This month sees the 10 year anniversary of one of Milton Keynes’ most recognised and loved icons, The Milton Keynes Time Machine.
Designed and created by the famous, late, Kit Williams, ‘The Frog Clock’ arrived at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre in 2002, where it has since attracted thousands of children, and adults, visiting the Centre each week.
To celebrate Midsummer Place will be putting on a ‘birthday’ spectacular at the Centre on Saturday, October 27, with entertainment for children throughout the day.
Join the team at Gymboree to sing Happy Birthday to the Frog Clock, before they perform their show of singing and bubbles. Caffe Italia will be offering complimentary bags of cookies for children and serving up a special Bambino menu for just £4.95.
The ‘Clock’s’ place within Milton Keynes was recently immortalised by local author Robert Badcock in his novel ‘Big Frog’, the first in a trilogy of novels that takes a surreal trip in to the future of Milton Keynes.
On Saturday 27 visit the Centre and be transported to the time of the ‘Big Frog’ with activities running throughout the day, including a meet and greet with the author where you will be able to get your very own copy of the book signed.
There will also be two tours running on the day, where Robert Badcock will take children of all ages on a magical walk through the book, re-tracing the main characters journey around Milton Keynes. The tours will start at the Frog Clock at Midsummer Place at 11am and 3pm.
The ‘Clock’, which is believed to be Britain’s biggest animated feature clock, weighs over four tonnes, measures over 16 metres long, and took over two years to build. Every half an hour, the Shopping Centre is filled with a magical display of time. A fan of golden oak leaves rise up, and the Frog comes to life with a cascade of bubbles and enchanting wonderful melody! It is estimated that the ‘Clock’ has chimed a total of 58,400 times since starting for the first time 10 years ago.
Part of The Time Machine’s magic is the accompanying music; ‘Summer Half Hour’ which was produced by Terry Oldfield, the brother of Grammy Award winner Mike Oldfield and has become part of the charm of the ‘Time Machine’.
Centre Manager, Martin Hindson, said: “The clock has become a wonderful attraction and icon for Central Milton Keynes. As well as its marvellously intricate moving mechanisms, it remains one of the most loved parts of the City that continues to bring a smile to thousands of people every single week.”