IF you’ve only got brass in your pocket, but really want to escape the mundane in favour of a little fun, Bletchley Park will be the answer to your weekend prayers, writes Sammy Jones.
This week’s Heritage Open Days offer fabulous activities all over the town, and at BP, entry is free over the four days to anyone with an MK postcode.
Exploring the home of the codebreakers for nowt is easy: simply take proof of your local address along with you.
Living Archive will also be in the Park on Saturday and Sunday, which means more opportunities to view Bletchley on Film – Memories of Days Gone By.
Six free screenings will be housed in the Enigma Cinema, and they come complete with live piano accompaniment.
Tickets for the showings are free from Bletchley library.
Meantime, in the North of the city, the MK Discovery Centre will step back in time with another Medieval Fun Day.
If you quake at the thought of a trip to the dentist today, golly-gosh would you have been in a state way back when!
Aside from horrific dental practices, Sunday’s open day will teach you loads about the dark days of old, and you can enjoy falconry, archery, re-enactors, crafts, games, face painting and loads more.
Dad will be happy too, with a licensed bar to help lubricate the day, which runs between 11am and 4pm.
The Discovery Centre is also opening the doors of its medieval Abbey site on at noon today, and tomorrow.
You must pop along and see the unique wall paintings.
In Olney, the Cowper and Newton Museum focus will be on the literary heritage of the building on Saturday, while Sunday will dedicated to free demonstrations of local skilled craftsmen and women, but you will need to pre-book as space is limited.
Milton Keynes Museum isn’t being left out in the cold either, and will offer free admission across the four days.
It is hosting a Heritage Beer Festival too, with eight beers and two ciders to choose from.
Before you say ‘bottoms up’ and get to slurping though, take a peek around the museum and its many fantastic features of days gone by.
You really can step back in time too – with a walk along a whole Victorian street of shops.
It’s our favourite bit, but there are lots and lots of others to choose from!
For more information about any of these events visit www.mkcollection.co.uk
Isn’t it time you went out and explored the wonders on your doorstep?