Halfway between Birmingham and London, Milton Keynes is a vibrant ‘new’ town packed full of fascinating buildings and modern culture.
Milton Keynes International Festival
One of the annual highlights of the city centre’s thriving cultural scene is Milton Keynes International Festival. Running this year from July 20 to 29, the packed programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy, cabaret, art and special events begins with Sarruga’s procession of giant insects culminating in a brief firework finale in Campbell Park, Catalonian circus company Vavel performing acrobatics on bicycles and The Puppini Sisters harmonising in the Spiegeltent. Other highlights are stand-up comedians Mark Watson and Tom Allen, Monski Mouse’s toe-tapping disco for under 5s, Motionhouse dance company’s collaboration with the incredible NoFit State Circus, and music from Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy And The Wayward Band and Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young.
Shrek The Musical
Join an odious ogre and his noble steed Donkey as they set out on a magical quest to rescue Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, which promises happy ever afters at Milton Keynes Theatre from July 25 to August 5. Adapted from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation, this rollicking stage production is blessed with toe-tapping songs and an unforgettable villain in the form of the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad.
Top Events This Week In Milton Keynes
Sapphire Goss: Eternity City
A multi-channel film installation about Milton Keynes projected onto the architecture of the city itself.
Bond At Bletchley Park: Illustrations And Inspirations
Works commissioned from UK mid-career artists which celebrate Ian Fleming's original James Bond book series, and the 007 continuation novels written by Anthony Horowitz. It includes a section on Fleming's connection to Bletchley Park.
The Big Chris Barber Band
The veteran trombone player and vocalist fronts an impressive line-up of jazz musicians as they perform New Orleans and 1920s styles.
The National Theatre's critically-acclaimed production of Michael Morpurgo's wartime drama, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, features ground-breaking puppetry from South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. At the turn of the First World War, Albert's beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped off to France, leading him on an extraordinary journey. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris and starring Thomas Dennis as Albert.
The American singer-songwriter and musician based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, plays Americana and soul.
Nirvana UK: Nirvana Tribute
Seattle's favourite sons have their music performed live.
- Covers Band/Tribute Act
A working farm with zoo which features traditional farm livestock such as sheep, goats, pigs and chickens, as well as the more exotic rheas and alpacas. There's a cafe, a market garden and wooden climbing frames for the children.
- Tourist Attraction
Gulliver's Milton Keynes (Ages 2-13)
A children's theme park which features over 70 attractions throughout the site, including log flumes and roller-coasters.
- Theme Park/Adventure Park
Milton Keynes Museum
Housed in a Victorian farmstead, Milton Keynes Museum is where Britain's newest city is preserved, tracing the history of the area from 1800 to the present day.