Destination Milton Keynes, the official tourism organisation for MK, is holding the 4th annual #LoveMK Day this week, and their aim is to get even more people involved. On Thursday 28th April, the people of Milton Keynes will express their love for their city. So naturally, we’re on board too!
Recently we published a news article about running a business in Milton Keynes, specifically running a web design company in Milton Keynes.
Today we take the opportunity to focus on Milton Keynes from a more social aspect. So to celebrate our love for Milton Keynes, all the members of westfourstreet have chipped in with what they love about our thriving city.
Here is our definitive list of what we love about MK
Not only can the Xscape building be seen from miles, just like The Point used to when it was lit up in red many years ago, but the sheer variety of activities that can be found inside have made this building the focus of entertainment in Milton Keynes.
The choices of what any visitor can do when visiting the Xscape building are pretty extensive. Whether or not you fancy a morning of snowboarding, followed by lunch at one of the many restaurants located inside and then kick back after by watching a movie upstairs in the multiscreen cinema. Or if snowboarding isn’t your thing, you could always go bowling, rock climbing or if you wanted an additional form of adrenaline you could go sky diving – seriously, you could.
With over 17 restaurants located inside, surrounded by many shops and bars and a couple of nightclubs thrown into the mix, the Xscape building continuously keeps us entertained. The perfect escape after spending many hours looking at pixels on a screen – we assure you!
Milton Keynes Theatre
If some culture and a touch of the West End was ever required, Milton Keynes Theatre would be our next stop. Over the years many of us have visited the theatre to watch a variety of different performances. Everything ranging from comedy stand ups through to pantomimes and West End musicals.
Surrounding the theatre is a number of bars and restaurants, which compliments the theatres’ location. It’s nice to know that the theatre is only a short 2-minute walk away from many of the restaurants or bars nearby. Handy if you suddenly realise the show begins in five minutes whilst you tuck into your cheesecake! Yes, this has happened!
Since its opening in October 1999, MK Theatre continues to attract large stage productions and well established entertainers to the area. Further raising the profile of our home city. It also looks great from a distance and as the sun sets across the horizon. It’s always easily recognised. Situated next to the theatre is MK Gallery. Perfect if you want to be inspired by modern art.
From anyone out of town, it’s probably worth pointing out that one of our favourite places in Milton Keynes is not a horse stable. The Stables is actually a music venue which just like Milton Keynes Theatre has attracted some huge names from across the music industry.
Located a short distance from the City Centre, The Stables is based in Wavendon and hosts many intimate gigs from a long list of popular musicians. Founded by Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, the venue hosted no less than 47 concerts in the first year it was opened in 1970. Not a bad start!
Performers who have played their include the likes of Amy Winehouse, Joan Armatrading, Craig David, Beverly Knight, Jamie Cullum, Bill Wyman and Nigel Kennedy to name just a few. 46 years old this year and still going strong. A fantastic music venue in Milton Keynes that we all love.
Sticking with the music theme, we move on to where many of us witnessed our first rock concert. The Milton Keynes Bowl (yes, it really is shaped like the inside of a bowl). Also known as The National Bowl, the music venue has hosted some of the worlds largest acts in music. For a few of us, our first concert here was watching Guns n’ Roses perform in torrential rain. For some it was witnessing the late Michael Jackson strut his moves and belt out the classics.
Amongst the other acts who have played here recently, Green Day arguably gave the people of Milton Keynes the greatest rock concert hosted in the city back in 2005. Bon Jovi too have become regulars to the venue over the past three decades. Many a summer evening has been spent here by us, singing along to rock anthems with a beer held aloft.
The Concrete Cows
If there was ever a piece of artwork (we consider it art) that optimised irony, it’s these guys. But what may be considered ironic, is in fact now iconic. The cows poke fun at the preconceived notion that Milton Keynes was/is a concrete city and once where there were fields there are now roads and pavements. However what is clear is the actual amount of areas that are covered in tress and green fields. In the spring it really is noticeable just how green Milton Keynes is.
Areas such as Willen Lake, Furzton Lake, Tongwell Lake and Linford Wood offer some genuine ‘clear your head’ experiences where walks by a lake or with the dogs amongst woodland are easily accessible and enjoyed by thousands of families each year. Willen Lake now offers many family days out at no cost which continues to draw in the crowds each week.
Surrounded by controversy when Milton Keynes became home to the London based football league side Wimbledon FC, the club has slowly but surely established itself as its own club. MK Dons short life as a professional football club has been successful. However we won’t mention this season!
Despite the mixed feelings of the football community about how the club was formed, you can’t argue the popularity of the club locally. What we love about the Dons, despite us supporting other clubs, is that it has provided professional football to thousands of young children in the area who have become genuine supporters. Some of which have now gone on to a professional football career. Most notably, local boy Dele Alli, who recently won this years Young PFA award. Dele was born and raised in Milton Keynes and later went on to play for the Dons and is now playing for Spurs and England. The boy done good!
From the outside looking in, it’s just a large open area of trees and grass. But dig a little deeper (excuse the pun) and you’ll soon come to know that Campbell Park has been at the heart of many large community gatherings over the past 25 years.
We all remember as young children, attending the huge fireworks display held there. Still to this day, this yearly event takes place and thousands will attend to watch one almighty fireworks display.
In addition to this, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Most recently it was the base for rugby supporters visiting the city to cheer on their country at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
With its mix of formal gardens, water features and woodland the park has become a popular spot to enjoy the open air and long distance views overlooking the Milton Keynes landscape. It’s also great in the winter if it snows! Bring a sleigh and you’ll find out why.
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing has been established in Milton Keynes for nearly a decade now. With four world championships to their name the Formula One team have firmly put Milton Keynes on the worldwide map. We covered in a recent article how Milton Keynes attracts some of the world’s largest and most successful businesses – you can read it here.
The Milton Keynes Community
For a city which is still relatively young (Milton Keynes was born in 1967) the community which has grown over the past 3-4 decades has become become close knit. Not bad for a an area which is home to over 250,000 residents.
One of the reasons for this is because of the facilities on offer and the annual festivals that take place. We enjoy the events that are hosted here, because there is a real sense of community and togetherness. Milton Keynes is also a city which is home to a predominantly young age group. The majority of us here at westfourstreet are parents and what is noticeable is how the city is geared up towards young families. The house prices reflect the popularity of the area. Most of the key attractions are only a short car or bus journey away. So it’s ideal for any parents looking to keep their children entertained.
And once the children are in bed and the babysitter has arrived, there is plenty for the adults to do. There are some wonderful restaurants to choose from. From fine dining to bistro pubs through to more recognised chains.
Many of the local schools in the area can boast outstanding OFSTED reports, so for a young family in Milton Keynes the area is more than ideal. It’s pretty much perfect.
So in conclusion, we all think Milton Keynes rocks! The list above is only a short snippet of what we love about our home. We could write a whole article on many of the other things we love. Bletchley Park, The Shopping Centre (The Centre MK), MK Lightning (Ice Hockey), Gullivers Land, the number of roundabouts (actually we take that one back!) But we are very proud to be a web design company based in Milton Keynes. As residents too, we have seen the area expand, develop and embrace its community and the businesses located here. Kudos to you MK. We #LoveYou.