at intu Milton Keynes were juggling more than just armfuls of bags this weekend as Frosts Garden Centre circus came to town; complete the quick hands of Bippo the clown. Juggling up to eight batons at once, Bippo wowed visitors to the Centre as part of a preview of the Frosts half term circus that starts on Saturday 14 February. The ever popular and award winning John Lawson’s Circus returns to Frosts Garden Centre at Woburn Sands from Saturday 14 until Friday 20 February. The talented troupe will be wowing the crowds with their all human spectacular and unveiling brand new acts ready to delight and astound throughout the one hour show. The shows will be at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30 and 4:30pm each day, with each performance lasting an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the show. Tickets cost £6.99 per person. The show is suitable for all ages, however all children must be accompanied by an adult. Book early, as tickets are already selling fast! To book tickets, visit www.frostsgroup.com or call 0800 954 9484   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Clowning-around-at-intu-MK 02B5B45CE743BC3F285EC4D39B5968C3 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:00:09 +0000 Family Fun this half term at 360 Play whatever the weather It’s always a challenge at this time of year to find somewhere to take the children for a fun and entertaining day out. The weather is unpredictable – and usually pretty cold and miserable – so it’s hard to be outside, but the youngsters are still full of energy, of course, and need something exciting and active to do. Well the solution to this predicament is close at hand! Milton Keynes’ favourite children’s play centre, 360 Play at Knowlhill, offers a warm, friendly – and dry! – welcome for families with young children, so it’s a great place for a day out during the forthcoming school half-term holiday. A wide range of fun and creative play activities for youngsters is on offer and with everything designed so that mum and dad can join in too, it really is family fun for everyone. Activities include a huge three storey play structure with lots of climbing, crawling and sliding elements as well as a host of other interactive features, dodgem cars, a carousel, the 360 Street creative play area, a messy play area and more, all housed within a safe, clean environment. There’s so much to do, children will be kept busy for hours. When it’s time for a breather to recharge the batteries, the 360 Play café area offers a wide range of freshly made fare, while for early arrivals looking to set everyone up for the day, a hearty breakfast is also available. Comfortable seating areas will help everyone relax too. 360 Play is designed to provide children with a fun yet educational experience and encourages them to use their imaginations with the many creative play elements provided. Aimed at families with children aged from pre-school up to 12 years old, the venue also features a dedicated toddler area for the very youngest visitors, so all ages are very well catered for. Another great thing about 360 Play, which makes it stand out from other play centres and provides visitors with real value for money, is that there are no time limits so guests can stay all day if they wish, while free parking is also available right outside the venue. Simply put, it’s the best place to be this half-term – whatever the weather! For more details on the great day out that awaits at 360 Play visit www.360Play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Family-Fun-this-half-term-at-360-Play-whatever-the-weather F7DAFC45DA369F8581FDF3BD599075AA Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:00:54 +0000 It's Dino Week an intu Milton Keynes this half-term Dinosaurs are taking over intu Milton Keynes this February half term as the Shopping Centre’s Kids’ Club teams up with Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park to present Dino Takeover Week! The dinosaur invasion will see life-sized replicas of a Brachiosaurus (which is almost 6 metres tall!) the legendary Velociraptor, a family of Triceratops, an Iguanodon and a Europasaurus, all around the Shopping Centre.  The spectacular display will be in place all week for families to enjoy. There will be plenty of fun activities for children including dry mineral panning, a dinosaur hunt and colouring fun each day over half term, Saturday 14 until Sunday 22 February.  Gulliver’s Land will be on hand all week to ensure children enjoy all of the free activities, plus Gulliver’s Land will be selling park merchandise throughout. The intu Milton Keynes Kids’ Club is open to children of all ages; parents can sign up at the customer information desk any time.  Membership is free of charge and children that sign up will receive a goody bag, be the first to hear about exciting events as well as invited to exclusive ones, and they’ll be the first to meet the brand new intu Milton Keynes’ frog mascot, due to arrive soon! *Event details are correct at time of issue.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Its-Dino-Week-an-intu-Milton-Keynes-this-half-term 187ACF7982F3C169B3075132380986E4 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:30:26 +0000 Astronutty adventure comes to intu MK this half term intu Milton Keynes is the place to be this February half term with aliens invading the Dino Takeover! Get set for an intergalactic extravaganza this February half term at intu Milton Keynes.  Watch out as the Boov – stars of the upcoming DreamWorks animated adventure Home – take over intu Milton Keynes.  They’ll be busy reorganising the Centre and prompting some fantastic free activities for little shoppers. Join in the fun and enjoy one of many space and adventure workshops which will run on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 February, in addition to all Dino Takeover activities.  Little ones will have the opportunity to get really crafty with workshops to make clay model aliens, finger puppets and their very own flying saucepan! For more information on intu Milton Keynes’ free kids’ club activities, including Gulliver’s Dino Takeover and the Home alien invasion, visit:  www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes. Intergalactic extravaganza Home will be released in cinemas on Friday 20 March. A little more about Home: When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganising the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realise there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Astronutty-adventure-comes-to-intu-MK-this-half-term 038D5463327ADDF90D282C35BE4C5EB1 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:52:06 +0000 Jurassic-Tastic week underway at intu Milton Keynes February half term at intu Milton Keynes got off to a roaring start on Saturday as the Shopping Centre’s Kids’ Club teamed up with Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park to present Dino Takeover Week! The dinosaurs arrived on Saturday 14 February; life-sized replicas from Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park are situated all around the Shopping Centre.  Visitors include the legendary Velociraptor, a pair of Triceratops babies, an Iguanodon and a Europasaurus family. The spectacular and hugely popular display will be in place all week until Sunday 22 February for families to enjoy. There are also plenty of fun activities for children including dry mineral panning with Gulliver’s Dino Dave, a dinosaur hunt and creative colouring fun each day over half term. Gulliver’s Land helpers are on hand all week to make sure everyone has fun and enjoys all of the free activities, as well as selling park tickets and merchandise throughout. Visitors on Wednesday 18 February need to get set for an intergalactic extravaganza as the Boov (stars of the upcoming DreamWorks animated adventure Home) invade intu Milton Keynes.  Throughout the day children can make their very own colourful flying saucepan with an alien inside.   The intu Milton Keynes Kids’ Club is open to children of all ages; parents can sign up at the customer information desk any time.  Membership is free of charge and children that sign up will receive a goody bag, be the first to hear about exciting events as well as invited to exclusive ones, and they’ll be the first to meet the brand new intu Milton Keynes’ frog mascot, due to arrive soon! *Event details are correct at time of issue.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Jurassic-Tastic-week-underway-at-intu-Milton-Keynes 8396B14C5DFF55D13EEA57487BF8ED26 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:48:56 +0000 Get Ready for Chinese New Year Celebrations at The Home of the Big Win The Casino MK is gearing up to celebrate one of the biggest occasions in the Milton Keynes cultural calendar with an exciting Chinese New Year event and an £8,000 giveaway. The largest casino outside of London will host a Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday 22nd February, featuring a unique Lion Dance performance from 11.30pm, Chinese buffet and karaoke at midnight plus the chance to win a share of £2,000. The event is part of a month of celebrations to mark the year of the sheep, which sees the Home of the Big Win give away a total of £8,000 in a series of weekly prize draws every Sunday at 11pm. In addition, there will also be a Chinese buffet and karaoke in Clary’s’ Restaurant on Sundays at midnight during February. To be in with the chance of winning, simply visit The Casino MK and pick up a FREE prize draw ticket*.  Prize draw tickets must be entered into a tombola by 10.30pm every Sunday in February and the first ticket drawn will walk away £1,000, with the remaining six tickets taking home a share of £1,000. “The Casino MK is renowned for being The Home of the Big win, and our Chinese New Year celebrations are testament to that” says Luke Perkins, deputy general manager of The Casino MK. “The Chinese community is not only an integral part of Milton Keynes, with a larger proportion of the Chinese population in the region compared to England as a whole, but it is also one of our most valued customer bases. The £8,000 jackpot is just one way we can give something back to this ever-growing community and we hope that our customers enjoy Chinese New Year at The Casino MK.” To find out more visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter. *Aspire members only. Photo ID required to join the Aspire Loyalty Club. Over 18s only. Terms and conditions apply.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-Ready-for-Chinese-New-Year-Celebrations-at-The-Home-of-the-Big-Win F1ABABF130EE6A25F12DA7478AF8F1AC Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:01:59 +0000 intu Milton Keynes hands over £3k cheque to Leo's Appeal intu Milton Keynes is delighted to award a £3,000 donation to Leo’s Appeal to fund a new bath hoist for the children’s ward at Milton Keynes Hospital. Leo’s Appeal received the grant as intu Milton Keynes’ charity of the year for 2014.  The donation was given specifically for the purchase of a dedicated bath hoist which will enable children with physical disabilities to be lifted in and out of the bath more comfortably, without causing distress to them and reducing the risk of physical injury, such as back pain, to carers. Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We are thrilled to be able to hand this cheque to Leo’s Appeal; it is going towards a very worthy cause and will cover the cost of something much-needed by many of the young patients at Milton Keynes Hospital.” Vanessa Holmes, Head of Fundraising at Milton Keynes Hospital Charity, commented:  “Thank you so much to intu Milton Keynes for this amazing donation.  We’re really looking forward to having the bath hoist installed, it will make a massive difference to the care of young patients with special and complex needs at Milton Keynes Hospital.” intu Milton Keynes is dedicated to playing a part in supporting the local community and is looking for such opportunities for 2015.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-Milton-Keynes-hands-over-3k-cheque-to-Leos-Appeal 0F304EDDB4AD6007A3093FD6D963A1D2 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:32:49 +0000 MK Theatre announces new Spring Season The Spring 2015 season at Milton Keynes Theatre is sure to be at the top of everyone’s Christmas list. But before we look ahead to the New Year gather your loved-ones, sprinkle some fairy dust and get ready for an awfully big adventure this Christmas with the regions biggest Panto – Peter Pan.   MK’s favourite panto star Bradley Walsh returns leading an all-star cast with Britain’s Got Talent Street Dance sensations Flawless  the pop-locking, hip-hopping pirates as you have never seen them before, the baddest baddy of all David Bedella (The Rocky Horror Show, Jerry Springer The Opera) and George Ure (Wicked) as the our ever-youthful hero in a show that has everything you need for the perfect pantomime (even for those big kids who never grew up!) The theatre will be turning up the heat in January, Gary Lucy and the cast of The Full Monty bare all in Simon Beaufoy’s play of the Oscar-winning film, whilst West End hits Jersey Boys a story of heart, humour and hits, and The Producers starring Jason Manford and Louie Spence are guaranteed to chase away the winter blues. Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird warms the heart this March, while Jeeves and Wooster starring Robert Webb will bring you laugh out loud ‘perfect nonsense’ from PG Wodehouse’s iconic double act, but if it’s jumping out of your seat at a gripping thriller that will thaw you out, don’t miss the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world, The Woman in Black.   Alongside this exciting mix of musicals and drama you’ll find exceptional dance productions including Matthew Bourne’s award winning modern fairytale Edward Scissorhands, plus two enchanting tales by Northern Ballet , the romantic classic Wuthering Heights and the Brothers Grimm tale, Elves & The Shoemaker, a magical ballet especially for children. Saturday Night Fever packed with legendary Bee Gees hits will having you dancing in the aisles. And don’t miss the return of Strictly’s favourite dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in their dance spectacular Dance Til Dawn or Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games featuring 40 of the worlds most outstanding Irish dancers. Welsh National Opera make their annual return with Dominic Cooke’s warm and witty production of The Magic Flute, Chorus! An extravaganza of some of opera’s greatest moments, featuring the talents of soprano Lesley Garrett and Richard Jones classic production of Hansel & Gretel which delves into the dark and comic side of opera and fairy tale. Music fans can look forward to Barry Steele’s critically acclaimed Roy Orbison and Friends, a night of platforms and flares with Abba Mania, the legendary That’ll Be The Day, non stop blues, Motown and soul from the Chicago Blues Brothers, big band fun with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, cult icons Chas and Dave, the spectacular Bootleg Beatles, Sing-Along-A Sound of Music, rock and pop icons The Hollies, the Solid Silver 60’s 30th Anniversary Show and the marvellous Paul Carrack!  While kids can ‘let it go’ with Sing-A-Long-A Frozen. A peek into summer, on sale now, will see Jason Donovan in The Kings Speech, Brian Conley in Barnum, Bill Kenwright’s new production of The Sound of Music, Peter James’ murder mystery Dead Simple, Britain’s funniest comedy musical Spamalot and, taking ‘ogre’ in the summer holidays, Shrek The Musical – a must see for all the family. Tickets are on sale now.  Book at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes  (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Theatre-announces-new-Spring-Season ACF666483BC8723FAE7FEDA6F6A9CB7A Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:25:44 +0000 The Hub helps raise a ‘grand’ amount for local charity For the third year in a row, The Hub has managed to raise a huge amount for a local charity thanks to its Facebook ‘likers’. The successful social media campaign, which ran throughout December, saw every new ‘like’ raise £1 for the MK Food Bank. After raising £760 last year – The Hub really pushed hard this year to break the £1,000 barrier and today it has announced that £1,278 has been raised for this worthwhile local charity. This significant amount for the charity will help to provide local families and individuals with essential food supplies at a time when they need it most, covering the days or sometimes weeks before other parts of the social care infrastructure can come into play. Nicholas Brinner, spokesperson for the charity said, “The support from The Hub has been astonishing!  Every penny will go towards helping the MK Food Bank continue to provide an emergency food service for the people of Milton Keynes.  With demand on our service increasing year-on-year, it’s the generosity and support from our donors, and organisations like The Hub, that allows us to reach those struggling within our community.” Simon Spavins, from Broadoak Management, who manage The Hub commented, “We really wanted to get past that £1,000 mark this year and thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about our campaign, we did it. It’s our pleasure to once again support this worthwhile local charity. The Hub wanted to play its part, even in a small way, to make sure they can carry on providing this invaluable support throughout the coming year.” If you’d like to find out more about MK Food Bank visit www.mkfoodbank.org.uk or for more information on The Hub visit www.thehub-miltonkeynes.com, you can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thehubmk. You can also follow The Hub on Twitter @thehubmk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Hub-helps-raise-a-grand-amount-for-local-charity DAAD8D509446C856E52D79F897232876 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:44:03 +0000 4DX cinema experience is coming to MK! Cineworld in Xscape Milton Keynes has announced the opening of the first-ever 4DX cinema in the UK. Providing a revolutionary cinematic experience which stimulates all five senses, the new 4DX auditorium will include high-tech motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain and scents, in both 2D and 3D formats. These effects work in perfect synchronicity with the action on screen – creating the most unmissable and exhilarating cinematic experience yet. 4DX is widely considered to be the biggest innovation in cinematic technology to date. Developed in South Korea by the CJ conglomerate, a leader in the Asian entertainment industry, this amazing, new experience was warmly adopted by the big Hollywood Studios. With that support, more than 200 movies, including top blockbusters, have been screened in 4DX auditoriums, and a large number of movies will be released in a 4DX version in the UK. Operating in 150 auditoriums in 30 countries, 4DX recently received ‘Cinema Innovation of the Year’ award by I3DS (International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society) and has been highly praised by famous film directors such as Alfonso Cuaron of ‘Gravity’ fame, who showed interest in making future projects in 4DX. The 4DX cinema will be launching on 30th January 2015 in Cineworld Milton Keynes – with tickets on sale now. The new auditorium has taken a total of five months to complete and includes 140 seats plus a curved screen measuring at an incredible 5.8m x 10.5m – bigger than a double decker bus. The first film to be screened in 4DX will be Kingsman: The Secret Service and thereafter, customers will be able to enjoy upcoming movies, including Hollywood blockbusters and local hits of various genres as well. For more information visit www.cineworld.co.uk - to get a taste of what to expect see below: http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/4DX-cinema-experience-is-coming-to-MK DD03DE08BFDFF4D8AB01117276564CC7 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:04:04 +0000 Stay safe in the snow with Snozone and SCAS The thrill and excitement of sledging makes it one of Britain’s favourite winter pastimes, however sledges travel fast and are difficult to control especially when driven by inexperienced children, on crowded, unprepared, and unsupervised hills. In conjunction with a lack of awareness over the dangers posed by sledging and the precautions necessary to maximise safety, this results in thousands of preventable sledging accidents across the country each year. With snow settling in many parts of the country, Snozone, the indoor real snow slope, has teamed up with the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) to create a simple guide to parents whose children are set on sledging outdoors. The PLAY guide aims to limit injuries and encourage safe sledging. - - - PROTECT: Always wear a helmet plus thick padded clothing to protect your limbs and organs. LOCATE: The right area to sledge is important for safety. Look around to ensure there is plenty of snow and no trees or other obstructions in your path. AWARE: Be conscious of other riders around you to limit the risk of crashing on your descent. YES: Enjoy the snow, safely! - - - Elena Kale, a spokesperson for Snozone, says: “We hope the PLAY guidelines will encourage families to enjoy the snow safely, to avoid preventable injuries this winter. If the snow recedes before you get a chance to sledge outside this winter, or there’s no snow at all, we provide the facilities so that families can enjoy the thrill of sledging in a safe environment all year round”. Steven Winfield, Emergency Services Manager at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) said “We know that it can be appealing to go out and enjoy the snow but if you do choose to go out and sledge SCAS would encourage you to do so safely.  Wherever you choose to sledge please be aware of the potential dangers associated to sledging making sure you do so in an appropriate place and wearing the correct protective clothing.  Please don’t be a casualty in the snow and take the appropriate precautions.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Stay-safe-in-the-snow-with-Snozone-and-SCAS 0BFCE127947574733B19DA0F30739FCD Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:59:30 +0000 Super Casino offers best blackjack odds in the UK The largest casino outside of London, The Casino MK, is offering customers the best blackjack odds in the UK throughout February, thanks to their innovative Super Eights campaign. Blackjack players will have the chance to win a massive £8,888 in cash* if they draw four consecutive suited eights during their hand. Customers can also collect a number of bonus payments ranging from £5 to £100** if they find anything from a pair of unsuited eights to four unsuited eights in their hand.   To celebrate the exciting Super Eights promotion, The Casino MK is giving away a VIP casino experience to one lucky customer who was born on 08.08.1988. If this is you, a family member or friend, simply visit the Super Casino before 28th February and show your proof of birthdate at the Customer Loyalty Desk to be in with the chance to win this exclusive prize for eight people***. “Blackjack is one of the most popular casino card games in the world, and has become a favourite with many of our customers, which is exactly why we’re offering the best blackjack odds in the country:” said Luke Perkins, deputy general manager at The Casino MK. To find out more visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Casino MK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter. *Aspire members only. Photo ID required to join the Aspire Loyalty Club. Over 18s only. Terms and conditions apply. **All monies except the £8,888 jackpots paid in non-negotiable Aspire chips. *** Photo ID required. Terms and conditions apply.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Super-Casino-offers-best-blackjack-odds-in-the-UK 77BDFCFF53815626ECAB7F6A1454F007 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:22:01 +0000 MK Handmade & Vintage Weekend Extravaganza returns at the end of February MK Handmade & Vintage Weekend Extravaganza, a highlight in the region's calendar, with a reputation as one of the best fairs of its kind in the country, returns the weekend of 28 Feb and 1 March.  It showcases some of the finest and most affordable designer-makers, artists and vintage collectors in our region. It's free entry to Middleton Hall, in front of John Lewis in thecentre:mk, which is transformed into a vibrant treasure trove of 120 indoor market stalls, a paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique, crammed with an eclectic mix of thousands of high quality handmade and vintage bargains you won’t find in the shops. Forget Brighton or Camden - this is indoors and it never allows bought-in retail goods. Organiser, Jacqui Lewis: Our visitors enjoy an excitingly different shopping experience in the centre of MK. We are well known for high standards and our carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything from furniture to fashions, from jewellery to jukeboxes;  always the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky. There’s something for every age and occasion with all exhibitors passionate about what they do, and every item a one-off. For our first fair of the new year, we've gathered together many of our most popular stalls and invited many unique newcomers. You'll find unusual European pieces for your home straight from the brocantes of France and beyond, juke boxes and music memorabilia, unusual handmade and bespoke fashions from expert local designers, quirky sign-written furniture, luxury natural skincare, some of the quirkiest jewellers you'll find, the opportunity to purchase affordable original art from some exceptional artists, exquisite vintage designer dresses, traditional brewer and sweet makers, luxury handknits, collectable handmade bears and dolls, handspun woollen accessories, kitchenalia, glass and china, unusual interior design pieces, all manner of expertly handmade personalised gifts… the list goes on. If you love a unique style, the thrill of the bargain hunt, get along to Middleton Hall - but remember to allow yourself several hours to explore it all! The stalls are only there for 2 days - Saturday 28th Feb (9am-7pm) and Sunday 1st March (10.30am-5pm). For lots more info and loads of pics, visit www.mk-handmade-and-vintage.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Handmade-and-Vintage-Weekend-Extravaganza-returns-at-the-end-of-February A7C628DCED6A691F1FD31AEBC647A0A8 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:08:00 +0000 All female orchestra to mark International Women's Day Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) is celebrating International Women’s Day with a performance on 7th March, by an all-female orchestra, under the baton of Sian Edwards with guest soprano Anita Watson.   The concert is sponsored by MK Accountants Keens Shay Keens and staged in association with MK Community Foundation at The Venue theatre Walton High Campus. Marian Livingstone, Chairman of MKCO said” We have a first-class freelance orchestra with a depth of musical talent to create an all-female orchestra for all to enjoy and celebrate the body of work from women in the classical music industry. It is a delight to welcome back Sian Edwards who has helped to shape the creative work of the orchestra in recent years. Sian performs to great reviews around the world and works tirelessly as Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. We are also thrilled that our female line up is completed with internationally renowned soprano Anita Watson, who will perform three beautiful arias from The Marriage of Figaro. “ International Women’s Day is celebrated on the day after the concert, Sunday 8th March. It began as a campaigning movement in the early 20th century where oppression and inequality spurred women to demand change. It is now an official holiday in 27 countries, a global day to celebrate women and women’s achievements. MK Community Foundation launched the celebration in Milton Keynes four years ago and successfully campaigned for a pillar of celebration to be placed on the MK Rose in Campbell Park. Julia Upton, Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation commented. “MKCO is one of the recipients of our 2014 STEP grant and we are pleased to be supporting their ambitious developments, particularly at this unique concert. Our 2015 theme of ‘Make it Happen’ is especially appropriate as grant funding is provided to a wide variety of organisations, including vital help to women and girls in crisis.” The concert programme features Mozart Symphony No.38 (Prague) Wagner Siegfried Idyll and Schubert Symphony No. 3 with the Mozart aria performances. Tickets are available on-line www.mkco.org priced at £22.00, £10.00 and under 18’s £5.00   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/All-female-orchestra-to-mark-International-Womens-Day C7B4BB942F0B5D4860D4319772182765 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:09:51 +0000 Ability Counts Big Day at MK Dons FC The Milton Keynes Dons game against Preston North End on Saturday 7th March 2015, kick-off 3pm, has been designated to host the club’s fifth stadiummk ‘Ability Counts Big Day’! The event aims to promote the club’s facilities to current and new disabled supporters whilst highlighting the fantastic achievements of the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust's disability teams and encourage new disabled players to 'Come and Try' taster sessions including not just football but also other sports. The club will also be holding free stadium tours in February half-term, date to be confirmed, for disabled supporters and carers to see the exciting developments taking place at stadiummk. To book your place, contact the Box Office on 01908 622900. Special ticket prices are on offer to disabled supporters for this fixture with tickets available from £10 for Adults and £3 for Under 18s with a free carer ticket also available. The Preston North End game kicks off at 3pm and will see a half-time parade from MK Dons disability teams along with a number of disabled Preston supporters together with a video on the stadium's big screen showing how football can be enjoyed by all. The disability teams will also be providing the Guard of Honour for the players pre-match with one lucky youngster walking out the matchball. Stadiummk is proud to boast some of the country’s best disabled facilities for football fans with specified disabled parking, fantastic access for wheelchair users, hearing and visually impaired facilities and a safe, secure environment for supporters to enjoy watching professional football. Prior to the game, MK Dons SET will be running a series of demonstration games with their variety of teams from 10am until 1pm. If you would like to come and try one of these sessions, please contact Dennis Woolford on 01908 622937 for further information about what might suit you. The location is still to be confirmed. There are also a host of different 'Come and Try' disability sessions running throughout February as well. To purchase tickets for the MK Dons Ability Counts Big Day at our fixture with Preston North End please visit the Box Office at stadiummk and thecentre:mk or ring the Box Office on 01908 622900.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Ability-Counts-Big-Day-at-MK-Dons-FC 043C2EC6C6390DD0AC5519190A57C88C Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:37:14 +0000 Octonauts Sea Adventure comes to MK Theatre When there’s trouble under the sea, there’s only one team to call. Who’s going to dive into action? The Octonauts! Get ready to embark on an exciting new mission with the entire crew of quirky and courageous underwater super heroes, led by Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and medic Peso, in a brand new full-length stage adventure for pre-school children, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Show. In their fleet of aquatic vehicles the Octonauts explore incredible new underwater worlds as they set about rescuing amazing sea creatures and saving the day before returning safely back to base in the octopod. Richard Lewis, who brought Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, to Milton Keynes last year, adapts and directs this new production in collaboration with top-selling children’s theatre producers, Fiery Light, the team behind Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. Richard Lewis says: “Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration. From the colourful characters and fantastic underwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, there’s great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We can’t wait to take fans on an adventure like never before.” Based on the popular CBeebies’ TV show, Octonauts, this action-packed production features massive projection screens, 3D animation, full size characters and loads of songs (from BAFTA-award winning composer, Mani Svarvasson). Not only that but all the Octonauts will be appearing live on stage for the very first time. Sound the Octo-alert... Octonauts to your stations! Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is playing at Milton Keynes Theatre on Sat 7 & Sun 8 March. Book your tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee) and launch yourselves into some action-packed underwater fun for all the family!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Octonauts-Sea-Adventure-comes-to-MK-Theatre 43B9787B8A0CD00A8115C14B2B7C3A27 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:12:43 +0000 New look restaurant invites diners to launch event at Xscape Xscape Milton Keynes, the region’s ultimate entertainment destination, is excited to announce the re-launch of Coal Grill and Bar on Tuesday 10 March. The restaurant, which opened in 2013, has transformed to bring a new look and feel to the Coal dining experience to feature a new larger cocktail bar, relaxing lounge area and increased seating capacity in view of the open plan ‘theatre-style’ kitchen. To celebrate the re-launch, Coal is inviting you to join them for a red-carpet event from 6pm at which diners can enjoy £5 off their food bill when booking in advance. The event will give diners the chance to enjoy the unique Coal experience and a menu which prides itself on using fresh ingredients cooked over hot coals or served baking hot from a stone oven.  The restaurant is dedicated to delivering a range of dishes that are bold in flavour, interesting and healthy, including their famous signature dish the Coal firestick. Speaking of the re-launch Ruby Hawley, marketing manager of Coal Grill and Bar, commented; “We’re really excited to be improving the Coal dining experience in Milton Keynes. The re-launch event is a chance for us to showcase our facilities to our long-standing customers as well as those that have never visited us before and we look forward to welcoming diners on 10th March.” “Ross Jordan, General Manager of Xscape said; “Coal is one of Xscape’s numerous bars and restaurants, and it’s fantastic to see the development of the restaurant to further improve the overall customer experience.” To book your table at the re-launch event call 01908 237740 or visit the restaurant on the ground floor of Xscape before Tuesday 10 March. To find out more visit www.xscape.co.uk, like Xscape MK on Facebook or follow @xscapemk on Twitter. *£5 off your food bill when £20 is spent on the a la carte menu. 2 meals from the a la carte menu must be purchased. Available on 10.3.15 only. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion including set menus. Bookings must be made in advance.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-look-restaurant-invites-diners-to-launch-event-at-Xscape 12B668A1ADA1828BA795332F419D4EF7 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:52:41 +0000 Ant & Dec's Supercomputer is coming to Milton Keynes Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is back for another exciting series, and on the 15th MARCH 2015, one of their fun programme items - the SUPERCOMPUTER, is making its way to MILTON KEYNES for the first time! The Supercomputer is even bigger and better this year and they want to see you. Come dressed to impress with your hidden talent, and you might get the chance to wow the SUPERCOMPUTER and be in the running for a chance to win 2 tickets to NEW YORK! It will be at THE CENTRE: MK from 9am for the morning session and from 2pm for the afternoon session (these times may be subject to reasonable change depending on set up time). They spreading the word to let people know they'll will be in town and to see if you or anyone you know wants to come down and try your luck at potentially impressing the Supercomputer! Please be aware that all participants need to be 18 years old or over to take part in the Supercomputer. If you have any questions, please email SNT@ITV.COM   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Ant-and-Decs-Supercomputer-is-coming-to-Milton-Keynes 5EF99D16D1954578B0DF2F38B866449B Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:45:07 +0000 Celebrating science at Airkix Three in ten (31 per cent) of children in the South East enjoy the school subject of Science more than Art, PE or English, according to research carried out by Airkix Indoor Skydiving. However, young people can lose this passion as they grow up, with a reported shortfall of 55,000 scientists and engineers in the UK every year[2]. With studies[3] showing that young people struggle to link science to everyday life, letting them experience science first hand outside the classroom may be an ideal way of harnessing the natural curiosity and enthusiasm for science and encourage them to continue. As Science Week approaches (13th - 20th March), Airkix is tackling the issue head on by bringing science to life through its Wind Workshops. According to OFSTED[4], taking science beyond the classroom, into places and situations children don’t traditionally associate with science will help to build greater understanding of the relevance of the subject to everyday, contemporary life.  Could combining the thrill of indoor skydiving with the theoretical nature of science help children to engage more with subjects such as physics? Airkix certainly thinks so. It has created Wind Workshops to bring the two worlds together, providing primary school children with the opportunity to experience the subject in a practical, hands-on way, enhancing their understanding and passion. The workshops explain the basic principles of science before setting fun and practical, wind-based challenges. The children then have the opportunity to be top of the class (literally!), with two unforgettable flights in the wind tunnel which bring the theory to life and above all, show how straightforward and fun physics can be. “Science and technology are such vital, everyday parts of our lives, yet many children are failing to connect with the subjects at school. We need to do more to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future,” comments Simon Ward, CEO at Airkix. “Perhaps unsurprisingly the vast majority of respondents in our study felt a more hands on approach to science is the way forwards, which is exactly what our Wind Workshops aim to do.” A primary school teacher from Manchester says “The workshop brought science to life in an exciting way and was easy for the children to relate to. It was a great way of explaining what was actually happening in the wind tunnel. The whole session was well designed and well executed, very safe and a thrilling experience.” Airkix’s Wind Workshops run throughout the year and will be offered at just £15 per pupil throughout March to celebrate Science Week.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Celebrating-science-at-Airkix 47698C15FB83A1E5BB1400ACCBB17F82 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:09:52 +0000 Korg UK announce Learn to Play date at stadiumMK Learn To Play Day is a national event organised by the Music for All charity to inspire new, or lapsed, musicians of all ages to take up playing an instrument. This year KORG UK are inviting visitors along to enjoy a free introductory lesson on a whole range of instruments.  Visitors can choose from Takamine guitar, KORG piano, MAPEX drums, KORG synths or JUPITER brass and woodwind. This is the ideal opportunity to try out a new instrument or get back into playing. Running at the stadiummk, home of Milton Keynes Dons, the event will coincide with the club's famous Family Fun Day on Saturday 21st March 12-3pm. So, all you have to do is turn up to the stadium for your free lesson.  No entry fee and no booking required. Venue details:  stadiummk, Milton Keynes, Stadium Way, MK1 1ST Full details of all the 2015 National Learn To Play Day events and participating venues can be found at www.learntoplayday.com.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Korg-UK-announce-Learn-to-Play-date-at-stadiumMK 58155FC7F528A19B9FC3599B65047290 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:09:51 +0000 Family Fun Day returns at MK Dons The MK Dons’ Family Dons Big Day on Saturday 21st March showcases the return of a popular day for all supporters when MK Dons take on Notts County with a great atmosphere guaranteed from start to finish. The Family Fun Day sees a wealth of activity going on outside stadiummk and inside the Arena (situated at the end of Gate 6). There will be live music, a digger driving challenge, bouncy castles, an inflatable slide, football skills competitions provided by MK Dons Sport and Education Trust, fairground rides and half-time entertainment provided by mascots from Milton Keynes amongst lots of other attractions. Tickets are on sale now with adult tickets starting from just £10 and under 18s from £1, making this a most affordable family day out. Over 50 stalls and attractions will be open from 12 noon until 3pm for everybody to enjoy. There will also be lots of games and competitions for youngsters to enter. Don’t miss out on tickets which are on sale now from the MK Dons Box Office from just £10 adults and £1 for Under 18s. Don’t forget that under 12s can attend ALL 2014-15 home league matches for free when they purchase a £6 Young Dons membership! Terms and conditions apply – see mkdons.com for more details. To purchase your match tickets for the Notts County fixture, you can either book via the MK Dons Online Ticket Service or call the Box Office on 0333 200 5343.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Family-Fun-Day-returns-at-MK-Dons C8D12113E2258AF31914E88130B917F6 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:55:36 +0000 Making a Business of Tourism Expo announced Experience Bedfordshire and Destination Milton Keynes join forces to host leading industry event Two of the region’s top leisure and tourism organisations are working together to host, what is hoped will become, a must attend event in the business and tourism calendar. Making a Business of Tourism, supported by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), will take place at Millbrook Venues’ unique and versatile Concept 1 building on 27th March 2015. This free to attend* event will provide an ideal opportunity to meet buyers from key local tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, suppliers and independent businesses, and network with peers to hear advice from key industry experts on achieving success in your business. As part of its ethos to engage local businesses and communities, Making a Business of Tourism has teamed up with Milton Keynes College’s new creative studio, The Design House. The student-led facility, which offers graphic design and photography services to local businesses, has designed the logo and brand identity for the event. Viviane Vayssieres, CEO of Experience Bedfordshire said: “Following the success of a similar exhibition held in 2013, we have identified a huge demand for this type of event in the Bedfordshire area. Working with partner organisation Destination MK will enable us to take the event to the next level and offer exhibitors and visitors from both counties the opportunity to network and share their knowledge, experience and best practice. Steven Gordon-Wilson, CEO of Destination MK explained: “We are delighted to become a part of the Making a Business of Tourism event and look forward to hosting a successful exhibition that is of great benefit to local and regional businesses. “Involving The Design House has also been a very successful and rewarding experience, enabling the students to take part in designing the identity of a brand that we hope will be established for many years, and many successful events to come.” Speaking of the event, Nick Webb, CEO of The Forest of Marston Vale Trust who exhibited at Making a Business of Tourism in 2013, said: “Making a Business of Tourism is a unique opportunity to network with other visitor economy related organisations in a unique and impressive venue. The leads that were generated in 2013 led to a new solid working relationship that has been extremely beneficial for both parties.” For more information about Making a Business of Tourism, to book an exhibition stand or to register to attend visit www.biztourism.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @biztourism and like Destination MK on Facebook or search for Making a Business of Tourism on LinkedIn to find out more and get involved with discussions about the event. *As Millbrook is a secure site only visitors who register online and receive an email confirmation pass will be permitted to enter the event.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Making-a-Business-of-Tourism-Expo-announced 1E50A717C4FEBD75E03B348B0BE851FA Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:58:14 +0000 Local school to exhibit at MK Gallery Project Space An observational walk along the banks of the River Great Ouse by Year 4 pupils from Old Stratford Primary School near Milton Keynes has inspired a range of creative responses that are being displayed at MK Gallery Project Space this month.   A Walk Along the River (6-29 March 2015), features poetry, leaf collages, delicately detailed drawings, river reflections, watercolour landscapes, and mixed media picture postcards.  The exhibition also includes a collaborative sculpture of the riverbank made by pupils in a workshop during a recent visit to MK Gallery. By looking carefully at the environment around them, and translating it using different media and techniques, the participating Year 4 pupils have built a richly varied body of work that captures the organic shapes, textures and muted colour palette of a winter walk along the river. Describing the experience of their visit and trying to capture the ever-changing river-scape, Art Teacher Nichola Clarke said:  ‘At first glance all seemed dormant but as we looked more closely, hidden winter jewels appeared. The winter palette was punctuated by lichen covered branches and red berries (undiscovered by hungry birds). Between the deepest greens and browns, pockets of lime and plum were vying for our attention. Bull rushes stood tall and proud, delicate skeletal seed heads were snapping in the wind. Heavy fallen branches, just touching the water, created rippled reflections. Our inspiration was in place!’ Members of the public are welcome to join teaching staff, pupils, their family and friends at the exhibition preview this Thursday 5 March from 6-8pm.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Local-school-to-exhibit-at-MK-Gallery-Project-Space FE4B8556000D0F0CAE99DAA5C5C5A410 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 11:49:29 +0000 B-Town is Diners' Choice Milton Keynes’ own Indian street food restaurant B-Town has been awarded the monthly Diners’ Choice award by OpenTable.co.uk. The Diner’s Choice Award is voted for by users of popular online booking and restaurant review service Open Table, and celebrates the restaurants who have consistently impressed diners throughout the month. With 72% of diners voting that they would recommend B-Town to a friend, and an overall score of 4.3 out of 5, B-Town has proven itself to be a real favourite with the people of Milton Keynes. Comments from customers have included “excellent food,” “great service” and “what a fabulous find.” The décor, atmosphere and live entertainment also received high praise from patrons. Mo Abdul, restaurant manager at B-Town, said: “We are really pleased to be the Diners’ Choice, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their continued support and positive comments.” As a ‘thank you’ to their customers, B-Town are offering a huge discount voucher through their newsletter and social media platforms. Diners are invited to come and try the highly recommended menu for an amazing 50% off throughout February. For more information about the restaurant or to make a booking visit www.btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call the restaurant on 01908 200522. Join the chatter at www.twitter.com/BTownMK or www.facebook.com/btownmk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/B-Town-is-Diners-Choice 1E8EEC0DB325B87B0F57B5056EFD8AFB Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:52:24 +0000 Let your true colours shine at intu Fashion Month Calling all fashionistas!  March is fashion month at intu Milton Keynes and it’s time to let your true colours shine. intu Milton Keynes is the place to be for fashion fun and all the hottest trends; the must-have items, new styles and colours that are absolutely essential for every spring/summer 2015 wardrobe. Fashion month officially begins on Saturday 7 March with an electrifying human mannequin fashion show in partnership with Hello! Fashion Monthly.  Watch as the mannequins come to life and show off the latest looks from stores across the Centre.  It will be jam-packed with SS15 fashion favourites and special offers so don’t miss out! Enter the #mumandme selfie competition and win mum an intu Gift Card for Mother’s Day.  There is more than one up for grabs so keep a close eye on social media and don’t miss out! To round up fashion month, the annual intu Milton Keynes eco weekend will have a fashion twist on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March.  In true eco style, fashion and textiles students from Milton Keynes College are presenting ‘The Denim Upcycle’ live throughout the weekend.  The students will be in Centre with their sewing machines showing shoppers how to upcycle denim garments to give them a stylish refresh. There will also be clothes amnesty boxes in Centre throughout March for shoppers to donate their unwanted items to a local charity.   Keep an eye on the intu Milton Keynes Facebook and Twitter pages to be the first to find out about news and events.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Let-your-true-colours-shine-at-intu-Fashion-Month 2E855F9489DF0712B4BD8EA9E2848C5A Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:18:42 +0000 Formula Fast hosts Schools Karting Championships Last week, Formula Fast Karting in Mount Farm, Bletchley, hosted the British Schools Karting Championship practise event ahead of the final on 17th March 2015. Ten schools from around the UK sent teams of three drivers to familiarise themselves with the circuit – one of the biggest indoor circuits in the UK – in preparation for the local final in two weeks’ time. The fastest time recorded on the night was set by Silverstone UTC - VS at 34.353 but was closely followed by Silverstone UTC GA who were just 0.008 (or 8 thousandths) off – setting the final up to be very close. Owner and race organiser at Formula Fast, Oliver Fox, said: “This is the first time we have hosted the BSKC, it’s fantastic to see karting being pushed through schools around the country. The calibre of racing last night was extremely good and across a variety of ages which will make for an entertaining final here later in the month.” Now in its ninth year, the BSKC offers students aged 13 to 18 the opportunity to take part in an exciting, nationwide knockout karting competition that does not require previous experience, equipment or substantial expense. Nicola Bush, BSKC Manager, said: “Teams can once again put themselves on the grid to race in the largest schools karting competition in the country. The BSKC was created to make karting more accessible to schools. It appeals to students from different backgrounds and its low cost allows everyone to take part.” As well as the overall BSKC champions, regional champions will be crowned for teams competing in London & South East, South West, East of England, Midlands, North East, North West, South and Scotland. Formula Fast welcomes spectators to join them on 17 March for the final, which is FREE to watch. To enquire about the 2016 championships and to get your school involved, visit the Formula Fast website at www.formulafast.co.uk or call the team on 01908 904111 Keep up with the latest news and join the chat at www.facebook.com/formulafastkarting   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Formula-Fast-hosts-Schools-Karting-Championships 8C4F839B287D8A4D311EEAAD4F8CEB97 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 01:35:55 +0000 Fashion Revolve wows shoppers at intu Milton Keynes intu Milton Keynes welcomed a dizzying display of fashion on Saturday as Central Boulevard was taken over by dancers to present Fashion Revolve, in partnership with Hello! Fashion Monthly.   The spring/summer 2015 fashion show kicked off intu Milton Keynes’ Fashion Month, which is taking place throughout March across all intu shopping centres.   Throughout the day, dancers performed dynamic dance routines every 20 minutes, showing off the latest fashions from stores across the centre.  Brands taking part in the fashion show included; Superdry, Topshop and Topman, Miss Selfridge, Gap, T.M.Lewin, Jack and Jones, Karen Millen and more.  There were also discounts and prize draws to win exciting prizes from selected stores.      Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said:  “Saturday was a brilliant day with a fun and attention-grabbing display.  Fashion Revolve incorporated many of our stores and gave our shoppers an entertaining show throughout the day.  We try to do something different with every fashion event we host and this was a great success, enjoyed by staff and shoppers alike.” The theme of fashion month is ‘let your true colours shine’ and to celebrate, intu is running an instagram competition.  Shoppers simply share their style featuring their colour of the moment; just pout, pose and post, tagging @intuMiltonKeynes on Instagram and using #intuColours. There is a fabulous prize bundle on offer, visit the competition page on the intu Milton Keynes website to find out more.     The intu #mumandme selfie competition is also live with a £150 intu Gift Card to be given away this week!  It’s easy to enter, just send a photo of you and your mum, or you and your child, with #mumandme to @intumk on Twitter or tag @intuMiltonKeynes on Facebook.  Competition ends Friday 13 March. To round up fashion month, the annual intu Milton Keynes eco weekend will have a fashion twist on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March.  Fashion and textiles students from Milton Keynes College present ‘The Denim Upcycle’.  The students will be in centre with their sewing machines showing shoppers how to upcycle denim garments to give them a stylish refresh. From Tuesday 10 until the end of March, there will be a giant perspex cube in centre, which is the clothes donation station for the fashion month clothes amnesty.  Shoppers can donate any unwanted items with proceeds going to Open Door, a charity which helps homeless people in Milton Keynes.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fashion-Revolve-wows-shoppers-at-intu-Milton-Keynes FA3DADE3A49305F27F64203452AC954C Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:52:08 +0000 Get your Early Bird ticket discount for The Big Outdoor Show Early Bird family tickets on sale now for Milton Keynes Big Outdoor Show: •      Buy before 31 March, 2015 and save money •      Family camping weekend pass for two adults and two children just £125.50 plus booking fee, saving £24 •      Day tickets for two adults and two children just £24.50 plus booking fee instead of £28 Early Bird tickets for The Big Outdoor Show (May 23-25) at Willen lake in Milton Keynes have gone on sale now and can be booked through the show’s website www.thebigoutdoorshow.co.uk. This exciting new show promises fun-filled adventure and entertainment for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. There’s daredevil bike displays from both the M.A.D. Team and the legendary Action Sports Tour team. There’s a full seminar programme with talks on exploring and survival skills from national treasures like Sir Ranulph Fiennes and heroic locals like Richard Harpham and John Sullivan. Out on the water, canine heroes from national charity Newfound Dogs will demonstrate their skills in water rescue while in the air, Para Motoring will be giving some impressive aerial displays. But it’s not all sitting about watching as show visitors are encouraged to try their hand at sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing. The Big Outdoor Show is designed to inspire adults and children alike to get outside and get active. The event is being held around the beautiful Willen Lake and will be supported by a number of exhibition stands and food and drink providers, plus there’s live music and film screenings for overnight campers. To find out more visit www.thebigoutdoorshow.co.uk or call 01908 698833.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-your-Early-Bird-ticket-discount-for-The-Big-Outdoor-Show 02A3C7FB3F489288AE6942498498DB20 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:52:00 +0000 Mim-Mim is coming to intu Milton Keynes Mim-Mim, star of CBeebies’ animated series Kate & Mim-Mim, is taking a break from his fun and fantastical adventures in the imaginary world of Mimiloo to pay a visit to intu Milton Keynes!  