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...
Organ Festival, Milton Keynes Museum, October 8 and 9
Milton Keynes Museum will be transporting visitors to the days of fairground fun with the return of its popular Organ Festival. Organs were the soundtrack of the fairground, and the music making machines are still a thrill for those who remember the charming music from their youth. The musical theme continues over in the museum farmhouse which will have its own display of chiming musical boxes. And two miniature steam traction engines will be adding more magic during the weekend.
Shazia Mirza, The Stables, Wavendon, October 12
The acclaimed comedian presents her show The Kardashians Made Me Do It, an exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides. The act is inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which subsequently received a record number of complaints. Shazia has performed internationally from Texas to Kosovo and is a regular on radio and TV. Prepare to have your thoughts provoked and your rib tickled.
Rapunzel, Stantonbury Theatre, October 8
Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured piece. Expect a blend of top puppetry, storytelling and dramatic music, all suitable for ages four and above and packed into 50 minues.
The Big Draw, York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, October 8
Superheroes and villains is the theme of this free workshop. Make Batmobiles, Batlights, superhero capes, comic strips and more. It’s suitable for all ages and abilities.
Andy Hamilton, The Stables, Wavendon, October 9
If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, comedy favourite Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and those yet to come.
Circus Starr, Milton Keynes Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, October 9
Children who might not otherwise get the chance to enjoy the magic of the circus can marvel at world-class, professional artists from across the globe with Circus Starr. The not-for-profit organisation provides free seats to thousands of disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable children.
Bedford Oxjam, Oxfam Books & Music, St Paul’s Square, Bedford
Jazz will be playing on vinyl all day in the shop through a special audio set-up, with more than 60 jazz records for sale on the day, all as part of the annual Oxjam campaign.
Forest of Fools, MK11, October 7
The MK favourites come home after a busy summer, including playing five stages at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The Full Monty, Milton Keynes Theatre, until October 8
There’s still time to catch the much-loved story of six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers who find a new source of income – by taking their clothes off.
Start the Art, MK Gallery, October 11
Families can explore the joys of art through a range of multi-sensory activities, including painting, drawing and mark-making, using sound and light to transform MK Gallery’s Project Space.