Milton Keynes

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Welcome to our local Milton Keynes page

Much loved and passionately defended by it's citizens, Milton Keynes is often sarcastically derided by its' detractors in equal measure. In reality Milton Keynes was a unique and successful "new town" solution to the 60s and 70s housing crisis. Now greatly matured this "city" of nearly 250,000 is still growing with further expansion on it's western flank and can be very pleased with itself in the knowledge that MK, as it is affectionately known is in the top 10 most successful economic areas in the UK.

A refreshing change to small town living the city offers expansive green leisure areas and a much vaunted modern shopping centre at its' heart. As you would expect with plenty of disposable income around all the big retail outlets are represented. Plus there is the Xscape entertainment centre with it's real snow ski run, outdoor/activity shops, casino, bowling alley and much more.

Renowned for its' roundabouts Milton Keynes is definitely built for the car. It is said that you can drive anywhere in the city in 15 minutes and that's without breaking the speed limit! If you prefer to walk or cycle the planners designed the Redways; a network of over 270km of cycle/footpaths that criss cross the whole area keeping you away from the busy dual carriageways.

Milton Keynes is built on a beautiful green area of North Buckinghamshire and incorporates a number of historic villages and towns, which makes the new city far more than just a a brand new conurbation. Stony Stratford on the north west boundary is a 16th century coaching town with a lovely bustling high street, sited on the Roman road "Watling Street". Stony is best known for being the source of the saying "cock & bull story" which derives from the two eponymously named adjacent coaching inns.

Transport links
Excellent transport links bring the county towns of Buckingham, Bedford and Northampton within easy reach, offering a more traditional town experience. By train London is only 25mins way and Britain's 2nd city, Birmingham, is only 45mins away. The University towns of Cambridge and Oxford are also within easy reach, with good road links and an excellent bus service, the X5, which runs every 15 minutes between the cities via Milton Keynes, Bicester & Bedford.

Parks
MK has more than 4,500 acres of parkland, woodland, lakes and rivers. Campbell Park, is a lovely green open space right in the heart of the city and nearby Willen Lake has more than 180 acres of lakes and parkland. You can walk, cycle, sail, windsurf, dragon-boat race or just relax in the peaceful surroundings of the Peace Pagoda. For more information visit The Parks Trust website: www.theparkstrust.com

Culture
Milton Keynes has a flourishing cultural life centered on the Theatre District, home to the 1400 seat state of the art Milton Keynes Theatre, which has the largest stage outside of the West End. Just to the south in Wavendon you will find The Stables, established by Cleo Laine and John Dankworth and currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. The stables is a performing arts theatre and music venue for concerts, shows and educational activities. You will also find MK Gallery our very own dedicated art space. Milton Keynes City Orchestra perform regular concerts including Proms in the park. Stantonbury Campus Theatre includes lively Theatre4Kids as part of its regular programme. The Bowl, the city's 65,000 seat venue, plays host to superstars like David Bowie, Robbie Williams, Take That and Bon Jovi.

Kids (young & old!)
For kids Milton Keynes couldn't offer a wider range of fun filled pursuits, activities or places to visit. Gulliver's Land, one of three theme parks nationwide aimed towards children, ensures a that an entire day of excitement is had by all with its multitude of rides, shows and play areas for kids of all age ranges. Another fun park, Wicksteed Park, is only a 40 minute drive away which comprises of a more traditional day out with all the family. Kids who love animals are spoilt for choice as well, with Woburn Safari Park just on the edge of town and ZSL Whipsnade a half hour drive away.

When the weather is a bit less appealing, which it often is, then Play 360 can provide indoor fun with huge play areas suited for kids of all ages. And when the weather is occasionally better, then the outside spaces within Milton Keynes, such as around Willen & Caldecotte Lake, can offer outdoor fun with funfairs and water sports held all year long, rain or shine!

Bletchley Park is arguably Milton Keynes most prized heritage site. Home to Churchill's code breaking centre and the Enigma machine, Bletchley Park is claimed to have shaved years off the length of the war. Only minutes walk from Bletchley Train Station visitors can learn about the efforts of those who worked to break German transmission codes, including mathematics genius Alan Turing as well as wondering around the beautiful gardens, which echo the aristocratic past of the Park.

Virtual Orchard
A small, independent producer of ciders, mead, juices and apple brandy using locally sourced fruit and honey. They take pride in crafting quality products from their beautiful location by the side of the Grand Union Canal in Old Wolverton, on the edge of the new city of Milton Keynes. For more info click: www.virtualorchard.co.uk

York House
Youth, community and arts centre based in Stony Stratford. Events, courses, classes, WI, Youth Theatre, Red Phoenix Storyteller and Richard Frost Poet are both based at York House (www.redphoenixstory.co.uk). Fo more info click: www.york-house.org.uk

Smart Moves Recruitment
Smart Moves Recruitment is unique. They have been one of the most dynamic and innovative recruitment agencies in and around Milton Keynes for over 10 years. For more info click: www.smartmovesrecruitment.co.uk/

MK Cows
MK Cows create special Milton Keynes souvenir products. Choose from their range of unique Milton Keynes themed gifts including the children's size, mini 'Born in Milton Keynes' mugs, MK Cows Lapel and Tie Pins, along with the creative Map of Milton Keynes in the style of the London Underground map (available as A5 postcards and A2 posters), they also create mini concrete cows which can be customised to your own design. For more info click: www.mkcows.com

Independent Cinema Milton Keynes (ICMK)
ICMK brings a wider variety of film to a wider variety of people in Milton Keynes. They have two key priorities: Audience and Programme Development, Encouraging and Supporting Filmmaking Talent. ICMK screens films on Friday nights at MK Gallery Vagabond Cinema

 

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