Boys and girls will get the chance to meet their favourite bunny, learn some bunny hop moves, and take part in some fun games before getting the chance to have a big bunny hug with Mim-Mim!   intu Milton Keynes is hosting the meet and greet on Tuesday 31 March, with Mim-Mim appearances at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, each lasting 30 minutes. As well as meeting Mim-Mim children can pick up their very own CBeebies activity booklet, designed to take them on their own mim-tastic adventure.  There will also be plenty of fun to be had at intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes, where Kate & Mim-Mim fans will be able to enjoy the super fun game ‘Pop! Pop! Peaches’. FREE meet and greet tickets will be available to book on the intu Milton Keynes website from Thursday 12 March.  Additional FREE tickets will also be available in centre on the day; numbers may be limited and all tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Members of the intu Milton Keynes Kids’ Club will receive a free Kate & Mim-Mim ‘Funny Bunny Friend’ sampler DVD when presenting their membership card or when signing up*.  Membership is free of charge; new members will receive a goody bag and will be the first to hear about exciting events as well as be invited to exclusive ones. Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, commented: “We are excited to be welcoming Mim-Mim to intu Milton Keynes this Easter, we are delighted to offer this fun and engaging, bunny-themed experience for our young customers.” *Numbers are limited.  DVDs will be issued on a first come first served basis.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Mim-Mim-is-coming-to-intu-Milton-Keynes FD9DD764A6F1D73F4340D570804EACC4 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:28:29 +0000 Extreme Stunt Show is coming to Campbell Park Awesome Monster Trucks, High Flying Motorbikes & BMX teams battle it out as BIG AIR is the name of the game this summer as our boys hit the air flying!  You’ll be keeping your feet firmly on level ground as the Extreme Team take to the air to battle it out!   Join us on the runway in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on 1 & 2 April at 7.30pm, as our monster beasts compete once again in the Extreme Arena.  Still pulling 1500 horsepower and car-crushing to the max, Lil’ Devil and Extreme are getting ready to demonstrate just what BIG AIR is all about. Check out the Extreme BMX team as pedal power takes to the horizon.  As long as it’s got two wheels and plenty of stamina it’s game on, as these talented young riders showcase their tricks mid-air.  Including all your favorites and a few yet to be invented.   Heads up as the Extreme FMX team hit the skyways flying.  A head for heights is a pre-requisite as our boys fly through the air displaying cliffhangers, nac nacs and supermans to name a few.   Battling for air space, our resident riders are sure to get the adrenaline pumping as they defy gravity. Come and join the team for all the fun in the air as our usual airmen combine with our new stunt crew to deliver the chaos and destruction you’ve come to love and expect from the world famous Extreme Team.   Prepare to be astounded as our very own Extreme BMX team, show you how it’s done with excessive pedal power.  Check out their bunny hops, barspins, 360s, tailwhips, flairs and of course the backflip.   With performances from our firm favorites who are primed and ready for take-off, the Extreme Team are fired up to showcase their tricks.  Two wheel driving, fire stunts and just good old-fashioned chaos to take you all the way to the extreme edge. So, Grab your boarding passes early and take advantage of the discounted advance tickets online and guarantee yourself a place for the HOTTEST ticket in town. 2FOR1 TICKET DEAL - DOWNLOAD THE VOUCHER HERE Tickets 08444 771000 . www.ticketweb.co.uk Info line 0203 375 6506. www.extremestuntshow.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Extreme-Stunt-Show-is-coming-to-Campbell-Park 08FC80DE8121419136E443A70489C123 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:45:16 +0000 Full casting announced for The Producers at MK Theatre Based on Mel Brooks’ beloved Academy Award winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards; comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Mon 30 Mar until Sat 4 Apr. Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits downtrodden accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway's greatest scam. Together they aim to produce the worst show in history and run away to Rio with millions, but they learn that Show business can always find a way to kick you in the teeth. Featuring a riotous mix of eccentric characters and the all-time classic song Springtime For Hitler, The Producers is the funniest Broadway musical of all time. The cast for this brand new Springtime tour of The Producers features one of the UK’s best loved comedians Jason Manford as timid accountant Leo Bloom. Broadway and West End star Cory English reprises his role as Max Bialystock, one he played to critical acclaim in London’s West End. Tiffany Graves joins the company as Ulla the object of Leo Bloom’s affections. Phill Jupitus in the role of Franz Liebkind; the short fused, carrier pigeon keeping, former Nazi, brought on board by Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom to help them in their plot to put on the worst musical of all time. Olivier Award winning actor David Bedella will play the flamboyant director Roger De Bris chosen by Max Bialystock in an attempt to ensure Springtime for Hitler is a flop. Renowned dancer, choreographer and television personality Louie Spence plays his equally flamboyant assistant Carmen Ghia. Adam Spiegel said; “The Producers is the biggest, funniest Broadway musical of all time. It’s filled with fabulous costumes, glamorous dancing girls, hysterical show-tunes and an incredible live band. With a cast of the most celebrated, well-loved comedians in the UK today and the very best singers and dancers from London’s West End this production of Mel Brook’s record breaking, award winning comedy is guaranteed to be a hilarious night out!” The cast for The Producers is completed by Abigail Brodie, Jaye Elster, Rebecca Fennelly, Olivia Fines, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Fenton Gray, Aime Hodnett, Paul Hutton, Nia Jermin, Joel Montague, Genevieve Nicole, Tosh Wanogho-Maud, Jay Webb, Russell Wilcox and Aron Wild. Book now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Full-casting-announced-for-The-Producers-at-MK-Theatre 237168031D88451C78FD8D6D6378C0B2 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:02:00 +0000 Easter arrives at Carluccios From bright and beautifully packaged Colomba cake to indulgent chocolate eggs and surprise treats, you’ll find something for everyone in Carluccio’s Easter range this year. Available online and in food shops nationwide from early March. As well as a beautiful range of Easter treats, Carlucccio's will also be hosting biscuit-decorating classes for children to enjoy. The classes will be taking place at select restaurants nationwide on Tuesday 7th April and Wednesday 8th April at 10.30am or 4.00pm. £10 per child. Further details to be announced soon at http://www.carluccios.com/events   Colomba Tradizionale (750g, £13.95) – A classic centrepiece to Easter celebrations in Italy, the Colomba – meaning dove – is studded with candied peel, topped with hazelnut icing and sprinkled with almonds and sugar.   Chocolate Egg in Cocoa Pasta Nest (350g, £15.95) – New for 2015 a hand decorated milk, dark or white chocolate egg in a nest of cocoa tagliolini pasta. A treat for chocolate and pasta lovers alike.   Sicilian Marzipan Lamb (170g, £12.95) – A Sicilian tradition – it simply wouldn’t be Easter without it!   Dove-shaped Butter Biscuits (300g, £7.95) – Rich and crumbly biscuits that melt in the mouth.   Easter Basket (260g, £9.95) – This adorable basket contains colourful foiled eggs and a selection of edible Easter characters including chocolate frogs, hens and farm animals.   Basket of Chocolate Eggs (120g, £7.95) – A delicious ‘clutch’ of milk, dark and white chocolate eggs.   Chocolate Hen and Eggs (200g, £8.95) – Sitting on a bed of smaller eggs, this delightful hen comes in white, dark and milk chocolate.   Jar of Chocolate Eggs (600g, £12.95) – Brightly-coloured wrapped mini chocolate eggs with a soft cocoa filling, for the big and little kids! Available in a bag (200g, £5.95).   Sugared Chocolate Eggs (150g, £5.95) – Dark chocolate eggs coated in a colourful crispy sugar shell.   Chocolate Bunny (110g, £6.95 each) – Charming chocolate bunnies in milk, dark and white chocolate. Where else will you find chocolate bunnies in woolly jumpers?   Foiled Chocolate Hens with Surprise (60g, £4.95 each) – Foiled milk chocolate hens, each comes with a surprise…what will your hen lay?   ‘Boiled Egg’ (60g, £2.95) – Skillfully crafted by hand to look like the real deal. The milk chocolate shell is filled with gianduja and topped with white chocolate – it’s a cracking good egg!   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Easter-arrives-at-Carluccios 197838C579C3B78927E0CD15BA4C9689 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:12:40 +0000 Bake Off winner to serve up a treat this Easter at Xscape Xscape Milton Keynes, the region’s ultimate entertainment destination, is pleased to announce that Great British Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle will be serving up some Easter treats for the centre’s exciting Spring Bake weekend. On Saturday 4 April, Nancy will be hosting a free Easter baking demonstration in Xscape’s pop-up kitchen at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm, where she will revealing her top baking tips. “I’m really excited to be demonstrating some of my favourite bakes at Xscape”, said Nancy. “Easter is a fantastic time of the year for baking; from hot cross buns and Simnel cake, to chocolate nests and Easter eggs, there’s something for all the family to get stuck into.” Xscape will also be running a series of free Easter themed craft workshops from Friday 3 – Monday 6 April, 12-6pm, for more family fun this Spring holiday. What’s more, Frankie and Benny’s will be taking over the pop-up kitchen on Easter Sunday, where the restaurant will be offering free samples of their delicious new dessert range, money off vouchers and giving kids the chance to eat free with every adult meal purchased on Sunday 5 April. Frankie and Benny’s mascot, Sketch, will also be making a special appearance to help raise money for Rays of Sunshine, a charity that brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18 years old. “We’re delighted to have Nancy coming to Xscape for our Spring Bake and are looking forward to seeing what delicious bakes she’ll be demonstrating on Saturday”, said Ross Jordan, general manager of Xscape Milton Keynes. “Our pop-up kitchen is a fantastic way for all the family to enjoy a fun day out for free this Easter weekend, as well as exploring what our range of restaurants, shops and leisure experiences have to offer.” To find out more head to Xscape Milton Keynes this Easter weekend, visit www.xscape.co.uk, follow @XscapeMK on Twitter or like Xscape MK on Facebook.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bake-Off-winner-to-serve-up-a-treat-this-Easter-at-Xscape 23451391CD1399019FA0421129066BC6 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:02:33 +0000 Dancing on the ceiling at Calcutta Brasserie Hello! Is it Lionel Richie you’re looking for? Then you are in luck, because the smooth sounds of the king of slow dance classics is coming to Calcutta Brasserie!   Acclaimed Lionel Richie tribute act Malcolm Pitt will be performing at Calcutta Brasserie on Wednesday 8 April. With a mesmerising stage presence and an uncanny vocal resemblance to everyone’s favourite crooner, it is no surprise that Pitt has performed in over 15 countries to rave reviews. He has even received endorsement from Lionel Richie himself, and appeared with Richie on the BBC. His repertoire includes favourites such as ‘Endless Love,’ All Night Long’ and ‘Three Times a Lady.’   Alongside excellent entertainment, guests will enjoy a three course meal from the multi award winning menu at Calcutta Brasserie. With an extravagant set menu to tantalise the taste buds, diners are sure to have an evening to remember.   Restaurant Manager Ali Ajmol said: “It’s always a pleasure to offer our diners something different, and nights like this are always a huge success with guests. Having heard Malcolm’s amazing voice, I am certain our Lionel Richie night will be no exception!”   The show starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £24.95 and include a three course meal. www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Dancing-on-the-ceiling-at-Calcutta-Brasserie 999028872CFFF7AE8EE330A33CBD3874 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:40:13 +0000 Have a cracking time at Bletchley Park this Easter Children and families are in for a cracking Easter at Bletchley Park. The whole family can enjoy special activities everyday during the Easter holidays as part of our Bright Sparks @ Bletchley Park program,  including a range of craft and spy workshops for all ages, children's guided tours, trails, quizzes and handling collections. These family focused events guarantee children of all ages can have fun whilst learning about the Home of the Codebreakers.   On Easter Monday, 6 April, the hunt is on for chocolate prizes as Bletchley Park holds the hugely popular Easter Eggstravaganza in partnership with Milton Keynes Suzuki. This special day includes a chance to make your own Enigma, soft play, tours specially for children and families, and an Easter trail around this uniquely historic site. On Sunday and Monday Milton Keynes Suzuki will be offering visitors the chance to test their codebreaking skills and crack the combination on a locked safe and win a brand new car. Family Fun Wednesdays make a welcome return on 1 and 8 April, with Ultra and spy workshops, children’s tours, craft activities and the Top Secret Room. They will continue every Wednesday throughout the long summer holidays too, with trails, quizzes and special spy and codebreaking workshops. Visit once - normal admission price applies, under-12s are free - then use your Annual Season Ticket to Bletchley Park to return week after week during the school holidays. www.bletchleypark.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Have-a-cracking-time-at-Bletchley-Park-this-Easter 28B9F8AA9F07DB88404721AF4A5B6C11 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:15:34 +0000 Get Ready for Non Stop Pop at ArenaMK X Factor finalists Union J to headline ArenaMK’s first public concert on Saturday 11th April 2015! We are excited to announce that we have secured headline sponsors for our first public concert at ArenaMK scheduled for Saturday 11 April 2015 which now allows us to reduce the cost of tickets to just £14.00 (including all booking and fulfilment fees), offering incredible value for all the fans of Union J, Stereo Kicks and the other artists performing here at ArenaMK. Union J will be heading to Milton Keynes for the first time and are joined by fellow X Factor finalists Stereo Kicks. UK Chart Toppers, Union J, will join pop sensations, The Vamps, on their arena tour next month, whilst Stereo Kicks are currently nearing the end of the X Factor 2014 Finalists national tour. The line-up also includes Britain’s Got Talent star and local boy Bailey McConnell and Harry Mondryk. Fans who have already booked their tickets at the original price have been contacted regarding the process for the appropriate refunds. Please note that this is a standing event. Under 5s are not permitted and under 14s must be accompanied by a person aged 18+. Maximum of four under 14s in the care of one 18+ year old. Tickets are on sale now at the new lower price, online only. It’s just one click away www.arenamk.com/whats-on/ Be part history here at stadiummk: join the party and be sure to look out for further thrilling announcements about the gig on social media.     http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-Ready-for-Non-Stop-Pop-at-ArenaMK 2E2079D63348233D91CAD1FA9B1361E9 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:09:05 +0000 Easter Bytes Festival at National Computer Museum Easter Bytes Festival boots up at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Wednesday 1 April and will run every day until 12 April 2015. Supported by Bloomberg, there will be digital fun and games for all the family. This Easter, robotics, past and present, will be a special theme, and there will be lots of hands-on activities for everyone. On various days throughout Easter Bytes, visitors can: tackle the virtual Bletchley Park Maze in search of Easter Eggs enter a LEGO competition to make something for George, TNMOC’s in-house 1950’s robot marvel at a modern day multipurpose ABB industrial robot see a monster robotic arm used in the 1990s by the oil industry in the North Sea meet a robot from the past that used to appear on Dr Who   use the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with games explore the home of Colossus at it was in the 1940s tune up in a computer music workshop using sounds of computers across seven decades have fun with Minecraft make your own animations with the Hue HD animation studio kit try coding with Ocado Technology’s Codability Project, meet the Fuzeliers and see the new BBC Micro Bit win an Awardbox certificate to share on Facebook, Twitter and email. There will be lots of other surprises announced in the lead-up to Easter. For latest news and event days, see www.tnmoc.org/bytes. The Easter Bytes Festival is all about being creative with technology in the first purpose-built computer centre in the world. In a truly unique world-class setting that houses the rebuild of Colossus and the original WITCH computer, visitors can explore new and old technologies amongst the extraordinary working machines from seven decades of computing. There is something for everyone and we guarantee your fingers will be itching to get hands-on with lots of digital devices.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Easter-Bytes-Festival-at-National-Computer-Museum 4F714C73DB5191F3A71A380CBA8843ED Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:04:00 +0000 Stephen Leonard to open Howe Park Wood Centre TV Vet and Wildlife presenter, Stephen Leonard to open Howe Park Wood Education and Visitor centre on 12th April 2015. The Education & Visitor centre will be the first facility of its kind to be owned and operated by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust is delighted to announce that renowned wildlife presenter Stephen Leonard will be opening the centre on the 12th of April. The centre offers a fantastic contribution to the growth of education facilities in Milton Keynes. The event will take place from 11am until 2pm on Sunday 12th April and everyone is welcome to discover more about the centre and the Trust’s education work. Steve Leonard will be cutting the ribbon at 11am followed by a short public talk. Other activities on the day will range from natural craft workshops, children’s activities and led walks The Education & Visitor Centre was commissioned to provide a focal point for delivering environmental education activities and to raise awareness of the natural history of both the SSSI at Howe Park Wood and more generally the natural history of Milton Keynes and work of The Parks Trust. This is an exciting launch for The Parks Trust, which is an independent charity that cares for over 5,000 acres of parkland and green space in Milton Keynes. The education and visitor centre sits with The Trust’s charitable objectives to improve public education and provide facilities for leisure and recreation. The centre contains a classroom, a meeting room, an outside decked area and new pond dipping platforms. Bird and bat boxes will be installed in the adjacent woodland and there will be new interpretation panels to help people learn about the nearby wildlife. A feature wall at the front will include a number of habitat boxes which are wooden boxes filled with natural materials to form insect homes. The building also incorporates low carbon technologies including Photo Voltaic panels and an air source heat pump. Local artist Annette Reed has created four stunning stained glass windows depicting the changing seasons in Howe Park Wood. The centre is a base for a variety of activities including: Curriculum supported education activities for schools Community education activities, including after school clubs and uniformed groups like Scouts & Guides Community events Adult education activities Room hire for local interest groups The Parks Trust birthday parties Corporate team building activities Information / interpretation about the woodland and the natural history of Milton Keynes in general Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust, said: “We’re really pleased that the centre is now complete and the open day will really showcase all of the fantastic activities that will be available to encourage people to learn about and understand the wonderful green spaces in Milton Keynes.” For more information about the centre and the activities surrounding the opening visit www.theparkstrust.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Stephen-Leonard-to-open-Howe-Park-Wood-Centre BF764716FE1A58CB07F8A377EC25C16D Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:50:26 +0000 Support Your Local Marathon - Volunteers needed We need your help to make the everydayhero Milton Keynes Marathon and Geoffrey Leaver Marathon Relay happen and ensure all the participants have a fantastic time. In 2014 five hundred volunteers got involved and had a great time making the everydayhero Milton Keynes Marathon a wonderful success for both runners and spectators. The event was named amongst the top 10 marathon races in the UK by readers of Runner’s World magazine and website and was awarded the BARR Bronze Award for organisation and planning excellence. The MK Half Marathon was been added to the event in 2014, which like the marathon is on a traffic-free course and finishes in StadiumMK. The 2014 event also includes the ever popular Superhero Fun Run and the Geoffrey Leaver Marathon Relay. As a result, this year race organisers are looking to put together an even bigger volunteer team to help guide the runners around the course, see them across the finish line and help local residents. People are needed for a variety of roles including marshaling along the route and helping out at the stadium start and finish area. Race Director, Andy Hully, said, “We couldn’t put on this flagship sporting event without the support of our volunteers. We really do appreciate the fact that people willingly give up their time to help make the MK Marathon one of the top 10 marathons in the UK. We have lots of opportunities this year for people to join in and really make a difference to those that are running.” As a volunteer you will receive a packed lunch as well as an Event Crew T-Shirt to wear on the day. And to thank you for all your hard work, you will receive a Medal at the end of your shift plus an invite to our Event Crew Thank You Party, which will be held on Saturday 9th May in Milton Keynes. Volunteers for the event should be aged 16 or over, although younger children can help out if they are supervised by an adult who is also registered to volunteer. Online registration for individual volunteers and groups is available. Groups of friends, family, Scouts, Girl Guides, running groups and local football teams are particularly welcomed. Groups of volunteers should register for the same role and add their club, company or charity and then we will place them as close together as possible. “Volunteers don’t need to be experienced, as they’ll be fully briefed on their role before the day. They just need lots of enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of a team. The great thing about volunteering is that people can also make new friends or support local and national charities," said Mr Hully. If you would like to generously give up a few hours of your time to volunteer at the Milton Keynes Marathon visit www.mkmarathon.com/eventcrew You can still enter the everydayhero Milton Keynes Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay or Superhero Fun Run here: www.mkmarathon.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Support-Your-Local-Marathon-Volunteers-needed 70821A40B06F8751781D5A895357DA67 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:42:27 +0000 Hollywood glamour meets West End glitz at MK Theatre Feel the temperature start to rise next month when Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring their sensational show fresh from London’s West End to Milton Keynes Theatre. Fusing musical theatre, dance, romance and comedy, Dance ‘Til Dawn will transport you back to the golden age of Los Angeles in the 1940s. In the midst of a Hollywood film shoot leading man Bobby Burns is murdered and a romance develops between beautiful starlet Sadie Strauss (Flavia Cacace) and her handsome lover Tony DeLuca (Vincent Simone). As a plot to frame Tony DeLuca unfolds, the duo use their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography to Tango and Quickstep their way out of trouble and into each other’s arms. It’s crazy, yes. It’s steamy, most definitely and the ‘pzzazz’ quota warrants a dazzling ’10 out of 10’ from us! Former World Champions, Vincent and Flavia have been dance partners for twenty years and stole the hearts of the British public with their breathtaking Argentine Tango on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing. Dance ‘Til Dawn is directed by Olivier Award winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce who directed Vincent and Flavia’s 2010 show Midnight Tango which has thrilled more than half a million people across the UK both on tour and in London’s West End. With dances including the Charleston, quickstep, waltzes and, of course, the Argentine Tango, Dance ‘Til Dawn is an unforgettable evening of timeless sophistication and breathtaking world class choreography with stunning sets, glamorous costumes and a full live band performing iconic numbers including  Feeling Good, Moon River and Stand By Me. Joining Vincent and Flavia are Oliver Darley as The Voice, Teddy Kempner as Tommy Dubrowski and Abbie Osmon as Lana Clemenza and a talented cast of dancers and performers. www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Hollywood-glamour-meets-West-End-glitz-at-MK-Theatre 3BC71FAEBE42E1639EB6FDED38D714CD Tue, 07 Apr 2015 01:31:46 +0000 Can you conquer The SFEAR at Gullivers? The solar eclipse on Friday 20th March 2015 will mark the arrival of the SFEAR at Gulliver’s Milton Keynes. The SFEAR is a brand new attraction at Milton Keynes that features over 15 exciting challenges! Can you conquer The SFEAR? Make your way through multiple elements designed to test your balance and nerve. Each session includes a full safety briefing followed by 45 minutes on the course. You will be fully briefed by our SFEAR Summiteers who will advise you how to tackle the activities ahead. The SFEAR is completely enclosed, so participants stay dry in any weather! Watch your step as you cross the Zig Zag Bridge and keep your cool on the Cargo Nets. There are high level challenges and low level ventures to suit all heads for height. You choose which challenges to take, as many times as you like and in any order. There's no waiting for someone in front, take a different route and maximise the action. The SFEAR is the first of its kind anywhere in the world! SOLAR ECLIPSE OFFER - 90% OFF While 90% of the sun is blocked, Gulliver's is blocking 90% of the entrance price to the SFEAR. Two hundred tickets priced at just £1.50 will go on sale between 8.20am and 10.44am on Friday 20th March 2015. Just use online code H1NRG. Tickets will be valid for one of the exclusive preview dates ahead of the official SFEAR launch. Some restrictions apply to entering THE SFEAR - please check the website fully before booking. https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/milton-keynes/the-sfear   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Can-you-conquer-The-SFEAR-at-Gullivers 23E846638607ADCBC730817A77581220 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:50:03 +0000 Cut-a-thon is coming to MK College Milton Keynes College will be hosting a 12 hour cut-a-thon to support the Henry Allen Trust. On Thursday 23rd April 2015, The Graduate at the Bletchley Campus, will be offering hair and beauty treatments at discounted prices, with all proceeds being donated to the local charity. Staff and students will have all hands on deck for any new or existing clients over 12 years of age to drop in between 9am and 9pm. Haircut prices start at £5, with a range of beauty treatments also on offer from file and polish, massage and manicures and pedicures. Matt Kemp, Manager at The Graduate comments; “We are very keen to support this local charity. This a great opportunity for the staff, students and the College to give something back to our community.” Further details coming soon.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Cut-a-thon-is-coming-to-MK-College 6616758DA438B02B8D360AD83A5B3D77 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:18:45 +0000 stadiumMK will welcome The Princess Royal for rugby match stadiumMK will welcome HRH The Princess Royal at the upcoming Aviva Premiership Rugby match between Northampton Saints and Saracens, being played in April. The invitation has been extended to HRH The Princess Royal via Hankook Tyre UK in her role as patron of Transaid, celebrating the charity’s work in identifying, championing and implementing transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries. Founded by Save The Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Transaid works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and then manage efficient transport systems. Transaid has been Hankook Tyre UK’s charity partner since 2006, with the company providing continued and generous support and contributions throughout the past nine years.  Hankook Tyre UK is also well established as a strong supporter of top class rugby in England, having been an Elite Sponsor of current Aviva Premiership champions Northampton Saints since 2009. Gary Forster, CEO of Transaid said: “Hankook have been a truly valuable supporter of Transaid over the years contributing to various projects and fundraising initiatives.  It is the support of globally recognised brands such as Hankook that enables us to test and run a range of new transport solutions for people who really need it.  We’re delighted that Hankook and the Northampton Saints joined forces to aid our initiatives and look forward to working together to make a positive impact to many lives across Africa.” Mr Jong Jin Park, Managing Director of Hankook Tyre UK added: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome HRH The Princess Royal in her role as patron of Transaid as it further cements our long-standing relationship with them in addition to providing our local community with a real sense of pride. It also gives us great pleasure to extend our support even further with the combined efforts of the Northampton Saints, who have been kind enough to work with us in helping to develop additional fundraising activities which will take place later in the season.” Allan Robson, CEO of Northampton Saints commented: “We’re honoured that HRH The Princess Royal will be joining us at stadiumMK for what is one of the biggest matches of our season. We have had an excellent relationship with Hankook for a number of years and are delighted to support their charity work in this way. Having HRH The Princess Royal at the game will add to the occasion and make it an even more memorable day for everyone present.” The game between Northampton Saints and Saracens is a re-match of the 2014 Aviva Premiership final, the first ever that went into extra time and which was eventually decided with a try for Northampton in the final play of the final minute.  Both teams are in the Aviva Premiership’s top four and a memorable encounter is expected that will live up to the match’s ‘Best of English’ billing. The match on April 25th will also form part of England Rugby 2015’s testing programme, allowing the organisers to test elements of match day delivery at stadiummk ahead of hosting three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches. Tickets for the Aviva Premiership clash between Northampton Saints and Saracens are now on general sale through Ticketmaster. Head to www.tinyurl.com/SAI-SAR-1415 and follow the straightforward instructions to book online 24/7.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/stadiumMK-will-welcome-The-Princess-Royal-for-rugby-match 45BE58330C9A2AC2BC408EC210820FAB Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:24:07 +0000 Fashion showcase returns to centre:mk this weekend centre:mk is delighted to announce the return of the city’s biggest fashion event, trend:mk SS15. The two-day event will take place from 25th till 26th of April, showcasing the best in style from top retailers, including Marks and Spencer, River Island, The White Company, John Lewis and more, with live catwalk shows demonstrating new season trends in womenswear, menswear and childrenswear. As well as the live, choreographed shows which will run from 11am-5pm on Saturday, and 12pm till 4pm on Sunday, there will also be the opportunity for followers of fashion to have their nails done with Champneys, enjoy a facial with Murad and taste the latest delicious offerings from Hotel Chocolat, with these and more of the centre’s retailers taking residence on special style pods over the weekend. But there’s more. Visitors to the free event will also be treated to two days of exclusive offers from stores and restaurants, including Dr Martens, The Body Shop, Nandos and Café Rouge, with some retailers giving up to 50% off – another great reason to stop by the event and pick up a booklet, full to the brim with promotions and vouchers. Head Of Marketing, Shaun Rhodes said: “centre:mk is the dominant fashion destination both within the city and the wider region. With Spring/Summer 2015 finally here and new season trends hitting the stores, it’s the perfect time to showcase the breadth of offers here at centre:mk.” So, whether you’re looking for ways to treat the family to a day out or yourself to a new wardrobe, make trend:mk top of your to-do list this weekend – and don’t forget to tag centre:mk on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #trendmk. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fashion-showcase-returns-to-centremk-this-weekend 517F24C02E620D5A4DAC1DB388664A63 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:20:02 +0000 Business Expo 3.0 is Back With a Bang and Set to Expand Business Expo 3.0, the South East Midlands’ largest Business-to-Business exhibition returns for the third year running and this year’s message from the organisers is “Access All Areas: Skills, Funding, Markets.” The Business Expo 3.0 official launch breakfast took place this week where it was announced that Wednesday 29th April will be the date of the event at Woburn’s prestigious Sculpture Gallery.    Previous demand from attendees and exhibitors has been so high that 2015 will also see a second Business Expo event taking place, this time at Newbury Racecourse on 19th June. This year exhibitors and visitors can expect new and exciting ways to take part and to develop and grow their businesses.   Exhibitors at Business Expo 3.0 can benefit from “sector exclusivity” limiting the number of businesses offering the same services on the day. They will also have the opportunity to communicate with the attendees and fellow exhibitors before and after the event as all are invited to a VIP gala dinner on 27th April and to join the Expo’s ever-growing online community. Attendees can expect free Q & A sessions with top industry experts, workshops and seminars. Business Expo 3.0 will also give attendees access to expert business advice, free prize giveaways and high level networking opportunities. This year Business Expo 3.0 is proud to be in partnership with SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership), Milton Keynes College and Peninsula HR. Lindsay Mitton, Head of Enterprise at SEMLEP said, “We are delighted to be a partner for 2015.” So what makes Business Expo 3.0 different from other exhibitions? CEO of Business Expo Live Ltd Victoria Beale said, “This is a must attend ‘one day only’ event for any forward thinking business seeking to showcase a product or service which will propel the UK business economy forward. Our combined efforts and social media campaign means this event is promoted to over 500,000 businesses nationally. The unique feature of Business Expo 3.0 is we are offering all exhibitors the chance to communicate with all current and previous exhibitors, sponsors and delegates via social channels and dedicated groups. We’re investing in a global interactive website whereby we will encourage businesses to sell and make contact. This is a free community.” With consistent growth, year-on-year, the 2015 event is expected to attract over a hundred exhibitors and 3500 visitors.    Bookings for exhibitors and sponsors are being taken now.  For prices, for more information or to book your free tickets to Business Expo 3.0 at Woburn or Newbury please contact the team on 01908 303 795 or visit www.businessexpolive.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Business-Expo-3-0-is-Back-With-a-Bang-and-Set-to-Expand 5C645CC19A53AC1DFB155840D886050C Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:59:13 +0000 Peter Pan breaks box office records at MK Theatre Milton Keynes Theatre tick-tocks its way to a record breaking pantomime season. By the time the last handful of fairy dust had been sprinkled over the auditorium and Bradley Walsh had perfected his pirate walk on Sunday, January 11 more than a record breaking 82,000 people had cheered, booed and applauded their way through 65 performances of Peter Pan. And what that adds up to, in terms of facts and figures, is a big plus for the whole cast, crew and theatre staff who made the 2014-15 Christmas show the most successful five week panto run in the history of MKT. But what does that actually mean? Prepare yourself. Imagine a bath tub. Now imagine 84 bath tubs in a row. Now close your eyes and fill each and every one of those bath tubs with... ice cream. That’s 28,458 individual ice creams or 10,000 pints of the deliciously creamy mixture. If panto is the kind of show where you’re not only allowed to treat yourself but it’s positively encouraged, then the refreshments sold throughout the run certainly reflect that. Audiences tucked into 900 tubs of pick-n-mix, 800 tubs of candy floss and a whopping 1,900 buckets of popcorn. To wash all that down, 35,392 drinks were served up including 1,400 cups of slush (yum!) and 4,300 cups of much needed coffee for the grown-ups. A small town in Lancashire could have been lit up for almost a week if the power of the 9,920 items of flashing merchandise that were sold had been harnessed while you’d need a pair of scales large enough to hoist a Mini or a polar bear aloft against the 8,000 bags (that’s one tonne) of chocolate that was sold. And finally, if a Labrador puppy ran off with one end of the 162,000 metres of toilet paper that was got through over the 37 performance days, you’d have to chase it all the way to Sheffield. Because that’s over 100 miles of toilet roll! All in the space of six weeks, twice a day - but that’s the magic of theatre. Next Christmas at Milton Keynes Theatre join in the fun as Aladdin flies into town on his magic carpet with an all-star cast . Tickets are on sale now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Peter-Pan-breaks-box-office-records-at-MK-Theatre 549406198764950208345D143AA67C7D Mon, 09 Feb 2015 02:18:00 +0000 Family of Alan Turing visit Bletchley Park More than twenty members of Codebreaker Alan Turing’s family visited Bletchley Park on Sunday 8 February. Seventy three years after the famous mathematician worked at Bletchley Park, his relatives paid a poignant visit to the World War Two codebreaking centre in tribute to his work and legacy. For some family members, it was the first time they had seen Alan Turing’s office in the iconic Codebreaking Hut 8 he headed up, the Cottages within which he worked in the Stableyard and Huts 11 and 11A which housed Turing’s brainchild, the Bombe machines he developed with fellow Codebreaker, Gordon Welchman.   Sir John Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan and Bletchley Park Trustee, spoke about the exciting plan to breathe life into the newly-restored, but currently empty, Hut 11A to tell the story of the development of its wartime, electro-mechanical residents, the Turing-Welchman Bombe machines. He also discussed opportunities to get involved with the project by supporting fundraising activities. Sir John Dermot Turing said "It was tremendously exciting for us as a family to look around Bletchley Park and absorb the atmosphere in which our famous relative achieved so much for the nation and for the future of technology. We were particularly delighted to be able to help raise awareness of the need for further restoration of Bletchley Park, which will inspire future generations by telling the incredible story of what happened here."   Alan Turing’s life and work are the subject of the multi-Oscar nominated hit film, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. While at Bletchley Park, Turing family members also visited THE IMITATION GAME, The Exhibition, open until October 2015 in the very rooms where pivotal scenes were filmed. www.bletchleypark.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Family-of-Alan-Turing-visit-Bletchley-Park FB09F481D40C4D3C0861A46BD2DC52C0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:05:43 +0000 Royal Mail honours Tommy Flowers with a first class Colossus stamp Veteran Colossus operators are delighted with the recognition of Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and its designer Tommy Flowers in the latest set of stamps issued by Royal Mail. Royal Mail’s Inventive Britain stamp issue celebrates eight key inventions of the past century in disciplines and applications ranging from materials to medicine. One of the two first class stamps in the series celebrates Tommy Flower’s creation of Colossus. The series is released on 19 February 2015.                                                                     Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, was designed by Tommy Flowers to speed up the code-breaking of Lorenz-encrypted messages between Hitler and his generals. The Lorenz cipher was much more complex than Enigma and could take weeks to decipher by hand. By reducing code-breaking times to a matter of hours, Colossus enabled the Allies to learn of German war plans almost in real time. The knowledge obtained is widely recognised to have shortened the war and saved countless lives. A working reconstruction of Colossus and the story of the breaking of Lorenz can be seen daily at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park. Two of the very first users of Colossus Mk I are delighted with the news. Irene Dixon, WRNS Service Number 88023, said “I’m absolutely thrilled that Royal Mail is recognising the achievement of Tommy Flowers which was kept secret for so long. In December 1943, I was 19 when I arrived at Bletchley wondering what my secret duties would be. For the next 18 months I was a Colossus operator although I dared not speak freely of this until 1995 when I visited Tony Sale and his team to see them rebuilding Colossus. Tommy Flowers’ invention was fantastic and I’m especially proud of him because he was an East Ender like me!” Betty O’Connell, who worked alongside Irene Dixon on Colossus Mk 1, said: “I think it’s marvellous that Tommy Flowers is being acknowledged by Royal Mail. It is such a shame that his achievement has been overshadowed because of the secrecy around Colossus for so many decades. If Tony Sale hadn’t been so determined in reconstructing Colossus, I don’t think anyone would know that there were two major ciphers broken at Bletchley Park. So I hope that this stamp will promote the whole story of Colossus and the breaking of Lorenz and help give it its rightful place in history as the pinnacle of code-breaking at Bletchley Park.” Kenneth Flowers, son of Tommy Flowers, also greeted the news warmly: "My father would be delighted with the recognition of Colossus on a first class stamp. I also know that he would have made it very clear that Colossus was a team effort and that he would have regarded the stamp as recognition of the team's work." Tim Reynolds, Chairman of The National Museum of Computing, said: “Everyone at the Museum is delighted at the news of the Colossus stamp. We take great pride in playing our part in telling the story of the breaking of the toughest German wartime cipher from intercept to decrypt. Even today the inventiveness of Tommy Flowers’ Colossus is hard to grasp and it is very fitting that it will be represented on a first class stamp seven decades after its development.” Every day visitors come to The National Museum of Computing to marvel at the story of the breaking of Lorenz, Hitler’s top secret cipher. They learn of the code-breakers in the Testery who deciphered a message which led to a work of genius by Bill Tutte in re-engineering of the then unseen Lorenz machine. Code-breaking continued by hand in the Testery until the arrival of Colossus in the Newmanry in 1944. By finding the start wheel positions of the Lorenz machine for each message, Colossus shortened the code-breaking time for each message from weeks to hours enabling many more messages to be decrypted on close to a real-time basis. The Rebuild of Colossus is now used in TNMOC’s Learning Programme to inspire students to become the next generation of computer scientists and engineers. A recording of the sounds of the Colossus Rebuild have recently been made by sound artist and composer Matt Parker and will be deposited in the British Library sound archives.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Royal-Mail-honours-Tommy-Flowers-with-a-first-class-Colossus-stamp F0873A91B499E265FF6D78FF6E8985A0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:44:14 +0000 ‘Learn to Play’ the Super Casino Way The Casino MK is excited to introduce ‘Learn to Play’ sessions at the best casino and leisure destination in the region to give visitors a unique opportunity to get to grips with some of the casino’s most popular games. Every Friday from 7-9pm, customers* can enjoy a free glass of bubbly and a fun gaming session on the blackjack and roulette tables in The Casino MK’s VIP gaming area. “Our ‘Learn to Play’ sessions are a great way for first-time visitors and beginners to learn the ropes and get their weekend off to a great start;” says Luke Perkins, deputy general manager of The Casino MK. “We’ve enlisted some of our best croupiers to give customers a great introduction to The Casino MK experience, and we look forward to welcoming some new faces to the casino.” The sessions come at an exciting time for The Casino MK, which has already given away more than £206,000 to jackpot winners in 2015, cementing their reputation as The Home of the Big Win. To take part in a ‘Learn to Play’ session, simply visit The Casino MK, join their Aspire Loyalty Scheme and book your place at the Loyalty Desk. Aspire is free to join so there’s nothing to lose! To find out more visit The Casino MK, go to www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter. *New Aspire members only. Photo ID required to join the Aspire Loyalty Club. Over 18s only. Terms and conditions apply.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Learn-to-Play-the-Super-Casino-Way 9E7BA617AD9E69B39BD0C29335B79629 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:19:15 +0000 MK entrepreneurs race away with city award Two young entrepreneurs from Milton Keynes are celebrating after scooping the New Business title at the Milton Keynes Business Achievements Awards 2015 last week. Ollie Fox and Phil Stanley, owners of Formula Fast karting, one of the UK’s longest indoor karting tracks, took the title following stiff competition from other start-up businesses in Milton Keynes. The presentation took place at a black tie event at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday 12 March where over 200 business attended, including guest speaker, British journalist Kate Adie OBE, DL. “We were delighted enough to have been shortlisted but to actually win is incredible and a real testament to the hard work, sweat and belief we put into Formula Fast,” said Phil. “We would like to thank all of our team and staff for their dedication, the public for their loyalty and to our families for their continuous; without all of this we would not be in the position we are today.” The New Business category was aimed at start-up businesses with between 12 and 24 months of trading and operations behind them. Judges looked for visionary, innovative enterprises that identified a clear market, service or product niche, or had taken a bold step to launch a new venture in an existing market or professional sector. Formula Fast, located in Mount Farm in Bletchley, launched in 2013 and has since become one of the most popular leisure facilities in the region, attracting enthusiasts locally, nationally and internationally. The karting track is currently number one on Tripadvisor in the category of Sights and Landmarks. For more details, visit the Formula Fast website at www.formulafast.co.uk or call the team on 01908 904111 Keep up with the latest news and join the chat at www.facebook.com/formulafastkarting   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-entrepreneurs-race-away-with-city-award 067EE197A2AA979778923AF77B40DD89 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:33:45 +0000 LoveMK Day returns and wants to go global This year we are holding the 3rd annual #LoveMK Day on Thursday 30 April 2015. And this year, we want to take it global! The aim of the day is not only to promote Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination but also to harness the pride that many people have in their city even if they don’t live here anymore. We want to spread the love across the world and get people now residing overseas to show their love for Milton Keynes. You can download the #LoveMK poster, or just get creative with the hashtag and photograph yourselves getting ‘loved up’. The visitor economy is worth over £200 million to the area and by encouraging the MK community to get involved in promoting their own city, it could increase the wider benefits even further. Once again we will be asking the MK Twitter community to use the hashtag #LoveMK on all their tweets on 30 April to try and get it trending in the UK, as it did last year. And we want the local community to get creative – how can you show your love for MK? Maybe create a banner, get your school involved, paint your face, knit a jumper, bake a cake – anything you can use #LoveMK on! Carys Underwood, Marketing Manager at DMK, said “Last year’s #LoveMK Day really captured people’s imagination and we had support from all over the UK, someone even cut #LoveMK into their lawn, but this year we want to push it even further. We’re hoping that once again the community will get behind us and get #LoveMK trending, not only to promote MK as a destination but to show how much pride they have in the place that they live and work in.” Cont/d... To get involved and to show your support just use #LoveMK on any tweets you send on 30 April and help spread the love. You can also follow us on Twitter @DestinationMK for your chance to win prizes on the day as we run ’12 competitions in 12 hours’ where you could win by just using the hashtag. You can also download the #LoveMK Day poster HERE and get your photo taken to show your support, tweet it to Destination MK and they’ll RT and add it to their Facebook gallery.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/LoveMK-Day-returns-and-wants-to-go-global F02208A057804EE16AC72FF4D3CEC53B Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:59:05 +0000 The Devil has a hell of a good time at The Casino MK It was no April Fool as customers at The Casino MK realised the devil was amongst them at The Home of the Big Win. The red rogue seemed to be having a hell of a good time as visitors enjoyed the super casino’s exciting ‘666’campaign, which offers the best roulette odds in the UK. Throughout April, The Casino MK is giving you a chance to win a share of the ‘666 Jackpot’ if three consecutive sixes come up at your roulette table. The jackpot starts at £666 on 1 April and increases by £6 every half an hour throughout April up to a maximum of £6,666.   There’s also a whole host of freebies up for grabs whenever another treble hits the tables, including a ‘Red Devil’ cocktail on the house. “Roulette is one of our most popular games, which is exactly why we’re offering the best roulette odds in the country throughout April,” said Luke Perkins, deputy general manager at The Casino MK. “Our fallen angel will be back at the super casino throughout the Easter weekend, so don’t miss the chance to take a selfie with the devil and perhaps take home the ‘666’ Jackpot.” To find out more, simply visit The Casino MK throughout April, go to www.thecasinomk.co.uk , @TheCasinoMK on Twitter or like The Casino MK on Facebook.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Devil-has-a-hell-of-a-good-time-at-The-Casino-MK 49265D2447BC3BBFE9E76306CE40A31F Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:19:40 +0000 #LoveMK Day gets a real 'lift' As Destination Milton Keynes, the city’s official tourism organisation, gears up for the 3rd #LoveMK Day on Thursday 30 April 2015, a local business has given the promotion a real ‘lift’. It has been announced that MKFM will officially launch #LoveMK Day from 7.30am on 30 April and to celebrate local company Niftylift Worldwide took MK Breakfast Show presenter Oliver Dean up high to get one heck of a view overlooking the city. Clutching his #LoveMK Day poster Oliver was taken up to over 20 metres at the company’s new headquarters in Shenley Wood and took in the spectacular views of the cityscape, whilst having a few photos taken and even taking a phone call while he was up there. DOWNLOAD THE POSTER HERE The aim of #LoveMK Day is not only to promote Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination but also to harness the pride that many people have in their city. The visitor economy is worth over £200 million to the area and by encouraging the MK community to get involved in promoting their own city, it could increase the wider benefits even further. Oliver Dean said “MKFM can’t wait to officially launch #LoveMK Day on the MK Breakfast Show, we’ll definitely be having some fun and doing a few challenges, so get involved and remember to use that hashtag!” Jess Bowden from Niftylift Worldwide commented, “Niftylift have been located in Milton Keynes for 25 years and we are very proud to support #LoveMK Day, and with the help of our products give people a different view of our wonderful city.” Destination Milton Keynes is asking the MK Twitter community to use the hashtag #LoveMK on all their tweets on 30 April to try and get it trending in the UK, as it did last year. And why not get creative – maybe create a banner, get your school involved, paint your face, knit a jumper, bake a cake – anything you can use #LoveMK on! And share it with us on social media. You can also follow @DestinationMK on Twitter for your chance to win prizes on the day as they run ’12 competitions in 12 hours’ where you could win by just using the hashtag. To find out more about Destination Milton Keynes or #LoveMK Day go to www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk, follow them @DestinationMK or search Destination Milton Keynes on Facebook.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/LoveMK-Day-gets-a-real-lift 48DB71587DF6C7C442E5B76CC723169A Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:31:55 +0000 LoveMK Day offers and competitions at The Kingston Centre This year, to celebarte #LoveMK Day on 30 April, many of the retailers at The Kingston Centre are running offers and competitions exclusive to the day. Find out more information below and then head down there on Thursday. For retailer information and how to get there visit www.kingstoncentre.co.uk Boots Spend £30 get a raffle ticket Claire's Receive 25% off if wearing blue & green Marks & Spencer 1x prize given hourly in store L’Beau Clinque 15% discount Lucie Green Bridal 10% off shoes purchased on the day Kingston Gallery 15% off framing brought in on the day Elliott Reeve Free raffle ticket to win gents cut or ladies wash, cut & finish (1x prize per customer) Wargames Double discount to couples (2x people) Thomson Superstore Free goodie bags Mothercare Spend £50+ receive a raffle ticket to win £25 gift card Caffe Nero Competition £25 gift card, 4x goodie bags. To enter keep receipt dated 30th April (as proof of purchase) like Kingston Centre facebook post & say why you should be chosen. PixiFoto Free photo shoot & digital image call 01908 282169 to pre book Frankie & Benny’s 20% off food bill, £3.50 cocktails all day (T & Cs apply) McDonalds Ask for £1.99 burger & fries on the day Madison’s Deli Free drink on production of a voucher when you buy a hotdog Explore Learning Free goodie bags & free trial session Nutri Centre Mention Love MK Day to receive 10% discount. Free goodie bags subject to availability EE Store EE, Orange & T-mobile customers get a free power bar when you text ‘POWER’ to 365 T & Cs apply * texts cost 35p subject to availability   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/LoveMK-Day-offers-and-competitions-at-The-Kingston-Centre 853BB47A93581EAD37B1BCD749D34787 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:27:41 +0000 The Greatest Show on Earth comes to Milton Keynes Theatre ‘Barnum’s the name, PT Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!’ How can you resist that as an invitation to catch a show? Tue 12 – Sat 16 Milton Keynes Theatre becomes the venue for all the thrills and spills of the circus when the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum are brought to life in this exhilarating musical. Starring Brian Conley (Oliver!, Hairspray, Jolson) as PT Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman, Barnum is the story of his life and his marriage to Chairy, played by Linzi Hateley (Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Les Miserables). Without Chairy, Barnum would probably never have become a household name. Chairy was the practical one in that partnership, and it was her influence over him that made his dreams come true. PT Barnum lit up the world with colour, warmth and all the excitement of his imagination, finally teaming up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth. With a wonderfully exuberant score by Cy Coleman which includes hits such as Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There Is A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute, BARNUM was a smash-hit when it opened on Broadway in 1980 and continued its award-winning run of luck when it transferred to the London Palladium with Michael Crawford in the lead role. This new production, directed by Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy, is adapted from the 2013 Chichester Festival Theatre production which became the most successful musical in the Festival Theatre’s 51 year history. Book your tickets for this showstopper now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Greatest-Show-on-Earth-comes-to--Milton-Keynes-Theatre 412604BE30F701B1B1E3124C252065E6 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:37:59 +0000 MK College set to host Milton Keynes Barber of the Year Milton Keynes College is set to play host to some of the city’s top salon talent with the launch of 2015’s Milton Keynes Barber of the Year contest.   The competition will see professional Barbers from across Milton Keynes take part in heats hosted by the College’s in-house salon, The Graduate, on Monday 18th May 2015 from 5pm.   With competition expected to be fierce, contestants will be hoping to make the cut and qualify for the final ‘Barber-off’, being held at Middleton Hall, centre:mk, on Friday 12th June on the centre stage.   The Graduate is Milton Keynes College’s commercial salon where students are given the opportunity to work alongside professionals and hone their skills, utilising the lessons learned in the classroom for the benefit of members of the public.   This year’s Milton Keynes Barber of the Year competition will also allow our Level 2 Barber students to take part in a complimentary competition “The MK College Trainee Barber of the Year” contest, giving them a unique opportunity to learn from the professionals and further develop their own techniques.   Charlotte Salmon, Faculty Support Manager at the College comments;  “This is a superb opportunity for MK College to be involved with such an exciting event and for our students to be able to take part.   “To be given the chance to see the city’s brightest talent put to the test in a competitive and engaging environment can only help to bring out the best from our outstanding learners and allow them to demonstrate their own individual brilliance alongside professionals.” All levels of skills welcome to participate in Milton Keynes Barber of the Year 2015. Two entrants will be selected for each of the following categories: Classic Modern Twist Patterns   Semi-finals and finals will be held from 1pm on the 12th June 2015 on stage at Middleton Hall, centre:mk, Milton Keynes. A winner will be announced for each category and the overall winner selected for overall MK Barber of the Year. Entrants will be required to bring their own models for the competitions. Parking is available on site at The Graduate. All applications must be supplied by 5pm on the 30th of April 2015. Terms and conditions are available on request, application packs will be sent to entrants who  express an interest.   To find out more, or to enter the competition please email Caroline.Bray@mkcollege.ac.uk for an application form.   Join the conversation #MKBarber15   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-College-set-to-host-Milton-Keynes-Barber-of-the-Year D96EED18098DA6AB5C15DD856998E4BD Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:25:38 +0000 MK College open events coming soon Milton Keynes College will be throwing open it’s doors once again in May to welcome prospective students to take a look around the facilities, meet the staff and find out more about life at Milton Keynes College.   We will be holding two events, one at the Chaffron Way Campus on Thursday 14th May and the second at the Bletchley Campus on Tuesday 19th May.   Both events will have teaching staff available for one-to-one discussion, will include talks about specific subjects and support available at the college. Please check the events listings online to find out where you can find the subject you are interested in.   Each event will have information stands where visitors can find out more about student finance, student support, the admissions process and part-time employment opportunities.   Gemma Gibbard, Marketing Manager at the college comments: ‘Open events are a great opportunity to find out more about the courses available at Milton Keynes College and to meet staff and students who are already part of the college. If you are considering your next move in full time education, an apprenticeship, part-time or professional course come along and see us at one of the events.’   Register for our Chaffron Way open event, Bletchley open event or Sixth Form open event now!   Join the conversation #MKCopenevents http://www.mkcollege.ac.uk/listing/news/detail/May_Open_Events   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-College-open-events-coming-soon 23712318A400454A2C049F165106D985 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:48:02 +0000 Sir Ranulph Fiennes to speak at exciting new outdoor leisure show in Milton Keynes Fun-filled weekend for campers, families and outdoor enthusiasts The world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is coming to Milton Keynes this May Bank Holiday weekend (May 23-25, 2015). The famous adventurer is just one of the attractions planned for The Big Outdoor Show, an event promising affordable, interactive fun and entertainment for campers, families and outdoor enthusiasts in the region. Organiser Pauline Gibson of Freesports Events says: “The Big Outdoor Show is a unique event! We’re not only staging displays in adventure sports including sailing and mountain biking but we’re also encouraging people to get involved. They can either be inspired to try new pursuits, or learn more about skills such as survival training and polar expeditions in our exciting, accompanying seminar programme.” As well as the legendary Sir Ranulph’s appearance at the show, other explorers like Felicity Aston and Mark Woods, and adventurers Alex Jackson, John Sullivan and Richard Harpham will also recount their intrepid experiences. There will be daredevil bike and scooter displays from the awesome National Action Sports Tour team and demonstrations in water rescue by Ellie Bedford’s team of Newfoundland dogs. These are just some of the exciting line-up announced so far for the weekend. “We’re aiming for a real family festival atmosphere where people can either visit on a day pass or camp for the whole Whitsun weekend,” says Pauline. “There’ll be live music from bands like blues legend Big Boy Bloater, Pearl Handled Revolver and Nicky Prince, an open-air evening cinema and fearless mountain bike trials displays to entertain crowds, plus the chance to buy anything from the coolest sunspecs to camper vans and sailing boats from the many exhibitors located onsite,” she says. Willen Lake and surrounding woodland will play host to the new 3-day dynamic event. Up to 30,000 visitors and around 2,500 campers are expected. The event is priced to be affordable with day tickets just £9.50 for adults, and £4.50 for children aged eight and over (under 8s go free). Weekend Gold Pass camping tickets giving access to all areas cost only £49.50 per person. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.thebigoutdoorshow.co.uk Carys Underwood from Destination Milton Keynes welcomed the show coming to the city. “It’ll be a fantastic way to kick off half-term week and for visitors to enjoy all the fabulous facilities that Willen Lake has to offer. Given our excellent travel links, we expect visitors to be drawn to The Big Outdoor Show from not only the surrounding counties but also further afield from London and the Midlands.” Information on other VIPs and seminar speakers will be announced in due course. For more information on the show visit http://www.thebigoutdoorshow.co.uk for Trade information info@thebigoutdoorshow.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Sir-Ranulph-Fiennes-to-speak-at-exciting-new-outdoor-leisure-show-in-Milton-Keynes 7E712EEFE0DE44F5509B2329B9196827 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 02:04:14 +0000 Get up close and personal with exotic animals at The Big Outdoor Show The Exotic Animal Encounter is announced as the latest addition to the show line-up. The Big Outdoor Show (May 23-25) Willen Lake, Milton Keynes has just announced a new attraction for visitors to see; The Exotic Animal Encounter. Families will have the chance to meet animals they would ordinarily only see within the confines of a zoo. Animals like meerkats, raccoons, foxes, snakes and reptiles will be on display throughout the show but, at certain times, some will be brought out of their enclosures for the public to get up close and personal. The handlers will reveal how people can learn to love, protect and enjoy these amazing creatures in the future. Kelly Bates from The Exotic Animal Encounter says: “Children absolutely love the chance to touch these animals. People rarely come face to face with the sort of creatures they normally only see in the zoo. We focus on education and enrichment in all our talks, covering various parts of the curriculum, from natural habitats to nocturnal creatures and our shows are engaging for audiences of all ages.” The Exotic Animal Encounter is just the latest attraction to be announced for the show. Other draws include talks from explorers like Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who only last weekend completed the gruelling Marathon des Sables, and Felicity Aston. There will also be breathtaking displays from The Action Sports Tour and demonstrations in water rescue from Ellie Bedford and her Newfoundland dog team. Show organiser Pauline Gibson says: “Having The Exotic Animal Encounter agree to coming to the show adds another dimension in educating and inspiring people about the great outdoors and I for one am really excited about being able to touch some of the animals I’ve only ever seen before in cages.” Tickets and more information about the show can be found at http://www.thebigoutdoorshow.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-up-close-and-personal-with-exotic-animals-at-The-Big-Outdoor-Show 4DEA382D82666332FB564F2E711CBC71 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:36:46 +0000 Dine in the Dark returns to Calcutta Brasserie After the success of last year, Dine in the Dark is returning to Calcutta Brasserie! This extremely popular culinary evening is a twist on your typical dining experience, with diners submerged in darkness for a unique sensory adventure.   On Wednesday 27 May, guests will arrive at the spectacular historic 17th Century building for an evening with a difference. The restaurant will be in total darkness, lit only by romantic candlelight to guide diners to their tables. Guests will then don blindfolds and, without the sense of sight, the senses of taste and smell will be heightened just in time to enjoy the fragrant aromas and sensational flavours of the restaurant’s award winning menu. Restaurant Manager Ali Ajmol said, “Dine in the Dark was such a great success last year, and people are always asking me when we are going to do it again. We are so excited to bring it back for 2015!’ The set menu costs £19.95 per person for a three course meal.  To reserve a table for the ‘Dining in the Dark’ experience contact Calcutta Brasserie on 01908 566577. http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/CalcuttaIndian https://www.facebook.com/calcuttabrasserie   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Dine-in-the-Dark-returns-to-Calcutta-Brasserie 8DF7C2E3C3C3BE098EF7B382BD2C37BA Tue, 10 Mar 2015 02:19:13 +0000 A little less conversation, a little more curry please! Get ready to shake your hips with The King of Rock n Roll! For one night only the UK’s best Elvis tribute artist, as seen on ITV’s ‘The Chase’ will be bringing his hip-swivelling moves to B-Town for a night of entertainment on Thursday 28 May.   Starring Mark Goddard as Elvis, he was voted Number 1 out of 150 other Elvis acts because of the unrivalled authenticity he brings to his performances; even wearing the same aftershave as Elvis! Performing as the 1970’s jump-suited Elvis and bringing all the classics including “Suspicious Minds”, “My Way” and “Little Less Conversation”, B-Town says this is a show not to be missed. Manager at B-Town Mo Abdul said: ‘We are excited to be hosting the Elvis Tribute night after the huge success of our previous tribute nights at B-Town, and he is the best in the country we can’t wait to see it, whether you’re an Elvis fan or not, this will be a fantastic evening of entertainment and amazing food!’ The event starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 28 May - Tickets are £24.95 which includes a delicious four course set menu to tantalize your taste buds. Spaces are limited so management advise booking early! For more information about the restaurant or to make a booking visit www.btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call the restaurant on 01908 200522. Join the chatter at www.twitter.com/BTownMK or www.facebook.com/btownmk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/A-little-less-conversation-a-little-more-curry-please E3C9CB08585A40829BC88130B0B8EBDF Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:16:56 +0000 Oscar winner visits MK College Media students at MK College were this week treated to a talk from The King’s Speech Oscar-winning producer and BAFTA nominee, Gareth Ellis-Unwin about his experience of working in the film industry. Gareth Ellis-Unwin, best known for producing the 2010 box-office smash hit, The King’s Speech which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, started his career in an FE College not too dissimilar to the classes taught at Milton Keynes College. “What I always say is there is no golden or definite route into the film industry. My career, particularly in the early days, was made up of a mix of good fortune but also a lot of hard work and persistence,” revealed Gareth. Speaking to students studying the identical course he’d studied two decades previously, BTEC in Media Studies, Gareth answered questions about how to pitch good ideas to producers and how to get your creative voice heard in a competitive environment. Listening to Gareth’s path to cinematic success was 17 year old Media student, Luke Griggs, “I have always wanted to work as a presenter on TV or radio.  Listening to Gareth and his advice has been so interesting. As well as my course, I work as a Technical Operative for MKFM radio station, DJ at local under 18 club nights and present radio shows at lots of community events for the station.” Luke’s enthusiasm was bolstered by the fact that Gareth’s own journey was not a million miles away from what he’s currently getting involved in. Gareth said, “People often think that to work in film you have to be well connected or have rich parents, but that’s not true. YouTube has made it so easy for young film makers to show off their work. Start by recording your own ideas and mates at the weekend, volunteer to shadow others and try to get a job as a runner.” As well as answering questions about progressing in the industry and what agencies looking for, Gareth awarded a personalised signed poster of his latest film Kajaki to the student with the best film review. Gareth’s talk is helping to make up Employability Week, an initiative Milton Keynes College runs in February each year. Students attend talks, workshops and seminars from external businesses and creatives aimed at sparking interest in career options and gaining more qualifications which are not typically taught within the curriculum.   To see more photos of Workability Week, please see the MK College Facebook page www.facebook.com/MKCollege1   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Oscar-winner-visits-MK-College B112CA4087D668785E947A57493D1740 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:00:37 +0000 Ramada Encore picks up top accolade Ramada Encore Milton Keynes has been named ‘CSR Hotel of the Year’ at an awards ceremony held by Redefine|BDL Hotels, the UK’s leading independent hotel management company. The annual accolades recognise the best hotels, teams and individuals from across Redefine|BDL Hotels’ 70-strong UK portfolio. The glittering event, held at Crowne Plaza Marlow on Friday 27 February, recognised outstanding performances across nine categories, with the prestigious CSR Hotel of the Year title going to the Milton Keynes venue. Garry Cruise, General Manager at Ramada Encore Milton Keynes, said: “We are thrilled to have picked up this award and I’m very proud of the entire team. Throughout the year we’ve worked on a series of initiatives such as numerous fundraisers for Macmillan, mentoring programmes, partnerships with local schools and the roll-out of a health and wellbeing initiative, all of which help to ensure we are doing our bit for the community.” John Stuart, Chief Operating Officer of Redefine|BDL Hotels, said: “Our annual awards ceremony is a brilliant chance to recognise all the exceptional, hard work that goes on across our portfolio throughout the year. “The team at Ramada Encore Milton Keynes has impressed with its dedication to CSR measures throughout the year, all of which have contributed to the hotel’s excellent performance overall. Huge congratulations to the team.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Ramada-Encore-picks-up-top-accolade AAB11087C24981EB0E03846792FF5718 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 01:44:13 +0000 intu MK announces multi-million pound development proposals Today, intu Milton Keynes announced plans that could deliver one of the most significant retail and leisure developments Central Milton Keynes has seen in over a decade. The multi-million pound investment will remodel and transform parts of the shopping centre to deliver an exciting, new and more exciting customer experience through a greatly improved dining offer, more shops, new public spaces and a state-of-the-art boutique cinema. The plans, which will be unveiled as part of a public consultation at intu Milton Keynes on Thursday 12 March, have already been presented to a series of focus groups and stakeholders in Milton Keynes, and adapted accordingly. Now, intu Milton Keynes invites the public to share their views on the future of the shopping centre. Martin Breeden, regional director of intu, said: “We think we can make much more of the area and create a really good and much more lively public space on the Boulevard. The areas just outside the entrances to intu Milton Keynes along the Boulevard will also be significantly improved by the plans.” Included within the development proposal: Better connections – clearly defined routes are being created from Centre MK to the boulevard and through to intu Milton Keynes, including Oak Court which will be covered to provide a more comfortable environment. Dining quarter – providing a range of places to eat from sit down restaurants to street food in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Five screen boutique cinema – an alternative chic cinema offering with luxurious seating, good food and showing the latest Hollywood hits to independent foreign productions. Additional shops – to attract new and exciting brands to Milton Keynes, premier spaces need to be created. Green public spaces – external & internal spaces will be created for public use and offer a platform for community events as well as a relaxing and safe area for lunchtime workers and families. Martin Breeden adds: “We want to ensure we offer our customers a better choice of food, retail and leisure that is easily accessible and has a wide appeal. The plans deliver this in a way that is sensitive to the city’s distinctive urban design and complements the existing architecture. However, it is important for us to hear the public’s perception and hear their views at the consultation.” A public consultation will be located opposite Waterstones in intu Milton Keynes and is open from Thursday 12 March at 10am until Saturday 14 March. Visitors are invited to meet with members of the intu team to discuss the plans, offer opinions and raise any concerns. Feedback is welcomed in person or online at www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-MK-announces-multi-million-pound-development-proposals 1D98EDFD003BCD59E957739802965F19 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:53:57 +0000 MKFM granted full time FM license by Ofcom After a 4 year campaign to bring local radio back to Milton Keynes, MKFM has been awarded a full time FM license by Ofcom. The decision today (Thursday 19th March) will see the return of a full time dedicated local radio service to Milton Keynes on FM. The news comes as MKFM have announced plans to move into permanent studios in the Intu shopping centre and will launch their FM service from their new home in the coming months. MKFM’s application won the support of hundreds of members of the public who wrote messages in favour of the application as well as most of the city’s key influencers. We are grateful for the support from Council Leader Cllr Peter Marland, the Mayor of Milton Keynes Cllr Derek Eastman, Iain Stewart MP, Mark Lancaster MP and Pete Winkelman and John Cove from the MK Dons. Dozens of local charities also voiced their support for the application as well as local businesses, sports teams, musicians and community groups which have benefited from the radio station. MKFM has only been available on DAB Digital Radio apart from during limited trial broadcasts but has now been given the go-ahead to transmit on FM with the licence renewed every 5 years if the station keeps to its Key Commitments. MKFM was started by the former management team of Horizon Radio and their team of volunteers have supported over 500 local community events since 2011. The radio station provides regular local news, travel and sports reports, community features and support for local music, business and charities, as well as offering professional radio experience for hundreds of volunteers. MKFM has almost 20,000 facebook fans and official audience figures showed 84,000 listeners tuning in to MKFM every quarter. City MP Iain Stewart helped to bring forward the opportunity for MKFM to apply for an FM licence after calling a parliamentary debate on the licensing system which led to Ofcom taking the unprecedented step of re-drawing the region boundaries to enable Milton Keynes applications to be considered sooner. Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South said “I’m absolutely thrilled MKFM have won their long running bid to get a permanent FM broadcasting licence. They are a fantastic asset to the community in Milton Keynes and I hope this announcement will allow them to reach an even bigger audience. I have been very proud to help them in their campaign by raising the issue in parliament and with Ofcom.” Peter Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council said “I'm delighted MKFM's commitment to serve the community has paid off.  This is an exciting move forward for the citizens of Milton Keynes; this city needs a dedicated radio station. MKFM has shown on countless occasions that it is fast becoming a key part of our local community and a vital part of the cultural fabric.” MKFM Programme Director Chris Gregg said: “MKFM was started with a simple mission - to bring local radio back to Milton Keynes on FM and this is amazing news because it means we will finally be able to do it.  It’s been a lot of hard work but the hundreds of messages of support we received showed that it was all worthwhile.” MKFM will be working with Ofcom to finalise the details of their license and to commission the transmission system and hope to start test transmissions in May.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MKFM-granted-full-time-FM-license-by-Ofcom 95E62984B87E90645A5CF77037395959 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:19:39 +0000 An Indulgent Offer from Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa Whatever the weather, the award-winning Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa, set in rural Northamptonshire, is presenting you with an indulgent offer.  Spoil yourself and a friend or loved one to the perfect treat – Buy a One Night Spa Stay and receive a COMPLIMENTARY Whittlebury Cream Tea*. The One Night Spa Stay package allows you to enjoy full use of The Leisure Club facilities, a three-course dinner in Astons Restaurant, overnight stay in their refreshed bedrooms, full English breakfast and full use of The Day Spa Heat and Ice Experiences. And if that isn’t tempting enough, a complimentary Whittlebury Cream Tea (with Warm Home Baked Fruit Scones with Strawberry Preserve and Clotted Cream, and a choice of Tea or Coffee), provides the perfect treat for some well-earned pampering. Whilst on your spa stay you will unwind and experience the four star deluxe hotel which boasts some truly impressive features; 213 bedrooms, 4 restaurants and The Day Spa, one of the largest Spa’s in the country with 23 treatments rooms and some of the latest treatments on offer.  In addition, The Leisure Club includes a 19-metre pool, whirlpool spa and gym with the latest equipment. The award-winning The Day Spa incorporates unique Heat and Ice Experiences, which provides body sensations brought about by dramatic changes in temperature. Facilities include a Sanarium®, Caldarium hot room, Aromatherapy Crystal Steam Room, an Ice Cave, Roman Salt Steam, Experience Showers, Foot Spas and Hydrotherapy Pool. To take advantage of this great value offer, call them today and quote ‘DMK15’ on 0845 400 0002. To book spa day, hotel and spa breaks online and to sign up for our latest offers, visit whittleburyhall.co.uk *Terms and Conditions apply. Subject to availability. This offer is available Sunday - Thursday only. This offer is non-transferable and non-refundable, has no cash equivalent and full prepayment is required at time of booking. Offer applies to new purchases only. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Guests must be aged 18 years or over. This offer is not open to the employees of Whittlebury Hall and their family members. Accommodation is based on 2 people sharing a standard room. £40 single supplement applies. Offer includes a complimentary Whittlebury Cream Tea per person when purchasing a 1 Night Stay from £108.90 per person per night. Heat and Ice Experiences to be taken on day of arrival. Offer valid for bookings taken until 6th September 2015, excluding 2nd-5th July 2015.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/An-Indulgent-Offer-from-Whittlebury-Hall-Hotel-and-Spa 4CFE94FCC9DB2F0A16BA44FA5B71D8EC Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:14:19 +0000 MK Gallery joins Plus Tate Tate has today announced that its contemporary visual arts network, Plus Tate, is to expand by sixteen institutions, including MK Gallery. Plus Tate was launched in 2010 to share collections and expertise and build a network which would use the resources of Tate and the national partners to strengthen the contemporary visual arts ecology in the UK. The expansion comes in the wake of the Warwick Commission Report which highlighted the importance of building strong arts organisations outside London. MK Gallery succeeded in joining the network via an open application process, in which a premium was placed on a strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. In addition to its main gallery exhibitions, MK Gallery has an extensive learning and public events programme, providing thousands of people each year with positive arts experiences. MK Gallery Director Anthony Spira welcomed the news, commenting “We look forward to being part of the Plus Tate network, sharing knowledge and experience with peers across the country for the benefit of our respective organisations and audiences.” http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Gallery-joins-Plus-Tate 5DBC8390F17E019D300D5A162C3CE3BC Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:27:45 +0000 MK Gallery joins Plus Tate Tate has today announced that its contemporary visual arts network, Plus Tate, is to expand by sixteen institutions, including MK Gallery. Plus Tate was launched in 2010 to share collections and expertise and build a network which would use the resources of Tate and the national partners to strengthen the contemporary visual arts ecology in the UK. The expansion comes in the wake of the Warwick Commission Report which highlighted the importance of building strong arts organisations outside London. MK Gallery succeeded in joining the network via an open application process, in which a premium was placed on a strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. In addition to its main gallery exhibitions, MK Gallery has an extensive learning and public events programme, providing thousands of people each year with positive arts experiences. MK Gallery Director Anthony Spira welcomed the news, commenting “We look forward to being part of the Plus Tate network, sharing knowledge and experience with peers across the country for the benefit of our respective organisations and audiences.” http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Gallery-joins-Plus-Tate B105E5A192F80EF3EC4EE4756AF089A3 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:29:12 +0000 Youngsters could be the next Ice Skating Star thanks to Planet Ice Have you seen Torvill and Dean’s new TV show “Ice Rink on the Estate”? Forty years ago learning to skate changed the legendary duos lives, now Planet Ice wants to see what it can do for the youngsters of Milton Keynes. If you’re aged 8 to 14 and are a beginner skater you can take part in the creation of this unique ice skating show. Planet Ice Milton Keynes are opening their doors on Saturday April 25th from midday to select 15 youngsters to take part in their new initiative called ‘Skating Stars’. Rink Manager Belinda Bassett explained ‘Having seen the work that Chris and Jane did with young people from the community of Nottingham, we felt it was a great opportunity to get on board and try and improve the confidence of youngsters in our community too’. The selection process is open to young people with no previous ice skating experience. Each of the 15 prospects will be issued with an unlimited skating pass and 6 Learn to Skate lessons to cover a period of 6 weeks. After that period there will be a selection process to take the 15 down to 10, and then after a further 6 weeks the 10 will be taken down to 5 finalists. Planet Ice are then planning a finals night gala where each of the 5 skaters will skate two short pieces supported by some fantastic skating from the rink figure skating club, Skate Excellence, and maybe a celebrity skater or two to an audience of family, friends, and people from the local community. Belinda continued ‘On the finals night we will announce both a winner and a runner up. Both skaters will receive a brand new pair of skates with the winner also receiving a year’s free unlimited ice skating pass including skating lessons and the opportunity of featuring in a National Ice Show’. To be involved you need to go online to www.planet-ice.co.uk/skatingstars and fill out the online application. Planet Ice will accept applications filled out on the day but cannot guarantee an opportunity at the selection process.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Youngsters-could-be-the-next-Ice-Skating-Star-thanks-to-Planet-Ice B426B30042ABBC15E363CB679BBC937D Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:05:00 +0000 Milton Keynes Theatre comes alive to The Sound of Music One of the great musicals of all time returns to the stage this month at Milton Keynes Theatre - and it’s shaping up to be one of your favourite things! This year is the 50th anniversary of the most successful movie musical in history but the extraordinary story of the world famous singing von Trapp family began more than 20 years earlier when Maria, the former novice nun, joined the family as governess to the children - and fell head over heels in love. But with a world war imminent and the rise of the Nazi party in Germany an ever growing menace, life in their beloved Austria, a country on the brink of being swallowed up by the Third Reich, became as dangerous as it was romantic.   The details of the family’s search for happiness through to their thrilling escape to freedom was told in Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create the original Broadway musical in 1959. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’. Playing the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in this magnificent new production is Danielle Hope, who captured the hearts of the country when she won BBC Television’s Over the Rainbow and made her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Well-known for his longstanding television roles in Coronation Street and London’s Burning, Olivier-Award nominated actor Steven Houghton is Captain von Trapp. Joining Danielle and Steven and the rest of a talented cast are West End stars Jan Hartley as the Mother Abbess and Sarah Soetaert as Baroness Elsa Schrader. Maybe you’ve never seen the film or the stage show – and there are still some who haven’t – or maybe you know all the words to all the songs and you’re a dab hand at turning a nice pair of curtains into five pinafore dresses and two pairs of shorts; either way The Sound of Music is perfect entertainment for the start of summer at Milton Keynes Theatre! Box Office: 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-Theatre-comes-alive-to-The-Sound-of-Music 1B388C8B7C863FDE3F559142FDC123B0 Tue, 26 May 2015 10:26:56 +0000 Learn about rural life on Open Farm Sunday For the first time Hounslow Hall Estate, supported by Experience the Country are opening their doors to the public and local communities for Open Farm Sunday on 7th June 2015. The industries’ national open day has been running since 2006, it is managed by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and is backed by the Governments Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The day is for adults and children and the main idea is to educate and enthuse with all things country, from local produce, to where food comes from. Gates open at 10am and shut at 4pm. Entry is free for everyone and includes a free farm tour. The aim is to have fun whilst learning about farm life. A farm tour, machinery display, local produce stalls and a large picnic area will all be available. Experience the Country will also be offering activities (at an extra cost) and these will include; Segways, clay pigeon shooting, 4x4 trips, archery and much, much more. Come and find out how the countryside works at Hounslow Hall Estate, Newton Longville on Sunday 7th June 10am to 4pm. Website: www.experiencethecountry.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/experiencethecountry http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Learn-about-rural-life-on-Open-Farm-Sunday- 3B199F42A9909061516B6CE6D334AF6D Wed, 03 Jun 2015 01:16:29 +0000 Win a £100 giftcard with Xscape Xscape Milton Keynes, the region’s ultimate entertainment destination, is excited to launch the Xscape Gift Card. Available to buy online, the Xscape Gift Card is guaranteed to give someone a great day out in Milton Keynes, and is available to redeem across many of the centre’s excellent extreme sports experiences, eclectic eateries and super shopping outlets. To kick off the summer season and celebrate the launch of the gift that’s got something for everyone, Xscape is giving away a £100 gift card to one lucky Facebook fan. To be in with the chance of winning, simply check in at Xscape MK on Facebook from 1 – 7 June and share a photo of you at the centre using #SummerStartsHere. The most interesting photo will be chosen as the worthy winner, so take inspiration from the exciting activities available at Xscape MK to get your hands on the pre-loaded gift card. “Whether its indoor skydiving at AirKix, hitting ten pins at Hollywood Bowl or the ultimate night out at The Casino MK, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with an Xscape Gift Card…even that person we all know that claims to have everything!” said Ross Jordan, General Manager of Xscape Milton Keynes. Winners will be announced on Facebook on 8 June 2015. To find out more or purchase an Xscape Gift Card, visit www.xscape.co.uk. To enter the competition like Xscape MK on Facebook, and keep up to date with the latest events at the centre by following @XscapeMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Win-a-100-giftcard-with-Xscape 15A50C8BA6A0002A2FA7E5D8C0A40BD9 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:19:51 +0000 Take part in the App-a-thon Guinness World Record The National Museum of Computing is partnering BCSWomen to be a venue in the App-a-thon Guinness World Record attempt on Saturday 13 June 2015 from 10am to 4pm. The family fun day event, which is open to all, will be held at many venues across the UK. It aims to create a new world record and encourage girls to consider a career in IT. At each of the venues, participants will learn from women teachers how to build Android apps and there will be talks, activities and hands-on coding. Anyone can register now for their free place on this world record attempt, see: http://www.bcs.org/content/conEvent/9365 Jill Clarke (right), a TNMOC volunteer, member of BCSWomen and leader of the event at TNMOC, said: “This is a great way for everyone to learn about what goes into the making of an app, a feature of computing that most people use every day. We hope lots of people, especially families and girls from Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, will sign up to take part in the App-a-thon Guinness World Record attempt at The National Museum of Computing, the historic home of Colossus.” Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen, said: “Within the IT profession, there is a real skills shortage in the UK that we need to address now. The BCSWomen App-a-thon event is a great way for lots of people to learn how to code at the same time, engage with those who are considering a career in IT and give every generation an opportunity to try their hand at coding. It is imperative that we encourage more women to enter the IT profession. Women and girls are massive users of technology however, they don’t realise they could be part of the profession that generates that technology. It’s a profession that women are good at. We just need to encourage more women to be part of it!” Tim Reynolds, Chairman of TNMOC, said: “The BCSWomen App-a-thon event is very much in line with the sorts of activities that the Museum initiates and promotes. Through our highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and activities like the Ocado Technology Weekend Codability and the FUZE projects, we aim to inspire the next generation of computer scientists, especially females whose under-representation is such a loss to the industry.” A recent BCS survey of IT professionals found that 79% believe the profession would benefit from having more women working in it. Currently, women account for just 16% of IT professionals; a figure that has fallen significantly in recent years. The BCSWomen App-a-thon event will take place at The National Museum of Computing on Saturday 13th June 2015, between 10am - 4pm. To register for your place on this free event, visit: http://www.bcs.org/content/conEvent/9365 Each person taking part will need to bring a laptop and an android smartphone or tablet. They will learn to build an app using MIT AppInventor, a free, web-based system for creating simple apps by a drag-and-drop coding system. Participants will leave the day with apps they have built and software installed on their own laptops so they can play with it once they get home. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Take-part-in-the-App-a-thon-Guinness-World-Record C67BA7C4C5C0CD4CC3E3A7146FE5C015 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:36:10 +0000 Does your Dad rock? He’s the one that’s there to pick you up when you fall, a taxi to a disco, a best friend and there to walk you down the aisle; that’s why we think dads rock! To celebrate your dad this Father’s Day, intu Milton Keynes is inviting people in Milton Keynes to take a selfie of themselves with their dad and proudly post it online for the chance to win £100 intu Gift Card. Post the pic on Twitter using the hashtag #DadRocks and tag intu Milton Keynes (@intuMK) for the chance to win. Starting on Monday 1 June until Friday 12 June, the #DadRocks competition will see one £100 given away each week to the ‘best’ post, which will then be shared for all to see. “Whether you win or not it’s a fun and lovely way to show people that you love your dad,” says marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes, Kirsty McGiff. She adds: “We ran a similar competition for Mother’s Day and received a wonderful amount of entries so we’re hoping people can show and share the love for their dads too.” More details and terms and conditions for the competition can be found at www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Does-your-Dad-rock 95C8F422F9C3308D391CBCEFAE21D5AD Tue, 09 Jun 2015 01:24:40 +0000 Join the Festival in the City with MK College Throughout the summer Milton Keynes College is connecting with the local community to showcase the talents and skills developed by our students. At the centre of the summer’s activities is the College’s first ever Festival in the City, a free five-day event located in Middleton Hall at the centre:mk across multiple stages, tents and arenas which will provide the perfect platform for bringing our student talent, community and employer partnerships to life. Each day will feature a number of exciting and interactive highlights, taking the form of a summer festival with a packed line-up and headline acts. Wednesday 10th June: Festival of Creativity Our opening celebration event is set to begin proceedings in style, so join us in our celebration of Vocational Qualification day and find out how to kick start your career at MK College. Be amazed by the art, design, fashion and photography exhibition or take in the live fashion show on the Center Parcs Main Stage, which will also be the venue later in the day for a live console tournament with our Media and Games team. Alternatively, treat yourself to complimentary treatments in the Graduate Hair & Beauty Tent with Gregory Max Barbers or join in with free face painting and crafts in the Xero Live Tent. Thursday 11th June: Festival of Futures A day dedicated to helping a variety of people take the next step in their careers with a range of events and presentations designed to develop skills and improve opportunities, before a live performance from one of MK College’s many talented students, Bailey McConnell. Friday 12th June: Festival of Lifestyle On the Center Parcs Main Stage, the Professional and Student Barber of the Year contests reach their pinnacle with live finals. Expect cut-throat competition and a close shave or two as the city’s finest stylists go head-to-head for the ultimate honours. Saturday 13th June: Festival in the City Relax and enjoy a musical extravaganza with performances from our own Performing Arts Students, Vandyke Upper School and culminating in a first-class ensemble from Milton Keynes City Orchestra on the Centre Parcs Main Stage. Sunday 14th June: Festival of Food Combining culinary skills with competitive instincts, the Center Parcs Main Stage will play host to a series of chef challenges and cook-offs featuring our passionate catering students and top-class professionals. Meanwhile, take in the interactive workshops and food demonstrations in the Xero live tent for your chance to sharpen up your own skills and try something new. To find out more about the entire Festival line-up, visit our dedicated event page or for more specific details on each individual day, click on the link for the day of your choice.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Join-the-Festival-in-the-City-with-MK-College 6D96718A701F5BFBA283BBDC71DFA5C4 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:11:01 +0000 B-TOWN AND CALCUTTA TO RAISE MONEY FOR NEPAL DISASTER B-TOWN AND CALCUTTA TO RAISE MONEY FOR NEPAL DISASTER B-Town Indian restaurant and Calcutta Brasserie in Milton Keynes are looking to rally up support in MK to help raise much needed money for the recent Nepal disaster. Owner of both restaurants, Mo Abdul has offered to donate £3 from ticket sales from B-Town’s up and coming Bollywood night on Thursday 11 June plus on the night he will be holding a raffle. Also, next Friday (22nd), Saturday (23rd) and Sunday (24th), Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford will be donating £1 per customer that visits during this time. Mo says ‘We are deeply saddened by the news of the Nepal Earthquake and for them to go through a second earthquake is unthinkable. We would like to help as much as possible..’ For bookings at B-Town visit www.btownmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call the restaurant on 01908 200522 or for Calcutta Brasserie, call 01908 566577. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/B-TOWN-AND-CALCUTTA-TO-RAISE-MONEY-FOR-NEPAL-DISASTER---- 0E98AEEB54ACF612B9EB4E48A269814C Tue, 16 Jun 2015 02:22:49 +0000 KIDS & BABY CASTING CALL AT GAP MILTON KEYNES KIDS & BABY CASTING CALL AT GAP MILTON KEYNES Is your kid amazingly awesome, brave, curious, carefree, funny, loud, proud and perfectly imperfect?  If yes, then there’s a chance that they could become the face of Gap Kids & Baby for the AW15 campaign, and be featured in store windows across the country, including the intu Milton Keynes store. The casting call is open now for children and babies to be entered into the competition to star in store windows this winter, closing on Sunday 7 June.  Young contenders can head into the Gap store at intu Milton Keynes on the weekend of 23-24 May, when there will be a set with props ready for the young models.  Parents can then take the photo on their phone or camera and upload it straight to the entry website using the free in store Wi-Fi.   During the weekend there will be treats in the form of balloons and lollypops for children, and a discount for mum and dad!  As soon as entries are submitted to the website, the applicant will receive 15% off to use in store.   If you want to see an example of last year’s winner, just pick up a leaflet or head to the website to see the children that won last year’s competition.  There will be four winners across the UK and Ireland; a boy and a girl aged 0-4 years for the baby category, and then a boy and a girl aged 5-12 years for the children’s category.   The competition is running until 7 June, remember you can enter any time; it doesn’t have to be in store using the set – that’s just a bonus!     Visit www.gapcastingcall.com for further details and to enter. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/KIDS-and-BABY-CASTING-CALL-AT-GAP-MILTON-KEYNES 05B0AFD266CC205432B8DAD3F3413C28 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 02:21:35 +0000 Cancer Research 'Rave' event at Dancebox Studios in The Hub Dancebox Studios, Milton Keynes’ #1 destination for dance, are grabbing their glow sticks and are gearing up to high kick Cancer’s butt once again, as they are set to host their first ever Rave to Save event on Thursday 18th June, 2015. It’s a one-night-only, 90’s tune slamming, body toning, fun filled dance class at Dancebox Studio’s with all the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. After the success of Dancebox’s first charity fund-raiser in October, the studios will once again be filled with ravers from across the city, with instructors encouraging everyone to pull on their neon headbands and reach for the glow-sticks… yes, it’s time to Rave To Save! “Our Rave instructor, Gemma, recently lost her close friend to the illness and we immediately knew that we wanted to do something to help find a cure. We are proud of our already strong relationship with Cancer Research UK as we hosted an adult ballet evening back in October which raised £250” says studio director, Matthew. The class is open to everyone, Dancebox regular or not… as long as you have your £10.00 donation, you can sign up, have a great time, dance the night away and help in the fight against Cancer. All you need to do to book your space is go to www.danceboxstudios.co.uk and follow the link to the online booking facility. You can find out more about Dancebox Studios on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/danceboxstudiosmk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Cancer-Research-Rave-event-at-Dancebox-Studios-in-The-Hub 234DD9E577AC5892481BC60663FFA405 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:11:51 +0000 Fred Roche Gardens to host a Midsummer Picnic On Friday 19 June from 4 – 8pm, residents, employees and visitors to Central Milton Keynes are invited to join patrons of the Fred Roche Foundation in attending a Midsummer Picnic in the city’s very own secret hideaway, The Fred Roche Gardens. Lying in the heart of the city between offices on Midsummer and Silbury Boulevards, the Fred Roche Gardens offer a stunning haven in the busy commercial district of Central Milton Keynes.  They serve as a memorial to Fred Roche, a former general manager for Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the 1970s who was responsible for overseeing the development of much of Central Milton Keynes.  The Fred Roche Foundation has worked with city stakeholders MKCCM, MKFM, MK Council and MK Community Foundation in delivering this event. In celebration of National Picnic Week, The Midsummer Picnic will feature food and drink stalls including a hog roast, donuts, sandwiches and a Pimms tent – though visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics and enjoy the selection of local musical talent performing throughout the evening.  The gardens will also feature games for small and big kids alike.  The event will be hosted by MKFM. Val Roche, Fred’s wife and patron of the Fred Roche Foundation commented, “We are delighted to hold the inaugural Midsummer Picnic on Friday 19 June and look forward to the local community joining us in the Gardens, many of whom will be visiting for the first time.  We hope they’ll enjoy the city’s secret haven as much as we do!” For more information on the Midsummer Picnic and to learn more about Fred Roche and the Foundation, visit www.fredrochefoundation.org.uk You can stay up to date with MKCCM’s news updates on the Midsummer Picnic via Facebook (www.facebook.com/MKCityCentreManagement) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/MiltonKeynesCCM).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fred-Roche-Gardens-to-host-a-Midsummer-Picnic 73983C01982794632E0270CD0006D407 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 02:19:19 +0000 Monty Python's Spamalot is coming to Milton Keynes Clippety-clop, clippety-clop... bring on the coconut shells. This is the show that gave reconstituted meat products a whole new, sexy image. Spam, spam, spam, spam, sing-a-long now! With a book by Eric Idle that is based (very loosely) on the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights who say ‘Ni’, this kind-of-new musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. No it’s not! Yes it is! No, sorry, this is not the Python Argument Sketch this is Spamalot, recently voted the Funniest Musical in Britain and coming to MK Theatre from 15-20 June.   Spamalot, with its bevy of beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety), plague carts, fish slapping Fins and flying cows, is unleashed (again) onto an unsuspecting Milton Keynes audience. Eric Idle says of the show: ‘Spamalot is fun. The new production is funnier, it’s more like a Python show. There are new costumes and new sets and a new director (Christopher Luscombe), so it’s just got a whole different spirit to it.’ The show features fantastic tunes including, of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010 - before it went bust, closed down and then came back again), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. (And yes, Spamalot audiences do get the opportunity to join in!) And, as an example of magnificent Milton Keynes Theatre timing in the run-up to Father’s Day, the new production stars father and son duo Joe Pasquale, as King Arthur, and Joe Tracini, as King Arthur’s manservant, Patsy. What a bargain! Two Joes for the price of one! Sarah Earnshaw reprises her divine performance as The Lady of the Lake and God will be played by… you’ll have to book your tickets to find out. Finally, be aware that during the show’s West End run, there were 21 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), three outbreaks of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used. You have been warned. www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes Box Office: 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Monty-Pythons-Spamalot-is-coming-to-Milton-Keynes A5D42E4024CC540BEFB48F466820E25F Wed, 03 Jun 2015 01:30:48 +0000 Dragons get set to do battle in Milton Keynes this June! St George’s Day marks the anniversary of St George becoming the patron saint of England in 1348. Legend has it that in the days of chivalry and valour, St George arrived on his white stallion and battled the dragon with his sword to save the princess who had been offered as a sacrifice. Hot on the heels of St George, dragon-inspired legend of a different kind comes to Milton Keynes on Sunday 21st June! And, just as St George slayed the dragon with his sword, you can slay dragons with paddles at the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival! One of the entrants set to do dragon-battle this year is Technip. They are a global engineering and construction company for the oil and gas industry with around 400 staff based at Witan Gate, Milton Keynes. We caught up with Daniel Weeks (Principal Materials Engineer) to find out what the company hopes to achieve from their entry this year; “We have re-entered this year because last year was so much fun! We found the dragon boat festival to be an incredible opportunity to bring together a wide range of employees from many disciplines, raising money in the process. We’re happy that our gazebo will once again be out in public raising awareness of who we are and we’re hoping that our Director of Business Development will once again wield his flipper and tongs to cook hundreds of sausages and burgers to keep our team and army of supporters well fed! We will be raising money for Age UK Milton Keynes. As a global company, Technip encourages each office to raise money for charities local to them. Age UK Milton Keynes provides a fantastic service which is dearly needed in our community.” Entrants so far… With teams coming from all corners of the region and representing so many different industries, the inter-company rivalry is definitely building! To date companies opting for the enhanced Gold and Silver entry packages which include marketing benefits as well as a significant donation to Festival charity, Age UK Milton Keynes include; Fossil Group UK, EDW Technology Ltd, Calverton Finance Ltd, Makita (UK) Ltd,  Computacenter and SMC Pneumatics (U.K.) Limited. As a Gold entry SMC Pneumatics will benefit from their company logo on one of the dragon boats, a crew gazebo, a £750 donation to Age UK Milton Keynes, an advert in the souvenir programme and acknowledgement in the Festival commentary. Bob Hitner (Marketing Manager) comments, “We are hoping this fun event will help to bring colleagues together that probably wouldn't have anything to do with each other in a typical working day. On the day of the event we will also be encouraging our employees to come to Willen Lake to help support the team and the event. We will be promoting this event throughout the company over the coming weeks and months and as a part of this we will be looking to increase the donation to Age UK Milton Keynes from the £750 we have already contributed as part of the Gold package.” Other festival entrants so far include; Families United Network, Mirus IT, Hewitsons Solicitors, Puratos Ltd, White Clarke Group, Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd (4 teams!), Kuehne + Nagel (2 teams), Choice Support, Technip E & C Ltd, SHI International, Energy Global Brand Management, Form IT Solutions, Topdrill Ltd, Schueco UK LTD, Kids Play Childcare, FibreFab Ltd, Altodigital (2 teams), Readsoft Limited, Rexam Beverage Can UK Ltd, FSG Property Services, John Lewis, Barns Hotel, Mazars, Landmark Wholesale Ltd and Knorr-Bremse RailServices (UK) Limited. Entertainment… As well as ‘slaying dragons’ and raising vital funds for Age UK Milton Keynes, you can enjoy the variety of bankside entertainment on offer such as funfair rides, children’s activities, food stalls and a bar. This year teams and spectators will also be able to enjoy a spectacular memorial flypast from a Spitfire! The Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Dragons-get-set-to-do-battle-in-Milton-Keynes-this-June 00C17237D011CCA999F55A43DB2CE040 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:37:59 +0000 Father’s Day fun and games at 360 Play There’s a great opportunity for some fun and games with dad on Father’s Day at 360 Play Milton Keynes – with some special offers available for ‘dads’ too! The first 50 ‘dads’ through the door on Sunday, June 21st will receive a FREE national newspaper, while all ‘dads’ will also receive a FREE hot drink during their visit (‘dads’ can be any adult male accompanying children). 