Young Passenger at Forest of Marston Vale

Young Passenger at Forest of Marston Vale…and that means only one thing: trying to find things for the kids to do. I don’t know, when I was a lad we just took a ball and a couple of jumpers down to the local park. But I digress.

Luckily for you, we are jolly helpful, and we have summarised all of the holiday schemes taking place throughout the summer aimed at keeping the little ones entertained. We will still have our usual What’s On this Week feature, but this is for those of you who want to get started early.

We will keep this updated. And just for you the events that are on this week are shown in blue.

On every day at thecentre:MK, The Beach opens for the summer. Scrunch between your toes, build sandcastles, say hello to the Heart Angels, or chill out with a coffee on a deckchair by the Costa beach cafe. It is free, and the nearest station is Milton Keynes Central, a short bus journey away.

Tuesday 27th August sees a Family Walk through Caldecotte Lake being run by The Parks Trust. Join the rangers for a school holiday guided walk through the park. Its £3 per family with booking in advance essential. The start point is just a short cycle ride from Bow Brickhill station.

Again Woodland Play is provided by The Parks Trust. Activities will include den making, woodland crafts, games, nature trails and more! You should book in advance, and for the Woodland Play there is a £1 charge per child. The event at Kents Hill that can be accessed by cycle from Bow Brickhill station.

Also on at Furzton Lake that day is The Parks Trust’s Summer Fun event. Enjoy a range of garden games and crafts with bug hunting and pond dipping if the weather allows. It starts at 10am, is free to enter, and is taking place at Furzton Lake. Furzton Lake is a lovely cycle ride from Bletchley station.

Starting today and going on until Friday is Discover8 at The Higgins in Bedford. Sign up for four days of exciting art activities leading to a Discover Arts Award. For children aged 8 only. It runs from 11am to 4pm, and pre-booking is essential. The Higgins is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

Wednesday 28th August sees yet another Bletchley Park Family Fun Wednesday. The whole family can enjoy special activities including craft and spy workshops, children’s guided tours, trails, quizzes and handling collections. The fun starts at Midday, and Bletchley Park is just a short walk from Bletchley station.

There is also another day of Woodland Play by The Parks Trust at Kents Hill and Linford Wood. Activities will include den making, woodland crafts, games, nature trails and more! You should book in advance, and for the Woodland Play there is a £1 charge per child. The event at Kents Hill that can be accessed by cycle from Bow Brickhill station, while Linford Wood can be accessed by bus from Milton Keynes Central.

On Saturday 31st August you can discover what it takes to be a Codebreak at Bletchley Park through their event New Enigma. Find out what it takes to be a Codebreaker, from the geniuses recruited in World War Two by the Government Code and Cypher School, right up to today’s GCHQ with its huge headquarters in Cheltenham. It starts from 9:30am, with the usual Bletchley Park entry fee applying. Bletchley Park is just a short walk from Bletchley station.

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