Ten of the best things to do in MK over the next week

Get up close to creations similar to this at Westbury Arts Centre
Get up close to creations similar to this at Westbury Arts Centre

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...

1 DANCE

Mótus, various locations

The third annual Mótus Dance Festival will transform the new city this weekend when it presents its programme under this year’s title, Push/Identify this Saturday and Sunday.

Those behind the programme said: “We’re trying to do bridge the gap between all of the wonderful weekly dance classes that go on in Milton Keynes and the large scale productions that stop off at MK Theatre.”

Details: www.motusdance.co.uk

2 DRAMA

Trailer/Trash, MK Gallery Event Space

Trailer/Trash is one of those pieces being performed under the Fringe banner.

It is described as a comedy which deals sensitively with transgender issues, a buddy movie without the popcorn and a road trip without the car.Playing against type and exploring the American dream, sexual exploitation and gender identity, Trailer/Trash is a fierce comedy that embraces the young and feisty Frankie, a waitress in a backwater diner who hates her job, her body and longs to be a man, and an ageing Afro-American stripper, Shyanne, who dreams of becoming a star in Las Vegas, but has lived too long with a lifetime of regrets. It runs nightly at 8pm from Friday, July 15.

Details: http://bit.ly/buyyourticketnow

3 ART AND DESIGN

Westbury Arts Centre, July 13 to 22

Community arts organisation Festive Road invites families to view its extraordinary work. It’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some of its creations – both old and new – showing the fusion of art and engineering that make Festive Road so distinctive. Expect to meet giant creations similar to the one pictured above.

Details: mkfestivalfringe.com

4 BOOKS

Treasure hunt, Oxfam Books and Music, Olney, all week

Visit the Oxfam Books and Music store in Olney for scorching summer reads and a treasure hunt in store. A signed copy by one of the nation’s best loved authors is hidden among the shelves and displays.

From current best sellers to classics, travel guides to children’s favourites and hobby titles, they are all in store.

5 CRAFT

Upcycling workshop, MK Arts Centre, Great Linford, from Saturday

MKArts Centre asked Yinka Ilori to collaborate with schoolchildren from here in MK, guiding 15 primary school children to tell a story using unwanted vintage furniture donated by residents in the locality, and Age UK MK.

The upcycling workshops present themselves to the wider public from Saturday when the exhibition Do Good Because of Tomorrow is revealed at MK Arts Centre in Great Linford.

6 ART

Art in the Park, Campbell Park, Saturday and Sunday

The seventh annual Art in the Park Festival will be unwrapped in Campbell Park this weekend, promising live music, visual arts, storytelling, debate, food and performance. The event is organised by the MK Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture group, and MKIAC.

Details: www.mkiac.org

7 ART

Lord Grey School art exhibition, Tecton Centre, Fenny Stratford, Friday

An art exhibition celebrating the achievements of students at Lord Grey School in Bletchley is being hosted at the centre.

Details: www.lordgrey.org.uk

8 PHOTOGRAPHY

Photo exhibition, Stantonbury

Photographer Nicky Kenny is currently exhibiting at Stantonbury Gallery.

She concentratesthe majority of her images on her home town of Wolverton. Entry is free.

Details: www.stantonbury.org.uk

9 ARTS

MK Festival Fringe, various locations

Don’t forget to check in with some attractions playing out under the banner of the fourth biennial MK Festival Fringe this week

It is being billed as “11 slightly shocking days” and will be awash with theatre, arts, music, comedy and dance.

Details: mkfestivalfringe.com

10 WALK

MK Ramblers, meet at Woburn Car Park, Saturday

The MK Ramblers are walking six-and-a-bit miles through the park, with a pub stop at the end for those who have worked up a thirst.

Details: 07941 235776