Picture from Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Sorry for the slightly late post (had trouble getting online all weekend), but better late than never here is a brand new event on the Marston Vale CRP website…Something for Week. Instead of just the Saturday, every Sunday we will post all the goings-on in the Marston Vale throughout the next week. And what better week to start with than February Half Term?

Starting off on Monday, if you want to be part of an exclusive free performance, then head to the Chrysalis Theatre in Milton Keynes. They want an entire audience to help them out with their fire evacuation procedure. You need to book in advance, and ask for you to be there by 10am. You can get a bus to the theatre from Milton Keynes Central.

The Forest Centre kick starts its week of half term activities by offering Fantastic Fossils sessions for kids aged 4-10. You can have fun making your very own fossil and take a look at some real fossils of creatures that lived in the Marston Vale millions of years ago. Its £2.50 per session, and sessions last 45 minutes. You need to pre-book your places, and the first sessions start at 10am. The Forest Centre is a 20 minute walk from Millbrook station via the signed route.

Heading into  Tuesday, if you didn’t get enough of Fossils from the Forest Centre, you can go and find some fossils with the rangers of the Milton Keynes Parks Trust. Starting at 10am, the kids head off to find some fossils in Stonepit Fields in Milton Keynes. It costs £3 per child and you need to pre-book. Stonepit Fields is accessible by bus from Wolverton station.

This is also the first day of the circus rolling into Frosts Garden Centre at Woburn Sands. The all-human circus lasts an hour, and contains all of the classics like the trapeze, trampolining, and the clowns! Shows take place several times a day for the rest of the week, with the first starting at 10am. We recommend that you book your place online before heading off, with tickets costing just £5.99. Frosts is just a short walk from Woburn Sands station.

Frosts Garden Centre

Image from Frosts Garden Centre

The events continue at the Forest Centre with the Creation Station offering some arty fun. These are a series of weekly events for pre-school children, giving them the chance to experiment with a range of materials, tools and ideas. Places cost £5 per child and are booked in advance. The Forest Centre is a 20 minute walk from Millbrook station via the signed route.

If a cup of tea tickles your fancy, then head on over to Tea Monkey in thecentre:MK for Tea Tuesday. Between 3pm and 5pm you can claim your free cup of tea – perfect after a days shopping. thecentre:MK is a bus ride from Woburn Sands, Bletchley, and Milton Keynes Central stations.

Film buffs will want to head over to Bedford College in the evening where the Bedford Film Society will show The Guard starting at 8pm. This thriller comedy centres around an excentric small town Irish cop on the trail of drug runners. The film ends just in time for the last train back from the nearest station at Bedford St Johns. If you are not already a member, it is £4 for entry.

Wednesday’s only event is over in Milton Keynes with the Young People are our Future project, where your kids will receive a free life skills course designed to increase their personal safety, confidence, communication skills and more (so says their website). Places are free of charge but limited and must be booked in advance. This event is being held at the Milton Keynes Rugby Club, a short bus ride from Bletchley station.

If you fancy some intellectual conversation in Bedford, then head on over to The White Horse Pub on Thursday for Skeptics in the Pub. This week Dr Stephen Law talks about “How not to get sucked into an intellectual black hole.” Its a free event (though a donation is welcomed), and kicks off at 7pm. The nearest station to The White Horse is Bedford.

That is pretty much it for this week. Remember that London Midland’s Great Escape Offer continues all week, so take it up if you haven’t already. Until next week!

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