360 Play has been designed so that adults can join in the fun too so youngsters are being encouraged to bring dad along for some quality fun time on his special day – he’ll probably love all the activities just as much as the youngsters! And if children are looking to give ‘dad’ an extra special start to the day, they can come early for a hearty breakfast before diving into all the great activities on offer. These include lots of climbing, sliding and crawling opportunities in the three storey play structure, as well as all sorts of other fun things to do such as a ride on the dodgems and the carousel, the 360 Street creative play area and the Club 360 outdoor area (weather permitting of course!) 360 Play is all geared up to give ‘dads’ a day to remember with their children – whatever the weather – and looks forward to welcoming everyone for a great day out on June 21st. Everything at 360 Play is available for an all-inclusive price and there are no time limits. There’s also free parking right outside the front door so it really is the place to be for a memorable, fun-filled Father’s Day! More information on 360 Play and the facilities available can be found at www.360Play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fathers-Day-fun-and-games-at-360-Play 91BA4A4478A66BEE9812B0804B6F9D1B Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:03:17 +0000 Frontline - new project space artwork at MK Gallery Frontline 5 - 28 June 2015 MK Gallery Project Space / Admission free Preview: Thursday 4 June 2015 at 5pm / All welcome Work by pupils from four local secondary schools - MK Academy, The Hazeley Academy, Oakgrove School and Lord Grey School – features in the exhibition Frontline, at MK Gallery Project Space this June.  The exhibition is part of Great War MK, an Arts and Heritage Alliance MK project marking the centenary of WW1. Since November 2014, artists Teresa Paiva and Alicja Rogalska have been working with Key Stage 3 pupils from each school to explore how the visual arts have been used by artists to depict and interpret military conflict. Through practical workshops and a research visit to the Imperial War Museum London, students have explored the art and ideas of a range of artists, and been encouraged to present their own varied ideas in different media, including sculpture, painting and photography. By participating in this project with MK Gallery pupils have also had the opportunity to achieve their Bronze level Arts Award.  Arts Award is a scheme that inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents, and enables them to gain a nationally recognised qualification which is accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Speaking of the exhibition, Victoria Mayes, Head of Learning at MK Gallery said: “This project presented a fantastic opportunity for MK Gallery to develop strong relationships with the four participating secondary schools.  We’ve been impressed by the journey that the students have undertaken under the creative guidance of our appointed lead artists Teresa Paiva and Alicja Rogalska and look forward to hosting the final exhibition.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Frontline--new-project-space-artwork-at-MK-Gallery FE256FAF97C200DE0F7486DDF56C02F6 Tue, 26 May 2015 10:29:15 +0000 Martial Arts Championship coming to ArenaMK Macto (Mak-Toe) Championships have arrived; a game changing step in the evolution of Britain's MMA landscape with the objective to produce an aptitude for excellence through honour and ability, taking Mixed Martial Arts in this country to the next level! Meaning 'to glorify-to honour-to fight', Macto is brought to you by the prolific management team of Ross Laurence, Wad Alameddine and Chris Emmanuel in collaboration with the duo of James Lutman and Bradley Burnell, the former founders of successful Surrey based promotion ‘TMT: Too Much Talent’. Based in Milton Keynes, Macto are here to bring you the best show on offer in UK MMA - this being an attitude that was born with the promotion's inception. Macto are set to hit the Arena:MK on June 27 with what will no doubt be an explosive inaugural show boasting high production value and a diverse line up, as well as some of the best commentators, judges, ring girls and back house staff in the UK. A host of quality bouts can be expected starting with high level amateur competition followed by standout K-1 practitioners and a series of professional MMA bouts featuring a number of prominent contenders from the UK and beyond. The Macto management team have wasted no time in producing a prominent card with headline fights on par with any top domestic show.   Matco have put the MMA community on notice with a stirring main event of the evening featuring Team Rough House alumnus and New Wave Academy founder Nick 'Slick' Osipczak making his eagerly anticipated return MMA competition.   30-year-old Osipczak is a UFC and Ultimate veteran who feels Macto will provide the ideal platform for his road back to the Las Vegas based promotion. Osipczak is back after a five year hiatus from the sport in which he took time to travel the world and evolve into an all new breed of fighter. The presentation of Osipczak 2.0 on June 27 is not something to be missed. In the co-main event, 6'3 welterweight Alex Montagnani will bring unpredictable excitement as he looks to continue the fearsome reputation gained from his memorable flying knee knockout of Tim Menzies last June.   Montagnani will face the veteran David 'One More' Round whose endurance and punching power has earned him 12 stoppage victories, often against larger opponents in his 25 bout career to date. In addition, light-heavyweight MMA veteran and Muay Thai specialist Fraser 'The Omen' Opie will be competing in K-1 rules action; continuing his return to stand-up competition having recently spent time training at the world renown Tiger Muay Thai camp in Phuket, Thailand. The Milton Keynes based South African will meet fellow kickboxing specialist Louis 'KO' King in an eruptive match up with the hallmarks of a turbulent encounter. Furthermore, Opie will be donating the total sum of his ticket commission to Macmillan Cancer Support in honour of good friend Joe Deeney who was diagnosed in April.    Macto bouts will take place in a 30ft octagon and will fall in line with SafeMMA and IMMAF regulation, the leading governing bodies in Europe. Further announcements of athletes from around the globe are soon to follow.   For tickets and further information visit www.mactochampionships.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/mactochampionships Twitter: @MactoChamps Instagram: @mactochampionships   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Martial-Arts-Championship-coming-to-ArenaMK A914ECEF9C12FFDB9BEDE64BB703D877 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:55:26 +0000 Everyone's Invited to a party at intu MK The clock is ticking and the countdown has begun for intu Milton Keynes’ Everyone’s Invited extravaganza on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June; and more details have been released. The free event is jam packed with entertainment, music, dancing, giveaways, and a surprise at every corner! The weekend includes the following on both Saturday and Sunday: A live music stage throughout the day with MKFM. Craft activities all day - make your own pair of dazzling sunglasses. Have a go at our festival of fairground games for FREE, including, splat the rat (not a real one, of course), beat the jumbo buzzer, table football, ping pong and much more. A tiger, a dragon, a princess or even Spiderman himself - whatever you want, our face painter can create it for FREE! Is it real or a statue? That's the beauty of our human statue...see if you can you spot her? With a whizz and a whoosh watch out for the roller skater darting around the centre bringing gifts and prizes galore. The incredible bouncing stilt walker will be jumping for joy and joining the fun, hopping from Zara to Debenhams carrying stacks of goodies. Take a selfie next to our giant pink handbag or deck chair and post online to win prizes. Use the hashtag #EveryonesInvited. Lots of our shops have their own activities and offers just for our Everyone's Invited weekend, which will be listed on the mall and on social media. Here are a few of the best ones: Pop into Pret A Manger for a spin of the wheel to bag yourself a prize, there will also be a storyteller on Saturday with Godfreys galore and balloons for kids. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and some yummy strawberries with the ladies at Karen Millen, plus, get an exclusive goodie bag if you spend over £200 Vodafone and Timberland have exclusive discounts in store over the two days especially for Everyone’s Invited There will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs too; Vodafone are giving away a Vodafone Smart 6 Prime handset on PayG worth £100, Karen Millen have a £75 prize up for grabs, and Whitewall Galleries are giving away two pieces of framed artwork and a book worth a whopping £400! Make sure you fill in the competition entry slip on the back of the event information leaflet and drop it into the letterbox on the event information desk to be in with a chance of winning. Plus, meet some of your favourite mascots including Gilly and Gully from Gulliver's Land, Donnie and Mooie from MK Dons, Twizzle and Twirl from Play 360 and of course, the hottest mascot on the scene, Bobby Bubbles. Come and learn the Bubble Bop and you could win a prize. Get practising! Stay up to date with event at intu Milton Keynes by signing up to the newsletter, do this by visiting: intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes.   Everyone’s Invited will be taking place in all 15 intu shopping centres across the country on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June with a wondrous variety of entertainment, events and fun for all.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Everyones-Invited-to-a-party-at-intu-MK 3A24B25A7B092A252166A1641AE953E7 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:05:26 +0000 A Floral Feast comes to centre:mk Lovers of all things floral are in for a treat this weekend as a national flower society creates their first annual display in Middleton Hall. The British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society has chosen centre:mk to showcase their perfect perennials. The elegant individual trumpet blooms of the Hemerocallis or Day Lillies as they are often referred to, flower for just one day but as each plant has many blooms displays can last for weeks.  With over 250 varieties throughout the UK they can create tremendous diversity in both form and colour. The names alone entice with “Dragon Heart”, “Dark Angel”, “Bela Lugosi”, “Custard Candy” and “Crimson Pirate” to name but a few. An often misunderstood group of plants the societies “summer fayre” will include not only displays of the flowers and blooms to buy but also talks by society members as well as “How to tips”.  To keep the whole family occupied there will also be children’s activities, entertainment and of course everyone’s favourite kids characters M&K.   Shaun Rhodes, Head Of Marketing, centre:mk: “We are delighted to welcome the BHHS to Milton Keynes.  Middleton Hall is famous for its varied events programme and we are confident that this event will delight our customers and also help build an ever increasing reputation for both Hosta’s and Day Lillies.” The show opens at 10.00am on Saturday in Middleton Hall, centre:mk and is free. www.thecentremk.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/A-Floral-Feast-comes-to-centremk CFA258AF990F9CB188D36DDB5C6EB650 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:46:17 +0000 Woman scoops UK's biggest slots jackpot win in MK This month, one lucky customer at The Casino MK, the largest casino outside of London, took home the UK’s biggest slots jackpot ever. Joy Giles from Milton Keynes scooped £20,000 on the super casino’s popular slots machines; the largest possible jackpot win since new legislation was announced in 2014. Joy’s win brings the total paid out in slots jackpots at The Casino MK since it opened to an incredible £968,935. “This is a staggering jackpot for The Casino MK, and cements our reputation as The Home of the Big Win,” said Luke Perkins, deputy general manager at The Casino MK. “The win comes at an exciting time for The Casino MK as we celebrate our innovative ‘666’ promotion which offers the best roulette odds in the UK to customers throughout April with the chance to win the ‘666 jackpot’ by hitting three sixes in a row.” To be in with a chance of winning a slots jackpot or taking part in the ‘666’ roulette games, visit The Casino MK, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To find out more visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Woman-scoops-UKs-biggest-slots-jackpot-win-in-MK D63C4A5E9B600279C3DA776F6113A400 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:50:21 +0000 Winners of The Parks Trust Photography Competition announced The Parks Trust’s 2014 Photography Competition aimed to highlight the beautiful and diverse landscapes of Milton Keynes, which included adult and youth prizes for three categories, Wildlife, Landscape and Parklife. Amateur photographer Jim Key, Olney, Milton Keynes won the overall prize for his stunning sunset shot of the frozen Grand Union Canal in winter (right). The image of the frozen canal was taken on the bridge adjoining Stonepit Field in Great Linford, Milton Keynes. This image was also chosen as the winner for the Parklife category. Jim received £350 in Calumet Photographic vouchers; he said: "I commute to work by bicycle and first saw this scene when I rode past in the morning. I was struck by the narrow boats frozen into the canal but also, with smoke coming from their chimneys, how cosy it must be inside. “I checked the weather forecast, looking for a sunrise, and came back by car the following morning to take the photograph. I had to wait for what seemed an age before the sun broke through to give the nice light but it turned out okay. I just made it into work on time! Congratulations to all the other winners. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful work you do for the preservation of the parks for us all to enjoy." David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust, added: “What a great atmospheric shot! In the spring this is a great place to start a walk or bike ride - Stanton Low, River Gt Ouse and Linford Lakes Nature Reserve just to the north; wildflowers growing on Stonepit Field just to the west; Blackhorse Wood to the east and Gt Linford Manor Park just along the canal to the South.” The Parks Trust received over 90 entries to the competition; all entries were carefully considered by a panel of judges from The Parks Trust, Destination MK and New City Photographic Society. Adult category winners include: •    Jo Angell,  winner of the Wildlife category •    Jim Key, winner of the Parklife category •    Tim Skelton, winner of the Landscape category Young person’s category winners include: •    Eden Albiston, winner of the Wildlife, Parklife and Landscape category The winning image including all short-listed images will be on display at the Milton Keynes Central Library in June 2015. Visit The Parks Trust website http://www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on/photography-competition-2014 to view the winning images.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Winners-of-The-Parks-Trust-Photography-Competition-announced E92E1B476BB5262D793FD40931E0ED53 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:24:44 +0000 MILTON KEYNES SAYS A ROYAL CONGRATULATIONS MILTON KEYNES SAYS A ROYAL CONGRATULATIONS To celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte, intu Milton Keynes is inviting the public to sign a specially created celebration card. The gold lettered card reads: To celebrate the birth of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Second Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 2nd May 2015. Congratulations from the people of Milton Keynes. Intu Milton Keynes' Marketing Manager, Kirsty McGiff said: "The country is in celebration of the birth of the Princess and, as a central location in our city, we wanted to give people in MK the chance to wish the royal couple well with their wonderful news." The card will be held at the Customer Information Desk (outside Debenhams) until Friday 15 May. It will then be posted to the couple with gifts donated by intu Milton Keynes stores.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MILTON-KEYNES-SAYS-A-ROYAL-CONGRATULATIONS FA1839C55070BF5CB53FD4A2E523641C Thu, 07 May 2015 11:48:33 +0000 New Mayor to formally open The Big Outdoor Show Bank holiday event also adds free fall stunt jumping to its already extensive entertainment programme One of the first events of the Mayoral year that the new Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes will attend will be The Big Outdoor Show (May 23-25) at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes. They have been invited to formally open the show on Saturday, May 23.   The Big Outdoor Show promises to be the go-to event in the region for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and offers families and outdoor enthusiasts an amazing choice of adventure pursuits to try and enthralling entertainment to watch. The newest attraction to be added to the show line-up is the very latest in extreme activity; free fall stunt jumping. Thrill-seekers of all ages (minimum age 8 years) can see what it feels like to free-fall 15m onto a giant airbag. Other entertainment at the show includes meeting and greeting meerkats and other unusual creatures from The Exotic Animal Encounter. There’s bike, board and scooter action from the amazing Action Sports Tour and M.A.D. mountain bike stunt teams. There’s demonstrations in water rescue from Ellie Bedford and her Newfoundland dog team. Topping the seminar bill is the legendary Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Joining him on the speaker platform are other intrepid explorers like Felicity Aston, Mark Wood and Alex Jackson. And if showgoers have been captivated by the ‘survivor’ activities on Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls they can pick up some survival tips at the show from ex Marine commando John Sullivan. Out on the water, Richard Harpham will be inspiring families to plan their own aquatic adventures, anything from zorbing to stand up paddleboarding. The show also has over 70 outdoor brands exhibiting, including companies like O’Neill, Strider Bikes, TripBudy, Go Outdoors and Skoda. Evening entertainment will be provided by DJs like Pat Bedau and Ash Kellet. Show organiser Pauline Gibson says; “Interest in the show has been phenomenal and weekend camping pass and day tickets are selling well. It’s a very affordable day out for families, especially with children under 8 getting in for free. “People can get more information about the show at http://www.thebigoutdoorshow.co.uk. When they book day tickets, they’ll also receive free parking and a complimentary show programme worth £6. With the diverse activities, entertainment, retail opportunities, and great catering we’ve got organised it’s looking like the event to kick off half-term week for families,” says Pauline.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-Mayor-to-formally-open-The-Big-Outdoor-Show B8CFBF77A3D250A4523BA67A65A7D031 Tue, 12 May 2015 03:59:10 +0000 MKCCM and McDonalds continue with Love Where You Live Spring Cleans On Thursday 21 May, employees and residents in Central Milton Keynes will gather for the second ‘Love Where You Live’ Spring Clean of 2015.  Meeting at 12pm at McDonalds Xscape, employees and residents are invited to join a designated route involving litter picking and street furniture painting to improve the Central Milton Keynes landscape.  This is the second in a series of planned spring cleans in association with Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign.  Employees and residents who join in with activities will be provided with complimentary drinks from McDonalds. In collaboration with McDonalds, MK Council and Serco, a two hour drop in event has been planned allowing members of staff to join in on their lunch breaks.  Organised groups will leave Xscape and travel to designated points across Central Milton Keynes to tackle either litter picking hot spots or street furniture painting.  Once back at Xscape, all litter bags and equipment will be safely removed. Refreshments will be served at McDonalds just before 2pm. Rob Harriman, MKCCM’s Street Warden commented, “We’re hoping for a strong turn out for the activities on Thursday 21 May.  We were delighted that the last event attracted over 60 volunteers with over 30 bags of rubbish collected in less than two hours.  We hope to offer those involved a rewarding and enjoyable lunch break!” If you’d like to be involved with the Spring Clean on Thursday 21 May, please email your details to info@mkccm.org.  You can stay up to date with MKCCM’s news updates via Facebook (www.facebook.com/MKCityCentreManagement) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/MiltonKeynesCCM).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MKCCM-and-McDonalds-continue-with-Love-Where-You-Live-Spring-Cleans 5C971EDC0C2CC92FC99B5A3609450CB7 Wed, 13 May 2015 01:59:46 +0000 BRING OUT THE BUNTING BRING OUT THE BUNTING Intu Milton Keynes shopping centre is calling on the people of Milton Keynes to make its Everyone's Invited party, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, the biggest celebration of the year and to help bring out the bunting - quite literally! The event, in its second year, will see a huge variety of entertainment, acts, mascots, freebies and more take to the mall over the weekend, which intu management team want to fill with bunting made by the local community. The intu management team are asking volunteers and groups to step forward and offer to make their own bunting, which will be added to the mall in time for the event. Kirsty McGiff Marketing Manager at intu Milton Keynes said: "We have a huge amount of activity going on over the weekend and as soon as people walk into the centre we want them to think 'celebration'. Bunting is a fun way to transform the mall and if as many people can input into making it we will show the true spirit of Milton Keynes." If you are interested in supporting the 'bunting challenge' and would like to make a section of bunting to add to the overall collection, contact Kirsty McGiff at Kirsty.Mcgiff@intu.co.uk<mailto:Kirsty.Mcgiff@intu.co.uk> or intu Milton Keynes customer services at 01908 557000 and ask for more details. Everyone's Invited will be taking place in all 15 intu shopping centres across the country on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June with a wondrous variety of entertainment, events and fun for all. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/BRING-OUT-THE-BUNTING 63C3DDCC7B23DAA1E42DC41F9A44A873 Thu, 14 May 2015 10:45:10 +0000 For one night only at MK Theatre Limited edition entertainment comes to Milton Keynes Theatre later this month in the shape of some great, one night shows.   Join Jake and Elwood for two hours of the very best Blues, Motown and Soul (oh, and plenty of laughs too) when THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS mosey on down into town on Sun 28 Jun. South African choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo join world class dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert, in an unique artistic collaboration that fuses Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance. The critically acclaimed INALA comes to Milton Keynes Theatre on Mon 29 Jun. Celebrating its 40th anniversary year, Milton Keynes City Orchestra performs a programme that includes music by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist, Stanislav Khristenko on Tue 30 Jun. In Colin Fry’s own words, ‘the show must go on’. So, despite the fact that he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, ‘The People’s Medium’ is still planning to appear on stage on Wed 1 Jul, supported by fellow spiritual messengers Tara Coyle and Barrie John. Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the... aisles? Girls’ nights out don’t come hotter than this as the lads of The Dreamboys get ‘em off in their brand new action-packed show, Where Dreams Become Reality on Thu 2 Jul. Going, going… Kevin Bridges: A Whole Different Story on Fri 3 JUL… is just a few seats off being sold out! So you’ll have to hurry if you want to grab the last tickets. Now, if you want to Take It Easy, come to Milton Keynes Theatre on Sat 4 Jul and listen to the sounds of the iconic Californian band, The Eagles. The world’s official No. 1 tribute band, The Illegal Eagles, cruise through all the hits including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit and, of course, Take It Easy. It is, after all, the start of summer! Tickets for all these shows are on sale now.  Book at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes  (bkg fee) http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/For-one-night-only-at-MK-Theatre 37D7902CB2D3DE686E497E31624D82E0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 02:19:55 +0000 Get up close to creepy crawlies in Howe Park Wood Join The Parks Trusts’ Rangers and members of Milton Keynes Natural History Society on Saturday 4th July 2015, from 12pm to 3pm at the next ‘Nature Day’ in Howe Park Wood. ‘Nature Day’ is a free event for all ages to enjoy which will include nature walks, bug hunting, a reptile display, pond dipping, static owl display and children’s activities. Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity to explore Howe Park Wood and the surrounding area. There will be a chance to speak to experts about the wildlife, take part in fun activities whilst enjoying the outdoors. There is something for everyone from nature walks and guided tours to pond dipping.” This year, Milton Keynes Natural History Society will be on hand to provide additional advice, with a very special meaning behind their involvement. Chair of the Milton Keynes Natural History Society, Julie Lane said: “It’s great that Milton Keynes Natural History Society has joined forces with The Parks Trust to hold a ‘Nature Day’ at Howe Park Wood. "This day is being held in memory of Bernard Frewin, who is a founding member of the society. Its aim is to show local people the delights of this beautiful wood, so hopefully lots of you will come along to enjoy the day." The Howe Park Wood, Education & Visitor Centre is the first facility of its kind to be owned and operated by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes. This event is open to all. Please meet in the car park on H7, Chaffron Way opposite the Westcroft Centre. No booking necessary. Reduce congestion and catch the Arriva 2 or 8 buses and have a great time at the Nature Day, Howe Park Wood Study Centre. Don’t miss out on ONE FREE Tea or coffee per bus passenger on the day! Simply present your Arriva bus ticket / M-ticket on the day to qualify.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-up-close-to-creepy-crawlies-in-Howe-Park-Wood 1755C118E8859EB000EB6ECA25369407 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:34:22 +0000 Time to get active as Thrive comes to MK1 Thrive is coming to MK1 Shopping & Leisure Park this summer offering shoppers a chance to have fun getting fit. The FREE one-day event is taking place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 4 July as part of the Thrive Summer Series nationwide tour.   The Thrive event will feature fun and motivating characters such as Wilma Whistle and Dr Spin who will be keen to get shoppers moving. As part of the day’s activities there will be an ‘Activate Area’ where local groups are invited to show off their fitness activity before inviting the crowds to give it a go. Judo, dance, zumba and kickboxing are just some of the activities that will be on offer. For those who like life in the fast lane, the Thrive Cycle Challenge will provide a chance to pedal your way to prizes on a static bike. Better still, the national cycling charity, CTC will be live at Thrive sharing ideas on all you need to start cycling plus offering you the option to sign up for a free Bikeability course at MK1 Retail Park on 12 July 2015. Hannah Milne, head of The Crown Estate’s regional portfolio said “We are excited to launch the Thrive Summer Series which will create a sustainable and engaging event for the local community. This nationwide initiative will see a wide range of fun activities to promote an active lifestyle, health and wellbeing. We are also partnering with CTC to encourage safe cycling in the local area.” Thrive will start at 11am and finish at 4pm. For more information on Thrive, visit (http://www.mk1shoppingpark.co.uk/) or follow the retail park on Twitter (@MK1Shopping) or (Facebook.com/MK1ShoppingPark).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Time-to-get-active-as-Thrive-comes-to-MK1 FC1F073FE91403F00D2219185FDEA79B Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:49:50 +0000 National Motorsport Week at Simply Race From Monday 29th June, Simply Race have released a huge number of exciting activities to get members of the public from different walks of life involved in motorsport. As we are sure you are all aware, this area has a very strong affiliation with both professional and amateur motorsport and we hope to help promote the sport to the local population. Simulator racing is the perfect means with which to do this it is easy to access for all ages (minimum height 120cm), is safe, exciting but also reasonably priced compared to traditional forms of motorsport. Simply Race’s simulators feature software widely used in the professional motorsport field for track and event preparation. With 10 simulators linked simulators in the venue, drivers can directly race against other competitors on the same track. Each simulator features 3 x 40” screens, force-feedback steering and bass-shakers that give the driver the rumble of the engine and the track beneath them. The activities offered vary on a day-by-day basis. Please refer to http://www.simplyrace.co.uk/national-motorsport-week-at-simply-race for what Simply Race is offering on each day.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/National-Motorsport-Week-at-Simply-Race 4249A84BDAF63C34332D1988244FB089 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:01:56 +0000 Race like Hamilton at intu MK As thousands head to the Silverstone Grand Prix this weekend, just down the road at intu Milton Keynes, shoppers can have their own go at racing the famous circuit in one of the most sophisticated simulators on the market. On Saturday and Sunday (4th & 5th July), everyone is invited to have a go at setting the best lap time of the weekend thanks to Milton Keynes’ new arrivals in leisure entertainment, Simply Race. Set up for solo or head-to-head racing, each simulator can hop from circuit to circuit across the world and put drivers in the seat of an impressive showcase of cars, including a Lamborghini, F1 or many others. Each experience is delivered through three crystal clear 40” screens in order to surround and immerse drivers the truest sense of speed whilst hurtling around the track. The bass shakers add the extra ‘punch’ to feel the rumble delivered by a screaming V8 engine. Simply Race will be located on the Boulevard in intu Milton Keynes from Saturday at 10am until Sunday at 5pm. Shoppers can come and have a go for free and see how close they can get to Lewis Hamilton’s lap time. More details about Simply Race can be found at www.simplyrace.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Race-like-Hamilton-at-intu-MK 30893A5EB454815E3BF4A3406B1B80C0 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:46:10 +0000 The world's oldest story comes to MK Theatre There are very few shows that, in the last 40 years, can truly claim to have changed the face of musical theatre forever. This is the one that did. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking rock opera, exploded onto the West End stage in 1971, telling the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus through the eyes of the bad guy, Judas Iscariot. As compelling today as it was at its inception over forty years ago, Jesus Christ Superstar features some of musical theatre’s most legendary songs from I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Everything’s Alright, and Gethsemane through to, of course, Superstar. Leading performer Glenn Carter returns as Jesus, a role he has played in the West End, on Broadway and on film. Australian star Tim Rogers, a seasoned musical theatre performer, made his UK stage debut 15 years ago and now takes on the mighty role of Judas. X Factor finalist Rachel Adedeji plays Mary Magdalene, joining the company direct from the UK and European tour of Thriller Live. If Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are the ultimate dream team when it comes to penning musicals mega-hits, the partnership of producer Bill Kenwright and director Bob Tomson, back on board for this masterly revival of the iconic, award-winning musical, is an arrangement that was, like the star of the show Himself, made in heaven. Book your tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-worlds-oldest-story-comes-to-Mk-Theatre 75C58D36157505A600E0695ED0B3A22D Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:28:10 +0000 Comedy Festival in Milton Keynes Following on from winning the award for the Best Small Comedy Club in the Midlands and East this March, The Comedy Cow are putting on a comedy festival, with the aim of attracting 300 people per day to see the very best in stand-up comedy this July (17th-19th). Milton Keynes Comedy Festival takes place over three days this July at Westbury Arts Centre, in Shenley Wood. You can experience a flavour of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival whilst saving yourself the journey to Scotland! With 4 rooms of comedy, including the barn and a Yurt, there will always be plenty going on to keep you entertained. With a continuous schedule of comedy spread over four different rooms there will be plenty of choice as to what to see, and your entry wristband will allow you to dip in and out of the festival to fit around the rest of your weekend. Friday night is the launch of the festival, and sees a standard comedy night format in the marquee. Richard Herring headlines with a full support cast of professional comedians. This is a night of world class comedy, and with the added festival feel promises to be one of the best comedy nights you will ever go to! Taking to the main stage to ‘headline’ on Saturday 18th July is The Boy With Tape On His Face. He has performed to sell out audiences across the world and has performed his act for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance. More recently he featured on the John Bishop Show on BBC1. Also on Saturday is a wide variety of other acts, from the multi-talented Bob Mills, to the glamourous musical comedian Jess Robinson. Sunday is packed with some of the very best names on the comedy circuit, from Mock the Week Regular Gary Delaney, to the award winning cabaret act Rayguns Look Real Enough who will be bringing the festival to a close. BBC Radio 2 favourite Ian D Montfort will be bringing his new show to us, as will Irish comedian and star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Keith Farnan. With over 40 comedians performing over the weekend this is a chance to really experience the very best in comedy talent on your doorstep. There will also be live music, a chill out area, along with a range of food and drink available for those times when you want to take a break from the comedy! Tickets start at £12 for the Friday evening launch, up to £40 for a weekend ticket to cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday where there will be shows from 2:30pm to 11:30pm! To find out full details about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit the dedicated website www.mkcomedyfest.co.uk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Comedy-Festival-in-Milton-Keynes 26D4B4313A7E5828856BC0791FCA39A2 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:18:20 +0000 Be afraid, the Queen of Crime is coming to MKT So you think you know how an Agatha Christie plot gets resolved do you? M. Poirot, a dapper, moustacheioed Belgian detective with an abnormally large number of leetle grey cells, unmasks the murderer by a process of extraordinary deduction? Or Miss Marple knits her way to solving a dastardly crime because an old friend of the sweet, grey-haired old lady had a cat that behaved in exactly the same way? Well now you can think again. And Then There Were None is the Queen of Crime at her darkest and most chilling. It’s also the most popular work of Christie’s long and brilliant career. But in the case of the ten invited guests on a remote, storm-lashed island off the coast of Devon, help from any quarter is not at hand or even on the cards. With their host, an eccentric millionaire, missing and a recorded message accusing each of them of having a guilty secret, one by one the visitors begin to die. With only the victims believed to be innocent, who amongst those who are left can be the killer? The list of suspects shrinks with every new murder. And to do justice to the world’s best-selling mystery ever – with 100 million sales to date – The Agatha Christie Theatre Company has assembled a stellar cast of actors for this, their 10th anniversary production. Paul Nicholas, star of the BBC sitcom, Just Good Friends, first made his name onstage as the original Jesus, in Jesus Christ Superstar. Since then he has appeared in the West End on countless occasions but, later this year, he will be back on TV in Eastenders, playing Gavin Sullivan, the estranged husband of the long presumed dead, Kathy Beale. Verity Rushworth recently won ‘Best Scene’ at the UK Soap Awards for her dramatic exit (off a very tall building) in Emmerdale. Emmerdale co-star Frazer Hines, Soldier Soldier’s Ben Nealon, and Susan Penhaligon who starred in Bouquet of Barbed Wire are all lined up to be either Christie’s victims or murderer, as is former Blue Peter presenter, Mark Curry. Colin Buchanan, best known for playing D.I. Pascoe for eleven years in the hit BBC television series Dalziel and Pascoe, takes on the role of a retired police inspector – but when it comes to Agatha Christie nobody is ultimately to be trusted (unless it’s a pint-sized, moustache-sporting Belgian detective). Book your tickets for Agatha Christie’s murder mystery masterpiece now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Be-afraid-the-Queen-of-Crime-is-coming-to-MKT D4B0A4ECE86C42FE7C34D6EAA9AEF588 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 01:45:03 +0000 2015 Events at Bletchley Park The hugely popular Forties Family Festival will make a welcome return to Bletchley Park in 2015. Visitors can step back in time as the atmospheric restored parkland is taken over by 1940s re-enactors with singing, dancing and interactive displays representing both military and civilian life during World War Two.   More prestigious speakers will grace the podium in the Bletchley Park Presents lecture series. In March, Michael Smith will talk about his new book The Debs of Bletchley Park. Victor Madeira will consider the first Cold War in April, when he speaks about his book Britannia and the Bear: The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, 1917-1929. London during WW1 is the subject of Jerry White’s book Zeppelin Nights. His talk in May will be a prelude to the launch of a major new exhibition about Codebreaking in WW1 at Bletchley Park. The WW1 theme continues with Taylor Downing in June, as he speaks on his book Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Codebreakers and Propagandists of the Great War. And in July, best selling author Sinclair Mackay will recount the story of RAF Fighter Command, tying in with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.   For a day out steeped in wartime glamour, visit the 1940s Boutique, with dates from Valentines’ Day to Christmas. Vintage stylist Sarah Dunn teaches the secrets of how to create iconic wartime looks including victory rolls, and the makeup to match.   New this year, BrightSparks@BletchleyPark will offer activities for children every day in the school holidays, the highlight being the ever-popular Family Fun Wednesdays, featuring craft activities and spy workshops for all ages, children's guided tours, trails, quizzes and handling collections. FOr mor einformation visit www.bletchleypark.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/2015-Events-at-Bletchley-Park 995F5E03890B029865F402E83A81C29D Mon, 05 Jan 2015 08:28:11 +0000 Casino teams up with Hoteliers to amazing entertainment in MK! The Casino MK, the largest casino outside of London, has teamed up with some of the region’s leading hotels to provide guests with the ultimate entertainment experience. Following its success in 2014, the hotel referral scheme will see hoteliers recommend The Casino MK to their guests as an exciting entertainment destination to visit during their stay. Guests will receive a bespoke ‘gaming chip’ from their hotel reception which entitles them to a complimentary drink and a £5 free bet at the super casino. The hotel that refers the largest number of guests will enjoy a Pimms Summer Party at the casino for their staff. Holiday Inn, Ramada Encore, Novotel and Holiday Inn Express are just some of the names signed up to take advantage of the innovative hotel referral scheme.   Speaking of the scheme, deputy general manager at The Casino MK, Luke Perkins, commented; “We wanted to give visitors to Milton Keynes the opportunity to enjoy the unique and exciting offering at our super casino; from live music, comedy nights and big sports screen, to our bars, restaurant and varied gaming floor. “This is also a fantastic opportunity for us to build strong relationships with local hoteliers and work with the business community to help raise awareness of what our vibrant city has to offer.” Hannah Harris from Ramada Encore, said; “We’re delighted to be involved in The Casino MK’s hotel referral scheme as it enables us to give our guests the very best entertainment experience during their stay in Milton Keynes.” To find out more about The Casino MK, visit www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CasinoMK or follow @TheCasino MK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Casino-teams-up-with-Hoteliers-to-amazing-entertainment-in-MK 848C4965359E617D5E16C924B4A85FD9 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:20:08 +0000 New look Brasserie Blanc Opens In Milton Keynes Brasserie Blanc, in The Hub on Avebury Boulevard has undergone an extensive renovation giving the all-day restaurant a brand new lease of life. With a menu as delicious as ever – now serving breakfast – the restaurant has been dramatically updated and decked out with beautifully simple décor, rustic yet comfortable furniture and a wealth of home-from-home touches. Chez Nous Inspired by Raymond’s own kitchen where friends and family gather around the table to celebrate authentic French food, there are plenty of comfortable spots to stay and linger.  Relax with a café au lait in a cosy upholstered armchair in the new lounge; indulge in a leisurely meal at the communal kitchen table with friends or dine al fresco on the newly built terrace, which can accommodate up to 40 guests. Formal white crockery and tablecloths have been replaced with handmade ceramics, tapestry and natural linens to give a more relaxed, homely feel. Hues of greys and blues, olive leather banquette seating and patterned fabrics give a welcoming, homely feel, whilst the circular booth seating to the rear with vintage table lamps add a touch of French glamour.   The cheese and wine counter, entirely bright white tiled, allows guests to enjoy a seasonal selection of artisanal British and French favourites paired with exceptional wines by the glass or bottle. Bon Appetit! Serving simple, hearty French classics, Brasserie Blanc’s menu reads like a storybook of the flavours from Raymond Blanc’s childhood.  Prepared from scratch by skilled chefs, the à la carte menu changes seasonally and is filled with the best of British Isles produce treated with delicate French finesse. Now open from 8:30am daily, stop in for a fresh pastry and rejuvenating coffee for working breakfasts or linger over a lazy morning brunch with eggs Royale, a croque monsieur or a full English. Lunch and dinner is delicieux with light dishes of Gravadlax with spring vegetable salad, Scottish queen scallops or spring pea risotto. Meander through a host of traditional classics, including slow-cooked beef Bourguignon with mousseline potatoes, coarse cut Comté burger in a pillowy brioche bun and roasted Norfolk quail with golden sultanas and new potatoes. Expect decadent desserts of deep pistachio soufflé, baked lemon tart, and a chocolate delice with praline panna cotta and nougatine crumble. For a lighter post-work bite, catch up with friends over a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc (wines by the bottle starts from £16.95) whilst nibbling on sharing plates that include charcuterie platters laden with French meats and sourdough bread with a selection of dips; from just £9.95 for two-course lunch and £14.45 for dinner, the reasonably priced set-value menus are perfect for a light lunch or quick supper. Santé! The beautiful pewter bar has been retained, yet refreshed and is flanked by walnut bar stools with simplified overhead lighting. Naturellement, the well-crafted wine list features stunning French grapes by region and a selection of international bins, as well as Brasserie Blanc’s very own sparkling wine, Mousseux Premium Blanc de Blancs. The cocktail menu offers creative specials, from a Rose Petal Martini to an Apple Mojito, as well as the expertly made classics such as Dark ‘N’ Stormy and Bramble. Pull up a chair and share a selection of French favourites at Milton Keynes’ new-look Brasserie Blanc.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-look-Brasserie-Blanc-Opens-In-Milton-Keynes EAB9C5E9815ADC4C40A6557495EED6D3 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:59:06 +0000 Food Bank brimming with students donations An internal College Food Bank has received over a year’s worth of food donations in a single hit by MK College students who are determined to help fellow students in difficulty. Angela Daly, co-ordinator of the Food Bank said, “On a weekly basis we do see a small number of students requesting support from the internal college Food Bank. There are lots of reasons why some of our learners struggle financially, typically it’s due to delays in benefit payments, or sometimes when unfortunately they’ve left the family home and have very few other places to turn. The large contribution of food was the donated by the Year 11 class who raised the money through selling home-made cakes and sales from ticketed activities. Before enrolling at the College, all members of the group either received home-schooling or have come from overseas including Nigeria, Albana, Norway and Vietnam. One student, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, even donated some of his small weekly allowance in order to help other students in need. The Food Bank is now full with the weekly essentials most people wouldn’t think twice to go put in their shopping baskets from pasta, juices and coffee to toilet rolls, sanitary products and nappies. Alex Taylor-Woodward, student at the college commented, “Knowing we’re helping to support our fellow students at College is an amazing feeling. Seeing the mountain of food we’ve gone out and bought and knowing will contribute to the welfare of others in our community is something we’d love to see continue.” Angela Daly said, “We’re absolutely delighted by the volume of food we’ve received from by the group. Our expectations have been far exceeded, so much so, the surplus items we can’t store at College have been given to the Milton Keynes Food Bank charity.” Nicolas Brinner, Partnerships Manager at the Milton Keynes Food Bank explained, “We’re so grateful for this fantastic donation. Even though we live in a growing city which has areas with big houses, there are still disparities.” “Ninety percent of our users are short-term. Typically these people are trying to live on zero hour contracts or struggling to find work after a redundancy. Donations like this one from MK College is essential to help us continue the important and ambitious work we strive to deliver.” For some students at the College, support from the Food Bank is something that needs to continue. Luckily, with a strong ethos of peer-to-peer support and with regular donations by staff and students, Angela and the team aim to always be able to help anyone who needs support with the internal Food Bank. To find out more about the College Food Bank, or to donate any surplus food or toiletry items, please email welfare@mkcollege.ac.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Food-Bank-brimming-with-students-donations C2368D3D45705A56E51EC5940E187F8D Fri, 01 May 2015 12:15:02 +0000 Everydayhero Milton Keynes Marathon runs like clockwork The fourth Milton Keynes Marathon which took place on 4th May, sponsored by everydayhero and has been hailed a huge success. Nearly 5,000 runners signed up to take part in the 2015 event, which took place on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May. Thousands of spectators, supporters and charities lined the streets and Redways of Milton Keynes as the runners made their way around the picturesque 26.2 mile route that started and finished at stadiummk. Over 500 volunteers worked very hard to make the event run like clockwork. The honour of winning the everyday Milton Keynes Marathon went to Jack Parslow of Dacorum & Tring Running Club who set a new course record in a time of 2:37:30. Second place went to Dan Carter in a time of 2:44:01 and third place went to James Gordon in a time of 2:46:23. A number of local runners also finished in the top 10 including 6th Max Dillon in 2:48:34 of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers and 10th place went to Chris Brookman in 2:50:34 of MK Lakeside Runners. The first lady home was Kate Wright from Stratford Upon Avon RC who crossed the finish line in a time of 2:58:30 to set a new ladies course record. Second place went to Leanne Harling in a time of 3:04:15 and third place went to Jo Laing in a time of 3:08:46. The MK Half Marathon was added to the event for 2014 and this year over 2,000 runners signed up for the 13.1 half marathon. The MK Half Marathon was won by Marcus Engstrom who raced across the finish line in a time of 1:15:27. First lady home in the half marathon event was Sophie Carter from Belgrave Harriers finished in 1:23:17. The Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Challenge saw teams of four from scores of companies, individuals and organisations bidding to be crowned the fastest team. It was won by Team Redway Runners. Garry Biddle, Simon Read, Graeme Bickle and Tim Harris won the 26.2 mile relay race in a time of 2:49:50 setting a new course record for the relay event.   However, the biggest cheers were reserved for the participants of the Superhero Fun Run, sponsored by Acorn Childcare. Over 600 Superheroes of all ages and abilities ran, walked, hopped and skipped around the 1.5 mile route before crossing the finish line inside the stadium with the Amazing Spiderman to receive a shiny new medal. everydayhero Milton Keynes Marathon is one of the top 10 marathon races in the UK so it has a lot to live up to. Race Director, Andy Hully, said, “My team work very hard to make improvements every year and we think that this year was the best yet. The England Athletics Adjudicator told me that our event was one of the best organized events he has scored. Our excellent volunteers and the people of Milton Keynes can be very proud of themselves today. “Among the scores of good causes to benefit from the event were the marathon’s charity partners MK SET, Macmillan, World Vision and St John Ambulance. In the last three years the event has raised over £1.7 million for deserving causes and I’m sure this will increase after this year’s event.” The event is now established as a major date in Milton Keynes’ sporting calendar, and the organisers are now turning their attention to the 2016 and further sporting success.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Everydayhero-Milton-Keynes-Marathon-runs-like-clockwork AE5EB824EF87499F644C3F11A7176157 Thu, 07 May 2015 11:32:32 +0000 BLETCHLEY PARK VETERANS REMEMBER VE DAY BLETCHLEY PARK VETERANS REMEMBER VE DAY Glad rags, atomic bombs and a bonfire   “We weren’t the heroes - the heroes were dead.” It’s a sombre note to strike, but that’s how Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNs, known as Wrens) Bombe Operator, Dot Tuffin, remembers the VE Day celebrations in 1945. For many of those working at Bletchley Park and its outstations, the war didn’t end on VE Day, as they were moved on to the job of Japanese codebreaking. For everyone who signed the Official Secrets Act and kept quiet for at least another 30 years, their obligations didn’t even end when peace was finally declared around the world. Dot is one of an ever-growing number of Veterans who’ve shared their memories of the end of the war in Europe with the Bletchley Park Podcast since it began in 2012. Episode 34, out on 10 May, brings you Bletchley Park Veterans remembering how they felt as the war in Europe ended, how they celebrated and commemorated those who didn’t come home, and, crucially, what they did next. Plus, the entire archive of Bletchley Park Podcast Episodes and Extras is available on Audioboom’s Bletchley Park Channel and iTunes. Joyce Roberts, a Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) teleprinter operator, said “I was in Trafalgar Square on VE night. I remember hearing about the atom bomb - the beginning of the atomic age. On VJ night, the chaps in the men’s billets were very naughty - they took the furniture out and made a bonfire of it. I think they couldn’t care less, because they’d been demobbed.” Marigold Freeman-Attwood, a Wren who operated the world’s first semi-programmable electronic computer, Colossus, recalls being treated with great respect at Bletchley Park, and the roaring social life. She says “It was like a family. Many girls went straight from school. Some were more innocent than you would believe possible - one little seventeen year old really didn’t know what men were for.” She remembers frequent trips to London, sneaking a change to civilian clothes or, as she describes them, ‘glad rags’. “Luckily a lot of the officers had no idea what we were up to. I look back and think I did once do something valuable for my country. It was lucky that we came to such an unusual, and really rather sparkly place.” Dot adds a poignant memory. She says “My husband would wear his medals on Armistice Day. We would hug each other and say we were the lucky ones - we came back. This is what matters.” Bletchley Park is in a race against time to gather as many Veterans’ unique and precious memories as it can, for future generations. If you know someone who worked at Bletchley Park or one of its outstations, please contact Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne jbyrne@bletchleypark.org.uk 01908 640404.     http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/BLETCHLEY-PARK-VETERANS-REMEMBER-VE-DAY AC71E0079799A57CC6616312CBBBAF84 Thu, 07 May 2015 11:56:18 +0000 BOBBY BUBBLES ARRIVES AT INTU MILTON KEYNES BOBBY BUBBLES ARRIVES AT INTU MILTON KEYNES Bobby Bubbles is the newest (and greenest!) addition to the team at intu Milton Keynes and he’s been a very busy frog so far!   The brand new intu Milton Keynes Kids’ Club mascot arrived this April to host a ‘ribbitting’ day of lily pad parties for the children of MK.  Making his first ever appearance in the shopping centre, Bobby Bubbles and his magician friend entertained children with the ‘bubble bop’, Bobby’s very own dance, and awe-inspiring magic tricks.   Bobby Bubbles even came out to meet the young lady who designed his chic outfit.  Nine-year-old Ciara Wilkins entered a colouring competition at the intu Milton Keynes AW14 fashion event and a panel of judges selected her design as the winner from over 300 entries.   Kirsty McGiff, Marketing Manager for intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We are thrilled with Bobby Bubbles, he’s a brilliant character and we’re sure his presence at future events will delight children and adults alike!  I’d like to say a big well done to Ciara, who designed Bobby’s outfit - I’m sure everyone will agree that he looks very stylish!” Bobby Bubbles is an excitable frog who just loves to teach children the bubble bop.  His favourite things are bubbles and lily pad parties, and his favourite animal is a cow – although he can’t pick a favourite among Milton Keynes’ Concrete Cows!  When he’s not at the shopping centre, he likes to visit his friends at Willen Lake and play leap-frog.   