Milton Keynes is a large town in Buckinghamshire, about 50 miles north-west of London. At the 2011 Census, its population was almost 230,000, but may be 300,000 by 2025, and is 89 square kilometres. There are so many things to do in Milton Keynes; you can find a theatre, galley, cinemas, concert hall, stadium, a 65,000-capacity open-air concert venue, and even an indoor ski slope. It is also the home of Red Bull Racing, MK Dons, and Milton Keynes Lightning.
Gulliver’s Land Milton Keynes is a popular theme park and resort for young children. With 24 rides and 14 attractions, as well as extras like a Splash Zone, it’s the perfect place to take young children. Staying the night is also possible there.
The Milton Keynes theatre is a unique venue, as it is able to lower the ceiling in order to create a more intimate space for smaller productions. In recent years, the theatre has put on both large and small-scale West End productions, opera, ballet and more.
The Milton Keynes music scene is very prominent. The Milton Keynes Bowl, or National Bowl, is an open-air venue and former clay-pit for making bricks. Genesis, Queen, David Bowie, Metallica, Green Day, and Take That are just some of the bands that have played there, and it features on many tour DVDs. In Wavendon, the Stables is a club and venue for jazz, blues, folk, rock, classical, pop and world music. Around 400 concerts and over 200 educational events are performed there each year. The IF Milton Keynes International Festival has events in unconventional spaces and places across Milton Keynes and formed part of the venue.
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