Forest Centre

Forest CentreThis week’s Something for the Weekend has a little bit of a twist to it. As it is now the half-term week across much of our area, we thought “Why not post something about all of what is going on along our line during half-term week?” And voila – here it is.

As there is so much on, we have broken down this post by all the events that are on during the week. Remember, as well as the these events we have plenty of days out to check out as well.

All Week

Great EscapeLondon Midland’s The Great Escape offer is back for all of half-term, and a truly fantastic offer it is! For £15 any adult (and just £5 for kids) can travel anywhere on the London Midland network during off-peak times. Its a brilliant offer, but there are a limited number of tickets every day. So get online and book them right away!

Saturday 27th October

If you want to get your walking boots on, head on over to Willington for the National Trust Walking Festival at Dovecote Stables. Guided walks take place at 11am and 2pm, and they are completely free. The nearest station is Bedford St Johns, from where you can either take a bus or cycle along National Cycle Route 51 to Willington.

Another interesting event is the Adelphi Pop-up Art Event in Milton Keynes – an art exhibition with a difference! Unique handcrafted works by ten accomplished artists at a pop-up arts and crafts event in the heart of Milton Keynes. This exhibition is being staged from 11am-4pm in a private home that will be transformed overnight into an art gallery over two floors. The nearest station to this event is Milton Keynes Central.

Middleton HallBookworms among you may want to pop to Waterstones in thecentre:MK, as local author Tony Drury is signing copies of his latest book The Deal between 10am and Midday. The nearest station is Milton Keynes Central.

Whilst you’re in thecentre:MK, you may want to pop down to Middleton Hall to see the Lifestyle: Exterior and Interior Roadshow. You can find out how you can update and uprate your home without breaking the bank. Check out all the great ideas and latest designs to transform your house into a home to be proud of. The nearest station is Milton Keynes Central.

The green fingered among you will want to get yourself over to many of the parks in Milton Keynes.  As part of Make a Difference Day, the Milton Keynes Park Trust is giving you the chance to plant daffodil bulbs at 10 different sites across its parks. Times and locations vary across Milton Keynes, and many of the sites are easily accessible from our Milton Keynes stations.

To celebrate Halloween, Frosts Garden Centre near Woburn Sands is laying on all sorts of spooky activities for the kids. This includes pumpkin scooping, live music, creepy crawlies, games and much, much more. The festivities start at 10am on Saturday, and there is a charge for some activities. The nearest station is Woburn Sands.

Monday 29th October

The Eagle GalleryThe artists among you may want to pop along to the ‘Elements’ art exhibition in Eagle Gallery, Castle Road, Bedford. This has new original exhibition has art from 45 local artists. The start time is 10am, and the nearest station is Bedford.

Monday also sees the start of special events at the Forest Centre for half term with It’s a Hoot. This fun and crafty activity for the kids lets them find out all about owls. There are 4 sessions, all of which need to be pre-booked, with a cost of £2.50 per child. Contact the Forest Centre for more details. The nearest station is Millbrook station.

Tuesday 30th October

Nothing is planned for today, apparently!

Wednesday 31st October

Family Fun WednesdayToday, Bletchley Park’s ever-popular Family Fun Wednesday is back, and its better than ever. Designed especially for kids from the age of 4 upwards, the days will feature a range of activities, from spy workshops and lessons in how to send Morse code, to interactive displays about the role of pigeons during World War Two, and specially-created children’s guided tours. Charges do apply, and events start at 10am. The nearest station is Bletchley Park.

The second of the weeks events at the Forest Centre is definitely a highlight of the week – the Halloween Party. For kids aged between 3 and 10 years old, this is a fabulous fancy dress frolic for all fun-loving, freaky kids. It starts at 5pm, and you can only attend if you pre-book, at a cost of £10 per child. A fabulous fancy dress frolic for all you fun-loving, freaky kids.

If your kids are a bit more creative, you may want to head to Middleton Hall at thecentre:MK for the finale of The Big Draw between 11am and 5pm. Take part in some unique and exciting drawing activities including being part of ‘The Bigger Picture’ or ‘City of Trees project’. The event is free and the nearest station is Milton Keynes Central.

Thursday 1st November

Incredibly, there is nothing on today!

Friday 2nd November

UPDATE (2/11 10:25am): DUE TO ONGOING SHORTAGES OF TRAIN CREW, MOST AFTERNOON AND EVENING SERVICES ON THE MARSTON VALE LINE WILL BE CANCELLED TODAY. WE ARE SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

HedgehogToday also sees the final event at the Forest Centre – Helping Hedgehogs. Make a prickly friend with their own hibernating house and find out how to help hedgehogs. There are 4 sessions, all of which need to be pre-booked, with a cost of £2.50 per child. Contact the Forest Centre for more details. The nearest station is Millbrook station.

Today is also the start of the MK Handmade and Vintage 3 Day Extravaganza in Middleton Hall at thecentre:MK. The fair proudly showcases many of the most original and talented local designer-makers and artists, alongside the finest vintage/retro traders. Entry is free, and the nearest station is Milton Keynes Central.

If your child fancies themselves as a Ray Mears or Bear Grylls, then X-treme Survival Camp being held by The Parks Trust at Shenley Wood in Milton Keynes is for them! Join the rangers for a school holiday event with a difference; learn survival techniques in the wood! The cost is £3 per child, and the event starts at 10am. The nearest station is Milton Keynes Central.

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