Bobby Bubbles will make appearances at special intu Milton Keynes Kids’ Club events from now on.     http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/BOBBY-BUBBLES-ARRIVES-AT-INTU-MILTON-KEYNES 14DB62200D8BF46551AA214ACCAFE1DF Mon, 11 May 2015 11:04:33 +0000 Future plans for Bletchley Park FUTURE PLANS FOR BLETCHLEY PARK Masterplan announcement as VE Day celebrations are held   On the seventieth anniversary of VE Day the Bletchley Park Trust is delighted to announce its future plans for Bletchley Park. Following the successful completion of the first phase of restoration in 2014, the Bletchley Park Trust today formally announces its Masterplan for the next stage of development at Bletchley Park. This will be a major step towards consolidating Bletchley Park as a world-class heritage site, museum and education centre for the ever-growing numbers of visitors, and as a permanent tribute to the men and women who worked here during WW2. As part of this development, exhibition and gallery space is to be expanded, a state-of-the-art education facility to inspire mathematicians and scientists of the future will be created, along with a modern archive to house Bletchley Park’s unique, history-changing collection. All of this will result in Bletchley Park and its stories being made more accessible to visitors, scholars and researchers around the world. Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said “The future of Bletchley Park has already been safeguarded for the nation, but this Masterplan is the next milestone on the road to completing its restoration for all future generations to experience, learn from and enjoy. It is hugely fitting that we are able to announce these plans on this historically significant anniversary.” The Bletchley Park Trust has experienced great success and significant attention over the past twelve months providing increasing recognition for the World War Two contribution of Bletchley Park. Following the completion of the £8 million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project in May 2014, the Trust was delighted to host a visit by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge to formally unveil the rejuvenated Bletchley Park. At the same time it was announced that Her Royal Highness’ grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, had worked in the newly-restored Codebreaking Hut 6 during World War Two. In November, the highly-acclaimed, Academy Award winning film, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, opened in cinemas around the world drawing yet further attention to the work of Alan Turing and his WW2 colleagues at Bletchley Park. All of this has resulted in very strong growth in the numbers of visitors to Bletchley Park. More than 90,000 people have already visited this year to enjoy this historic visitor attraction, an increase of 80% on the previous year. Visitor satisfaction continues to be excellent with 94% of these visitors reporting a four or five star rating on TripAdvisor. The Bletchley Park Trust was delighted to be awarded the accolade of “Business of the Year” at the 2015 Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Future-plans-for-Bletchley-Park BAC49B876D5DFC9CD169C22EF5178CA7 Wed, 13 May 2015 02:11:18 +0000 360 Play children’s play centres hail success of exclusive special needs evenings 360 Play children’s play centres hail success of exclusive special needs evenings Venues provide unique offering for families with children with special needs 360 Play children’s play centres in Milton Keynes, Stevenage and Leicester are offering exclusive opening times during 2015 for children with special needs which continue to prove very popular with both the youngsters themselves and their families. The events take place on the first Friday of each month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and provide an opportunity for children, parents and carers to come together for an exclusive period of play and activities in a safe, secure environment with friendly and experienced staff. A reduced charge of £4.99 for each child is made and parents and carers receive free entry. Research shows that children who participate in regular physical activities develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours, attitudes and confidence needed to be active for life, while play also provides a welcome outlet for children to be creative and release stored up energy. These skills are especially important for children with special needs.     “We began our special needs evenings a few years ago following requests for such an event,” said 360 Play’s Group Sales and Marketing Manager Billie-Jan Hills. “These regular evenings bring children, parents and carers together to compare notes, make new friends and have lots of fun and have proved very popular with all who take part. “Very often special needs children are unable to use our centres when other children are present so our exclusive evenings each month provide an environment that caters specifically to their needs and enjoyment.” Brothers, sisters and friends are welcome too and all the usual facilities are on offer, including a three storey soft play structure, dodgem cars, carousel, 360 Street with all its creative play opportunities and a café area. Mascots Twizzle and Twirl also join in with games and party dancing. More information on the 360 Play special needs evenings and the facilities at the venue can be found at www.360Play.co.uk http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/360-Play-children’s-play-centres-hail-success-of-exclusive-special-needs-evenings 5A66B9200F29AC3FA0AE244CC2A51B39 Fri, 15 May 2015 09:35:26 +0000 MK Gallery to host Local Building List Event MK Gallery to host Local Building List Event 10:10:10 (Ten Buildings, Ten People, Ten Minutes) Presented by MK Forum MK Gallery / Thursday 21 May / 7pm / Free / Pre-booking essential* A lively and fun “Pecha Kucha” style debating event designed to stimulate thinking about the emerging architectural history of Milton Keynes is to take place at MK Gallery on Thursday 21 May at 7pm, presented by MK Forum, the city’s Civic Society. Milton Keynes Council is about to prepare a list of local buildings which are considered important because they help to tell the story of the creation of the New City of Milton Keynes.  But how do we choose which are the key buildings, and are there other things, such as landscape features, that should also be recognised? To contribute to thinking on this important subject, at the 10:10:10 ten local people familiar with Milton Keynes will each spend ten minutes talking about ten buildings or other city features that they feel should be included on MK Council’s list. The event format entails speakers being “gonged out” after precisely ten minutes, and promises much fun and debate.  The ten speakers are:  Tim Skelton (Chair of MK Forum), Henk van Aswegen (MK City Discovery Centre), Theo Chalmers (Urban Eden), Linda Inoki (Xplain) and local architects Adrian Morrow, David Grindley and Gavin Hinton-Cook, David Lock (David Lock Associates), Simon Peart (Conservation and Archaeology Manager, MK Council)  and John Stewart (former Chief Architect, Bucks County Council). *Admission is free and everyone is welcome, but tickets must be pre-booked via the Gallery’s website at www.mkgallery.org. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Gallery-to-host-Local-Building-List-Event 2109737282D2C2DE4FC5534BE26C9BB6 Wed, 27 May 2015 02:35:16 +0000 INTU MILTON KEYNES AND CREATE REVEAL NEW ART INSTALLATIONS BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN MK INTU MILTON KEYNES AND CREATE REVEAL NEW ART INSTALLATIONS BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN MK intu Milton Keynes unveiled two new art installations by the children of White Spire School in Bletchley, and a group of young carers, supported by award-winning charity Create. The young artists, their friends and family, and Create joined the team at intu Milton Keynes for the grand unveiling of a beautiful mural on the walls of the South Concourse parent and baby rooms, and a new, colourful cow to join MK’s famed concrete cows.   Children from White Spire School were invited to design a mural which has now been drawn on the walls of the South Concourse parent and baby rooms.  During January and February, award-winning charity Create worked with them to design the mural as part of its creative:connection programme.  In sessions led by Create’s professional artists, Artistic Director of Function Theatre James Baldwin and visual artist Daniel Wallis, the children came up with a magical story inspired by the frog clock and drew pictures to illustrate it.  Wallis then transferred their designs onto the walls of intu Milton Keynes to create a mural which staff members painted to make it a permanent feature.   The aim of the project was to help enable young people with disabilities to get involved with cultural activities.  The mural is accompanied by a plaque telling the story and crediting the children of White Spire School.  A young person from White Spire School, who took part in the project, said: “Everyone worked together to help each other to create this. I’m really looking forward to seeing my mural in the shopping centre. My family will be so proud!” The second project involved 11 of Create’s young carers, all between 14 and 17 years old, who designed and crafted their own Milton Keynes cow.  The brightly coloured addition now sits with the concrete cows in Oak Court.  One of the young carers, said:  “It has really built my confidence collaborating with other people.  We had to listen to each other and come together as a team for this to work.  Having some time away from home felt good too and I got to make friends with other young carers.  When I see the sculpture in the shopping centre, I can feel proud and say ‘I was part of that’.” Paul Lancaster, Regional Director for intu Milton Keynes, said:  “We are delighted with both the mural and the cow; they are absolutely fantastic.  The mural has transformed the parent and baby rooms into a friendly and welcoming area, whilst the cow has brought some colour to the herd!  I’d like to say thank you to the young people of Milton Keynes, the artists and the team at Create for all of their hard work.  The mural and the cow will both inspire and delight our shoppers for years to come.” Create’s CEO and Co-Founder, Nicky Goulder, said: “These projects helped young people with special needs and young carers to develop new skills and play an active role in their community, raising their self-esteem and building their confidence. It has been a pleasure to work with intu Milton Keynes and witness everyone involved embracing the opportunity to create some art for the shopping centre.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/INTU-MILTON-KEYNES-AND-CREATE-REVEAL-NEW-ART-INSTALLATIONS-BY-YOUNG-PEOPLE-IN-MK 56D326D8139F904B679084778F1B3285 Sat, 16 May 2015 07:55:03 +0000 Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa named Winners in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2015 Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa named Winners in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2015 Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa are delighted to announce that they have been named Winners in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2015 in the UK Country categories of Best Luxury Hotel Spa and Best Luxury Day Spa. The World Luxury Spa Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels and Spas worldwide. Award winners set the benchmark for luxury hotels and spas on the global front in achieving recognition for exceptional achievement in service delivery, as winners have been voted for by visiting guests. The luxury four-star Hotel and Spa, based in rural Northamptonshire boasts 213 bedrooms, 3 restaurants and The Leisure Club which includes a 19-metre pool, whirlpool spa and gym with the latest equipment. Whilst The Day Spa at Whittlebury Hall, one of the largest in the country offers 23 treatment rooms and a choice of more than 60 treatments, plus a Hair Studio, relaxation area and quiet room. Michael Stott, Director said: "We are extremely proud to have won such a prestigious award. It's a true reflection of how our customers are the heart of all that we do and we aim to continue to exceed our guests’ expectations every time they visit. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Whittlebury-Hall-Hotel-and-Spa-named-Winners-in-the-World-Luxury-Spa-Awards-2015 A4C42BFD5F5130DDF96E34A036C75E0A Mon, 18 May 2015 09:35:53 +0000 Be at the heart of all the racing action with exclusive Formula One British Grand Prix 2015 Hospitality Packages Be at the heart of all the racing action with exclusive Formula One British Grand Prix 2015 Hospitality Packages at Whittlebury Hall. With only 7 weeks left until the Formula One British Grand Prix 2015, there’s still time to get exclusive Whittlebury Hall Silverstone Events Hospitality Packages with hospitality for race goers starting from just £129 per person. Choose from exclusive Bronze and Silver Hospitality Packages designed for race-goers who have already purchased their tickets for this year’s British Grand Prix and want to enhance their experience with extras including parking, transport to/from the circuit, food and drink before and after the races. For those who have not yet purchased a ticket, why not enjoy the thrill of motor sports in true style from our Gold, Platinum and Diamond Hospitality packages starting from just £1,199 per person. Whittlebury Hall are proud to offer fully inclusive hospitality packages including Whittlebury Halls Silverstone Woodcote Suite, and exclusive access to the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) Clubhouse and Farm complex located at the heart of Silverstone Circuit. In addition, choose from our great value accommodation packages including one, four and five night stays starting from just £345* and be at the heart of the racing weekend action at the closest hotel to the world famous Silverstone Circuit.   To find out more and book your place on our exclusive Hospitality Packages for the 2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix book online or call us on 0845 400 1407. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Be-at-the-heart-of-all-the-racing-action-with-exclusive-Formula-One-British-Grand-Prix-2015-Hospitality-Packages 294A8ED24B1AD22EC2E7EFEA049B8737 Tue, 26 May 2015 10:02:05 +0000 Walking with Giants Parade Walking with Giants Parade - Sunday 5th July 2015 Festive Road are taking Giant Steps again this year as they lead their colourful street parade of live music, stilt walkers, dance, and amazing giant puppets and theatrical sculptures through the streets of central Milton Keynes. Joining the Giants will be a handmade bicycle powered life size wooden WW1 Tank from Festive Road  and banners celebrating WW1 organised by the Westbury Arts Centre,  the Northants Hindu Associations Harminder the Elephant accompanied by the MK DOHL Players, the amazing LOBO TREN Wolverton  Street Band and fresh from Wiltshires 800 year Magna Carta birthday celebrations the Giant Queen herself.  The parade will also see the fantastic productions made by local school children and community groups funded by MK Community Foundation, The Arts Council England and others in the run up to the parade. Starting at 1.30pm by the Hub on Midsummers Boulevard the procession will walk through Midsummer place and back up Midsummer Boulevard all the way to a spectacular finish at Campbell Park where you, your family and friends can enjoy a performance by Westbury Arts Centre ‘For the Fallen’ a dance performance commemorating the events and the people of world war one along with the Festive Road WW1 “Best Company Show” Tank An arts and crafts market and refreshments will be available at the Campbell park finish. There are lots of opportunities for you or your business to get involved making the giant puppets or performing in the parade. For more information on how you can get involved visit our Facebook Walking with Giants page, book a workshop on our campaign page on Zequs.com or if you would like to sponsor part of the parade email carnival@festiveroad.org.uk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Walking-with-Giants-Parade 634841A6831464B64C072C8510C7F35C Tue, 26 May 2015 02:31:09 +0000 Get All Shook Up at MK Theatre Did William Shakespeare write Shakespeare? Even after 400 years the jury’s still out on that one. Did William Shakespeare write Love Me Tender? No, of course not. But the new musical, by Tony Award Winner Joe DiPietro, that’s about to roar into Milton Keynes Theatre (27 Jul to 1 Aug), has all the elements of a Shakespearean classic: cross dressing, mistaken identities, lovers’ chasing each other around the place and a string of amazing Elvis Presley hits. Elvis numbers? OK, not too many of the Bard’s plays feature a score that sizzles with hot songs made famous by ‘The King of Rock ‘n Roll’ but apart from that… It is the mid-1950s. Somewhere, in small-town America, the locals are about to be All Shook Up, their fun-free, repressed lives turned upside down. A guitar-playing, hip-swivelling stranger rides into town on his motorbike. Is he The Devil In Disguise in his Blue Suede Shoes? For Natalie, the love-struck, tomboy mechanic, it’s time to find out. It really is Now or Never. Love Me Tender is funny and moving, it’s a tale of hope, second chances and the healing qualities of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In its opening few weeks, it has clocked up rave reviews both for the production and the amazing performances from a starry cast that includes award-winning singer and platinum selling artist Mica Paris as local bar owner, Sylvia. Sian Reeves (Cutting It, Emmerdale) plays misery-in-chief, Mayor Matilda Hyde, Shaun Williamson (Eastenders) is Natalie’s widowed dad, Jim, and Ben Lewis is that cool Hound Dog, the macho, heart-melting, pelvis-swivelling stranger whose mission it is to wake up and shake up the town. From the producers of Hairspray, Jersey Boys and West Side Story, Love Me Tender, inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley, is feel-good, summer entertainment that you just Can’t Help Falling In Love with. Book your tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-All-Shook-Up-at-MK-Theatre BCB7C13FF9746A60FA8C3E748ACD054D Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:26:49 +0000 Get fired up for fun at the Formula Fast Festival Calling all petrol heads, speed freaks and adrenaline junkies! Milton Keynes’ premier indoor karting track Formula Fast is excited to announce the first ever Formula Fast Festival to celebrate its second birthday in the city, taking place on 2 August from 11:30am. The action-packed day has everything for fast-paced summer holiday fun, with special offers on karting sessions, multiplayer driving simulators, outdoor games and much more! For the day of the Festival only, Formula Fast is offering 20 minute karting sessions for a discounted rate of £20. Get the need for speed and race around the 500 metre track at up to 50mph, screeching around the 12 technical corners to get your name on the top of the leaderboard! Local celebrity Bailey McConnell has already been down to the track and set an impressive lap time of 34.898 seconds. He is now challenging fans to #BeatBailey for the chance to win a free family karting session - don’t forget to tweet your time with the hashtag #BeatBailey and tag @BaileyMac02 and @FormulaFast! The team have also partnered with SimplyRace to provide amazing multiplayer driving simulators free of charge. Racers can experience world famous tracks with 3 panoramic screens for a fully immersive experience. Choose from a variety of vehicles, including a Lamborghini Gallardo or Formula One racing car, and feel the bumps of the track and the rumble of the engine with a high tech force feedback steering wheel. There will also be plenty more activities and outdoor games, so remember to take a pit stop and refuel with the delicious hog roast and perfect pizzas on sale throughout the day. Co-Owner Phil Stanley said “We are very excited about the Formula Fast Festival. We’re marking our second year in MK and want lots of people to enjoy the celebrations, so whether you are a seasoned fan or just want a day out with a difference, come down and see what the buzz is all about. It’s set to be a great event for all the family.” The Formula Fast Festival is free for spectators, however booking is recommended for karting as limited spaces are available. The minimum karting age is 8 years old and drivers must be over 125cm tall. To find out more about Formula Fast, visit the website at: www.formulafast.co.uk or call the team on: 01908 904111.  Keep up with the latest news and join the chat on Facebook www.facebook.com/formulafastkarting or Twitter @formulafast Bailey’s lap can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct-0n_da9rI   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-fired-up-for-fun-at-the-Formula-Fast-Festival 2F635A9FE4A4D8D1EC9E3A111CC02F4B Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:44:06 +0000 Outdoor theatre with The Taming of the Shrew Enjoy a sumptuous evening under the stars with Illyria company production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. The two and a half hour performance will take place in Linford Manor Park, on Friday 7th August 2015, gates open at 6.30pm the performance begins at 7.30pm. Everyone wants to marry mild-mannered Bianca. No-one wants to marry her acid-tongued older sister Kate. Their father won’t let anyone marry Bianca until a husband can be found for Kate – but no-one knows anyone mad enough to take her on. Until Petruchio comes to town. Sparks are guaranteed to fly in Shakespeare’s rumbustious battle-of-the-sexes comedy, where nobody is exactly who they appear to be!   Artistic Director of Illyria, Oliver Gray said: “Illyria has been bringing top-quality open air theatre to The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes since 2006.  We are thrilled to have been invited back to perform in the beautiful grounds of Linford Manor Park - and we promise an evening of romance and rip-roaring wit!” Julie Dawes Events & Recreation Co-ordinator at The Parks Trust said: “This is an open-air event for all the family to enjoy. We are pleased that Illyria are able to revisit Linford Manor during their busy tour schedule. Bring along a picnic and sit and watch a performance of Shakespeare’s: The Taming of the shew under the stars.” Please bring seating and warm clothes.  The audience are also welcome to bring picnics. Gazebos and BBQs are strictly forbidden, and no pets are allowed on site during the performance. Tickets are available via The Parks Trust Website please visit: http://www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on/event-details/1143   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Outdoor-theatre-with-The-Taming-of-the-Shrew 8617F303DD11780C5D48AEDF0BD90823 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:08:17 +0000 Outdoor Theatre with The Taming of the Shrew Enjoy a sumptuous evening under the stars with Illyria company production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. The two and a half hour performance will take place in Linford Manor Park, on Friday 7th August 2015, gates open at 6.30pm the performance begins at 7.30pm. Everyone wants to marry mild-mannered Bianca. No-one wants to marry her acid-tongued older sister Kate. Their father won’t let anyone marry Bianca until a husband can be found for Kate – but no-one knows anyone mad enough to take her on. Until Petruchio comes to town. Sparks are guaranteed to fly in Shakespeare’s rumbustious battle-of-the-sexes comedy, where nobody is exactly who they appear to be!   Artistic Director of Illyria, Oliver Gray said: “Illyria has been bringing top-quality open air theatre to The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes since 2006.  We are thrilled to have been invited back to perform in the beautiful grounds of Linford Manor Park - and we promise an evening of romance and rip-roaring wit!” Julie Dawes Events & Recreation Co-ordinator at The Parks Trust said: “This is an open-air event for all the family to enjoy. We are pleased that Illyria are able to revisit Linford Manor during their busy tour schedule. Bring along a picnic and sit and watch a performance of Shakespeare’s: The Taming of the shew under the stars.” Please bring seating and warm clothes.  The audience are also welcome to bring picnics. Gazebos and BBQs are strictly forbidden, and no pets are allowed on site during the performance. Tickets are available via The Parks Trust Website please visit: http://www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on/event-details/1143   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Outdoor-Theatre-with-The-Taming-of-the-Shrew A87C11B9100C608B7F8E98CFA316FF7B Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:10:45 +0000 Go Wild At MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park Visitors to MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park in Milton Keynes will have a chance to get up close to local British wildlife when the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) visit the retail park with their free Wild Roadshow. The Trust will be visiting with their interactive natural treasures exhibition from 6 to 9 August 2015.   Children can see and touch wild animal skulls, owl pellets and various types of bird nests and learn more about British wildlife as they are tested on the spot with a fun quiz. The Wildlife Trust will also be providing information about spotting the various butterflies, birds and mammals that are native to the area. The Trust representatives will be at the park from 10am until 4pm each day.   As part of the wild roadshow children and their parents will have the opportunity to take part in a wildlife workshop learning craft skills to help them make bird feeders and animal puppets.     The roadshow provides an opportunity for shoppers to look out for the bug hotel, bat wall and insect log pile features at MK1, alongside a wild flower area which encourages a bee friendly habitat. These were all created and installed by park owner The Crown Estate this year.   Jo Francis, Head of Retail Property Management – Regional Portfolio said: “We are rolling out a number of environmental and sustainability initiatives across our retail parks which provide natural habitats for local wildlife. We are delighted to invite The Wildlife Trust to the park to talk to visitors about how to get closer to nature including at more unexpected places like MK1, where we have a bug hotel, bird boxes and a wild flower patch.”   “It’s really important that as we look to meet the infrastructure and housing needs of the 21st century, we don’t forget about the importance of nature to the ecosystem and wellbeing in everyday life. At MK1 we’ve been looking to create a more sustainable environment by introducing these new features to bring a bit of nature into the urban setting for the benefit of our visitors and the broader local community. In the same vein, we’re delighted to be welcoming the Wildlife Trust, who will provide a great opportunity for children and their parents to get closer to nature during their day out at MK1.”   BBOWT cares for more than 80 nature reserves, which provide protection for some of our rarest species of animals and plants. These reserves give people the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the rich variety of habitats, which were once widespread in our counties.   BBOWT is one of 47 local trusts, which form The Wildlife Trusts network, dedicated to the achievement of a United Kingdom richer in wildlife. The Wildlife Trusts collectively care for more than 2,400 nature reserves and between them have more than 800,000 members.   For further information please visit www.bbowt.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Go-Wild-At-MK1-Shopping-and-Leisure-Park C0DB17C6772E2A26CB133AD3BA389CCE Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:09:48 +0000 Freestyle Fortnight arrives at Snozone Long gone are the days of buzzing freestyle events being confined to the mountains of Colorado, Austria, France or Hokkaido; Snozone is the place to be for freestylers this summer, bringing an intense Freestyle Fortnight to its indoor slopes at Milton Keynes and Castleford from 3rd – 16th August. For two weeks, Snozone’s creative and expert park shaper team will build the best freestyle park features and designs to challenge freestyle riders of all abilities. Throughout the Freestyle Fortnight there will be three attempts at Guinness World Records which will be open to anybody who feels confident on the main slope. World Records being attempted: 1. Most participants in a snowboard trick relay – Thursday 13th August – across both sites. Current record 54 people. 2. The greatest distance snowboarded indoors in 24 hours – Thursday 13th August from 12pm until Friday 14th August 12pm across both sites. Current record 25,000 meters. 3. Longest chain of skiers – from 9am, Saturday 15th August across both sites. Current record 60 skiers. A two hour evening ticket for the whole fortnight is available for £89 or only £69 for Snozone members. Alternatively, a single two-hour session is £14.99 for non-members and only £9.99 for Snozone members. Riders can pay an extra £5 to make history half of which will be donated to the deaf-blind charity Sense. Snozone spokesperson Elena Kale says; “Our Freestyle Fortnight is incredibly exciting for us to organise and to be part of. We have seen the standard of the freestyle community here in the UK grow year-on-year to challenge the best in the world and we just know that this will be another fantastic event in the freestyle calendar.” www.snozoneuk.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Freestyle-Fortnight-arrives-at-Snozone 67ED94744426295F96268F4AC1881B46 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:55:24 +0000 Olly Murs is coming to Calcutta Brasserie, almost! Hearts are set to ‘skip a beat’ this summer as the UK’s number one Olly Murs tribute act performs everyone’s favourite hits live at Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford on Wednesday 26 August.   Acclaimed Olly Murs tribute act, Joe Scripps, will have diners ‘wrapped up’ in his energetic and entertaining show; with his uncanny likeness, it is no surprise that Joe has performed all over the UK as Olly Murs and has even met the man himself! Wearing the signature Trilby hat and waistcoat, he will be showcasing a selection of upbeat classics including; ‘Dance with Me Tonight’, ‘Troublemaker’ and ‘Heart Skips a Beat’   On the night, not only is there excellent entertainment, but diners can enjoy a delicious three course meal from a specially created Calcutta Brasserie’s menu - this is an evening not to be missed!   Restaurant Manager at Calcutta Brasserie, Ali Ajmol, said: “We love to offer something different to our customers and our previous tribute nights have always been a hit with our guests. Joe’s Olly Murs performance is second to none so we’re sure everyone will enjoy it and that it will be another great success at Calcutta”   The show starts at 7pm and tickets cost £19.95 including a three course meal.     http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/CalcuttaIndian https://www.facebook.com/calcuttabrasserie   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Olly-Murs-is-coming-to-Calcutta-Brasserie-almost 90CC440B1B8CAA520C562AC4E4BBCB51 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 01:59:11 +0000 The Beano is coming to intu Milton Keynes The summer is set to be full of mischief as intu Milton Keynes brings you pranks, jokes and tricks with chief troublemaker from The Beano, Dennis the Menace! A Beano bonanza is taking over the shopping centre from Monday 27 July to Friday 28 August. Shoppers will need to watch their backs as the mischief takes place around the centre from 27 July with plenty of activities and competitions to enjoy. The master prankster Dennis the Menace will also be making an appearance at intu Milton Keynes on 7 August, showing young shoppers how it’s done and snapping pictures with them to make it a super summer they won’t forget. All visitors joining in the fun will also get to take home a FREE intu edition of The Beano, plus Kids’ Club members who bring along their membership card will receive a free Beano Lanyard and collectable badges. Customers can also take part in colouring activity and a Beano treasure hunt for free. Kirsty McGiff, marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes said, “The Beano is taking over the shopping centre to kick start our summer – and we can’t wait for the pranks, jokes and mischief our visitors will get up to”. Take part in the #mymenace competition where one person could win the prize of a lifetime; to be a star in The Beano! Visit www.facebook.co.uk/intuMiltonKeynes for details. The Beano Takeover is taking place across 15 intu centres across the UK this summer, with mischievous fun for shoppers of all ages.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Beano-is-coming-to-intu-Milton-Keynes 36AB62655FA81CE8735CE7CFDAF7C9E8 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:17:05 +0000 New Summer Season now on sale at MK Theatre No matter what the weather is like outside, it’s going to be a sizzlingly, hot summer at Milton Keynes Theatre! The greatest show on earth is one big claim; but that’s exactly what’s coming our way when Brian Conley hits town with Barnum, the lively musical that follows the roller-coaster life of Phineas T. Barnum. There’s more heavenly musical magic from two all-time family favourites this summer. The Von Trapp family singers defy the Nazis and make history in a lavish new production of The Sound of Music while Jesus Christ Superstar, the first great rock opera, has a story as compelling today as it was when the musical was first produced more than 40 years ago (let alone when the events took place more than 2000 years ago!) If laughter really is the best medicine (and they do say that it is) then everyone should be prescribed a hearty dose of Spamalot. The multi award-winning comedy musical gallops into Milton Keynes to the sound of a medley of coconut shells. The King of rock ‘n’ roll lives again through 25 of his best-loved songs in Love Me Tender, a new musical inspired by the chart-busting hits of Elvis Presley. Our big summer blockbuster, Shrek the Musical, is a must-see show for the whole family and it’s going to be taking OGRE Milton Keynes for three whole, big, bright and beautiful weeks! Don’t miss the chance to see this all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza live on stage and join the green adventure! You can’t beat a good, old-fashioned murder mystery and we’ve got double helpings of chilling thrills with best-selling author Peter James’ stage adaptation of Dead Simple and a return of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company in And Then There Were None. And if quality drama is your idea of a great night out there’s still time to book for the highly praised production of The King’s Speech starring Jason Donovan and Raymond Coulthard. Dance fans can immerse themselves in Northern Ballet’s passionate adaptation of the classic story, Wuthering Heights but the company has something wonderful for younger fans of dance too with Elves & the Shoemaker, their delightful ballet for children. Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert and South African legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo join together in a unique artistic collaboration that has won a whole host of awards. Inala is a cultural explosion of music, song and dance that promises audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre a spiritually uplifting live experience – and an unforgettable night out at the theatre. With an amazing line-up of one night shows including comedy from Milton Jones and Jimmy Carr, live music from The Proclaimers and Russell Watson, psychic entertainment from Colin Fry and the very best from tribute bands performing music by Queen, The Eagles and The Carpenters the summer season at Milton Keynes Theatre really is hot stuff! Looking a little bit further ahead, the days may be getting shorter but the nights at Milton Keynes Theatre will be just as bright with shows such as The Glenn Miller Story, starring Tommy Steele, The National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and three operas from the internationally acclaimed Glyndebourne Tour in the autumn programme. To book just visit Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or go to www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes  (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-Summer-Season-now-on-sale-at-MK-Theatre 88BADE49E98DB8790DF275FCEBB37A13 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:32:16 +0000 ACCESS KARTING FOR ALL AT FORMULA FAST ACCESS KARTING FOR ALL AT FORMULA FAST Last week, Formula Fast drove a new initiative to give people with disabilities the chance to experience the thrill of karting in a safe and controlled environment. Formula Fast Karting in Bletchley launched Access Karting, a scheme dedicated to giving young people with disabilities the chance to have a go at karting, whether they have limited mobility, visual impairment or learning difficulties. The expert team have the skills, training and equipment to work with individuals, find out their abilities, confront their misconceptions and break boundaries that the perception of disabilities instils. The scheme is headed by the Owner and Race Director at Formula Fast, Ollie Fox; he said: “Depending on the individual’s needs, the team will give them a brief so that they have the confidence to drive solo, or one of the professionals will take them around the track in our specially adapted two-person kart.” Formula Fast is one of few tracks to offer a double seater kart; it allows for those that are unable to drive themselves to be taken around the circuit by one of the pros, allowing them to feel the thrill of the speed and the turns.  Each Access Karting participant is given a one-on-one experience with a member of the team with a full brief and an introduction to the sport at their pace before they take to the track, they can then have a go and take on more speed or control, if they want to, as they progress.   Ollie adds:  “Access Karting is really important to us, whatever needs a person has, we will do our best to accommodate them and give them a karting experience to remember.  In the past we have had participants with a whole range of needs; one young lady that was blind had such a great time that she felt confident enough to take the wheel herself, we lowered the speed of the kart and I stayed next to her to guide her around the track – she and her parents were really pleased.” Access Karting is available on request; bookings must be made in advance to discuss the requirements of the participant.   To find out more about Formula Fast, visit the website at: www.formulafast.co.uk or call the team on: 01908 904111.  Keep up with the latest news and join the chat at www.facebook.com/formulafastkarting.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/ACCESS-KARTING-FOR-ALL-AT-FORMULA-FAST A1B07B8980C5ACF5EF69CFF16EBB1F42 Mon, 11 May 2015 11:11:30 +0000 Air traffic control gallery opens at The National Museum of Computing Air traffic control gallery opens at The National Museum of Computing An air traffic control gallery opened at The National Museum of Computing today featuring interactive exhibits highlighting the past, present and future of air traffic control. Sponsored by NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic management company, the setting of the gallery in The National Museum of Computing has particular historic resonance because Bletchley Park, where the museum is located, was previously home to the company’s engineering training college. The new gallery will appeal to a wide cross-section of the public and offer insights into the behind-the-scenes world that supports everyday air travel. It highlights the pervasiveness of computing in the modern world and how much progress has been made in a few decades. It will have a particular role in TNMOC’s Learning Programme by giving a glimpse of the variety of opportunities that careers in computer science and engineering can offer.   The centre-piece of the gallery is a high-fidelity Air Traffic Control Simulator that gives visitors a real sense of what it is like to be an air traffic controller at a NATS control centre or major airport today. In replay mode, visitors can observe aircraft movements on a panoramic three-screen virtual airport or a Control Centre radar display and listen to radio transmits between the controllers and pilots. In interactive mode, visitors can take up position at the simulators and experience, hands-on, being a controller while a member of the museum team acts as a pilot, flying the simulated aircraft in response to commands from the visitors. The gallery also features an historic green-screen, round IRIS radar display (an investigative radar recording system) with working 1970’s PDP-11 hardware that has been restored to working order by TNMOC volunteers. This eye-catching console and screen operated behind closed doors at NATS Control Centre in West Drayton for 25 years until it was decommissioned in 2008. Alongside the displays is a representation of NATS history interspersed with video footage, as well as artefacts such as the first National Airspace System (NAS) logbook and the final flight strip for Concorde. Gary Gibson, Engineering General Manager NATS, said: “NATS has historic ties with Bletchley and so we were delighted to continue our association with this new exhibition. The NATS Engineering Training section was at Bletchley Park from 1947 to 1993 and I personally worked at the Park from 1983 to 1993. The NATS gallery is an ideal addition to The National Museum of Computing’s displays. Air traffic control is a fascinating subject and one which we’re sure the public will enjoy learning about and interacting with. In keeping with the training link, the new gallery was designed, built and installed by the current NATS Apprentices and Graduates as part of their development programme – they’ve done a fantastic job.” Tim Reynolds, Chairman of The National Museum of Computing, said: “This new gallery is a great addition to TNMOC’s history of computing by showing a specific application area and how far it has developed in such a short time. The behind-the-scenes look and hands-on opportunities will certainly appeal to our visitors and will advance our aims in inspiring and enthusing the next generation of engineers and computer scientists.” http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Air-traffic-control-gallery-opens-at-The-National-Museum-of-Computing 6E4243F5511FD6EF0F03E9F386D54403 Thu, 14 May 2015 02:15:22 +0000 Casino's Super-Sized screen to show summer of sports It wouldn’t be Milton Keynes’ super casino if it wasn’t showing this summer’s biggest sporting events on the city’s largest screen! So this summer, The Casino MK is inviting sports fans to settle into one of the comfiest seats in town to watch all of the top sporting action on its massive 192 inch screen. Visitors can enjoy the ultimate sports bar experience with cinema-style seating to soak up the atmosphere. “We want The Casino MK to be known as THE place in Milton Keynes to watch all the action, drama, and nail-biting moments from this summer’s sporting events”; said Luke Perkins, deputy general manager at The Casino MK. “With Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and The Ashes all still to come on our big screen, why watch the action anywhere else?” For further details visit The Casino MK, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, go to www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Casinos-Super-Sized-screen-to-show-summer-of-sports 0A4BBCEDA17A6253386BC9EB45240E25 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:21:02 +0000 Race is on to find England's Greatest Sporting Destination Could Milton Keynes win VisitEngland’s search for the country’s most popular sports destination? In celebration of this year’s sporting events, which include next weekend’s vintage cycle race, L’Eroica, and Rugby World Cup 2015 the national tourist board is on a quest to find the country’s top sporting destination, and has asked the public to send in their own nominations. By submitting an image of their “home of sport” – be it stadium:mk, Planet Ice Arena or a hidden gem of a village cricket green - sports fans will help decide the jewel in England’s sporting crown, no mean feat in a country that is world-renowned for its sporting heritage. VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, James Berresford, says: “As the birthplace of rugby, football, cricket, punting and the modern Olympic Games, the home of iconic venues such as Old Trafford, Wimbledon and Aintree, and the host to world-class sporting events - Henley Royal Regatta and the Americas Cup, to name just two – England’s sporting heritage is something that truly sets us apart from other destinations. Additionally, our green and pleasant land provides jaw-dropping backdrops to a whole host of popular pursuits, from hiking and running to abseiling and coasteering, making the search literally country-wide.” To help find England’s sporting capital, simply upload a picture of your own home of sport to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HomeOfSport with a snappy (you’ve only got 140 characters, remember!) tell them why Milton Keynes should be the #HomeOfSport. Approved nominations will appear on a national sports wall at www.englandhomeofsport.com and will be entered into a prize draw to win a selection of sporting experiences. Entries open today, 10 June, and close at midnight on 31 August 2015, after which an expert panel will work through the nominations to establish a shortlist of sporting hubs. The shortlist will open to public vote on 16 September, with the destination that receives the highest number of votes announced as England’s Home of Sport on 23 October. Criteria for the winning destination will include: breadth of sporting experiences, diverse and beautiful backdrops and interesting sports trivia or claims to fame. Upload your image to Instagram or Twitter using #HomeOfSport, or visit www.englandhomeofsport.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Race-is-on-to-find-Englands-Greatest-Sporting-Destination 6DE59D960D3BB8A6346C058930F3CD28 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 01:45:50 +0000 Calling all dancers and musicians across MK Are you a dancer or musician in Milton Keynes who would like to be part of something special this October? If the answer is yes, The Parks Trust would like to hear from you. Applications are now open to all music and dance groups and individuals of various styles and genres in Milton Keynes. Sign up today to have the chance of being involved in the ‘ROOTS’ showcase this October. ‘ROOTS’ is the name of a show that aims to encourage artists to explore their cultural roots through music and dance. The show will have two, 40-minute halves, and will take place on Sunday October 11 2015, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes as part of Milton Keynes’ Rugby World Cup 2015 official Fanzone. Artistic Director Helen Parlor, who is programming the show said; “I am keen to attract groups who have different styles and energies so we can demonstrate a range of international styles and influences and really showcase what Milton Keynes has to offer. “Whether you are part of a Breakdancing Crew or a Kathak dance group – all styles are welcome to apply and help us to celebrate Rugby World Cup 2015 in Milton Keynes. “We will also be looking for musicians or music groups to perform alongside the dance, so whether you are a Bhangra group or play the saxophone, we would like to hear from you.” Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement, at The Parks Trust, said: “This is a fantastic chance for all musicians and dancers to be part of a real community event where you can all come together and put on a fabulous show. With Rugby World Cup 2015 hosting three matches in Milton Keynes this October and Campbell Park being a central part of Milton Keynes’ celebrations, you can sign up today to be part of something special.” How to Apply Stage One: Send an expression of interest about your group or practice to helen@helenparlor.co.uk stating what it is you would like to present and in your style. Stage Two: If successful through stage one, Helen Parlor will then arrange to visit your group or practice to observe the work and discuss the potential involvement and provide any additional artistic direction. Please note: All applicants must be available on Saturday October 10 for a dress/technical rehearsal and for the performance on the October 11 from 9am to 3pm.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Calling-all-dancers-and-musicians-across-MK 0B6A27E2BFCB010E762109F0D2E042DC Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:05:35 +0000 Family activities all summer long at Snozone MK Families will be entertained all summer at Snozone Milton Keynes starting with Snozone’s Family Fun Day on 11th July between 11am-4pm.  Children can see Peppa Pig at intervals throughout the day, as well as circus workshops, a mini cinema, arts & crafts, soft play and appearances from Snozone’s Snow Queen and Iron Man – all absolutely free! Out on the real snow slopes families can enjoy exhilarating sledging sessions, private ski and snowboard lessons or simply the thrills of snowsports on the main slopes. Summer is the best time to learn a brand new sport – the slopes are far quieter than in the ‘main’ season, yet our snow remains the highest quality! Families can learn and play together with fantastic offers – save £175 on family private ski & snowboard lessons for only £99, or book a family sledging pass for only £45.99!  Plus from 1st August, one hour snowboarding lessons will start from an amazing £17.99 only! Snozone has now taught over 1.75m people to ski & snowboard with the best indoor snow school in the UK! Snozone is a fantastic family day out in an all weather destination with plenty of entertainment all under one roof – so stay active and create the coolest memories this summer! Snozone’s popular ski & snowboard Snocamps for children aged 7-15yrs return 27th July – 4th Sept for both beginners and experienced riders including outdoor games and wakeboarding! From 8.30am-5.30pm they’re ideal for working parents – from £50 per day or £225 per week.  Unique Freestyle camps are also running 5-7th & 19-21st August @ £180 – learn to ride Snozone’s award winning parks with expert coaching!   Email salesmk@snozoneuk.com to book. Please note all lessons and sledging sessions will need to be pre-booked via the website www.snozoneuk.com or by contacting the sales team on 0871 222 5673.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Family-activities-all-summer-long-at-Snozone-MK 5BF73BC6C6E6775D472621264309A88B Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:01:37 +0000 The Beach Returns to Milton Keynes With the country in the grips of a heatwave and the summer holidays fast approaching, centre:mk is delighted to announce the return of a family favourite event, “The Beach”. Now in its 6th year The Beach will once again see Middleton Hall transformed into MK’s very own seaside resort complete with a sandy beach, dining pier, fun fair and deck chairs.   Shaun Rhodes, Head of Marketing, centre:mk “We are delighted to welcome the beach back to centre:mk.  It takes over 100 tonnes of sand to transform Middleton Hall into a piece of the seaside, which takes a lot of planning.  It’s become one of our most popular annual free events and this year the beach will be in situ for longer than ever before” The beach will open in Middleton Hall this Saturday 4th July and remain open daily through until 31st August. Entry to the beach is free of charge. www.thecentremk.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Beach-Returns-to-Milton-Keynes- 4CCB2D64B8159636A44B29FE2E62A841 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:22:19 +0000 Feel the need for speed at Formula Fast Karting With the Silverstone Grand Prix taking place this weekend, motorsport fans will be feeling the urge to get behind the wheel and feel the thrill of the race.  The best place to start is karting and there’s nowhere better than Formula Fast Karting. The indoor track in Bletchley boasts a 500 metre track with 12 technical corners designed with the help of Formula One professionals.  It’s widely known that Lewis Hamilton is just one of the professional drivers that started his career on the karting track; it’s the ideal introduction to the world of motorsport.  Formula Fast has a fleet of Sodi GT-5s with Honda GX200 engines which have a top speed of 50mph.  The fastest lap ever recorded is 32.371. There are various open events taking place for juniors this summer.  The Junior Academy delivers plenty of mileage and speed related fun for all standards.  It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained during the holidays; this event takes place on Friday 24 July and includes plenty of karting, driver feedback, on and off track entertainment, and lunch at the end.  Towards the end of the holidays on Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 August, the Junior Race School takes place, which is ideal for those keen to improve technique, reduce lap times and generally progress their racing; the tuition-focused format works on all aspects of driving performance. There are also open events for adults including monthly championships, Fast Fridays and Super Sundays.   To find out more about Formula Fast, visit the website at: www.formulafast.co.uk or call the team on: 01908 904111.  Keep up with the latest news and join the chat at www.facebook.com/formulafastkarting.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Feel-the-need-for-speed-at-Formula-Fast-Karting 16837163FEE34175358A47E0B51485FF Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:50:57 +0000 intu MK reveals new General Manager intu Milton Keynes is delighted to announce the arrival of its new general manager, Shelley Peppard who has replaced the long standing, popular and now retired, Martin Hindson. Joining intu Milton Keynes fresh from her role as general manager at intu Uxbridge, Peppard is already making plans to enhance the shopper experience to the city centre that will consolidate intu as the number one fashion location in the region. A first step in a programme of improvements, and suitably fitting to Peppard’s approachable and genial character, is a giant pink handbag. She says, “I want people to instantly know that they are walking into intu Milton Keynes and that it is a completely different experience. The giant pink handbag is fun, bold and screams ‘welcome to intu’ – this is what we’re all about.” Other large objects are due to appear in the centre over the coming months plus new ‘Club Lounge’ areas for shoppers to relax,  unwind which will “allow our guests the chance to take the weight off their feet,” Peppard says. “One of my key focuses is to improve the customer experience, which means making small changes and improvements to give people something new and exciting to talk about. I want people to wonder what intu Milton Keynes will come up with next and then leave with a huge smile on their face. “Intu Milton Keynes is a great shopping centre but it needs more of the ‘intu’ touch”. Milton Keynes is a great canvas for me to bring my experience and ideas to, try something different and edgy and if it works then great and if it doesn’t we’ll try something else.” At a potentially exciting time when the decision on the development plans is currently being considered, Peppard can confirm there is significant interest from new retailers that haven’t been seen in Milton Keynes before. Peppard says: “We want to bring fashionable brands to the centre that will appeal to our core, aspirational market. We are the busiest part of the city centre and with Milton Keynes being pinned as a ‘city to watch’, we should be the first port of call for retailers expanding out of London.” Peppard has spent her life in retail working her way up from a Saturday worker to shop manager, area manager and regional manager for companies including Mothercare, Ernest Jones and T-Mobile. “You won’t find me hiding in the office away from the action. I’m a believer in fully submerging myself in everything going on, talking to customers, helping out with our events and getting to know the people of Milton Keynes.” She adds. Part of Shelley Peppard’s vision is to work more with the local community, the arts and schools to make sure intu Milton Keynes plays an important role in making MK a great place for people to visit. An increase in the number of events in intu Milton Keynes will be overseen by Peppard, she says: “I want intu Milton Keynes to be known by everyone as putting on the best events in the region and for people to change their plans when they know we have something going on.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-MK-reveals-new-General-Manager 1B84C4CEE2B8B3D823B30E2D604B1878 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:47:03 +0000 Ditch the device and go gadget free with Xscape Unplugged This summer, Xscape Milton Keynes is asking you to ditch the device, shut down your screens and join the region’s ultimate entertainment destination for an active summer of family fun with Xscape Unplugged. During July and August, Xscape MK will be offering visitors a digital detox, with a variety of family-fun activities to enjoy. Kicking off on Friday 10 July, visitors to the mall will be greeted by an Unplugged check-in point, encouraging families to put down their smartphones and spend quality time together. What’s more, visitors will have the chance to win a £500 Xscape Gift card by having their photo taken for the giant ‘Book of Faces’ that will feature in the mall throughout Xscape Unplugged. There’s also the chance to enjoy music every Friday in the mall and at The Casino MK in the evening, giant board games and arts and crafts for all ages, plus an innovative pedal powered cinema coming to Xscape MK in August. Snozone is hosting a fun packed family event on Saturday 11 July, 11am - 4pm.  