Whatever you’re into, there’s something for you in our guide to ten of the best things to do in MK in the coming days...
Half Term activities, Milton Keynes Museum, October 24 to 28
There will be plenty to keep little folks happy this half-term. The popular science professor will be back, capturing attentions and imaginations with a variety of weird and wonderful experiments. Whether they want to dial up some fun in the Connected Earth gallery with its fully working telephone exchange, or would prefer to play parlour games and make good use of the pianola, youngsters will be very welcome to get involved.
Cats, Milton Keynes Theatre, October 24 to 29
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier-award nominated musical Cats returns. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the classic Lloyd Webber score includes Memory, which has been recorded by more than 150 different artists.
Coram Boy, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Mill Road, Sharnbrook
A heartbreaking tale of orphans, angels, murder and music set in the 18th century.
It’s an epic adventure featuring two orphans whose lives are linked by the “Coram Man” and who find themselves on a dangerous and exciting journey.
The piece is presented by the next generation of Mill performers.
Round the Horne, Stantonbury Theatre, October 20
Round the Horne was one of the biggest radio comedy shows of all time, and still endures today, 50 years on. Take a step back in time to the BBC’s Paris Studios and experience this comedy classic live.
The Stables, Wavendon, October 24 to 28
The Stables will be a holding a series of music-related workshops over October half-term, especially designed for young people between the ages of 12 and 17. From jazz improvisation to live sonic engineering, there’s plenty for youngsters to learn and enjoy.
Open University Orchestra, Hub Theatre, Open University, October 21
will be playing two popular Russian works; Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy-Overture Romeo and Juliet, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Autumn Bytes, National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, October 23 and 27 to 30
The festival starts this Sunday when visitors can get a feel for what it was like during the Second World War when Colossus was secretly breaking enemy codes. Visitors can learn about spy technologies and watch the museum’s team make contact with the French resistance using wartime technology.
Towcester Studio Band, Christ the Cornerstone Church, Milton Keynes, October 22
Towcester Studio Band are joining members of Fairey, GUS and Desford Bands to raise money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Jake Sims, Unit Nine Music Venue, Wolverton, October 22
Former Stereo Kicks boy band member Jake Sims headlines It’s Party Time. Support acts include MK’s very own Euan Emerton.
Lake Komo, Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, October 23
“We want to make thoughtful and emotionally deep music that’s got something to say – but at the same time we all love the immediacy of pop music.” So say Lake Komo, one of the most hotly-tipped young bands on the circuit.
Pop along and see what you make of them.