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1. History of Milton Keynes
In the 1960s, the government decided that a new town would be created to ease the housing congestion in London; that town was Milton Keynes. Formally designated as a new town in 1967, Milton Keynes has grown over the years and has now reached its goal of being a major regional centre. The town was developed on land that was mainly farmland and undeveloped villages, and it is e...Read more
2. Now in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes is a vibrant and exciting new town, so there is always a lot to do. With fantastic shopping, museums and attractions, it's a great place to visit.
3. Events in Milton Keynes
The most important event on the Milton Keynes calendar is The Formula 1 British Grand Prix, where the best racing car drivers from around the world meet at Silverstone in one of the country's most exciting events. Milton Keynes is also the host for the MK Half Marathon and Festival of Running, and the World Picnic at Campbell Park which celebrates music, dance and all the cultu...Read more
4. Attractions in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes has many attractions including two museums: the Bletchley Park Museum and the Milton Keynes Museum. Bletchley Park Museum of wartime cryptography charts and explores the history of code cracking during wartime, and the Milton Keynes Museum includes the Stacy Hill Collection which traces the rural life of the area before the new town was founded.
5. Things To Do in Milton Keynes
Xscape in Milton Keynes is the perfect place to visit for all of you adrenaline junkies. You can ski, snowboard, toboggan and even sky dive in the centre. If your kids are too young, or you prefer something a bit less dangerous, then Gulliver's Theme Park is a world of fun for children aged 2-13.
6. Business in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes has a range of different businesses that range from small independent shops and restaurants to well known and popular chains. The town has a very large covered high street that is perfect for a bit of retail therapy, whatever the weather.
7. Transport in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes has five railway stations: Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Bletchley, Stratford and Bow Brickhill. The M1 runs to the east of Milton Keynes, and provides great transport links to the rest of the country.
8. Entertainment in Milton Keynes
The National Bowl in Milton Keynes has a capacity of 65,000, and has seen performances from world famous stars such as David Bowie, Eminem, The Police and Jay Z. There are many other smaller music venues in Milton Keynes, including The Stables which welcomes bands from a wide range of different musical genres, from pop to folk, and the punk, rock and heavy metal venue, The Pitz...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Milton Keynes
Early phases of the development of Milton Keynes included work by celebrated architects including Henning Larsen, John Winter, Sir Richard MacCormac, Lord Norman Foster, Martin Richardson and Ralph Erskine. Milton Keynes Theatre is a must see for all architecture fans, as the custom made ceiling can be lowered to create a smaller and more intimate space for some productions.
10. Interesting Facts about Milton Keynes
The music video for Cliff Richard's 1981 hit ‘Wired for Sound', which featured Cliff and his dancers roller skating through a shopping centre, was filmed in Milton Keynes.
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Milton Keynes Events
01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
The World Picnic at Campbell Park celebrates dance, music and cultures from around the world, and it’s all for free! Held every July in Campbell Park, the festival sees workshops and performances that have ranged in the past from a ten metre animatronic pig to abstrac ...more
01 March 2013 - 31 March 2013
The Milton Keynes Half Marathon is the perfect warm up for anyone planning on running the London Marathon. It takes places every March, and is a fast, flat and well marshalled running event. Starting in the centre of Milton Keynes, the track winds through some of the to ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
Dragon boat racing dates back to ancient China, and is the fastest growing water sport in the UK, well, it only took us a couple of thousand years to catch on! The Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Racing Festival takes place every June, and the best thing is, you don’t need ...more
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Milton Keynes Blog
Food and drink were celebrated in style with a glittering awards ceremony. The Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards were announced on May 14 and honoured restaurants, pubs, hotels, chefs, staff members, gyms and other venues....
Local bands have got behind a campaign to raise money and awareness for ill babies. Mad Mods and Englishmen and Bighead signed up to take part in a charity concert at the beginning of June after hearing the story...
Budding young chef Daniel Treadwell has been named Student of the Year as well as landing a job with Raymond Blanc. Daniel was given the title by Milton Keynes College at a glittering award ceremony. A total of 18 students were honoured at the...
Young people will be able to study for degrees in Milton Keynes following the announcement of a new partnership. Milton Keynes Council and the University of Bedfordshire are planning to open University College Milton Keynes in September to offer higher education...
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