Children can see Peppa Pig at intervals throughout the day, with free entertainment including circus workshops, Xscape’s only indoor soft play area and a special visit from Snozone’s snow queen plus fantastic family offers on the indoor real snow slopes. “Throughout July and August we’ve got a whole host of offers available to help families ditch their devices and try new a new and exciting activity. Whether it’s sledging, skiing or snowboarding, there’s something for everyone” said Elena Kale, group commercial manager at Snozone. Speaking of Xscape Unplugged, Ross Jordon, general manager of Xscape Milton Keynes said: “In today’s digital age, we’re all guilty of being glued to our smartphones and tablets; could you imagine going a whole day without trawling through Facebook, sending a Tweet or checking to see if an email has come in?” “Xscape Unplugged is a chance for families to go gadget free and spend some quality time together, without any technology!” To find out more, visit www.xscape.co.uk, like Xscape MK on Facebook, and keep up to date with the latest events at the centre by following @XscapeMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Xscape-Unplugged 02F063C236C7EEF66324B432B748D15D Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:54:51 +0000 Super Casino gives customers the chance to set sail this summer The Casino MK, the largest casino outside of London, is living up to its super casino title by giving away 14 luxury Royal Caribbean Cruises this summer.   Following its exciting Ready, Steady, Jet prize draw these lucky winners will walk away from the super casino with an all-inclusive Royal Caribbean Cruise sailing to Vigo, Seville, Lisbon, Gibraltar and Barcelona. Throughout July and August, visitors to the Home of the Big Win can pick up a free entry ticket every day from the customer loyalty desk, simply by signing up to The Casino MK’s innovative Aspire loyalty scheme. The prize draws will take place on Thursday 30 July and Thursday 27 August at 9pm, with seven winners to be chosen in each draw. Winners must be present at each draw to claim their prize, so don’t miss out and make sure you’re at the super casino in time to submit your entries. “Whilst we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a heatwave recently, we all know that our weather is more often showers than sunshine, so our exciting Win a Cruise prize draw is a chance to beat the British summer-time blues with a holiday of a life time,” said Luke Perkins, deputy general manager at The Casino MK. “Already this year, we’ve given our customers the chance to get away from it all with a trip to any European destination of their choice,” continues Luke. “Now we’re raising the stakes with the chance to win a massive 14 cruises this summer, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the prize draws in the coming months.” To find out more about the prize draw visit The Casino MK, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, go to www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Super-Casino-gives-customers-the-chance-to-set-sail-this-summer 1A260649DAC0DDB2290F609A13F4B814 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 01:39:07 +0000 Sun, sand and shopping with intu Milton Keynes intu Milton Keynes is excited to unveil the newest addition to the shopping centre, just in time for the summer holidays: a real sandpit! Little ones are invited to take a break and play in the brand new sandpit. Dig, scoop, draw, explore and even build sandcastles – the sandpit provides free fun for little ones and is a great way to keep them entertained during shopping trips. Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “At intu we pride ourselves on our focus on customer experience and love coming up with quirky ways to brighten up people’s day. The sandpit is a great addition to the centre and is already proving extremely popular. It’s another way that we are encouraging children’s creativity alongside all our Kids’ Club activities.” The sandpit is located beneath the ‘Frog Clock’ at intu Milton Keynes. The intu Milton Keynes Kids’ Club is open to children of all ages; parents can sign up at the customer information desk any time.  Membership is free of charge and children that sign up will receive a goody bag, be the first to hear about exciting events as well as invited to exclusive ones, and will be invited to enjoy Lily Pad Parties with the club mascot, Bobby Bubbles.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Sun-sand-and-shopping-with-intu-Milton-Keynes 9A0684D9DAD4967DDD09594511DE2C52 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 01:52:32 +0000 History of Rugby in Milton Keynes - Can you help? Do you have photos, programmes, rugby souvenirs or memories you’d be willing to share? To coincide with the Rugby World Cup 2015 coming to Milton Keynes this October, Living Archive MK has been successfully awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to document the history of Rugby in Milton Keynes. We want to collect personal testimonies, photographs, film and memorabilia to record the history of Rugby in Milton Keynes over the last 100 years. The material you loan us will be used to create a collection of film stories, a website, an exhibition, a book and help build the History of Rugby archive. We would like to borrow items for our exhibition, record them to the archive and return them to you. Please contact us at Living Archive MK   Tel: 01908 332568             email: rugbyheritagemk@gmail.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/History-of-Rugby-in-Milton-Keynes-Can-you-help FE74074593F21197B7B7BE3C08678616 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:02:08 +0000 Centenary exhibition at Milton Keynes Museum Local branches of the UK’s best-loved organisation for women – the WI – are celebrating its centenary with a fascinating exhibition at Milton Keynes Museum. Running throughout July and August, the exhibition features everything from historic documents and scrapbooks to stunning samplers and hand-knitted cakes. Among the exhibits are a series of colourful banners representing the branches – and telling their history. For instance, Bradwell’s banner features the stocks which used to sit at the bottom of Primrose Lane. While Newton Longville’s includes an even grimmer reminder of the past – the gallows which existed until 1880 in a field off the Drayton Road. For Thornborough and Thornton WI, the exhibition is a chance to remind people that the modern WI is about more than jam and Jerusalem. Its display includes memorabilia from a novel Grab a Handful fundraiser, for which members donated old bras and then competed to see how many they could remove one-handed from a washing line in 30 seconds. Both the bras and the money raised were sent to support projects and people in Sierre Leone. But there are also reminders of WI members’ traditional talent for cooking and other creative crafts, among them a giant collage featuring the faces and places of Stony Stratford High St in exquisite detail. Each local branch has contributed its own display to the exhibition, and there is also video footage – and the sounds of Jerusalem being sung And though you won’t be able to eat the knitted cakes, the museum’s own café is open and serving tip-top sponges and treats, baked up by long-serving volunteer and WI stalwart Diane Roder. The exhibition continues in the café where a timeline records the WI’s success in 1979 in lobbying for exemption for WI kitchens for making and selling jam. You’ll find the exhibition in the gallery space at Milton Keynes Museum, whose opening times can be found on the website – www.mkmuseum.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Centenary-exhibition-at-Milton-Keynes-Museum EB21CC0143D96DBC8E3A58F1A81E4DD2 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:55:35 +0000 Centenary exhibition opens at MK Museum Local branches of the UK’s best-loved organisation for women – the WI – are celebrating its centenary with a fascinating exhibition at Milton Keynes Museum. Running throughout July and August, the exhibition features everything from historic documents and scrapbooks to stunning samplers and hand-knitted cakes. Among the exhibits are a series of colourful banners representing the branches – and telling their history. For instance, Bradwell’s banner features the stocks which used to sit at the bottom of Primrose Lane. While Newton Longville’s includes an even grimmer reminder of the past – the gallows which existed until 1880 in a field off the Drayton Road. For Thornborough and Thornton WI, the exhibition is a chance to remind people that the modern WI is about more than jam and Jerusalem. Its display includes memorabilia from a novel Grab a Handful fundraiser, for which members donated old bras and then competed to see how many they could remove one-handed from a washing line in 30 seconds. Both the bras and the money raised were sent to support projects and people in Sierre Leone. But there are also reminders of WI members’ traditional talent for cooking and other creative crafts, among them a giant collage featuring the faces and places of Stony Stratford High St in exquisite detail. Each local branch has contributed its own display to the exhibition, and there is also video footage – and the sounds of Jerusalem being sung And though you won’t be able to eat the knitted cakes, the museum’s own café is open and serving tip-top sponges and treats, baked up by long-serving volunteer and WI stalwart Diane Roder. The exhibition continues in the café where a timeline records the WI’s success in 1979 in lobbying for exemption for WI kitchens for making and selling jam. You’ll find the exhibition in the gallery space at Milton Keynes Museum, whose opening times can be found on the website – www.mkmuseum.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Centenary-exhibition-opens-at-MK-Museum 9381FC93AD66F9EC4B2EEF71147A6665 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:57:40 +0000 Mario Kart comes to life at Formula Fast It is the ultimate nostalgic computer race game and recently the team at Formula Fast Karting brought Mario Kart to life. Mario, Luigi, the Princess and even a couple of mushrooms and a banana took to MK’s number one indoor karting track for a day of racing. After four hours of back-to-back speeding around the circuit, the ultimate winner was crowned as Luigi (one of four)! “It was an amazing day, no bananas or turtle shells were thrown on the track, and everyone really got into the spirit of the day, especially the staff,” said: Ollie Fox Owner and Race Director at Formula Fast. “We were approached by a private party who wanted to create a super Mario day and we simply made it happen for them. I would personally like to thank you to the organiser Bill, who even gave me a Mario hat as a present and thank you for dealing with his many Mario related questions and emails.” To find out more about Formula Fast, visit the website at: www.formulafast.co.uk or call the team on: 01908 904111.  Keep up with the latest news and join the chat at www.facebook.com/formulafastkarting.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Mario-Kart-comes-to-life-at-Formula-Fast 0E9B734AA25CA8096CB7B56DC0DD8929 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:25:23 +0000 Fledgling Peregrine on the roof of stadiummk flies the nest A single Peregrine was spotted at stadiummk in 2013 during the football season. Its pursuit of pigeons has been witnessed by thousands of football spectators during the 2013-14 football season! This February 2015, a pair of Peregrines were seen for the first time and later nested in an old crow’s nest in the upper reaches of the stadiummk roofline.   Martin Kincaid, Biodiversity Officer at The Parks Trust, said: “The great news is, the fledgling Peregrine has flown the nest this July 2015, this is a first for Milton Keynes and only the second known breeding site in Buckinghamshire. “It’s really exciting that these spectacular birds have chosen to nest in stadiummk and have successfully raised their first chick. We look forward to working with MK Dons to ensure that they can nest safely in years to come.” Senior Investigations Officer, RSPB, Mark Thomas said: “Peregrines are doing really well in urban areas but I think this might be the first ever pair to breed on a football ground, something for everyone to cheer!” Later this year, a nesting platform will be installed in the stadium offering the birds an improved nesting site. Buckinghamshire Bird Club will help to monitor the birds and ring the young each year. Fact File by Martin Kincaid, Biodiversity Officer at The Parks Trust: The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is the world’s fastest predatory animal.  In their hunting stoops they can reach speeds of 180 mph. In the 1960s and 1970s, Peregrines were close to extinction in England. This was largely as a result of the actions of egg collectors. Peregrine eggs were highly sought after. They were also victims of DDT poisoning. Fully protected species in UK and Europe. The UK population has recovered and today there are roughly 1500 nesting pairs. Peregrines feed exclusively on other bird species, notably pigeons and song birds. Over 100 prey species have been noted.  They kill their prey in flight at great speed and carry it back to their feeding ledge or nest. 3-4 eggs are usually laid but only 1-2 birds usually survive to fledge. The male is called the Tiercel and the female is called the Falcon.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Fledgling-Peregrine-on-the-roof-of-stadiummk-flies-the-nest 5CC4BB753030A3D804351B2DFEC0D8B5 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:20:43 +0000 Royal Patron opens WW1 exhibition at Bletchley Park HRH The Duke of Kent, Bletchley Park’s Royal Patron, has officially opened the major new exhibition about codebreaking during World War One, The Road to Bletchley Park. The Duke met the design team and sponsors behind the exhibition, BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, before announcing it officially open. He was escorted around the Visitor Centre in Block C by the Chairman and CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, experiencing along the way the exhibition, Secrets Revealed, Introducing Bletchley Park.   The Royal party then took in the Bletchley Park: Rescued and Restored exhibition inside Hut 12 and explored the newly restored Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6, followed by more recently created exhibitions in The Mansion, including Commander Denniston’s Office and The Imitation Game, The Exhibition about the Oscar-winning film.   Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, said “This exhibition tells an essential part of the Bletchley Park story. The Great War took place at a time of rapid technological change and innovation. Cable, wireless, codes and codebreaking were central to this revolution. The work of British interception and Codebreakers achieved outstanding success. As in World War Two, our country was at the cutting edge of technology, where it always needs to be. In the Great War the foundations were laid, and the leadership prepared, for the triumphs of Bletchley Park.”   About The Road to Bletchley Park The story of signals intelligence in WW1 is an untold but crucial one, because a large number of those involved went on to work with the newly formed Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919, which then relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. Sarah Ralph, Bletchley Park’s WW1 Exhibition Research Coordinator, says “Their efforts from 1914 to 1918 allowed the Codebreakers to hit the ground running at the outbreak of WW2.”   The first phase of this fascinating exhibition, now open in the Visitor Centre in Block C at Bletchley Park, introduces the two very separate codebreaking organisations working in WW1: MI1(b), set up by the War Office, and Room 40, established by the Navy. They were each fighting a secret war, behind the scenes in London offices.   The work of these two distinct organisations, each with their own hierarchies and objectives, was dependent on what was then brand new technology. One key exhibit is a replica of a Marconi crystal receiver listening set. Sarah adds “Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other’s codes and gain valuable intelligence.”   The exhibition also delves into some of the key characters involved in codebreaking during both wars. Sarah says “One of my favourite exhibits related to the work in Room 40 is a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships. I love this book. It’s an exhaustive catalogue of every nation’s warships. Every time a ship was sunk (Room 40 staff) would cross out the name. It’s a very physical way of marking the conflict’s progress.”   Alice in ID25 republished to celebrate WW1 exhibition The Bletchley Park Trust is delighted to republish a unique parody of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice in ID25 poked fun at the wartime work of the Naval Intelligence codebreaking section Room 40, which became known from 1917 as ID25.   Originally written by the Codebreakers Frank Birch and Dilly Knox at the end of WW1, it was performed privately as a pantomime in London in December 1918. The parody described life in Room 40 and the people who worked there, and remained under wraps for many decades afterwards.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Royal-Patron-opens-WW1-exhibition-at-Bletchley-Park 5E62D03AEC0D17FACFC5355DD90D441C Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:40:55 +0000 Summer Bytes returns to National Museum of Computing Throughout August, the Summer Bytes Festival at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Bletchley Park is set to enthral families and get them being creative digitally. Summer Bytes, supported by Bloomberg, is in famous Block H, the home of Colossus and The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park. It will be open every afternoon from 12 noon to 5pm for everyone to come and see the wonders of computing past, present and future -- with lots of hands-on opportunities. There will be retro computer games, competitions, lots of pop-up events and the brand new Air Traffic Control simulation to keep everyone enthralled and entertained. Amongst the pop-up events (see www.tnmoc.org/bytes for dates and times) will be: Who is Listening? – use vintage 1970’s equipment to find hidden surveillance bugs in the library of The National Museum of Computing. Women in Computing – special tours highlighting great achievements of women in technology. Meet the MicroBit – BBC’s MicroBit will be there to play with – and you can compare it to that wonder machine of the 1980s – the Beeb, BBC Micro.                         Coding the BBC micro – with opportunities to code using today’s web-based resources.                                                 Code breaking – learn how to encrypt and decrypt your own codes and ciphers in a drop in workshop. Enigma and friends – get hands-on with famous wartime machines like the Enigma and more.   Play the brand new Elite: Dangerous – you can even compare it to the original famous 1980’s BBC Micro Elite game.   Build your own App – a drop in workshop to build your own app with App Inventor.   Daytime Astronomy – stargaze in broad daylight. It gets more popular each year. Techno Sound – get digital and creative with computer sounds and music   See the core of Apple – a sample of the TNMOC collection with Apple technology from the 1980s to today.   And lots more including the ever-popular LEGO room with robots and more.   Many families buy a Big Bytes ticket so that they can return throughout the summer to take part and explore the many wonders of the Museum.   Keep an eye on the website to hear the latest and see the timetable of events: www.tnmoc.org/bytes   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Summer-Bytes-returns-to-National-Museum-of-Computing 985E9A46E10005356BBAF194249F6856 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:37:45 +0000 Stay switched off this summer with Xscape Unplugged It’s not often that we’re encouraged not to check in on Facebook or share what you’re up to on Twitter nowadays, but Xscape is asking families to do just that with Xscape Unplugged. In today’s digital age, we can all admit to spending a little too much time glued to a screen and switched on to our mobiles, tablets and televisions. The facts are there to prove it too... A recent survey of 6,000 UK parents* found that the average parent with a smartphone uses it a whopping 240 times a day; that’s the equivalent of around four hours a day staring at a screen! It’s not just a parent-problem either; more than 80% of secondary school age children in the UK own a smartphone.** To remind us of what’s really important in life, Milton Keynes’ leading entertainment destination, Xscape, is asking families to go gadget free and enjoy some family fun activities to suit all ages. This August, Xscape will be bringing some larger-than-life versions of some of our favourite apps to the centre including a kamikaze catapult game and buccaneer battleships that are guaranteed to make even the most avid gadget-lovers to ditch their device. There’s also free pop-up Ping Pong at Xscape for all-ages to enjoy thanks to Make a Difference; inspiring young people to make a difference to their lives and the lives of others. What’s more, Xscape is excited to announce that local singing sensation Holly Brewer, rumoured to be appearing on this year’s series of The X Factor will be opening the Xscape Unplugged stage on Friday 7 August at 1pm. The Milton Keynes singer, who recently performed at the celebrity wedding of the year of Mark and Michelle Wright, will be performing an acoustic set live at Xscape as part of a Unplugged sets in the centre. “We’re really excited to have such an eclectic range events for families to enjoy this summer,” said Ross Jordan, general manager at Xscape MK. “Our Unplugged campaign is a chance for people to enjoy a ‘digital detox’ and take part in something new, either with one of our intriguing Unplugged activities or one of our exciting experiences such as snowboarding, skydiving or rock climbing!” To find out more about Xscape Unplugged visit Xscape open 7 days a week from 6.30am, visit www.xscape.co.uk, like Xscape MK on Facebook and follow @XscapeMK on Twitter. *conducted by MyFamilyClub.co.uk ** The Telegraph (2015)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Stay-switched-off-this-summer-with-Xscape-Unplugged 012D9FE15B2493F21902CD55603382EC Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:41:54 +0000 Dennis Menaces intu Milton Keynes Pro-prankster Dennis the Menace surprised shoppers in intu Milton Keynes on Friday, bringing his special brand of humour to the centre for a day of fun and mischief. Dennis had already been up to high-jinks in the centre, giving the beloved concrete cows a Beano makeover in googly eyed glasses and his trademark red and black stripes. On Friday he took the pranks to a new level, visiting many of the stores, including Pret, Levi’s, Gap and the brand new BMW pop-up shop, to play tricks on shoppers and staff. From reorganising the stock to ‘cleaning’ the shiny new cars with his grubby hands, Dennis had people laughing wherever he went. He also found time to pose for snaps with little trouble-makers who just love his cheeky sense of humour.   Kirsty McGiff, marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “The Beano Takeover is a great fun addition to the centre’s offering for children this summer – and I know that getting the chance to meet Dennis himself has been a real high point for loads of young shoppers, as well as nostalgic adults. Dennis even played a prank on me – he left a whoopee cushion on my chair!” The Beano bonanza has taken over the shopping centre since Monday 27 July and runs until Friday 28 August, with plenty of activities and competitions to enjoy. Visitors joining in the fun of the Beano treasure trail will also get to take home a FREE intu edition of The Beano, plus Kids’ Club members who bring along their membership card will receive a free Beano Lanyard and collectable badges. The Beano Takeover is taking place across 15 intu centres across the UK this summer, with mischievous fun for shoppers of all ages. http://intu.co.uk/beano   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Dennis-Menaces-intu-Milton-Keynes 692BAEBEC3BB4B53D7EBC3B9FABAC31B Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:24:26 +0000 Teddy Tennis coming to Xscape MK If you go down to Xscape this Bank Holiday, you’re sure of a big surprise! Xscape Milton Keynes, the region’s ultimate entertainment destination, is serving up a treat for tots this Bank Holiday Weekend with the arrival of Teddy Tennis. On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August, Xscape will host the unique sports experience in the mall for children aged 2 -6 years to get active and learn to play tennis for free. By combining music, pictures and stories Teddy Tennis creates a totally immersive and interactive learning environment to keep the little ones entertained and learn a new skill. Teddy Tennis arrives in Milton Keynes as part of Xscape’s exciting Unplugged campaign; encouraging families to adopt a digital detox this summer and go gadget free with a variety of activities and events for all ages to enjoy. “Teddy Tennis creates a multi-sensory environment for children to learn to play tennis, exercise and most importantly have fun!” said Nick Raper, Head Coach of Teddy Tennis in Milton Keynes. “We’re really excited to be a part of Xscape Unplugged, and will be running a variety of programmes starting in September throughout the region for children to take part in Teddy Tennis.” To find out more visit Xscape, open seven days a week from 6.30am, or go to www.xscape.co.uk/milton-keynes, like Xscape MK on Facebook or follow @XscapeMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Teddy-Tennis-coming-to-Xscape-MK F56D8183992B6C54C92C16A8519A6E2B Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:59:00 +0000 Shrek The Musical set to take ‘ogre’ Milton Keynes Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek The Musical is this year’s must-see show for all the family - and when we say ‘must-see’ you really MUST see it - coming to MK Theatre 18 August to 6 September! Let’s face it, Shrek is an unlikely looking hero but with his loyal (if hugely irritating) steed Donkey, he embarks on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if a little temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad and a gang of fairytale misfits, and you’ve got an all-singing, all-dancing, all-gloriously funny spectacular GIANT of a hit show! The company stars Dean Chisnall as the swamp-dwelling Shrek, the role he previously played in the West End. Bronté Barbé is damsel in distress Princess Fiona. Idriss Kargbo is Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick Donkey and Gerard Carey is pint-sized villain Lord Farquaad. Nigel Harman (well-known, well-loved and consistently well out of order playing a series of bad boys in Eastenders, Downton Abbey and the Sky Living series, Mount Pleasant) has directed the tour. Having played Lord Farquaad in the West End, Nigel came to the role of director knowing exactly how entertaining the show is for both adults and children and determined to make it even more of a monster of a hit. And when you’ve got a full line-up of fairy-tale characters at your disposal, how can you not have fun? So, would you please give a big welcome to the Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio, Three Blind Mice (in stockings and carrying white sticks) some tap dancing rats, a large, low flying dragon, a tortured gingerbread man and, of course, a cross-dressing wolf!   Featuring a great score of all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, Shrek The Musical is making Milton Keynes the biggest, brightest, most beautiful place to be this summer! READ OUR REVIEW HERE Book your tickets now for this Shrektacular monster of a show at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Shrek-The-Musical-set-to-take-ogre-Milton-Keynes- 8A36DFC67EBFBBEA9BD01CD8A4C8AD32 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:39:30 +0000 Shrek The Musical set to take ‘ogre’ Milton Keynes Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek The Musical is this year’s must-see show for all the family - and when we say ‘must-see’ you really MUST see it - coming to MK Theatre 18 August to 6 September! Let’s face it, Shrek is an unlikely looking hero but with his loyal (if hugely irritating) steed Donkey, he embarks on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if a little temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad and a gang of fairytale misfits, and you’ve got an all-singing, all-dancing, all-gloriously funny spectacular GIANT of a hit show! The company stars Dean Chisnall as the swamp-dwelling Shrek, the role he previously played in the West End. Bronté Barbé is damsel in distress Princess Fiona. Idriss Kargbo is Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick Donkey and Gerard Carey is pint-sized villain Lord Farquaad. Nigel Harman (well-known, well-loved and consistently well out of order playing a series of bad boys in Eastenders, Downton Abbey and the Sky Living series, Mount Pleasant) has directed the tour. Having played Lord Farquaad in the West End, Nigel came to the role of director knowing exactly how entertaining the show is for both adults and children and determined to make it even more of a monster of a hit. And when you’ve got a full line-up of fairy-tale characters at your disposal, how can you not have fun? So, would you please give a big welcome to the Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio, Three Blind Mice (in stockings and carrying white sticks) some tap dancing rats, a large, low flying dragon, a tortured gingerbread man and, of course, a cross-dressing wolf!   Featuring a great score of all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, Shrek The Musical is making Milton Keynes the biggest, brightest, most beautiful place to be this summer! Book your tickets now for this Shrektacular monster of a show at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Shrek-The-Musical-set-to-take-ogre-Milton-Keynes 4C7958AE576E324677837D348A133102 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:41:15 +0000 MK Handmade & Vintage Fair returns in September The weekend of 5-6 SEPTEMBER sees the keenly anticipated return of the MK Handmade & Vintage Weekend Extravaganza, one of our region's most popular events. Middleton Hall, in front of John Lewis in thecentre:mk, is transformed into a treasure trove of 128 colourful indoor market stalls, a paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique.  For savvy shoppers who aren’t slaves to high street trends and prices, the event offers an eclectic mix of thousands of handmade and vintage items you won’t find in the shops. Now in its fIfth year and with its high reputation for quality, originality and very affordable prices attracting visitors from across the country, this quarterly event invites the cream of our region's independent designer-makers, artists and vintage/retro sellers – an eclectic mix and an exceptional range of talents.  Forget Brighton or Camden – we think this huge market is better, it's right on our doorstep, it’s indoors, every item is unique, and it’s FREE entry!  For those who haven’t visited before, it’s quite a spectacle and has a great atmosphere. Event organiser, Jacqui Lewis says  “This vibrant event  is established as an excitingly different shopping experience, in the centre of MK.  Our standards are high and our very carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything from furniture to fashions, from jewellery to jukeboxes;  the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky – all exhibitors passionate about what they do, and every item a one-off." For September amongst the stalls we can expect to see are some of the best top-end vintage clothes and accessory sellers in the business, lots of newcomer retro/vintage sellers, some exceptionally talented local interior designers with a reputation for sourcing the gorgeous and unusual, dressmakers, a wide range of collectables, original art, glass-makers, casting for sculptures of children's hands, kitchenalia, unusual handbag makers, luxury handmade natural skincare, jukeboxes, record players and vinyl, mannequins, haberdashery, crocheters and knitters, leather accessories, makers of unique tiles, mirrors, crazy upcycled lamps, handmade pens, quilt makers, luxury teddy bear makers, personalised interior design pieces, furniture - newly made, originally upcycled trendy retro pieces and always a few oddities, our unusual home home-made ice cream bar, and our very own famously quirky Brocant boys with Goodness knows what from their recent haul of the auction houses and brocantes of Europe! Our resident sign-writer will be there with his unique style of sign-written pieces of furniture.  Add into the mix a traditional home brewer, home baking and foodie stalls, unique quirky jewellery refashioned from antique silverware and exquisite silver jewellery encasing real flowers, a vintage collector specialising in top end designer dresses, a Japanese calligraphy and origami expert, and dozens more very special exhibitors – there really is something, old or new, for every one, every age, every home and every occasion. If you love a unique style, high quality items, the thrill of the bargain hunt, and wish to buy local, don’t miss this unique event.  Get along to Middleton Hall – but remember to allow yourself a good few hours to explore everything! The market is there for 2 days only –  Saturday 5th September (9am-7pm) and Sunday 6th September (10.30am-5pm).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Handmade-and-Vintage-Fair-returns-in-September C900FE92840C527A0C54F28640C2F254 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:03:25 +0000 Free events mark 10 years of Heritage Open Days in Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Heritage Open Days mark their 10th anniversary with more than 50 FREE events for local families this September.  Organised by Living Archive with support from Milton Keynes Council, MK Heritage Association and other partners, the annual celebration of the city’s distinctive and world-class heritage, art and culture has grown from just 15 events in 2006. This year, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, thousands of adults and children from Milton Keynes and the surrounding are expected to enjoy exhibitions, workshops, open days, craft events and performances to suit all ages – and all for free over the four days. Paul Sanders, Assistant Director for Milton Keynes Council stated; ‘Heritage Open Days is the annual flagship event for the sector where the Council and our partners can showcase the very best of Milton Keynes’ heritage to a range of enthusiastic audiences.  I am thrilled that Living Archive once again has been able to put such an exciting programme together. With more than two dozen local organisations involved, from major museums to small local venues, there’ll be something happening in every corner of Milton Keynes and beyond. A small sample of the activities on offer includes:    Celebrate the apple! at York House, Stony Stratford. Meet local apple experts, learn about the traditions of apple growing, harvesting, juice- and cider-making. Saturday 12 September, 1-4pm Get on your bike for Skyride Local, a fantastic range of free guided cycle rides exploring Milton Keynes over Heritage Open Days weekend and on other dates too. See www.goskyride.com/milton-keynes or ring 01908 254728 Enjoy the Olney Food Festival festivities in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of the Cowper and Newton Museum. Museum open Thursday 10 to Sunday 13, 10.30 am-4.30 pm, Food Festival Saturday and Sunday only Celebrate Milton Keynes skate culture with a skate jam at the Buszy plaza in central Milton Keynes. Saturday 12 September, 12 noon-4pm See inside the Willis Pipe organ, now in its final phase of restoration, and talk to the organ builders at St Mary and St Giles church, Stony Stratford, Saturday 12 September, 10am-3.30pm World War Two codebreaking centre Bletchley Park is giving away 200 free tickets. For details call 01908 272684 or see www.bletchleypark.org.uk For details of many more activities and events happening in and around Milton Keynes 10-13 September go to: www.mkheritageopendays.com.  You can also follow MKHODs on Twitter using #MKHODs. Or pick up a leaflet from your local library or various outlets around Milton Keynes or to download one click the link below: 2015 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - downloadable leaflet About Heritage Open Days? Heritage Open Days are an annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture. They are among England's biggest and most popular voluntary cultural events, attracting some 800,000 people every year. Heritage Open Days in Milton Keynes are managed by Living Archive Milton Keynes, on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Free-events-mark-10-years-of-Heritage-Open-Days-in-Milton-Keynes 40AFD3A37CCA05EFE623B7509855C73A Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:18:19 +0000 Free events mark 10 years of Heritage Open Days in Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Heritage Open Days mark their 10th anniversary with more than 50 FREE events for local families this September.  Organised by Living Archive with support from Milton Keynes Council, MK Heritage Association and other partners, the annual celebration of the city’s distinctive and world-class heritage, art and culture has grown from just 15 events in 2006. This year, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, thousands of adults and children from Milton Keynes and the surrounding are expected to enjoy exhibitions, workshops, open days, craft events and performances to suit all ages – and all for free over the four days. Paul Sanders, Assistant Director for Milton Keynes Council stated; ‘Heritage Open Days is the annual flagship event for the sector where the Council and our partners can showcase the very best of Milton Keynes’ heritage to a range of enthusiastic audiences.  I am thrilled that Living Archive once again has been able to put such an exciting programme together. With more than two dozen local organisations involved, from major museums to small local venues, there’ll be something happening in every corner of Milton Keynes and beyond. A small sample of the activities on offer includes:    Celebrate the apple! at York House, Stony Stratford. Meet local apple experts, learn about the traditions of apple growing, harvesting, juice- and cider-making. Saturday 12 September, 1-4pm Get on your bike for Skyride Local, a fantastic range of free guided cycle rides exploring Milton Keynes over Heritage Open Days weekend and on other dates too. See www.goskyride.com/milton-keynes or ring 01908 254728 Enjoy the Olney Food Festival festivities in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of the Cowper and Newton Museum. Museum open Thursday 10 to Sunday 13, 10.30 am-4.30 pm, Food Festival Saturday and Sunday only Celebrate Milton Keynes skate culture with a skate jam at the Buszy plaza in central Milton Keynes. Saturday 12 September, 12 noon-4pm See inside the Willis Pipe organ, now in its final phase of restoration, and talk to the organ builders at St Mary and St Giles church, Stony Stratford, Saturday 12 September, 10am-3.30pm World War Two codebreaking centre Bletchley Park is giving away 200 free tickets. For details call 01908 272684 or see www.bletchleypark.org.uk For details of many more activities and events happening in and around Milton Keynes 10-13 September go to: www.mkheritageopendays.com.  You can also follow MKHODs on Twitter using #MKHODs. Or pick up a leaflet from your local library or various outlets around Milton Keynes or to download one click the link below: 2015 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - downloadable leaflet About Heritage Open Days? Heritage Open Days are an annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture. They are among England's biggest and most popular voluntary cultural events, attracting some 800,000 people every year. Heritage Open Days in Milton Keynes are managed by Living Archive Milton Keynes, on behalf of Milton Keynes Council. http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Free-events-mark-10-years-of-Heritage-Open-Days-in-Milton-Keynes- B1790A55A67906C18BD9A046E17C5935 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:20:00 +0000 Royal Patron opens WW1 exhibition at Bletchley Park HRH The Duke of Kent, Bletchley Park’s Royal Patron, has officially opened the major new exhibition about codebreaking during World War One, The Road to Bletchley Park. The Duke met the design team and sponsors behind the exhibition, BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, before announcing it officially open. He was escorted around the Visitor Centre in Block C by the Chairman and CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, experiencing along the way the exhibition, Secrets Revealed, Introducing Bletchley Park.   The Royal party then took in the Bletchley Park: Rescued and Restored exhibition inside Hut 12 and explored the newly restored Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6, followed by more recently created exhibitions in The Mansion, including Commander Denniston’s Office and The Imitation Game, The Exhibition about the Oscar-winning film.   Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, said “This exhibition tells an essential part of the Bletchley Park story. The Great War took place at a time of rapid technological change and innovation. Cable, wireless, codes and codebreaking were central to this revolution. The work of British interception and Codebreakers achieved outstanding success. As in World War Two, our country was at the cutting edge of technology, where it always needs to be. In the Great War the foundations were laid, and the leadership prepared, for the triumphs of Bletchley Park.”   About The Road to Bletchley Park The story of signals intelligence in WW1 is an untold but crucial one, because a large number of those involved went on to work with the newly formed Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919, which then relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. Sarah Ralph, Bletchley Park’s WW1 Exhibition Research Coordinator, says “Their efforts from 1914 to 1918 allowed the Codebreakers to hit the ground running at the outbreak of WW2.”   The first phase of this fascinating exhibition, now open in the Visitor Centre in Block C at Bletchley Park, introduces the two very separate codebreaking organisations working in WW1: MI1(b), set up by the War Office, and Room 40, established by the Navy. They were each fighting a secret war, behind the scenes in London offices.   The work of these two distinct organisations, each with their own hierarchies and objectives, was dependent on what was then brand new technology. One key exhibit is a replica of a Marconi crystal receiver listening set. Sarah adds “Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other’s codes and gain valuable intelligence.”   The exhibition also delves into some of the key characters involved in codebreaking during both wars. Sarah says “One of my favourite exhibits related to the work in Room 40 is a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships. I love this book. It’s an exhaustive catalogue of every nation’s warships. Every time a ship was sunk (Room 40 staff) would cross out the name. It’s a very physical way of marking the conflict’s progress.”   Alice in ID25 republished to celebrate WW1 exhibition The Bletchley Park Trust is delighted to republish a unique parody of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice in ID25 poked fun at the wartime work of the Naval Intelligence codebreaking section Room 40, which became known from 1917 as ID25.   Originally written by the Codebreakers Frank Birch and Dilly Knox at the end of WW1, it was performed privately as a pantomime in London in December 1918. The parody described life in Room 40 and the people who worked there, and remained under wraps for many decades afterwards.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Royal-Patron-opens-WW1-exhibition-at-Bletchley-Park E8DE67AAC98D923EB372575F30568A89 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:38:50 +0000 Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest coming to MK The Importance of Being Earnest - 15 to 18 September at Milton Keynes Theatre Take one look at the impressive cast list of Oscar Wilde’s most perfect comedy of manners and you might pause to wonder. Nigel Havers, Martin Jarvis, Sian Phillips, Christine Kavanagh, Rosalind Ayres, Carmen du Sautoy and David Shaw-Parker – all hugely experienced and talented actors - but aren’t they all a little, umm… old for the parts?   Yes, and that’s the point. This is The Importance of Being Earnest as you’ve never seen it before. Performed by The Bunbury Company of Players – for the umpteenth time – it has all of Wilde’s sublimely funny dialogue with a really entertaining twist to the plot. This West End production, dubbed by Wilde ‘a trivial comedy for serious people’, is entirely faithful to the script - with a few intriguing additions from leading thriller writer and comic novelist Simon Brett. Directed by Lucy Bailey, whose credits include directing major plays at both the RSC and National Theatre, and designed by Olivier Award winner, William Dudley, the production was warmly received in the West End last year and now launches the new autumn season at Milton Keynes Theatre. Nigel Havers, said: “This production is very close to my heart and we had a ball doing it in the West End last summer. I’m thrilled we get to do it all again and hope audiences in Milton Keynes will laugh and enjoy watching our twist on Oscar’s brilliant play as much as we enjoy performing it.” They’ll certainly be talking about it. And, as Oscar Wilde said: “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Book your tickets for Oscar Wilde’s elegant but totally absurd comedy now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office. Book office: 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee)*  www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee) http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Oscar-Wildes-The-Importance-of-Being-Earnest-coming-to-MK 45A766FA266EA2EBEB6680FA139D2A3D Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:19:27 +0000 Salsa in the Centre of MK Customers at intu Milton Keynes will be shopping to a new beat on Saturday 19 September as Salsa dancers not only perform but teach traditional Cuban moves on the mall. The Revolución de Cuba troop of five dancers are set to perform throughout the day and at the end of each highly choreographed routine, they will invite shoppers to put on their dancing shoes and have a go! Learn art of making a Mojito – the rum-based drink is a speciality on the cocktail menu -, make guacamole and loads of freebies – Saturday is the Cuban takeover and everyone’s invited! The event is part of a celebration to welcome the Cuban-themed Revolucion de Cuba bar and cantina to Milton Keynes, which holds its official launch party on Friday 9 October in the Theatre District. Find the guys on the Mall on Saturday 19 September from 10am until 5pm for freebies and the chance to win prizes and also book tickets to the VIP launch weekend! (Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October) For more detail about the new Revolución de Cuba, visit www.revoluciondecuba.com or keep social at www.facebook.com/deCubaMK or www.twitter.com/RevdeCubaMK.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Salsa-in-the-Centre-of-MK 4D630F9347177B17EC7A362F19489239 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 05:10:48 +0000 You can't help loving Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Direct from London’s West End and based on the classic comedy film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will transport you to the French Riviera (ooh-la-la!) where two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress. As the two compete for her affections (and her money), they discover there is only room for one of them. Which will it be? Michael Praed (TV: Robin of Sherwood and Dynasty, stage: Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music), stars as sophisticated conman, Lawrence. Noel Sullivan (member of Hear’Say, TV: Gavin and Stacey, stage: We Will Rock You and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) is the larger-than-life upstart hustler, Freddy. The rich, beautiful and not so dumb blonde soap heiress, Christine, is played by Carley Stenson (Steph in TV’s Hollyoaks, and starring roles in Legally Blonde, Spamalot and Shrek on the West End stage ). Gary Wilmot started his professional life as a finalist on the TV talent show, New Faces. Since then, he’s become a familiar face on the West End stage starring in productions ranging from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to Oklahoma to The Pajama Game. On TV, he’s a regular on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and host of Showstoppers. Gary originally played Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the West End and is delighted to be rediscovering the fun of the role back here at Milton Keynes Theatre. Having won the award for Best New Musical of 2014 and run for a year in London to rave reviews and packed houses, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.  No stranger to awards himself; Jerry’s latest Tony Award winning Broadway hit, Kinky Boots, has just opened in London. Bring on the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera, bring on the wit and laugh-out-loud antics of the cream of British con artistes. Add to the mix all the warmth of the golden age of the classic musical and what have you got? Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Milton Keynes Theatre from Sept. 22 - 26, that’s what! Book your tickets now at: atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/You-cant-help-loving-Dirty-Rotten-Scoundrels B8FD7211E5247891E4D4F0562418868A Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:09:39 +0000 Cuban Kindness hits MK this weekend How do you fancy free parking in the city centre this Saturday?  A free coffee?  A hand with your shopping perhaps?  Well, if the answer is yes, look out for the Cuban team spreading the love across Central Milton Keynes. The wave of generous gestures will to take over MK as the team from Revolución de Cuba set out to spread some ‘Cuban Kindness’ across the city on Saturday 26 September.   ‘Cuban Kindness’ is a term associated with doing something nice for someone; it can be a small thing that makes that person’s day better or helps them out in some way.  The team from the brand new rum bar and cantina, which opens in the Theatre District on Friday 9 October, are getting into the Cuban spirit and will be treating the people of MK.   Look out for the Revolución de Cuba team who will be sporting hats, moustaches and Cuban flags.  They will be spread out across the city centre throughout the day; they may be offering to pay for someone’s lunch, treating them to a cupcake, handing them a voucher for a free mojito at their brand new rum bar...it could be anything, but whatever it is, it’s sure to put a smile on that person’s face.   “We are embracing everything Cuban throughout the venue and ‘Cuban Kindness’ is a huge part of that,” says Rob Macdonald, General Manager.  “One of the things that Cuba is famous for is the generosity of the local people; they’re notoriously welcoming and friendly.  We are aiming to bring a little bit of this warmth to Milton Keynes and we think ‘Cuban Kindness’ is the perfect way to do that.  We have lots of treats lined up for people so watch out – there may just be some kindness coming your way!” Don’t miss the biggest and best fiesta to hit Milton Keynes in years – book now to secure a place at the Revolución de Cuba launch party on Friday 9 October.  The Cuban rum bar and cantina will be celebrating its grand opening with a night of revelry – it’s set to be the hottest ticket in town. Register for launch party tickets at www.revoluciondecuba.com/bar/milton-keynes.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Cuban-Kindness-hits-MK-this-weekend D1FF1EC86B62CD5F3903FF19C3A326B2 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:30:08 +0000 Make The Most Of The Great British Summer With Carluccios Picnics Milton Keynes Make The Most Of The Great British Summer With Carluccio’s Picnics! Italians do it best when it comes to al fresco dining so pick up a perfectly prepared picnic from Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes on the way to your chosen sun-filled spot this summer – just don’t forget the sun cream! Embrace the Great British summer with a picnic full of homemade, fresh Italian dishes to enjoy when you make a dash from the office to catch the last of the rays, whilst making the most of the weekend in your favourite patch of green, or as the ideal companion to any outdoor festival. Priced at £45, each selection includes generous portions of fresh, summery dishes and is carefully assembled each morning by Carluccio’s chefs. TASTE OF ITALIA Choose between the Classic and Vegetarian option, both including three generous courses for two people, which feature an antipasti selection, homemade olive focaccia, a delicious, nutritious salad of pearl barley with grilled aubergine and rocket as well as moreish savoury tarts filled with pancetta and taleggio (or spinach and ricotta in the veggie version). Larger dishes of corn-fed chicken supreme and courgette, mint and ricotta frittata ooze the refreshing and zingy tastes of summer accompanied by a fresh salad of leafy greens with aged, Italian balsamic dressing. Dessert is a slice of indulgence with individual strawberry shortcrust tarts and traditional Piedmont biscotti to finish. Add an additional bottle of fruity Italian red or chilled white wine, available in-store, or make an occasion of it with some bubbles – Prosecco Santo Stefano (£14.75), a refreshing sparkler from the Ruggeri winery pairs particularly well. FOR THE LITTLE ONES Make it a family affair with a Carluccio’s children’s picnic. For just £10, your little one can enjoy a selection of yummy, nutritious dishes including a freshly made mini tomato and mozzarella pizza; tuna mayo dip with vegetable crudités; creamy Italian cow’s cheese (cut into wedges for munching); and classic homemade beef meatballs in a tomato sauce. A chocolate sponge teddy bear will be a welcome sweet treat along with freshly squeezed orange juice.   TOAST TO THE SUMMER Compact and convenient, Carluccio’s picnics take care of the prep work so you can simply tuck in and toast the rare rays of sun! Picnics may be ordered up to 24 hours in advance from your nearest Carluccio’s and picked up as a pit-stop en-route to the coast, the park or the beach. Last-minute bursts of sunshine are no problem if your picnic hasn’t been pre-booked, simply choose a ‘chef’s choice’ hamper on the day. Carluccio’s – great for grab-and-go gourmet and al fresco delights this summer! www.carluccios.com/picnics      @carluccioscaffe www.facebook.com/carluccioscaffe Queens Court, thecentre:mk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3ES | T: 01908 234 025 http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Make-The-Most-Of-The-Great-British-Summer-With-Carluccios-Picnics-Milton-Keynes 9CEA10C7FF109C6E61727A0D45492EAD Tue, 12 May 2015 10:21:40 +0000 Wheelchair Basketball at Stantonbury http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Wheelchair-Basketball-at-Stantonbury 18903E4430783A191B0CFAB439DAAEF8 Thu, 14 May 2015 09:42:53 +0000 PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR TRANSFORMATION OF INTU MILTON KEYNES PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR TRANSFORMATION OF INTU MILTON KEYNES ·         Flagship stores, new dining quarter, a boutique cinema and green community spaces ·         77% approval rating for the proposals during public consultation period Intu Milton Keynes has submitted its planning application to Milton Keynes Council for the transformation of the shopping centre that will bring a new and exciting leisure experience to Central MK. The proposals focus on the redevelopment of Midsummer Boulevard and Oak Court within intu Milton Keynes and were unveiled at a public consultation in the shopping centre and online in mid-March. Over three quarters of those who completed a questionnaire after seeing the proposals supported intu's plans and a similar number said the scheme would provide a better experience when visiting the city centre. Two thirds of respondents are likely to visit more often as a result. "Oak Court and the boulevard are busy thoroughfares but not a positive use of space. These proposals will create outstanding areas overlooked by prime, flagship retail stores and the best catering quarter in Milton Keynes," said Paul Lancaster, regional centre director at intu. The transformation of the shopping centre will be one of the most significant retail and leisure development projects that Central Milton Keynes has seen in over a decade. If approved, a new dining quarter, over two levels, will deliver a choice of places to eat in a relaxed and comfortable environment. A five-screen boutique cinema will provide a special experience with luxurious seating and a quality food offer while showing blockbuster and alternative films. Outside the shopping centre, new landscaped areas and public realm will provide a relaxing place for lunchtime workers and families throughout the day. The Boulevard will be used for community events and entertainment, retaining intu Milton Keynes' position at the heart of the community.