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 GLOBAL CULTURE
Filipino Festival, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, July 30 and 31
The sights and sounds of the Philippines come to MK this weekend. Visitors can expect entertainment from musicians and dancers , with a chance to sample traditional Filipino food and drink and prizes up for grabs in the festival raffle. The annual taste of island life draws huge crowds each year. Hometown band JSMV are among the performers.
National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, from Saturday
The month-long festival has fun and learning in store for all the family with opportunities to interact with robots past and present and experience different realities – virtual, augmented, retro and real-time. The festival opens with Galactic Saturday, when visitors can come face to face with Star Wars characters including R2-D2,
A World Away, Craufurd Arms, July 30
MK emo band A World Away are taking over The Craufurd Arms this Saturday night, fresh from receiving strong reviews for their new music by leading critics.
Details: www.facebook.com/ aworldawayband
Zoorassic Park, Whipsnade Zoo, until September 4
Zoorassic Park boasts life-sized working models of a Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus and plenty more, and the chance for dinosaur face painting and a “fossil” dig.
5 ART AND CRAFT
Beadwork exhibition, The Gallery, Christ the Cornerstone church, July 30 to August 7
Prepare for some extreme sewing with an exhibition dedicated to beadwork. Each tiny glass bead is stitched to the next, creating a new fabric, sculpture or piece of jewellery using only needle, thread and tiny glass beads – along with a little ingenuity.
There will be an additional display of larger pieces, with demonstrations and have-a-go sessions in the Guildhall, on August 6.
The Death Do Us Part Danger Show, Craufurd Arms, August 2
Described as a “thrilling, sexy cabaret show like no other,” The Death Do Us Part Danger Show features knife-throwing, sword-swallowing and whip-cracking among other spectacular acts, along with an international cast. The show boasts a fusion of traditional circus, sideshow, burlesque and magic presented with humour, audience interaction and modern twists .Husband-and-wife duo Charlie and Rachel Atlas put their lives on the line for the audience’s entertainment and are joined by two performers from Australia.
Time to Die & Blood on the Canvas,
Ellen Pettit Memorial Hall, July 29 and 30
Tread the Boards Theatre group presents two one-act plays: tense thriller Time to Die? and murder mystery comedy Fate’s Thread.
Linslade Canal Festival, Tiddenfoot, Linslade,July 29
Colourful narrowboats, traditional arts and crafts, live music and dancing, birds of prey, wriggly reptiles, a fun dog show and a children’s funfair are all on offer at the Linslade Canal Festival.
9 DRAMA AND COMEDY
Bedfringe, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, until July 30
There’s still time to catch some of the hottest comics, entertainers and drama shows at the festival.
Wrest Park, until August 26
There will be different events each week for children of all ages to enjoy, including Garden Explorers and the Ugly Bug Safari.