Want to get away from the family get-together for a little while? Want to ring in the new year with a glass of fizz and a crowd of folks? Or are you looking for a Christmas Day church service?
We’ve done the research, all you need to do is read on...
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
If you want to forget the festivities for a while, take yourselves into the confines of the Video Space at MK Gallery and catch the looped screening of The Ouse, by Miles Umney.
The on-going project about the new city comprises a single film remade and represented a number of times throughout the summer of 2013, and was developed by Miles as part of the Arts & Heritage Alliance co-ordinated Made in MK season of events.
Showing until December 31.
The Gallery will also be showing a performance of the modern Crimbo film, Nativity! today.
Get the family together and settle back with a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie or two.
Motorhead’s lead guitarist Phil Campbell brings his All Starrs to The Craufurd Arms for a clasic night of hard rock.
At Kiln Farm pub, Silver Tongue, Inlak’esh and Black Martis will be on song.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
The Fenny Stompers will get your feet tapping while you shop in Bletchley.
The six-piece jazzers will be playing tunes and raising cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care, so be sure to put something in the collection box.
Catch them at Lloyds Bank in Queensway between 11am and midday, and again in Costa Coffee, from 12.30 ’ til 2.30pm.
Ben Thompson has the quiff, the hip-swivel and the voice...which explains why he is called the Definitive Tribute to Elvis.
On Saturday night, Ben and his band the CC Riders will be live at the WMC in Silver Street, Newport Pagnell.
For more information call 07814 597563.
The Modus Vivendi wrap up the musical happenings for Foundation promotions this side of Christmas with a seasonal bash at The Craufurd Arms – see City Nights.
MK Gallery has free activities for youngsters aged four years and up and their families at the Mini Makers session.
The Sip & Sew Society are hosting, helping you get creative making stockings and festive bunting
If it’s dry, Stony Community Carols will be hosted outside on Horsefair Green.
If the weather is all wet and glum, the carols will be hosted at Stony Stratford Community Church.
Wet or dry, the service will roll between 5pm and 6.30pm.
At the Kiln Farm Pub, Drum n Bass will flavour things up.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
Enjoy Carols by Willen Lake today, with a traditional session of Yuletide songs from 3.30pm.
Given half a chance the chill will get you, but not if you reach for the mittens and scarves and remember the woollies.
Take a lantern too, they are most useful with these long, dark evenings we have at the moment.
Song sheets will be provided and Willen Hospice will be on hand with mulled wine and mince pies.
Free parking will be available at Willen Sports Pavilion, off Portland Drive.
Admission is free.
Those of you heading to Wolverton’s Tesco store today will have a seasonal time of it with the Wolverton Town Band, above, playing outside between 11am and 2pm.
That Time of the Month Comedy Club returns to The Cannon in Newport Pagnell tonight, with Tom Web headlining, and support from Olaf Falafal.
Doors at 7pm
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
Midnight Communions are being held at Woolstone’s Holy Trinity Church, St Mary’s at Woughton on the Green and St Thomas’ in Simpson from 11.30pm.
Earlier in the day, Wolverton Town Band will assemble themselves around the Christmas tree in The Square for an afternoon session of classic carols.
How’s about some power ballad glory to take us into Christmas Day?
‘Who doesn’t like a bit at Christmas?’ ask promoters at the Kiln Farm Pub...
St Thomas Church in Simpson is hosting a Christmas Day Celebration at 10am.
All are welcome and children are invited to bring along a present to show.
A Family Communion is being held at Fishermead’s Trinity Church, again from 10am – and again little ‘uns’ are invited to bring a present to show.
It’s the same deal at Christ the Vine Church on Coffee Hall, once more from 10am, and at St. Mary’s, Woughton on the Green, beginning at 9.45am.
Starting today and rolling through to New Year’s Eve, The National Museum of Computing – located at Bletchley Park – is hosting a Christmas Bytes Festival.
Let mince-pie overload give way to a fun and creative digital wonder!
This is an opportunity for the family to put down the Crimbo gadgets, and go get some hands-on experience with some other exciting devices – and retro computer games will include Pac-Man and Space Invaders.
You know you want to have a go.
The ‘healthiest Christmas byte’ will begin at noon daily.
Forget the Boxing Day leftovers, and go find something fresh at Kiln Farm Pub, hosting a ‘forward thinking House night’.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Feeling sluggish? Too many sweeties, over-indulged in gateaux and roast potatoes?
It’s time to get that body moving, then, and an eight mile walk should do it.
MK Ramblers will be pulling on their sturdy footwear and making tracks to Bromham Mill car park in time for 10am, their starting point for the feet-first event taking them - and you - through Stevington.
Call for details on MK 607215
NEW YEARS EVE
Ready to wave goodbye to 2013, and raise a toast to the New Year?
Of course you are, and no matter what you choose to do this NYE, GO! hopes you have a blast...
Here are a few ideas to get your party started:
Singer-songwriter Sahara C is hosting a party at the Jury’s Inn Hotel, on Midsummer Boulevard, but tickets won’t be available on the door, so you need to get organised for this now.
Sahara will deliver a sweet mix of Motown, Classic 70s, 80s, Northern Soul and modern hits at the show, which is raising funds for the MK arm of Food Bank: “When I was at my lowest ebb, the Food Band was there for me,” Sahara explains, “In these hard times it is even more of a lifeline so I want to give back and help others, the way I was helped.
“The idea behind this event is that everyone has a great evening and also brings along tinned or non-perishable food so we can make up some parcels as well as donating cash raised.”
Tickets are £50 and £65, but give £5 to the Food Bank via Sahara’s Just Giving page and she’ll wipe £10 from the cost of tickets.
Visit www.saharastributes.co.uk ot call 07455517707 to book.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014
If you are able to shake off the hangover hell, how about embracing the first day of the new year with a traditional walk with the RSPB?
The free event will take flight, well, you know what we mean, at 10am at Willen Lake North.
Meet in the car park on V11, Tongwell Street.