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...
1 ART AND CULTURE
Milton Keynes International Festival, various sites across the MK, until July 24
After a storming first week, there’s still plenty of delights and thrills to enjoy as part of Milton Keynes International Festival over the next few days. Striking works of art, stand-up comedy, live music and free family activities abound.
Rocky Horror Show, Milton Keynes Theatre, July 25 to 30
Richard O’Brien’s racy musical has been performed for more than 40 years in more than 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages. There’ll be fun, frolics, frocks, frivolity, timeless songs and outrageous outfits. X Factor finalist Diana Vickers stars as Janet Weiss, while S Club 7 singer Paul Cattermole is Eddie. Norman Pace, of Hale and Pace fame, is narrator.
The Stables, July 22
A regular worldwide festival favourite,Deborah Bonham and her powerhouse band will use her Stables return to perform many of her tracks. A frequent collaborator with Led Zepellin’s Robert Plant, she’s known in France as the Princess of Rock.Now’s your chance to find out why.
Do Good Because of Tomorrow, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, until Saturday July 30
Do Good Because of Tomorrow is an exhibition of new work by London-based artist and designer Yinka Ilori in collaboration with 15 children from nearby primary schools. Inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child, Ilori specialises
in the up-cycling of vintage furniture, with each piece of furniture he creates telling a story. Details: www.miltonkeynesartscentre.org
Xscape, Milton Keynes, until September 4
The Dino experience, which is open every day from noon to 6pm, includes a wide range of activities. As well as the scarily lifelike dinosaurs that have taken up residence inside and outside Xscape, the venue will be visited by a walking, roaring T-Rex on July 23.
Stantonbury Theatre, July 22
Stantonbury Stand Up will be compered by Mark Cram, who has been plying his comedy trade across the UK with his tales of dead-end jobs, his family and being the less than grateful winner of Bedford Comedian of the Year. The headline act is Will Franken, showcasing his erudite wit and a sense of the absurd. Details: www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk
7 FOOD AND MUSIC
The Swan Inn, Milton Keynes Village, July 22 to 24
The pub holds its annual beer and music festival, with real ales and ciders from local brewers and live music all weekend.
Woburn Farm, Millbrook, July 23
Experience off-road racing at the wheel of some serious all-terrain buggies.
on the mini-quad adventure.
9 FAMILY THEATRE
Acrojou: All At Sea, South Willen Lake, July 23
A poetic theatre show, set in a boat which rows gently through its audience. A lone boatman traverses a vast ocean of hopes and memories past.
Superman IV Redux, The Buszy, July 23
Last weekend Richard DeDomenici brought his The Redux Project to Milton Keynes, re-recording parts of Superman IV, which was originally in Milton Keynes back in 1986. Around five minutes of key scenes from the original starring Christopher Reeve have been re-shot. See the fruits of his labours, and you might just recognise some of the extras too.