Magic happens in Milton Keynes. It’s a place that encourages you to do things your own way, explore new paths and make new discoveries. You can have an exciting night out, discover world-class art or watch the very best sport. The city has so many things to offer that it’s impossible to experience them all in one visit.
There are loads of things to do in Milton Keynes for families, couples, sports fans, shopaholics and music-lovers. Below are just some of the highlights you’ll find in this town. If you are looking for a specific thing to do, just jump straight to the category of your choice!
The Centre:mk is Milton Keynes’ flagship shopping mall. It’s anchored by High Street goliaths John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, with outlets by just about all the big brands. Other popular retailers include Next, The White Company, Harrods Beauty and Oliver Bonas.
MK1 Shopping & Leisure Park is another popular shopping trip that houses well-known high-street fashion and sportswear retailers. You’ll find major brands like H&M, New Look, Primark, River Island, M&S and JD Sports among others here.
The High street of Stony Stratford is also a lovely shop local experience if you would like to support small independent shops and businesses. Check out our Shops category here on Things To Do In Milton Keynes.
The city is just an hour from London, 60 miles from Birmingham and right in the middle of the Oxford and Cambridge growth corridor. The major motorways are within easy reach – the M1 and M40 – and Milton Keynes is on a direct train line which makes it ideal for commuters.
The layout of the city was carefully planned in accordance with modern urban concepts for easy transport and to offer you a wide range of choices when it comes to moving around the city. Milton Keynes Council has wheeled out a trial of E-scooters as part of an innovative national scheme, working with Lime, Spin and Ginger.
Milton Keynes now has a vibrant and well-established indie food and drink scene and there is always a whole host of amazing markets and events to experience. There are plenty of national chain options when it comes to eating and drinking, but there’s also a wealth of independent coffee houses, street food vendors, great pubs and even a Michelin starred restaurant. Of course you still have all of your takeaways and deliveries for those nights you want to just chill at home. There’s what feels like an unlimited amount of different cuisines for you to choose from. The kids can sometimes be difficult when eating out but we have found that the pubs and restaurant in Milton Keynes have a great selection for them.
For those who fancy a bit of theatre, there’s plenty to see and do in Milton Keynes. One of the region’s leading live entertainment venues, Milton Keynes Theatre showcases the best West End and touring productions from across the UK. Offering a wide and varied programme including first class dance, drama, musicals, opera, comedy and children’s shows.
The residents of MK certainly have an eye for detail, and the artwork offerings of the area are most definitely worth a look. There’s MK Gallery – of which the building itself is a work of art. Internally you’ll find cutting edge contemporary art positioned alongside historical pieces, plus film showings, concerts, comedy nights and family friendly workshops – this place really is a jewel in the MK crown and you can even refuel at the café bar and enjoy a delicious bite to eat alongside and a nice chilled glass of wine.
Fishing, golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, horse racing, ice-skating, and football are just some of the sports that can all be found in and around Milton Keynes – whether you like to partake or spectate! You’ll find quirkier activities about too – how about a spot of jousting? There’s just so many Things To Do In Milton Keynes!
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