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...
Venues across Milton Keynes, every weekday
Bouncy castles, crafts, sports and games are among the attractions at free sessions being organised by MK Play. Activities are suitable for children aged four and up, but younger children are welcome.
Bedford Park, August 5, 6 and 7
It’s quite a line-up at the Bedford Park Concerts this year. Fans of British urban music are in for a treat on Friday, when Dizzee Rascal headlines a bill including Kurupt FM, Wiley, Jaguar Skills and Ms Dynamite. The annual Proms night is on Saturday, with harmony trio Blake leading the singing, while Sunday night is headlined by Sir Tom Jones.
Fame, MK Theatre, August 5 and 6
MK Theatre’s popular youth musical theatre project Stage Experience presents the enduringly popular story of a performaning arts school and what it takes to hit the big time. You never know: some of the youngsters on stage may be stars themselves before long.
Woburn Abbey and Gardens, throughout the summer
Celebrate a summer of sport at Woburn. Staff have delved into their collections and archives to create a series of displays illustrating Woburn’s close association with many different sports over the centuries. Children will be able to follow the ‘Summer of Sport’ trail around the Abbey, collecting answers to clues that make a password for a special prize at the end. Find out more about the objects on display and discover some fascinating facts about sports enjoyed at Woburn Abbey past and present.
The Acid Ballet, Craufurd Arms, August 4
Provocative and theatrical band The Acid Ballet are asking gig-goers to “smear your lipstick, wear something your mother will hate and come join the club”. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night.
Mk Young Filmmaker Of The Year Competition, MK Gallery
Any youngsters who, after watching a film, have thought ‘I could do that’ can now have a go, thanks to MK Gallery. It’s launched a competition for those aged four to 19, who are invited to produce and submit a short film. The gallery is also holding Filmmaking Masterclasses tomorrow for youngsters aged 16 and over.
Summer activities for youngsters continue at the historic property. There’s still time to take part in the Ugly Bug Safari, which runs until Friday, while Awesome Archaeology runs from August 8 to 12, giving children the chance to become daring archaeologists for the day.
Terry Marshall & The Hounds, The Fox & Hounds, Stony Stratford, August 4
Expect to hear a mixture of the best in jazz and various other styles from the Milton Keynes musicians in their seventh year as resident band at the venue.
Saturday Studio, MK Gallery, August 6
Use marbling techniques, work with artist Teresa Paiva to explore the magical qualities of movement and colour and create abstract short films capturing your otherworldly scenes.
Centre:MK, until September 4
Middleton Hall will be filled with 100 tonnes of sand as far as the eye can see. Enjoy seaside snacks and fairground rides, inflatables and other activities.