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/PLANNING-APPLICATION-SUBMITTED-FOR-TRANSFORMATION-OF-INTU-MILTON-KEYNES D94FD74DCDE1AA553BE72C1006578B23 Fri, 15 May 2015 09:42:15 +0000 City Stay Apartments are proud to announce the launch of Milton Keynes first boutique serviced apartment City Stay Apartments have opened the first boutique serviced apartment in Milton Keynes. It gives you all the benefits of their standard serviced apartments with just that little bit extra – the finest furnishings, stylish décor and high-end electronics which completely vanquish the stereotypical ‘generic feel’ of most hotel rooms. You can sleep, unwind, dine and entertain in comfort, class and style and feel right at home. Combining these features offers the ideal solution whether travelling for pleasure or while on a business trip and with no extra cost they offer fantastic value for money. Why Milton Keynes? Milton Keynes is an internationally renowned hub for banking, business and innovation, and City Stay Apartments caters extensively to the business and leisure travellers who visit this dynamic city each month. With properties in Vizion, The Hub, Campbell Park and the Theatre District, you are never far away from the action when you stay at one of these fantastic serviced apartments. The boutique serviced apartment offers great leisure facilities right on your door step, with one of the best sports stadiums in the country, great shopping facilities and fantastic gardens, Milton Keynes seems to be the place to stay! Interior Design Mark Phillips, owner of City Stay Apartments said: ‘We wanted to do something special so that our guests could feel like they’re staying somewhere exclusive’. And that’s exactly what they have done. There is a clear emphasis on individuality, comfort, attention to detail and quality, walking around this spacious apartment you can see that no expense has been spared. From gold wallpaper to the highest quality linen, this is the perfect escape from what is often a busy city. What is it like inside? About City Stay Apartments Since they started in 2008 City Stay Apartments have grown year on year. In recent years they have grown rapidly and now have over 45 executive serviced apartments in and around Milton Keynes. Their serviced apartments start from a very reasonable £65+vat/night for longer stays. If you want to find out more details please call City Stay Apartments on 01908 664 516. Or visit their website www.citystayaparts.com.     http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/City-Stay-Apartments-are-proud-to-announce-the-launch-of-Milton-Keynes-first-boutique-serviced-apartment CA7BE8306ECC3F5FA30FF2C41E64FA7B Tue, 19 May 2015 11:41:38 +0000 Milton Keynes Museum chosen as one of the UK’s most Family Friendly Milton Keynes Museum has been voted one of the most family friendly in the UK. The Museum has just appeared in the annual Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Awards final 20 – from more than 800 nominations. Organised by Kids in Museums, the award is the only one to be judged by families, who nominate their favourites which are then ‘road tested’ by anonymous volunteers. Said Museum Director Bill Griffiths: “Families tell us how much they have enjoyed their visit and I am sure that it is because we have something for everyone. “We love welcoming families and have always believed that the best way to understand the past is to experience it. So when we say hands-on we mean it! From the moment people come through the door there are things for them to try out, from taking on the family at puff billiards in the parlour to playing at being a switchboard operator in our Connected Earth gallery”. According to one reviewer: “The lovely thing about this museum is the 'hands-on' exhibits. Everything that was reachable by small hands was touchable. We played with ancient toys; we toasted bread on the kitchen range & ate it; we did a brass rubbing in the chapel; it was all delightful. Then we came to the telephone room & I thought I'd never get the children away.” The Museum’s appearance in this week’s Sunday Telegraph 20-strong ‘longlist’ caps off a hat-trick of successes in May. Leading tourism specialists TripAdvisor have just awarded Milton Keynes Museum its certificate of excellence for the third consecutive year. And following a visit and tour by English Tourism’s official organisation, Visit England, the Museum it was once again awarded the Rose Quality Marque – with its highest mark yet. www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-Museum-chosen-as-one-of-the-UKs-most-Family-Friendly 094366EAA7A4B5D7F9ED227F212B3649 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:29:29 +0000 Bletchley Park needs more volunteers Bletchley Park has enjoyed an explosion in visitor numbers. Due to this unprecedented success, this historic visitor attraction needs more volunteers, in particular stewards. The role involves helping visitors to navigate the once top secret site and ensuring it runs smoothly.   So far this year, more than 100,000 people have already visited Bletchley Park; an increase of more than 80 per cent on the previous year. An army of volunteer staff help each and every one of those visitors to get the most out of their day, helping to tell the remarkable story that lives in the very walls of this unique heritage site.   Husband and wife Ian and Helen Seddon volunteer together, as stewards and Bombe demonstrators. Ian says “We both enjoy the interaction with people, even though we didn’t do much of that in our careers. It’s very heartening and edifying to see we’re attracting so many families now.” Helen adds “It’s great to be contributing to something so worthwhile. It’s all about the people here.”   The surge in visitor numbers is due in part to a very special visit a year ago, by the granddaughter and great-niece of twins Valerie and Mary Glassborow, who worked together in Hut 16 towards the end of World War Two. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited in June 2014 to formally unveil the rejuvenated Bletchley Park, following the £8 million, Heritage Lottery Fund supported phase one restoration.   Another huge spike in interest followed in November, when the the Academy Award-winning film, The Imitation Game, based on the life and work of Alan Turing and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, opened in cinemas to great acclaim.   Volunteers at Bletchley Park benefit from working as part of a passionate team, learning new skills as well as using their existing ones. They also have access to extensive resources and libraries. Full induction and training is provided. Other roles are also available in Education and Estates. To find out more, please email volunteer@bletchleypark.org.uk or call 01908 640404.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bletchley-Park-needs-more-volunteers CCA289D2A4ACD14C1CD9A84FFB41DD29 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:24:14 +0000 Major new exhibition explores codebreaking in World War One The first major exhibition to explore codebreaking in World War One is now open at Bletchley Park. The Road to Bletchley Park, sponsored by BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, celebrates the pioneering achievements of those who waged a secret war – and how they paved the way for the Codebreakers of World War Two.   The story of signals intelligence in WW1 is an untold but crucial one, because a large number of those involved went on to work with the newly formed Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919, which then relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. Sarah Ralph, Bletchley Park’s WW1 Exhibition Research Coordinator, says “Their efforts from 1914 to 1918 allowed the Codebreakers to hit the ground running at the outbreak of WW2.”   The first phase of this fascinating exhibition, now open in the Block C Visitor Centre at Bletchley Park, introduces the two very separate codebreaking organisations working in WW1: MI1(b), set up by the Army, and Room 40, established by the Navy. They were each fighting a secret war, behind the scenes in London offices.   The work of these two distinct organisations, each with their own hierarchies and objectives, was dependent on what was then brand new technology. One key exhibit is a replica of a Marconi crystal receiver listening set. Sarah adds “Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other’s codes and gain valuable intelligence.”   The exhibition also delves into some of the key characters involved in codebreaking during both wars. Sarah says “One of my favourite exhibits related to the work in Room 40 is a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships. I love this book. It’s an exhaustive catalogue of every nation’s warships. Every time a ship was sunk (Room 40 staff) would cross out the name. It’s a very physical way of marking the conflict’s progress.”   CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, Iain Standen says “We hope this exhibition, which runs until 2019, will help to shed light on a hitherto less well known story of WW1. As the title of the exhibition alludes to, the work of Room 40 and MI1(b) in WW1 laid the foundations of the success of Bletchley Park in WW2. Visitors will learn how these pioneers operated, and how their work led to the formation of the Government Code and Cypher School, the organisation that eventually set up Bletchley Park.”   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Major-new-exhibition-explores-codebreaking-in-World-War-One 92AE5CFEF57D9EF9A523753E45FC9B0B Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:27:03 +0000 360 Play celebrate children's special milestones There’s a first time for everything and nowhere is this more true for children than at 360 Play Milton Keynes at Knowlhill, where opportunities for toddlers’ ‘firsts’ and young children’s milestone events abound. It’s always an exciting time when a child does something or achieves something for the first time – the first time they ride a bike on their own, their first time on a trampoline, their first sporting success and many more – and there are lots of opportunities for toddlers’ ‘firsts’ and young children’s milestones at 360 Play to help youngsters and their families create some wonderful memories. Recently one little boy was allowed to ride the dodgems for the first time on his own, and he spent most of his play session driving round and round the dodgem track to his heart’s content. Another young lady plucked up the courage to climb to the very top of the climbing wall in the Club 360 outdoor play area, with the help of a great staff member, while several of our youngest visitors have been trying out the dedicated toddler area for their very first taste of playing in a play centre. We’ve also had children enjoying the carousel ride for the first time, sliding down the giant slide on their own for the first time and having their face painted for the very first time – all great fun, new experiences to be savoured by both the youngsters and, of course, their parents who never tire of seeing the joy created by such wonderful opportunities. 360 Play is a fantastic place for families to enjoy a great time together and to create some special children’s milestone memories – especially if it’s a first time visit! Everything is designed so that adults can join their children in all the different activities, providing the ideal opportunity for them to encourage the youngsters to try new experiences, which of course also help towards a child’s development. With the chance to take part in and enjoy what for many will be all sorts of new experiences, both inside and out, 360 Play has lots to offer and with no time limits, free parking right outside and a safe and secure environment, it’s the perfect place to go for families with young children – to create some toddler ‘firsts’ and young children’s milestones! More information on 360 Play and the facilities available can be found at www.360Play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/360-Play-celebrate-childrens-special-milestones 69DD2EFF9B6A421D5CE262B093BDAB23 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:54:19 +0000 City Stay Apartments Celebrating 98% Occupancy City Stay Apartments in Milton Keynes have a lot to be happy about right now – they are celebrating 98% occupancy over the last month and couldn’t be more pleased about all of the positive feedback they are getting from their satisfied guests. More and more, visitors to the Milton Keynes area are eschewing a hotel and electing to stay somewhere that offers better value for money while retaining style, charm and convenience. City Stay Apartments’ serviced apartments are at the heart of the UK’s bustling business centre, the city of Milton Keynes. Located less than 30 minutes by train from central London (Euston Station), countless business and leisure travellers are choosing to forego the crowded chaos of the ‘big smoke’ in favour of the more peaceful, calm setting of Milton Keynes. Boasting a myriad of activities and cultural hotspots, Milton Keynes may be a young city, but it is certainly a fun city. Packed with delicious restaurants, high street shopping and world class entertainment, everything you need is within walking distance of these serviced apartments. Business men and women find it easy to commute to the office, and families love being able to retire to the suburbs after a long day of sightseeing in Milton Keynes or nearby in London.  High Occupancy Rates A traditional hotel stay can be costly, and that is why City Stay Apartments are so proud to offer their guests world class service and style at affordable rates. Which has been reflected in recent high occupancy rates and reviews. A serviced apartment provides you with all of the benefits of home, such as a fully equipped kitchen, combined with the convenience and luxury of a hotel, such as a maid service and concierge. They are perfect for long stays and short business trips alike, and it seems their guests agree! These beautiful serviced apartments are outfitted with modern, stylish décor, brand name appliances and loads of space. The spacious lodgings allow you to do things that would simply not be possible in a traditional hotel: host a business meeting; entertain clients or guests; invite friends or family to stay with you for part or your entire trip. Great Reviews Don’t just take these accolades from us – their guests agree wholeheartedly. City Stay Apartments currently has a rating of 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor, and are listed as one of the top five places to stay in all of Milton Keynes. One user boasted of how relaxed she felt whilst staying at one of their serviced apartments in Milton Keynes: “I spent several evenings enjoying the sunsets from the balcony, glass of wine in hand, the rigors of the day sloughing off.” The modern and attractive décor is often mentioned, and many complimented them on the stellar customer service they offer, with a user writing, “the service provided after check-in was given special care, excellent and completely satisfied.” The next time you are planning a trip to the Milton Keynes area why not stay at City Stay Apartments in Milton Keynes, they’d love to see you! For more information visit http://www.citystayaparts.com/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/City-Stay-Apartments-Celebrating-98-Occupancy 154F596A0E4AEC4CF23EE4B76AE3D34A Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:47:41 +0000 New Exhibition to open at Bletchley Park Sponsored by BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, Bletchley Park is set to open a new exhibition 'The Road to Bletchley Park' which celebrates the pioneering achievements of those who waged a secret war – and how they paved the way for the Codebreakers of World War Two.   The story of signals intelligence in WW1 is an untold but crucial one, because a large number of those involved went on to work with the newly formed Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919, which then relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. Sarah Ralph, Bletchley Park’s WW1 Exhibition Research Coordinator, says “Their efforts from 1914 to 1918 allowed the Codebreakers to hit the ground running at the outbreak of WW2.”   The first phase of this fascinating exhibition, now open in the Block C Visitor Centre at Bletchley Park, introduces the two very separate codebreaking organisations working in WW1: MI1(b), set up by the Army, and Room 40, established by the Navy. They were each fighting a secret war, behind the scenes in London offices.   The work of these two distinct organisations, each with their own hierarchies and objectives, was dependent on what was then brand new technology. One key exhibit is a replica of a Marconi crystal receiver listening set. Sarah adds “Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other’s codes and gain valuable intelligence.”   The exhibition also delves into some of the key characters involved in codebreaking during both wars. Sarah says “One of my favourite exhibits related to the work in Room 40 is a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships. I love this book. It’s an exhaustive catalogue of every nation’s warships. Every time a ship was sunk (Room 40 staff) would cross out the name. It’s a very physical way of marking the conflict’s progress.”   CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, Iain Standen says “We hope this exhibition, which runs until 2019, will help to shed light on a hitherto less well known story of WW1. As the title of the exhibition alludes to, the work of Room 40 and MI1(b) in WW1 laid the foundations of the success of Bletchley Park in WW2. Visitors will learn how these pioneers operated, and how their work led to the formation of the Government Code and Cypher School, the organisation that eventually set up Bletchley Park.” www.bletchleypark.org.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-Exhibition-to-open-at-Bletchley-Park B4EDDA67F0F57E218A8E766927E3E5C5 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 02:11:20 +0000 Ensoft donates £50,000 to TNMOC Ensoft, software developer for the Internet and large networks, has donated £50,000 to The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC). The donation will be used to assist in the Museum’s development and specifically to create emulators to enable students on its Learning Programme to experience running the Museum’s working 1950’s machines even after their visit. Impressed by seeing so many early machines still in action at TNMOC today, Ensoft is keen that as many people as possible can benefit from the experience of coding an early generation computer. Part of the new donation will be used to create and develop emulators that students on the TNMOC Learning Programme can use after their visit. John Cooper, Ensoft’s Chairman, explained why his company has made the donation: “There’s a great deal of excitement in the technology industry in Britain, and it’s critical to inspire young people to thrive confidently in the digital future. The National Museum of Computing’s unparalleled resource of working machines communicates uniquely how pivotal the UK has been in the evolution of computing so far, and helps to motivate the next generation to create the future boldly. Indeed, our own employees have gained great inspiration from visiting, and we would encourage every technology company to visit and support the development of TNMOC.” Chris Monk, TNMOC Learning Co-ordinator, said: “Our volunteer engineers at TNMOC do outstanding work in bringing historic machines back into action and students get a real buzz when they get a chance to explore them. We’ve often thought about creating emulators to let them experience coding machines after their visits and this funding will help in these developments. “The ability to perform low-level programming is now a part of the National Curriculum, so we know that programming computers from the 1950s, when computer languages were just emerging, will be very popular with our visiting schools.” Tim Reynolds, Chairman of TNMOC, said: “Recognition of TNMOC’s achievements by a company as dynamic as Ensoft is a great boost to our work and underlines the educational value of computing history to inspire future generations of computer scientists and engineers.” Ensoft is a small UK company that writes software that connects with world. Its 60 engineers specialise in developing all aspects of networking software. Ensoft-developed technology is a critical part of many of the largest routers that make up the Internet. www.ensoft.co.uk/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Ensoft-donates-50000-to-TNMOC 97FFCBD95363387C7E371563057EB02F Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:16:06 +0000 New MK Visitor Information Centre has officially opened Destination Milton Keynes (DMK), the official Destination Management Organisation for the city, in partnership with centre:mk has opened the new MK Visitor Information Centre (VIC). The VIC is located on Silbury Arcade opposite John Lewis and close to Door 13 and was officially opened today (22 July) by the Mayor of Milton Keynes. It is the place to go for local, regional and international visitors to Milton Keynes, and has up-to-date information on attractions, hotels, events and travel options for the 100,000s of visitors that MK attracts every year. It is hoped that the VIC will be become a real focal point for visitors travelling to and staying in Milton Keynes for this year’s Rugby World Cup which will inevitably put MK on the global map. DMK has worked with a number of partners and stakeholders on the project to open the new VIC including MK Council, Whittlebury Hall Conference, Training Centre, Hotel & Spa, iprint MK, Get Smart Promotions and Yowzer Signs and the DMK membership. Steven Gordon-Wilson, CEO of DMK said; “With over 24 million visitors a year, centre:mk was seen as the ideal location for a Visitor Information Centre. We are delighted to have worked closely with the shopping centre and our other partners to finally bring back this facility which the city has been missing for around 10 years.” Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk commented; “We are delighted to work with Destination MK in providing this fantastic new facility for visitors to Milton Keynes. As a major regional shopping mall we are increasingly attracting visitors from further afield and it’s therefore important we are able to effectively promote the wider city offer.” Michael Stott, Director at Whittlebury Hall Conference, Training Centre, Hotel & Spa said, “We are delighted to be a supporter of the Visitor Information Centre in Milton Keynes, which we believe is a real asset to the destination, promoting the wealth on offer in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area to both locals and tourists alike.” The VIC is open seven days a week; Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. It will also be retailing MK and Rugby World Cup memorabilia.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-MK-Visitor-Information-Centre-has-officially-opened ABEBB7C39F4B5E46BBCFAB2B565EF32B Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:57:35 +0000 Calcutta launches 'Try Before You Buy' curry Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford is launching its second initiate to encourage guests to ‘explore their palate’ and sample new dishes; the new initiative is called the ‘Curry Nam?n?’ – meaning ‘small sample’. From 27 July, customers can ask to sample most dishes from the menu before they make their choice. A small sample pot will be brought from the kitchen for the guest to try a taster before deciding which dish to order. “We want to give our customers choice and variety and allow them to try new experiences,” says Restaurant Manager, Ali Ajmol. He adds: “You can go into a bar and ask to sample a wine or an ale so why not sample a dish from the menu. The portion will be very small but enough to give our customers a flavour of the dish without making any commitment to order.” Two months ago, Calcutta Brasserie launched its Combi menu where customers can order two main dishes from a set menu for one price. Again, designed to encourage people to try new dishes, the Combi menu has taken off and become a hit for weekday diners. Now, the ‘Curry Nam?n?’ is available seven days a week and is only available on a selection of popular dishes. www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk www.twitter.com/CalcuttaIndian www.facebook.com/calcuttabrasserie Calcutta Brasserie, 7A St Pauls Ct, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK11 1LJ   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Calcutta-launches-Try-Before-You-Buy-curry 4EAB60E55FE4C7DD567A0BE28016BFF3 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:15:08 +0000 intu MK launches state-of-the-art parking As part of intu Milton Keynes’ ongoing investment into improving its customer experience, the shopping centre officially launched a new and easy to use parking system last week. The multi-storey car park, which offers cost effective and safe parking in Central Milton Keynes, now features easy to pay options; it is also one of the first places in the region to offer contactless card payment options. Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes has overseen the two month project through to completion, she said: “We know there has been a historical issue with car parking payments but thankfully this is now behind us. The new system is simple to use, fast, effective and we have more pay locations on site than ever before.” The new parking system is another addition to the ongoing improvements intu Milton Keynes is making to the shopping centre. Plans to deliver one of the biggest developments Central Milton Keynes has seen in over a decade have been submitted to Milton Keynes Council by intu and it is expected a decision will be made at the end of the summer. “This is potentially a really exciting time for Milton Keynes. The plans would bring new restaurants, more shops and even a boutique cinema to the centre. We can work on small changes in the centre but to make a real impact, the development plans need to get the green light.” Other changes within intu Milton Keynes include a relaxing lounging area that has already proved a great success with sore feet and bag-laden customers. The sandpit underneath the ‘Frog Clock’ is also a new permanent addition providing hours of messy fun and the chance for mum and dad to take a break out with their little ones. Under Shelley’s management she has also shipped in a giant pink handbag – popular with the selfie-generation and the giant deckchair that actually encourages people to climb on it. “There’s no point in putting a great big deckchair in a shopping centre and a sign that says ‘do not sit in this’. So we have a sign that actually encourages people to jump in and take a photo, which is great as it makes people smile.” intu Milton Keynes has introduced several other ways to make customers smile, including the chandelier over the customer information desk but Shelley says there’s more to come. “Our objective is to make people leave happier than when they arrived. From making customers smile to literally laughing out loud, we want to create a place they want to come back to again and again.” To support the intu development plans, email planning.enquiries@milton-keynes.gov.uk and quote reference 15/01074/OUT.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/intu-MK-launches-state-of-the-art-parking 4D7A968BB636E25818FF2A3941DB08C1 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:11:45 +0000 Local MP Iain Stewart races at Formula Fast Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, was invited along to experience the thrill of racing at Formula Fast Indoor Karting, which is one of the growing local businesses in his constituency.   Mr Stewart was given a full karting brief before he took to the track for a race in the karts which have 200CC engine and a top speed of 50mph.  Getting to grips with the track quickly, Mr Stewart’s fastest lap was 38.676.   Mr Stewart also experienced the new dual drive kart, giving him the opportunity to drive side-by-side with Co-Owner Phil Stanley who offered top tips for getting the best racing lines around the 500m track which features 12 technical corners, designed with the help of Formula One professionals. In addition to tuition, the dual drive kart is primarily used for Formula Fast’s Access Karting Scheme, which is aimed at giving people with limited mobility, learning difficulties, and other special requirements the chance to experience the thrill of karting in a safe and controlled environment. Mr Stewart commented:  “I’ve had a great day racing at Formula Fast; it’s a really good venue that has a lot to offer for a real mix of people.  I would encourage everyone to visit and have a drive. Phil and Ollie are doing a great job and I wish them the best of luck over the coming years.” Phil Stanley added:  “We’re really pleased Mr Stewart was able to join us here at Formula Fast to experience indoor karting.  He did a really good job of handling both the regular kart and the dual drive kart.  Hopefully we’ll see him again soon and he can put what he’s learned during this visit into practice!” To find out more about Formula Fast, visit the website at: www.formulafast.co.uk or call the team on: 01908 904111.  Keep up with the latest news and join the chat at www.facebook.com/formulafastkarting.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Local-MP-Iain-Stewart-races-at-Formula-Fast 80FEE67C8A4C4989BF8A580B4BBB0CD2 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:57:13 +0000 Milton Keynes welcomes The Webb Ellis Cup Milton Keynes celebrated the arrival of Rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, on August 20 and 21 as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. Scroll down to see the images. The Trophy, which is in Milton Keynes for two days as part of the Trophy Tour, to sample just a few of the attractions the City has to offer, including: Go Karting at Daytona Milton Keynes Extreme sports at Xscape, including snowboarding and indoor skydiving Bletchley Leisure Centre, the team base both Samoa and Fiji will use while in Milton Keynes, intu Milton Keynes shopping centre ...and finally at Stadium MK, where three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches will be played Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader at Milton Keynes Council, said: “We are proud to host the world-famous Trophy in Milton Keynes. The Webb Ellis Cup has brought people of all ages together in our community to celebrate this important occasion. Milton Keynes has been buzzing with activity with the arrival of the Trophy as part of the nationwide celebration of Rugby and we are all counting down with excitement to Rugby World Cup 2015.” The Trophy Tour, which launched on June 10 marking exactly 100 days-to-go to the opening match, will now travel to Berkshire having been in Oxfordshire over the weekend to take part in a number of events and activities to help give fans the unique opportunity to build unforgettable memories as part of their own Rugby World Cup 2015 story. Rugby is at the heart of the Trophy Tour, visiting more than 100 Rugby clubs, organisations and Rugby festivals, from grassroots to elite level. In addition to this, Host Cities, Match Venues, community and legacy programmes, sports events, stakeholder visits, Worldwide Partner activations and iconic landmarks will feature as part of the Trophy Tour with over 300 events programmed across the 100 day continuous tour. The Trophy Tour is travelling through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of Opening Ceremony of Rugby World Cup 2015. Tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 are still available and are on sale at tickets.rugbyworldcup.com Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour information can be viewed at rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour For Rugby World Cup 2015 in MK information visit: lovemkrugby.co.uk         http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Milton-Keynes-welcomes-The-Webb-Ellis-Cup EF9280FBC5317F17D480E4D4F61B3751 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:24:24 +0000 MK Gallery call out for memories MK Gallery invites the public to get involved in its next project by sharing memories, photographs and ephemera from the launch in 1999 to the present day. Flashback is a series of archival exhibitions that will be presented  both online and in MK Gallery’s Project Space whilst the main building is being expanded.  Making use of archival material, Flashback will provide an opportunity to reflect on the Gallery’s history by reviewing its exhibitions, events and projects of the past 16 years. Launching on 8 October 2015, exactly 16 years since MK Gallery officially opened to the public, the first of the Flashback monthly displays will focus on the Gallery’s launch and the inaugural exhibition by the internationally renowned British artists Gilbert & George. MK Gallery would love to hear from anyone with memories, stories, photographs, signed books, printed materials, or anything else relating to the Gallery and its history, for possible use in the project. Any original material selected  will be returned to lenders afterwards. MK Gallery can be contacted about the project via its Facebook page, it’s Twitter account - @MK_Gallery - or by emailing  Claire Corrin, Exhibitions Organiser:  ccorrin@mkgallery.org. Alternatively people are welcome to drop into the gallery during advertised public opening hours to speak with one of the Gallery Assistants.    Details of MK Gallery’s previous 100 or so past exhibitions and projects can be found on its website at http://www.mkgallery.org/exhibitions/past/.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Gallery-call-out-for-memories FCD11DA01E886BC1BE35B19F4D974F4E Wed, 16 Sep 2015 02:33:17 +0000 MK Gallery call out for memories MK Gallery invites the public to get involved in its next project by sharing memories, photographs and ephemera from the launch in 1999 to the present day. Flashback is a series of archival exhibitions that will be presented  both online and in MK Gallery’s Project Space whilst the main building is being expanded.  Making use of archival material, Flashback will provide an opportunity to reflect on the Gallery’s history by reviewing its exhibitions, events and projects of the past 16 years. Launching on 8 October 2015, exactly 16 years since MK Gallery officially opened to the public, the first of the Flashback monthly displays will focus on the Gallery’s launch and the inaugural exhibition by the internationally renowned British artists Gilbert & George. MK Gallery would love to hear from anyone with memories, stories, photographs, signed books, printed materials, or anything else relating to the Gallery and its history, for possible use in the project. Any original material selected  will be returned to lenders afterwards. MK Gallery can be contacted about the project via its Facebook page, it’s Twitter account - @MK_Gallery - or by emailing  Claire Corrin, Exhibitions Organiser:  ccorrin@mkgallery.org. Alternatively people are welcome to drop into the gallery during advertised public opening hours to speak with one of the Gallery Assistants.    Details of MK Gallery’s previous 100 or so past exhibitions and projects can be found on its website at http://www.mkgallery.org/exhibitions/past/.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-Gallery-call-out-for-memories E9510081AC30FFA83F10B68CDE1CAC07 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 02:34:43 +0000 Calcutta celebrates another fantastic year The award-winning Indian restaurant Calcutta Brasserie will be celebrating its seventh anniversary with a lavish Bollywood style evening on Wednesday 30 September. To celebrate another successful year and to thank customers for their support, the restaurant is putting on a memorable night of live entertainment, traditional Indian dancing and music, a champagne reception and a specially created four course menu prepared by their Head Chef, Saj Khan. There will also be a raffle to raise money for local charity, Leo’s Appeal, which helps to enhance children’s services at Milton Keynes Hospital to ensure every child admitted receives the best care possible. Guests will also receive one of the famous ‘goody bags’ on the night – packed with freebies, gifts, discounts and surprises.   Calcutta Brasserie has become one of the most talked about restaurants in Milton Keynes and has received a multitude of awards for its food and service; most recently it was, highly recommended for the acclaimed Tiffin Cup. Restaurant Manager at Calcutta Brasserie Ali Ajmol says “We have had another very successful year at Calcutta and introduced some great new initiatives including the popular Combi menu and also made various improvements to make our customer experience even better. We would like to thank our guests for their continued support and we look forward to celebrating with them on the evening.” Tickets cost £24.95 and includes a champagne reception, a four course meal and a goody bag. To make a booking please contact the restaurant on 01908 566577 or email info@calcuttabrasserie.co.uk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Calcutta-celebrates-another-fantastic-year 99E7E6CE097324ACEB45F98299CEB621 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:21:59 +0000 Explosive live action on the streets of Milton Keynes To celebrate Rugby World Cup 2015, on Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3, the streets of Milton Keynes will become the setting for an explosive and dramatic spectacular as international companies Les Commandos Percu (France) and Deabru Beltzak (from the Basque region of Spain) ‘do battle’ in Clash of Drums. In a symbolic collision, the two tribes combine powerful drumming, percussion and bold movement in a whirlwind of vivid colour, whilst using fireworks, pyrotechnics and special effects as the combat action moves through the streets and onto the stage next to The Point for the thrilling fiery finale. Throughout, the audience is in close proximity to the action to witness the clash of cultures and these two war-painted devilish forces coming together to reclaim the streets as their own before disappearing back into the dark night from whence they came, their combative fury transformed into a common energy unified by fire. Bought to you by The Stables and IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, with participation co-ordinated by Festive Road, Clash of Drums: Danbor Talka is an awe-inspiring extravaganza not to be missed! Commissioned by The Parks Trust Events Ltd and supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and Institut Français with Région Midi-Pyrénées. Friday October 2: Parade starts in Lloyds Court at 8pm Saturday October 3: Parade starts in Campbell Park at 9.30pm Fiery finale for both nights is next to The Point FREE ADMISSION Please note: This is a moving parade that involves fireworks and lots of noise. Please do not bring pets or very small children.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Explosive-live-action-on-the-streets-of-Milton-Keynes AEF546F29283B6CCEF3C61F58FB8E79B Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:05:57 +0000 Taking you back in time: 80s Lineout acts announced for 2015 80s fever is set to sweep through Campbell Park this October, with a retro line-up not to be missed. Tickets are now on sale for the 80s Lineout music concert set in the picturesque location of Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, Sunday 4th October 2015, doors open from 4pm, acts set to start at 5:30pm. Get ready to groove the night away in the Marquee Arena, in Campbell Park as you take in the sounds of Sister Sledge, Rick Astley, Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves) and The Real Thing. The event is part of rugby’s biggest year for Milton Keynes’ involvement in the ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’.  Developed in partnership between England Rugby 2015 and the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Festival of Rugby events will be hosted across the UK between June 10 and October 31, 2015. Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust and Festival Lead Coordinator, said: “We want people to relive the 80s, think big hair and shoulder pads. “Dance the night away to some of your favourite 80s acts, in the beautiful setting of Campbell Park. We have a line-up not to be missed!” People are encouraged to dress in their favourite 80s attire. Tickets cost £39.00, postal charges apply, e-ticket option available. To purchase tickets visit Ticketmaster at: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/80slineout There are a limited number of Disabled access tickets available for more information call The Parks Trust on 01908 255379. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult. 80s Lineout is just one of the events taking part this October to celebrate rugby’s biggest year, keep an eye out on the website at www.theparkstrust.com or for a full line up of what’s on in Milton Keynes visit: http://www.festivalofrugby2015.com/   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Taking-you-back-in-time-80s-Lineout-acts-announced-for-2015 C41DD99A69DF04044AA4E33ECE9C9249 Fri, 29 May 2015 07:12:55 +0000 Anyone fancy a Rugby Murray? Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford is getting into the Rugby World Cup spirit by creating a rugby-sized, and shaped, curry. The Rugby Murray – a spin off of the cockney phrase Ruby Murray meaning curry – is double the portion of a standard meal and comes with its very own rugby ball shaped naan bread with the Rugby World Cup logo embedded. The dish is the creation of award-winning head chef, Saj Khan at Calcutta Brasserie and consists of a medium spice mix of chicken, potato, vegetables and spices. He said: “The Rugby World Cup is the biggest sporting event this month and as it’s coming to Milton Keynes we wanted to do something a little bit special. The Rugby Murray is a very large portion and it will take some effort to get through it all as the naan alone is double the size.” The Rugby Murray is also served on a rugby ball shaped plate and costs £14.95 per person and £1 will be donated to a local sports charity. Saj said: “We are looking for a local sports charity to donate any proceedings to and give back to our wonderful community.” If you would like to nominate or you are a charity, contact Calcutta Brasserie on info@calcuttabrasserie.co.uk put ‘Rugby Murray’ in the subject box. The Rugby Murray will be available from Friday 18 September – the official launch of The Rugby World Cup.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Anyone-fancy-a-Rugby-Murray 0B94CE08688C6389CE7B68C52CE3F8C7 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 02:25:12 +0000 Sign up to be part of the Milton Keynes Haka Be part of something fun this summer and join us in learning a specially choreographed Haka at our park events. Join us on Wednesday 5 August at MK Playday to take part in the Haka flashmob! Dance groups, individuals, businesses, local community figures are all encouraged to sign-up to learn the Haka in preparation for a special public performance Saturday  10 October 2015. The Parks Trust staff and volunteer Community Dance Leaders have committed to teaching the Haka to get as many people involved as possible in Milton Keynes.   The public performance will take place in Milton Keynes’ Rugby World Cup 2015 official Fanzone in Campbell Park. The Fanzone will be open during the Tournament in October with a big screen showing all matches during that time and will incorporate activities, entertainment and food and drink concessions. Over 5,000 residents, visitors and fans will be able to enjoy a Tournament experience in a fantastic atmosphere and setting. There will be a programme of events with activities every day around the screening of the matches. The dance has been choreographed by Maori Tutors from Corey Baker Dance, Corey Baker, Artistic Director said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to share and celebrate the culture of the indigenous people of New Zealand, the M?ori. “Learning the Haka is a fun, engaging and exciting way to learn about the New Zealand culture, and something that anyone can take part in.” Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement, at The Parks Trust, said: “We want as many people as possible in Milton Keynes to get involved and learn the specially choreographed Haka. Come along and be part of something fun and exciting.” To sign up to become a Community Dance Leader and learn the Haka call: 01908 596595 or email contact@eventsmanaged.co.uk with the subject 'HAKA Attempt'. You can also learn the MK Haka by watching this video: http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Sign-up-to-be-part-of-the-Milton-Keynes-Haka AD7ED5D47B9BACEB12045A929E7E2F66 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:11:39 +0000 Calling all students to intu MK Fancy an exclusive discount or perhaps a few freebies?  How about cool entertainment and the opportunity to enter exciting competitions?  If the answer is yes, there’s only one place to be on Thursday 8 October from 4-8pm – the intu Milton Keynes Student Night.   Students across Milton Keynes are invited to this exclusive discount event; they simply need to register via the intu Milton Keynes website.  There will be loads of exclusive offers available to students, including; 25% off at Gap, 20% off at Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, schuh, OFFICE and Levi’s, and exclusive offers on selected products and 10% off at Apple.  Pret and Lush are offering free treats in store on the night, and Vodafone and O2 have some very special student offers, as well as much, much more.  Don’t miss it! STA Travel will be at the event with a VW campervan selfie booth which is free of charge.  Plus, there will be live music from MKFM and a Style Spotter Competition with £500 worth of goodies AND a spa break at Whittlebury Hall Hotel for two people. Pre-registration is open now via: http://bit.ly/intustudentnight. Intu Milton Keynes’s student night joins other intu shopping centre’s across the UK, all taking place on Thursday 8 October.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Calling-all-students-to-intu-MK F1398D2C9B3610251169157332225C49 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:14:12 +0000 Will Young announces concert in Milton Keynes Tickets are now on sale for Will Young, who will be performing in the under cover Marquee Arena in the picturesque setting of Campbell Park on Friday October 9 2015. Gates open 6:30pm. Will Young will be performing songs from his Number One Album, ‘85% Proof’ along with favourites from his acclaimed back catalogue this October in Campbell Park as part of the city’s Festival of Rugby events, celebrating rugby’s biggest year. ‘85% Proof’ is the sixth album from the multi-million selling Brit Award winning singer-songwriter and represents his most accomplished work to date. www.willyoung.co.uk Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust and Festival Lead Coordinator, said: “This is great news! To have Will Young perform in Milton Keynes is fantastic and really shows the level of commitment we have made to putting on a great show for people to celebrate Rugby’s biggest year. “We have a fantastic line-up of events, but the announcement of Will Young performing in Campbell Park completes the festival. Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster. Join us and celebrate the Festival of Rugby 2015.”   Tickets cost £30.00, postal charges apply, e-ticket option available. To purchase tickets visit Ticketmaster at: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/37004F19EA02B053 Festival of Rugby events in Milton Keynes will feature and include under cover big screens, a sports bar, funfair, rugby activities, art and film programmes and live music events to get you in the spirit. Up to 5000 visitors and fans will be able to enjoy a full line-up in a fantastic setting with a great atmosphere. To find out What’s on in Milton Keynes visit www.lovemkrugby.co.uk England Rugby 2015 and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) launched the ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’ programme enabling people to put on events across the UK celebrating rugby’s biggest year. For a full line up of all the activities visit: www.theparkstrust.com Festival of Rugby Opening dates and times: Sunday 4th October 2015           12.00 – 22.30 Monday 5th October 2015           15:30 – 22.30 Thursday 8th October 2015         15:30– 22.30 Friday 9th October 2015             15:30 – 22.30 For a full line-up of Festival of Rugby activities in Milton Keynes visit: www.festivalofrugby2015.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Will-Young-announces-concert-in-Milton-Keynes 4C525A48ACC0084B077750AC333C67C1 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:12:08 +0000 Celebrate at the Milton Keynes' Fanzone Milton Keynes is proud to be one of 11 Host Cities for Rugby World Cup 2015, one of the world’s largest sporting events, hosted in England and Cardiff. Part of the celebrations taking place in Milton Keynes will include a family friendly Fanzone, which will be open during Rugby World Cup 2015 Tournament from Thursday October 1 to Sunday October 11 2015 to coincide with the following matches at Stadium MK, France v Canada, Thursday October 1, Samoa v Japan, Saturday October 3, and Fiji v Uruguay, Tuesday October 6. Come along and watch Rugby World Cup 2015 matches on big screens inside our undercover Marquee Arena, join in with some Rugby related activities and entertainment or enjoy refreshments from our food and drink concessions within the Fanzone. Visitors and fans will be able to enjoy the Tournament, offering not only a fantastic setting but a great atmosphere. Expect to find undercover areas with screens, a sports bar, funfair, Rugby activities, art and film programmes and live music events at the Fanzone. Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust and Festival Lead Coordinator, said: “We’re planning to put on a brilliant show for Rugby fans and their families. We look forward to welcoming people to Campbell Park Fanzone this October. “If you haven’t managed to get a match ticket at Stadium MK, don’t worry.  Come along to our Fanzone where you can watch a match in the undercover Marquee Arena, try out the Rugby bungee, get a bite to eat, join in the celebrations or cheer on your favourite team. We have had lots of support from local people who have volunteered to help during the event and support from local businesses and we look forward to seeing you at our Fanzone in Campbell Park, this October.” During the Tournament our Fanzone will have lots of local entertainment on the site, including:  The Deceivers who will officially open the Fanzone site, Rayguns Look Real Enough – A Comedy and Cabaret Band, Soul Fever –a local soul band with classics from 60s and 70s, Milton Keynes Haka attempt on Sunday October 10 at 12:00 and a Rugby World Cup 2015 themed Spectacular, Danbor Talka - Clash of Drums on Friday 2 and Saturday October 3. Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Council, said: “The Fanzone at Campbell Park is a fantastic opportunity for people to really feel part of Rugby World Cup 2015, even if they don’t manage to get a ticket to a match. There is so much on offer for fans of all ages. Even if you’re not a Rugby fan now, you’ll soon be converted. “This is just a glimpse of what Milton Keynes has to offer on the world stage”. To find out What’s on, stay up-to-date with traffic and travel news and updates visit www.lovemkrugby.co.uk For more information on Rugby World Cup 2015 go to www.rugbyworldcup.com Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets are still available for matches at Stadium MK. Go to tickets.rugbyworldcup.com The official Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone opening times: Thursday October 1: 12:00 -22:30 Friday October 2: 15:30 -22:30 Saturday October 3: 12.00-22:30 Tuesday October 6: 15:30-22:30 Wednesday October 7: 15:30 -22:30 Saturday October 10: 11.30-22:30 Sunday October 11: 11:00-22:30      A programme of events will take place on October 4,5,8 and 9 to celebrate Rugby’s biggest year as part of ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’.  There will be lots on offer including an 80s Lineout festival, The Big Sports Quiz, and the Art of Rugby Film Festival. Visit www.theparkstrust.com for a full line-up. Be part of something special this October in the heart of Milton Keynes.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Celebrate-at-the-Milton-Keynes-Fanzone E615C82ABA461681ADE82DA2DA38004A Wed, 26 Aug 2015 02:13:00 +0000 Get ready to celebrate rugby’s biggest year in Campbell Park Milton Keynes is preparing to celebrate The Festival of Rugby in October 2015!   A jam packed line-up of rugby related activity and events will take place in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. Expect to find undercover big screens, a sports bar, funfair, rugby activities, art and film programmes and live music events to get you in the spirit. Up to 5000 visitors and fans will be able to enjoy a full line-up in a fantastic setting with a great atmosphere. Our programme includes lots of events which celebrate rugby’s biggest year as part of ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’ get ready for the 80s Lineout festival ‘Sponsored by Centre MK’,  The Big Sports Quiz and the Art of Rugby Film Festival. Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust and Festival Lead Coordinator, said: “Our staff and a team of volunteers are busy getting ready to provide the people of Milton Keynes with a real celebration capturing the essence of Rugby in one of our picturesque parks.  We have local bands, live music, film festival, 80s Lineout and much more.We want to welcome as many people as possible to the park and we have a line-up to suit all tastes and ages. Throughout the 11 days, enjoy a great atmosphere with funfair rides, delicious food and drink, official merchandise and programmes, giveaways, free performances from local groups and artists and the Rugby Zone! At the Rugby Zone, you can find out more about your local clubs, test your reflexes with the Rugby Batak, jump on the rugby bungee and loads more!” Additional activities and events include: 80s Lineout ‘Sponsored by Centre MK’, Sunday 4 October: 4pm-10:30pm: Sister Sledge, Rick Astley, Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves) and The Real Thing. In the Undercover Marquee Arena. Visit: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/80s-lineout-milton-keynes-04-10-2015/event/37004E91D35468B0 The Big Sports Quiz, Monday 5 October: Doors open at 6pm event starts at 7pm.:  Join Luke Ashmead and local sports celebrities from MK Dons, Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues and test your sporting knowledge in a fun quiz for all the family. There will be a chance to meet your heroes and have your photo taken. Tickets cost £10/Adult; £5/Child; Family £25 (2A2C or 1A3C) Unreserved seating. To purchase tickets visit: www.theparkstrust.com/festivalofrugby  The Art of Rugby Film Festival, Thursday 8 October: 4pm-10pm: Join us for a free Mini-Film Festival alongside an art exhibition and social paint activity. Gates open at 4pm for the Society of Artists Exhibition, this highlights local talent where you can view, discuss and purchase some truly unique artworks. Social Paint - take part in a truly interactive social experience. Have a drink whilst you paint a rugby-related artwork of your very own separate charge see www.socialpaint.co.uk for details. Murder Ball – film starts at 6pm Invictus – film starts at 8pm As part of the celebrations Living Archive Milton Keynes will be producing an exhibition to showcase the history of Rugby, bands Soul Fever, Ukie Toones and Rayguns look real enough will entertain the crowds and lots more. England Rugby 2015 and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) launched the ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’ programme enabling people to put on events across the UK. For a full line up of all the activities visit: www.theparkstrust.com Festival of Rugby Opening dates and times: Sunday 4th October 2015           12.00 – 22.30 Monday 5th October 2015           15:30 – 22.30 Thursday 8th October 2015         15:30– 22.30 Friday 9th October 2015             15:30 – 22.30 For a full line-up of Festival of Rugby Activity in Milton Keynes visit: www.festivalofrugby2015.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-ready-to-celebrate-rugbys-biggest-year-in-Campbell-Park 829083D7452626F6E64B96EC0B734811 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:51:44 +0000 Get ready to celebrate rugby's biggest year in Campbell Park Milton Keynes is preparing to celebrate The Festival of Rugby in October 2015!   A jam packed line-up of rugby related activity and events will take place in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. Expect to find undercover big screens, a sports bar, funfair, rugby activities, art and film programmes and live music events to get you in the spirit. Up to 5000 visitors and fans will be able to enjoy a full line-up in a fantastic setting with a great atmosphere. Our programme includes lots of events which celebrate rugby’s biggest year as part of ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’ get ready for the 80s Lineout festival ‘Sponsored by Centre MK’,  The Big Sports Quiz and the Art of Rugby Film Festival. Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust and Festival Lead Coordinator, said: “Our staff and a team of volunteers are busy getting ready to provide the people of Milton Keynes with a real celebration capturing the essence of Rugby in one of our picturesque parks.  We have local bands, live music, film festival, 80s Lineout and much more.We want to welcome as many people as possible to the park and we have a line-up to suit all tastes and ages. Throughout the 11 days, enjoy a great atmosphere with funfair rides, delicious food and drink, official merchandise and programmes, giveaways, free performances from local groups and artists and the Rugby Zone! At the Rugby Zone, you can find out more about your local clubs, test your reflexes with the Rugby Batak, jump on the rugby bungee and loads more!” Additional activities and events include: 80s Lineout ‘Sponsored by Centre MK’, Sunday 4 October: 4pm-10:30pm: Sister Sledge, Rick Astley, Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves) and The Real Thing. In the Undercover Marquee Arena. Visit: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/80s-lineout-milton-keynes-04-10-2015/event/37004E91D35468B0 The Big Sports Quiz, Monday 5 October: Doors open at 6pm event starts at 7pm.:  Join Luke Ashmead and local sports celebrities from MK Dons, Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues and test your sporting knowledge in a fun quiz for all the family. There will be a chance to meet your heroes and have your photo taken. Tickets cost £10/Adult; £5/Child; Family £25 (2A2C or 1A3C) Unreserved seating. To purchase tickets visit: www.theparkstrust.com/festivalofrugby The Art of Rugby Film Festival, Thursday 8 October: 4pm-10pm: Join us for a free Mini-Film Festival alongside an art exhibition and social paint activity. Gates open at 4pm for the Society of Artists Exhibition, this highlights local talent where you can view, discuss and purchase some truly unique artworks. Social Paint - take part in a truly interactive social experience. Have a drink whilst you paint a rugby-related artwork of your very own separate charge see www.socialpaint.co.uk for details. Murder Ball – film starts at 6pm Invictus – film starts at 8pm As part of the celebrations Living Archive Milton Keynes will be producing an exhibition to showcase the history of Rugby, bands Soul Fever, Ukie Toones and Rayguns look real enough will entertain the crowds and lots more. England Rugby 2015 and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) launched the ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’ programme enabling people to put on events across the UK. For a full line up of all the activities visit: www.theparkstrust.com Festival of Rugby Opening dates and times: Sunday 4th October 2015           12.00 – 22.30 Monday 5th October 2015           15:30 – 22.30 Thursday 8th October 2015         15:30– 22.30 Friday 9th October 2015             15:30 – 22.30 For a full line-up of Festival of Rugby Activity in Milton Keynes visit: www.festivalofrugby2015.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Get-ready-to-celebrate-rugbys-biggest-year-in-Campbell-Park 05A4459D3D5C309F5AB86521D1D2BB69 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:53:38 +0000 Award-winning show is a right royal affair With Olivier, Critics Choice and South Bank Sky Arts Awards in the ermine-lined bag, plus sell-out runs at both the Almeida and Wyndhams Theatre in London’s West End, Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed play, King Charles lll comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Oct. 12 - 17. Even as we celebrate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll’s unrivalled record set by her great-great-grandmother as the UK’s longest reigning monarch, so there is an alternative scenario; it’s the parallel universe theory. And in this parallel universe the Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles is… still waiting. Before his coronation a problem arises that brings about a constitutional crisis and leaves the country on the brink of civil war. His power is formidable – but how should he use it? And in reality, does he really have the last say? Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, and starring Robert Powell as the newly instated monarch, King Charles lll explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. All the members of ‘The Firm’ are represented including William (Ben Righton), Camilla (Penelope Beaumont), Kate (Jennifer Bryden) and Harry (Richard Glaves). There could even be a shadowy appearance by the ‘People’s Princess’… Whether you are a loyal monarchist or a staunch republican, King Charles lll is thrilling, funny and thought-provoking. ‘Theatre doesn’t get much better than this’ (The Times). Book your tickets for this royally entertaining show now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Award-winning-show-is-a-right-royal-affair- B2DC449578A4744A1684D3B0EA933702 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:22:04 +0000 MK to host UK Public Premier of the Joost van der Westhuizen Story Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen will be visiting Milton Keynes during Rugby World Cup 2015 to premier a movie chronicling his battle with Motor Neuron Disease (MND). Local care company, PJ Care and MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET) will be hosting the premier at The Odeon, stadiummk on Tuesday 20th October. Joost will be guest of honour at the premier and will conduct a Q&A session along with movie director Odette Schwegler at the end of the screening. Joost is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest scrum-halves. Joost became a national hero in South Africa when he played a key role in the Springboks' Rugby World Cup 1995 triumph on their home turf, fearlessly tackling All Black giant Jonah Lomu bringing him to a standstill time after time. The rugby world reeled in shock in April 2011 when the news broke that Joost had been diagnosed with ALS, the most progressive form of MND. The disease attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive disability. There is no known cure. The prognosis is death. Film director Odette said: “The film is a compelling tale of redemption set against the backdrop of rugby glory, ‘Glory Game’ is the story of a modern day warrior forced to face his own human frailty. He shows us that beyond ambition, success and fame lies the true wealth of family and friends, and that within a ravaged body can surge the spirit of a survivor.” PJ Care Chief Executive, Johann van Zyl added: “I have known Joost and his family for many years and he is a true inspiration, international sport icon and father. Since being diagnosed with MND he has worked tirelessly to promote awareness of MND in Africa and across the globe through his J9 Foundation, facilitating research and treatment facilities for people in Africa through the local medical training universities. PJ Care is proud to host this event and all the profits will go to support Joost and pay for his care.” John Cove, MK Dons SET chief executive, said: “PJ Care is a proud sponsor of MK Dons SET and we are delighted to support them in the delivery of this incredibly powerful film about Joost and his remarkable career and heartbreaking diagnosis. Rugby World Cup 2015 at stadiummk has capture the imagination of the city and the world, hopefully people will be inspired by what they have seen on the pitch and inspired by the story of Joost. I hope the film raises important funds for Joost’s care.” Tuesday 20th October 7pm at the Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium The film is rated 12a VIP tickets (including pre-screening reception with Joost and post screening Q&A) £100 Standard tickets (including post screening Q&A) £50 To book tickets visit wwwpjcare.co.uk SPECIAL OFFER: To celebrate South Africa gettng to the Quarter Finals - standard tickets now just £25 each   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MK-to-host-UK-Public-Premier-of-the-Joost-van-der-Westhuizen-Story 5E98D23AFE19A774D1B2DCBEFD5103EB Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:26:18 +0000 Show your love of cycling in MK! Milton Keynes Council is inviting every cyclist to show their love of cycling and the city by taking part in a photo competition starting from 9am Friday 25 September and ending at 4pm on Friday 23 October 2015. Simply post a photo showing your love of cycling on the Council’s Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn page. Alternatively you can email your photo to cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk It could be a group photo, your bike at an MK landmark or a selfie as long as it has been taken in the Milton Keynes Borough area and shows at least one bicycle or part of. At the end of the competition, the best four photos will be chosen by Cabinet member and keen cyclist, Hannah O’Neill and British Cycling’s Peter Cox. The winners will be contacted to come in and select an envelope which will include their prize. The winning entries will be posted on the Council’s Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. The prizes are: A Family ticket MK Dons game this season* An Aviva Women’s Series Cap signed by Katie Archibald and Hannah Barnes. A family ticket to an MK Lightening Ice Hockey match in October 2015. Skyride cycling bib signed by Sir Chris Hoy *MK Dons ticket is for two adult and two junior tickets at stadiummk.  The voucher is only valid for home league games in the 2015/16 season.  Seats will be determined by the Box Office and there is no cash alternative.  The voucher is not valid for any home Cup matches How to enter: Upload your photos to: Twitter using the hashtag #getcyclingmk Post to the Council’s Facebook page: MKCouncil1 LinkedIn – Milton Keynes Council Email: cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk Terms and conditions will be listed on the Council’s Press Release section of the website (www.milton-keynes.gov.uk)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Show-your-love-of-cycling-in-MK 50982FB2F2CFA186D335310461DFA2BE Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:11:36 +0000 English National Ballet brings world-class dance to MK Theatre One of the world’s great ballet companies (and yes, it’s home-grown) brings the world’s greatest love story which, of course, was imagined in the first place by the world’s greatest playwright, to Milton Keynes Theatre from 22 – 24 Oct. Add to that the inventive and passionate choreography of none other than the late, great Rudolf Nureyev and a wonderful piece of classical music by Prokofiev that just about everyone can hum along to, and what have you got? Romance to die for! Which, of course, is exactly what these star-crossed lovers went and did. English National Ballet’s stunning version of Romeo and Juliet will transport you to Renaissance Verona where, beneath the day-to-day comings and goings in the city’s bustling piazza, there lurks a dangerous atmosphere. As a long-held feud develops between the Capulet and Montague families so a fateful series of events are unleashed that will end with a tragic, final embrace. Commemorating the events of 100 years ago, Lest We Forget is a poignant reflection on World War l that moved and astounded, not only the audience at Sadler’s Wells, but also the crowd at last year’s Glastonbury. Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan, three of the most sought-after choreographers working today, have created a triple bill of dance works full of unforgettable and haunting images. The pieces express the experiences of those who fought the war as well as those who stayed behind. For one unmissable performance in Milton Keynes only, on Tue. 20 Oct. Check out the various offers and Creative Learning workshop opportunities for English National Ballet and book your tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office. www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/English-National-Ballet-brings-world-class-dance-to-MK-Theatre 1FB333BC34B8D1F1D1D434F90869367A Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:08:33 +0000 Show off your rugby skills at intuMK Do you have a kick like Owen Farrell?  Can you pass like Ben Youngs?  If the answer is yes, then make sure you come and show off your skills at intu Milton Keynes this weekend. Rugby fever has swept across the nation over the past few weeks and now it’s time to put those skills to the test and warm up for the semi-finals.   Come and have a go to prove whether you have the fastest kick or pass; enter the speed cage competition on Central Boulevard between 10am and 6pm on Saturday 24 October.   Everyone is invited to get involved and there will be prizes up for grabs for different age groups.  Entrants will simply need to kick or throw the rugby ball as fast as they can into the net and the speed of the ball will be tracked.   intu Milton Keynes is also taking part in a promotion running across all intu shopping centres; anyone paying for their shopping using their Mastercard will be eligible to enter an online draw to win a Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets or £1,000.  Competition closes on Saturday 31 October.  Just keep hold of your receipt and enter your details here: http://intu.co.uk/win.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Show-off-your-rugby-skills-at-intuMK D339A8932DF05DE23AE3D9E29DF4B25F Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:36:36 +0000 Festival of Rugby is officially launched England Rugby 2015 and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) have launched ‘Festival of Rugby 2015’, a new programme enabling events across the UK to celebrate rugby’s biggest year.   The Festival of Rugby provides clubs, schools, community groups, organisers of sporting events and the wider nation with the opportunity to take part in the celebration of rugby in 2015 and create a true festival feel across the UK.  The Festival of Rugby is open to any event hosted between June 10 and October 31 2015 that includes a rugby theme or element; this can be as simple as a link to a rugby team, song, through catering, visuals or cultural elements of the game. From bake sales to national sporting events, everyone across the country is invited to join in by registering their existing event or creating an event to be part of the programme. The new dedicated website www.festivalofrugby2015.com will also allow people to locate and attend events in their area with a postcode search feature launching later this year.   All events registered as part of the Festival of Rugby 2015 will have access to the Festival of Rugby brand enabling them to produce items including bunting, t-shirts and promotional tools to use at their events. Each event will also have access to their own event page at www.festivalofrugby2015.com, helping to increase awareness and reach of their event.   England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive, Debbie Jevans, said, “The Festival of Rugby 2015 aims to create a true festival feeling across the UK by offering the opportunity for national, local, community and individual events to be part of rugby’s biggest year. Events hosted across the UK between June 10 - October 31 2015 can be part of the Festival of Rugby, simply by registering through www.festivalofrugby2015.com. It’s completely free and gives organisers access to promotional support and the Festival of Rugby brand and creates opportunities for people across the country to get involved and locate local events in their area and join in.”   RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger said: "We are delighted to be supporting and promoting the Festival of Rugby 2015 and look forward to engaging thousands of people across the country in rugby related activities. Whether it's a playing opportunity for youngsters at a local community centre, a rugby themed music festival at a school or an exhibition of rugby artwork, the Festival of Rugby will demonstrate what a truly inclusive sport Rugby Union is and will showcase the values of our sport. We’re looking forward to seeing a wide range of projects in the Festival, with the rugby family reaching out to more communities to welcome many more potential players, spectators and followers to our great game.” World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, added: “We are really excited about this initiative that will create a truly nationwide festival of rugby during 2015. Sport is all about inclusivity, teamwork and having fun and I am sure that through a diverse range of events, the Festival of Rugby will create a fantastic feel-good atmosphere across the UK and inspire new audiences to engage and feel a part of what will be a very special and record-breaking year of rugby.”   A number of events have already registered their interest in the Festival of Rugby 2015, including the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge at the Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park, the massed performance of ‘The Armed Man’ run by the Voices for Hospices Choir in Kempton Park, and Wallingford RFC ‘Rugfest 2015’. These highlight the broad range and genre of events that will feature in the programme, in line with the Festival’s aim to spread the celebration of rugby far and wide in 2015.   Event organisers can register their interest and find out more from today at www.festivalofrugby2015.com. Next month event organisers will be able to apply to be part of the Festival of Rugby through the online application system.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Festival-of-Rugby-is-officially-launched 3EAE62BBA9DDF64F69D49DC48E2DD214 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:46:46 +0000 Bletchley Park set to open new exhibition Sponsored by BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, Bletchley Park is all set to open its newest exhibition 'The Road to Bletchley Park' celebrating the pioneering achievements of those who waged a secret war – and how they paved the way for the Codebreakers of World War Two.   The story of signals intelligence in WW1 is an untold but crucial one, because a large number of those involved went on to work with the newly formed Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919, which then relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. Sarah Ralph, Bletchley Park’s WW1 Exhibition Research Coordinator, says “Their efforts from 1914 to 1918 allowed the Codebreakers to hit the ground running at the outbreak of WW2.”   The first phase of this fascinating exhibition, now open in the Block C Visitor Centre at Bletchley Park, introduces the two very separate codebreaking organisations working in WW1: MI1(b), set up by the Army, and Room 40, established by the Navy. They were each fighting a secret war, behind the scenes in London offices.   The work of these two distinct organisations, each with their own hierarchies and objectives, was dependent on what was then brand new technology. One key exhibit is a replica of a Marconi crystal receiver listening set. Sarah adds “Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other’s codes and gain valuable intelligence.”   The exhibition also delves into some of the key characters involved in codebreaking during both wars. Sarah says “One of my favourite exhibits related to the work in Room 40 is a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships. I love this book. It’s an exhaustive catalogue of every nation’s warships. Every time a ship was sunk (Room 40 staff) would cross out the name. It’s a very physical way of marking the conflict’s progress.”   CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, Iain Standen says “We hope this exhibition, which runs until 2019, will help to shed light on a hitherto less well known story of WW1. As the title of the exhibition alludes to, the work of Room 40 and MI1(b) in WW1 laid the foundations of the success of Bletchley Park in WW2. Visitors will learn how these pioneers operated, and how their work led to the formation of the Government Code and Cypher School, the organisation that eventually set up Bletchley Park.” www.bletchleypark.org.uk http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Bletchley-Park-set-to-open-new-exhibition 0801A457294FAFBD8FE3116176252636 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 02:14:36 +0000 Free Lego Duplo creative sessions at 360 Play Milton Keynes children’s play centre 360 Play has partnered with LEGO DUPLO to bring visitors a series of weekly LEGO DUPLO Creative Play Sessions … and all for FREE! Run by a DUPLO creative play specialist, the sessions are a fabulous opportunity for youngsters and are brought to life around themes such as storytelling, creativity and imagination, all combined with fun activities and music – and of course, building with LEGO DUPLO. LEGO DUPLO products have been designed for the very youngest LEGO fans, encouraging creative play and developing motor skills. The LEGO Duplo syllabus follows a series of developmental themes, including fine motor skills, communication and language, visual tracking and physical development and during each session the DUPLO creative play specialist works with LEGO DUPLO products in a series of imaginative ways using music and rhythm. Free to all 360 Play customers with their entry ticket, each session runs for 30 minutes and includes a musical element, starting and ending with fun sing-a-longs. Additionally, the sessions feature games and activities to help children’s development and after each session, the DUPLO creative play specialist will be on hand to answer any questions and provide inspiration for how parents can enjoy creative play at home with their children. The format for this brand new offer from 360 Play at Knowlhill is two sessions on Wednesdays, the first running from 10am to 11am and the second from 11.30am to 12.30pm. The maximum number of participants in each session is 15 and spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis, with bookings being made on arrival at reception. “We are delighted to be partnering with LEGO DUPLO to offer this exciting new opportunity to our visitors,” said 360 Play group sales and marketing manager Billie-Jan Hills. “360 Play is all about active, creative and imaginative play that helps stimulate and inspire young minds while at the same time having fun. The LEGO DUPLO Creative Play Sessions match this philosophy perfectly so it is an ideal combination. We are really looking forward to adding these free sessions to what we already have on offer and I’m sure they’ll prove extremely popular.” Full information on 360 Play venues can be found on the website at www.360play.co.uk   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Free-Lego-Duplo-creative-sessions-at-360-Play 534488729AB74FF059356CB58C9907EF Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:09:44 +0000 New £1m bar in MK set to create a Revolucion The biggest fiesta to ever hit Milton Keynes is coming this October; so grab your dancing shoes as Revolución de Cuba kicks off a new beat in the city. The brand new £1 million Latin American rum bar and cantina, located in the Theatre District, will bring the cool vibe of Cuba and the infamous Havana nights to MK, creating a fresh and exciting new destination. The relaxed daytime food and drink experience will turn into a Caribbean fiesta as the sun goes down to unleash live music, dancing and celebration, “when you step through the door you forget whatever’s outside,” says General Manager at Revolución de Cuba Milton Keynes, Rob Macdonald. “Revolución de Cuba is everything Cuban bars offer. It’s what you would expect to find from the old Cuban glamour days and the famous Buena Vista Social Club of the 30s. Today’s de Cuba is just that but with a modern twist.” The opening will create 75 local jobs including glass collectors, bar staff and management positions. Each will receive extensive training to ensure they deliver the true de Cuba experience. Clinton Ghent, Area and Brand Manager of Revolución says; “Delivering an amazing customer experience is our sole mission and we do anything we can to achieve this. Whether you come in for a coffee or an evening out with friends, our team is there to entertain and serve our guests to the highest level possible. “The Theatre District is a great location and there are lots of exciting changes taking place. Our arrival will be a major start to bringing new life to this area and giving people in Milton Keynes an exciting new place to visit.” The unique Revolución de Cuba design is based on a rustic chic inspired theme with spinning ceiling fans, vintage furniture and live music stage to create an original setting for customers to drink, dance and dine. The cantina will provide an authentic range of freshly prepared and cooked Cuban-inspired foods during the day and the evening. From light lunchtime Tapas to the famous hearty Ropa Vieja, a classic Cuban meat stew of shredded lamb in a rich tomato and pepper sauce. The extensive menu offers a variety of Burritos and Hamburguesas and customers will ‘fall in love’ with de Cuba’s guacamole – a speciality with its own secret ingredients freshly made on site. Rob says: “Our head chefs have spent weeks in the backstreet kitchens of the most extraordinary restaurants in Cuba to find the secrets behind recipes that go back generations. Each dish has its own story that we have translated to capture its essence and pass on to our customers.” The Milton Keynes Revolución de Cuba will complement its food offering with a carefully crafted drinks menu; specialising in rum, of course. An enviable selection of premium cocktails and assortment of rums add to the soul of the Cuban party that is heightened by live music during the day and evening. Salsa lessons and networking events will also be on the menu at Revolución de Cuba with more surprises expected to be revealed shortly. To keep up with the latest news, interact with the Milton Keynes team at www.revoluciondecuba.com or keep social at www.facebook.com/deCubaMK or www.twitter.com/RevdeCubaMK Revolución de Cuba Address.  21 Savoy Crescent, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3 PU Contact the team on miltonkeynes@revoluciondecuba.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/New-1m-bar-in-MK-set-to-create-a-Revolucion 6600E06FE9350B62C1E343504D4A7B86 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:47:56 +0000 Gail Emms and The Casino MK go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Popular Milton Keynes entertainment venue, The Casino MK, the largest casino outside London, has taken a novel twist on the traditional game Blackjack, developing a female-friendly ‘Pink Jack’ table for the month of October. Not only that, anyone hitting the magical ‘Pink Jack’  can celebrate with a complimentary glass of Bottega Rose Gold, courtesy of the venue. It’s all part of The Casino MK’s plans to show their support and fundraise for Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October. Karen Andrew, Marketing Manager, explains; “The Casino MK is part of the Aspers Group, who are unique in the UK for putting huge emphasis on design and décor, creating aesthetically superior light and spacious venues, rather than the traditionally dark and small gambling rooms you might expect. As a result, since opening the Casino MK has become extremely popular with women, who make up a large part of our customer base. Our research shows women really enjoy the social aspect of the casino night out, relaxing and sharing the unique experience with groups of friends. To support this we have created a special low stakes ‘Pink Jack’ table aimed at our female customer base. Our drinks partner Bottega, who supply us with both Bottega Gold and Bottega Rose Gold, offered to get on board too, and we saw an opportunity at the same time to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness.” Former Silver medal winning Olympian and Milton Keynes resident, Gail Emms MBE, herself a keen Blackjack player, was happy to lend her support to the fundraising cause, and is hosting a charity fundraiser on 30 September to launch the month-long activities. Gail commented; “As a naturally competitive person I enjoy the challenge of Blackjack but I also really love the social side that The Casino MK offers, especially to women who might otherwise feel intimidated in a more old school casino venue. The ‘Pink Jack concept’ is a really fun idea and I am delighted to be lending my support to a cause as important for women as Breast Cancer awareness.” Throughout the month of October the Casino will donate £1 from every glass of Bottega Gold or Bottega Rose Gold purchased to Breast Cancer Awareness charities. Customers must be aged over 18 to enter, and ID will be required from anyone appearing to be under 21 years of age. To find out more about The Casino MK, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, go to www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Gail-Emms-and-The-Casino-MK--go-Pink-for-Breast-Cancer-Awareness C4F8A2DB7F8704B0BDAA266D61EF48C3 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 01:40:20 +0000 Hit new heights with the Snozone Autumn Offer Snozone is warming up for winter combining the benefits of learning a brand new sport with joining their unbeatable Snozone membership! For those planning their first winter holiday they needn’t waste time learning at resort when they can start now! Skiing and snowboarding are fantastic forms of exercise helping people to feel good and stay fit. Families can participate in a sport all together! Having taught 1.8 million people to ski or snowboard since opening Snozone has a wealth of experience and expertise.  Becoming a Snozone member offers exclusive benefits propelling members to hit new heights in their performance, fitness levels and sense of achievement as they improve each time they visit. From 21st September anyone buying a Snozone membership will qualify for 5 single group ski or snowboard lessons for only £79pp (adults) or £69pp (juniors). It doesn’t stop after lesson 5 as once riders conquer the main slopes they can get inspired with freestyle, progress with development coaching sessions or even try race training.  Being open 364 days a year snowsports are not just for winter but available all year round. Membership is a one off fee with no contract.  Benefits include: 50% off slope sessions, lessons and activities May-September & 25% off October-April Free one hour slope pass for every member referral - the more members you refer the less you pay! Two free main slope passes on joining 15% off the children's SnoAcademy & Snocamps, all shop merchandise and private lessons Snozone spokesperson Elena Kale says; “Our Join Up and Hit New Heights promotion is a fantastic way to learn a brand new sport and continue to develop people’s passion for snowsports.  The incredible benefits our members receive encourages regular practice allowing skiing or snowboarding to become part of their lifestyle, and not just a winter experience.” For more information or to book, visit: http://snozoneuk.com   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Hit-new-heights-with-the-Snozone-Autumn-Offer 815074618F19008DA3C78B95A2F5B964 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:30:54 +0000 Destination MK hosts Rugby World Cup reception Destination Milton Keynes (DMK), the official Destination Management Organisation for the city, helped to officially welcome the Rugby World Cup to MK with a City Reception held at MK Theatre. Just days before the first match at Stadium MK between France and Canada, local dignitaries were joined by Andrew Cosslett, Chairman or England Rugby 2015 to talk about the tournament so far and the benefits that the city can expect to see. The Mayor of Milton Keynes welcomed guests and spoke of his pride at being Mayor at such an historic and important time for Milton Keynes. Mr Cosslett then spoke about the records that the tournament had already broken over just its first two weeks, and of how Milton Keynes had proved itself time and time again throughout the build up to the tournament, and was now firmly ready to be a Host City. Other speakers included Pete Winkelman, Chairman of MK Dons FC and Geoff Snelson of MK Council who spoke about the financial benefits to Milton Keynes but also about the huge team of people behind the scenes who had helped make it all happen. Finally, David Foster from The Parks Trust talked about the Fanzone in Campbell Park and the Festival of Rugby due to take place across 10 days. The event was a fitting start to Milton Keynes’ Rugby World Cup adventure. For more information visit www.lovemkrugby.co.uk.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Destination-MK-hosts-Rugby-World-Cup-reception 1B90614883E606D5621B45C14F4F2963 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:00:08 +0000 The North Face confirms opening at intu MK Outdoor specialist, The North Face has confirmed it is joining intu Milton Keynes and will open its new store on Friday 23 October. The 1800sqft store will be located next to Timberland on West Walk and will create 10 full and part time jobs, as well as additional staff for Christmas. Specialising in outerwear, fleeces, coats, shirts, footwear, and equipment such as backpacks, and sleeping bags, The North Face will become the flagship store for its franchise operator, 73 Retail. The company already has a presence in the shopping centre with Timberland and Havaianas during the summer, “The footfall and target audience at intu Milton Keynes is fantastic for business and it’s a centre that is growing and developing, which matches our strategy for long-term investment.” Said Luke Underhill, Founding Partner of 73 Retail. Luke adds: “Milton Keynes is a real hub for business, which we have enjoyed for the last few years and to place The North Face next to our Timberland store is the vision we had from the start.” Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes said: “This is wonderful news and we’re delighted to welcome such a high profile and popular brand to the centre. This is the start of many big names to be announced between now and Christmas.” The opening of The North Face will also mark 73 Retail’s new ecommerce site www.73Retail.com. Other brands under the group include Vans and Radley.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-North-Face-confirms-opening-at-intu-MK 8E19A39C36B8E5E3AFD2A3B2692AEA96 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:57:39 +0000 Clash of Drums sets MK alight Over 12,000 people processed through the streets of Milton Keynes and packed into The Point Car Park to experience Clash of Drums/Danbor Talka last Friday and Saturday night. Produced by The Stables and IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, this thrilling outdoor event was presented as Milton Keynes’ Official Spectacular to celebrate Rugby World Cup 2015 and was commissioned by the Parks Trust. International companies Les Commandos Percu (from France) and Deabru Beltzak (from the Basque region of Spain) did battle in the streets using drumming, fearsome war-like chanting and stunning pyrotechnics in what one viewer called a brilliant “Mad Max/Street Riot mash-up”. One of the most intricate, dramatic and cleverly choreographed firework displays and live events the city has ever seen, audiences took to social media to express their reactions: "INCREDIBLE! Go tomorrow if you missed it!!" "Wow, wow, wow - just been to Clash of Drums" "What a special way to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in MK!" "Milton Keynes was hitting way above its weight tonight at Clash of the Drums. Fantastic" "Absolutely amazing! MK mixing sport and art in a way only we can do!" "Now that's what I call a Rugby World Cup spectacular!" Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak were joined for this extraordinary spectacular by a team of eight UK and Milton Keynes-based pyrotechnic artists from Festive Road.   More information: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org and www.lovemkrugby.co.uk/clash-of-drums Photo credit: Kelly Cooper Photography   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Clash-of-Drums-sets-MK-alight 06BF16F1F0372A63D520EAC6CF7C5AF7 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:13:18 +0000 MK's Biggest Trick or Treat It’s possibly the biggest trick or treat event in Milton Keynes this year, and all the little ghouls and goblins are invited to play. intu Milton Keynes is hosting a free, fun-for-all trick or treat Halloween spook-tacular during the day on Saturday 31 October, and parents are invited to bring their little monsters and witches to the shopping centre in full costume. Collect a free mini pumpkin from the gremlins at the customer information desk next to Debenhams and go hunting for the carved pumpkins throughout the centre. Great news, if there’s a pumpkin outside a shop, it means they have a sweet treat for little witches and warlocks... just pop in and find a member of staff to trick or treat, then off to the next one. “We have hundreds of pumpkin buckets to give away and tonnes of sweets,” says general manager at intu Milton Keynes, Shelley Peppard. “This is a great excuse for the little ones to wear their scary outfits for the whole day and take part in the biggest trick or treat event we have seen in central Milton Keynes.” The big trick or treat will last until all the pumpkin buckets have been taken. The Halloween event follows a half term week filled with craft activities, colouring, games and more, in partnership with the new ‘Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie’ which takes place across all intu shopping centres. See www.intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes for more details.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/MKs-Biggest-Trick-or-Treat 4324E8D0D37B110EE1A4F1633AC52DF5 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 02:10:44 +0000 Win a Genie-us prize when you book tickets to see Aladdin A visit to the theatre to see a pantomime is a treat for all the family. But, imagine how much more of a treat it would be if you could win one of three amazing prizes as well! This year Aladdin, at Milton Keynes Theatre, really does have its very own Genie - Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa! And the award-winning local venue is granting three fabulous wishes to make Christmas 2015 one to remember. Between now and November 1st anyone who buys a ticket to see the show will be entered into a prize draw (don’t worry if you’ve already bought your tickets, you’ve automatically been entered too)! You can win a deluxe spa getaway break for two at Whittlebury Hall that includes therapeutic treatments, full use of the Day Spa facilities and the Leisure Club, fine dining in the restaurant and all the rest and relaxation you could want. There’ll even be a bottle of champagne waiting for you on arrival! Theatre tickets are a great Christmas present but going to see a show is a year-round pleasure. Whittlebury Hall is offering another lucky prize winner two tickets to Milton Keynes Theatre every month for a whole year. To add to the VIP experience each ticket comes with access to the theatre’s luxury Ambassador Lounge, a glass of Prosecco and a house programme. And finally, Christmas is a wonderful time to spend with family or friends – but there’s always lots of work involved. The third wish that the Whittlebury Genie is granting will make Christmas next year a magical, stress free reality for another lucky winner – and also for five of their nearest and dearest! The three day Christmas break includes delicious food and wines, plenty of warmth, laughter and first-class, Whittlebury hospitality. For more information, full terms and conditions of the prize draw and to book tickets for Aladdin starring Priscilla Presley, visit: atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes go to the Aladdin production page and click on the link #MKT3wishes. Entrants must be over 18 and resident in the UK. Even if you’re not lucky enough to have a wish granted by Aladdin’s Genie, there’s still time to book Whittlebury Hall’s special three day Christmas getaway 2015. Go to: http://www.whittleburyhall.co.uk/     http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Win-a-Genie-us-prize-when-you-book-tickets-to-see-Aladdin- E5BA7C3BBE8402A49A10FED2162DAC54 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:32:25 +0000 Middleton Hall goes all handmade and vintage 31 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER, Middleton Hall, in front of John Lewis in centre:mk, will be once again transformed into a treasure trove of 128 colourful indoor market stalls, a paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique. For savvy shoppers who aren’t slaves to high street trends and prices, the event offers an eclectic mix of thousands of craftsman-made and vintage items you won’t find in the shops... And this is the Christmas special! With its high reputation for quality, originality and affordable prices attracting visitors from across the country, this quarterly event invites the cream of our region's independent craftspeople, vintage/retro sellers and artists – an eclectic mix and an exceptional range of talents. Forget Brighton or Camden – this huge market is right on our doorstep, it’s indoors, and every item is unique - bought-in retail goods are not permitted. For those who haven’t visited before, it’s quite a spectacle and a day out with a great atmosphere. Uniquely for an event with exhibitors of this calibre, there is NO admission charge either! Event organiser, Jacqui Lewis ... “ Our standards are high and our carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything from furniture to fashions, from jewellery to jukeboxes; the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky – all exhibitors passionate about what they do and ready to take bespoke commissions. This is our final event of 2015 so this is the opportunity to buy a whole Christmas shopping list all in one place. For those who want to make their gifts extra special and unusual this year and want to buy at the best possible prices ... this grand finale event to the year is the opportunity!" You'll find .... some of the best top-end vintage clothes and accessory sellers in the business, selling a range of exquisite one-off party wear to make you stand out from the crowd, cool original art, exquisite jewellery hand carved from coins (you need to see this!) a traditional children's personalised toy maker, unusual personalised keepsakes, dressmakers, personalised cushions, wool products from a local alpaca farm, our own gents tailor, glass-makers, fabulous personalised ceramics, unusual journals and notebooks, casting for sculptures of children's hands, unusual handbag makers, gorgeous luxury handmade natural skincare, jukeboxes, record players and vinyl, haberdashery, crocheted and knitted gifts, our own expert hat maker, makers of unique tiles, foodie stalls, crazy upcycled lamps, unusual pens, quilt makers, luxury collectable bear makers, unusual interior design pieces, furniture - newly made, originally upcycled, trendy retro pieces and always a few oddities, our unusual home-made ice cream bar, and our very own famously quirky Brocant boys with Goodness knows what from their recent haul of the auction houses and brocantes of Europe! ... and so much more! The market is only there for 2 days – Saturday 31st October (9am-7pm) and Sunday 1st November (10.30am-5pm).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Middleton-Hall-goes-all-handmade-and-vintage 11348E03E23B137D55D94464250A67A2 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:46:00 +0000 Middleton Hall goes all Handmade and Vintage 31 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER, Middleton Hall, in front of John Lewis in centre:mk, will be once again transformed into a treasure trove of 128 colourful indoor market stalls, a paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique. For savvy shoppers who aren’t slaves to high street trends and prices, the event offers an eclectic mix of thousands of craftsman-made and vintage items you won’t find in the shops... And this is the Christmas special! With its high reputation for quality, originality and affordable prices attracting visitors from across the country, this quarterly event invites the cream of our region's independent craftspeople, vintage/retro sellers and artists – an eclectic mix and an exceptional range of talents. Forget Brighton or Camden – this huge market is right on our doorstep, it’s indoors, and every item is unique - bought-in retail goods are not permitted. For those who haven’t visited before, it’s quite a spectacle and a day out with a great atmosphere. Uniquely for an event with exhibitors of this calibre, there is NO admission charge either! Event organiser, Jacqui Lewis ... “ Our standards are high and our carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything from furniture to fashions, from jewellery to jukeboxes; the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky – all exhibitors passionate about what they do and ready to take bespoke commissions. This is our final event of 2015 so this is the opportunity to buy a whole Christmas shopping list all in one place. For those who want to make their gifts extra special and unusual this year and want to buy at the best possible prices ... this grand finale event to the year is the opportunity!" You'll find .... some of the best top-end vintage clothes and accessory sellers in the business, selling a range of exquisite one-off party wear to make you stand out from the crowd, cool original art, exquisite jewellery hand carved from coins (you need to see this!) a traditional children's personalised toy maker, unusual personalised keepsakes, dressmakers, personalised cushions, wool products from a local alpaca farm, our own gents tailor, glass-makers, fabulous personalised ceramics, unusual journals and notebooks, casting for sculptures of children's hands, unusual handbag makers, gorgeous luxury handmade natural skincare, jukeboxes, record players and vinyl, haberdashery, crocheted and knitted gifts, our own expert hat maker, makers of unique tiles, foodie stalls, crazy upcycled lamps, unusual pens, quilt makers, luxury collectable bear makers, unusual interior design pieces, furniture - newly made, originally upcycled, trendy retro pieces and always a few oddities, our unusual home-made ice cream bar, and our very own famously quirky Brocant boys with Goodness knows what from their recent haul of the auction houses and brocantes of Europe! ... and so much more! The market is only there for 2 days – Saturday 31st October (9am-7pm) and Sunday 1st November (10.30am-5pm).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Middleton-Hall-goes-all-Handmade-and-Vintage 5E9FB672EE46BE628A141B594D7C6F3E Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:53:28 +0000 Snoopy and the Peanuts gang to takeover intu MK Get set for a week of action and adventure this October half term at intu Milton Keynes. Watch out as Snoopy and Charlie Brown – stars of the upcoming animated adventure Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie – take over intu Milton Keynes. They’ve been busy arranging some fantastic FREE activities for little shoppers to enjoy. Join in the fun and enjoy the themed craft workshops and the Snoopy quest. Activities will run from Monday 26 October until Sunday 1 November, and give little ones the opportunity to get busy. They’ll have the chance to make their very own Snoopy money box, do some fun colouring and activity sheets, and complete the Snoopy quest by finding the clues hidden around the malls.   Kirsty McGiff, marketing manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “The world’s most loveable Beagle – Snoopy, is taking over intu Milton Keynes this October half term – and we can’t wait for the action to begin.” Snoopy and the ‘Peanuts’ gang will be taking over the kids’ club activities at 15 intu shopping centres across the UK this autumn, with fun for shoppers of all ages. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN - THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day. Directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift). The screenplay is by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Produced by Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, respectively Mr. Schulz’s son and grandson, along with Uliano and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy). For more information on intu Milton Keynes’ FREE kids’ club activities, visit: intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Snoopy-and-the-Peanuts-gang-to-takeover-intu-MK A33F5792B2A9A51DDD0111B3AC6E0E76 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:41:54 +0000 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is coming to MK Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won five Tony awards on Broadway and no less than seven 2013 Olivier awards; not surprisingly. It is an un-missable, unforgettable piece of theatre that is powerful, funny and moving. Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, this stunning National Theatre production makes a much-anticipated visit to Milton Keynes Theatre in November. Fifteen year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain - while he is exceptional at maths he struggles to interpret the business end of everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbour’s dog it takes him on a journey that upturns his world and propels him into some terrifying new experiences. But Christopher is made of stronger stuff than anyone might initially have expected. This phenomenal production, with its unique and innovative staging and fine performances, draws the audience into Christopher’s mysterious world and offers a remarkable insight into what it means to be ‘different’.   The set is designed by Bunny Christie with movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly. Starring Joshua Jenkins as Christopher and an ensemble cast that includes Geraldine Alexander, Stuart Laing and Roberta Kerr, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Nov. 2 – 7. Book your ‘Curious’ tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Curious-Incident-of-the-Dog-in-the-Night-Time-is-coming-to-MK-Theatre B555F4A2901228CC826327079761E696 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 01:46:11 +0000 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to MK Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won five Tony awards on Broadway and no less than seven 2013 Olivier awards; not surprisingly. It is an un-missable, unforgettable piece of theatre that is powerful, funny and moving. Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, this stunning National Theatre production makes a much-anticipated visit to Milton Keynes Theatre in November. Fifteen year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain - while he is exceptional at maths he struggles to interpret the business end of everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbour’s dog it takes him on a journey that upturns his world and propels him into some terrifying new experiences. But Christopher is made of stronger stuff than anyone might initially have expected. This phenomenal production, with its unique and innovative staging and fine performances, draws the audience into Christopher’s mysterious world and offers a remarkable insight into what it means to be ‘different’.   The set is designed by Bunny Christie with movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly. Starring Joshua Jenkins as Christopher and an ensemble cast that includes Geraldine Alexander, Stuart Laing and Roberta Kerr, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Nov. 2 – 7. Book your ‘Curious’ tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/The-Curious-Incident-of-the-Dog-in-the-Night-Time-comes-to-MK-Theatre 5317B6799188715D5E00A638A4278901 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 01:47:58 +0000 Knit for the Codebreakers this winter Bletchley Park will be adding a seasonal feel to the dressed rooms during the festive period and your knitting could play a part in bringing the wartime winter to life. The men and women here had to wrap up warm for their shifts because it was so cold in their offices. Often they huddled in their woollens while the fires filled their offices with smoke, necessitating the opening of a window to make the atmosphere bearable.   To keep the rooms in tune with the time of year Digitisation and Exhibitions Officer, Sarah Kay, will be introducing hats, gloves and scarves to the set dressed rooms. Keen knitters can see their 1940s style creations as part of the office scene. Sarah will also be adding period or imitation winter coats and umbrellas to the rooms.   Sarah said, “We will add some light set dressing to what’s already in the Mansion Library and Denniston's Office. These items can be very expensive to buy and people then would probably have just sat and knitted. Christmas during wartime was all about making things. There are nine desks in the library, which is nine imaginary Codebreakers, so I need quite a lot.”   Bletchley Park is also actively seeking 1930s and 1940s style Christmas decorations to add to the rooms over the festive period, as well as post war antique books. These will be used to build a Christmas tree of books among other things.   Donated items will be used for set dressing and therefore subject to wear and tear. If you would like to donate to the Bletchley Park Trust for the winter season please send an email with a picture to Sarah at skay@bletchleypark.org.uk They will need to be at Bletchley Park by Monday 16 November.   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Knit-for-the-Codebreakers-this-winter 0EC04CB3912C4F08874DD03716F80DF1 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:41:20 +0000 Glyndebourne Tour 2015 gets ready to storms into MKT “TRIUMPH, joy, madness, death, battles, jealousy, rage; what more do you want from a night at the opera?” Certainly as far as the brilliant and provocative Australian opera and theatre director, Barrie Kosky, is concerned, that pretty much covers it. Barrie made his debut working with the world famous Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer directing Handel’s compelling psychological drama, Saul. The production attracted amazing reviews from both press and public and now there’s the chance to see it at Milton Keynes Theatre. But that’s not the only musical treat that is heading into the county this November. First up is a revival of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale which, while the director Mariame Clement has plumped for an opulent period setting, has some very recognisably modern plot lines: rich old man in search of a young wife; a rebellious teenager sulking in his bedroom and an ambitious woman longing for money (and for a young lover). The third opera that Glyndebourne Tour presents is an elegant new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio). Also transferring from the 2015 Festival, David McVicar’s new production of the musical wunderkind’s early masterpiece is a sensitive and erotic comedy. A culture clash between east and west, the opera is beautifully designed by Vicki Mortimer and exquisitely acted and sung by a cast that includes the up-and-coming American tenor Benjamin Bliss, currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.   You may not be a buff, an -ophile or even a regular opera-goer but the chance to see one of the finest opera companies in the world performing some of the most sensational music ever written right on your doorstep is too good an opportunity to miss. So don’t! Milton Keynes Theatre is one of only five venues across the country that annually hosts Glyndebourne Tour. In the 16 years that the company has been visiting the theatre nearly 50,000 people have watched and enjoyed world-class opera, productions that you’d otherwise have to trek all the way down to East Sussex to see.  This year, performances run from 10-14 November. This year, two of the three productions that make up the programme are premieres that have transferred straight from the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival Call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit: atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes for more information   http://www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/News/News-Archive/Glyndebourne-Tour-2015-gets-ready-to-storm-into-MKT EF2EE09EA9551DE88BC11FD7EEEA93B0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:45:09 +0000 Glyndebourne Tour 2015 gets ready to storms into MKT “TRIUMPH, joy, madness, death, battles, jealousy, rage; what more do you want from a night at the opera?” Certainly as far as the brilliant and provocative Australian opera and theatre director, Barrie Kosky, is concerned, that pretty much covers it. Barrie made his debut working with the world famous Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer directing Handel’s compelling psychological drama, Saul. The production attracted amazing reviews from both press and public and now there’s the chance to see it at Milton Keynes Theatre. But that’s not the only musical treat that is heading into the county this November. First up is a revival of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale which, while the director Mariame Clement has plumped for an opulent period setting, has some very recognisably modern plot lines: rich old man in search of a young wife; a rebellious teenager sulking in his bedroom and an ambitious woman longing for money (and for a young lover). The third opera that Glyndebourne Tour presents is an elegant new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio). Also transferring from the 2015 Festival, David McVicar’s new production of the musical wunderkind’s early masterpiece is a sensitive and