Family fun in and around Milton Keynes this week
Our round-up of family entertainment
THE EVERYWHERE BEAR
Royal & Derngate Underground, Northampton, November 29 to January 6
The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class 1, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure. He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a seagull…how will he ever make it back to Class 1?
This captivating story from bestselling author Julia Donaldson springs to life with rhyme, original music and expressive puppets in this fun stage adaption.
The Stables, Wavendon, Sunday and Monday
Written by former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past. Suitable for ages eight-plus.
THE WORST WITCH
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, November 27 to 30
The Worst Witch is the story of Mildred Hubble, an ordinary girl who finds herself in a school for witches.
The show features magic, puppetry, original music and plenty of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium.
CHRISTMAS MOVIE MAGIC
Oak Court, intu Milton Keynes
Catch a free festive flick whilst Christmas shopping at intu. Films on Saturday are Home Alone at 11am and The Polar Express at 2pm. On Sunday there’s Arthur Christmas at 11am and Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 2pm. Films are screened inside a yurt in the Alpine Village in Oak Court.
BOARD GAMES DAY
Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine, Sunday, from 10am
Ampthill on Board are promising the widest selection of board games you’ve ever seen, for a free, all-day drop-in session – from games where you work together, to games where the object is to stab each other in the back. All ages welcome, no need to book.
Leighton Buzzard Railway, from December 1
Tickets are now on sale for Christmas Special experiences at Leighton Buzzard Railway.
On the Santa Special, take the train to meet Santa in his brand new grotto. On Santa After Dark, Santa travels on the train, along with entertainers.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 54 HIGHLIGHTS
Natural History Museum at Tring, until March 10 2019
This free annual exhibition returns with stunning lightbox displays featuring awe-inspiring images, depicting the incredible diversity of life on our planet, from displays of rarely seen animal behaviour to hidden underwater worlds.