OliverAs well , as being a Bank Holiday this week (and you know what that does to our trains), it is also half-term week. So there is plenty to do across the line all week. Lets get started.

Starting off on Tuesday, and over at the Forest Centre they are holding some Kites and Windsocks workshops all day. Make your own kite or windsock from recycled materials. All materials and guidance will be provided. It’s great fun, you’ll go home with a fantastic flier of your own and there’ll be a chance to have  a test flight. It costs £3.50 per child and there are a number of sessions from 10am to 3pm that must be booked beforehand. The nearest station is Millbrook, a lovely walk away.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, if you love Lego (who doesn’t?) head on over to thecentre:MK for the Lego Roadshow. The bright, fun stands mean parents can take a break from their busy day and enjoy a couple of hours building LEGO with their kids who will receive a free goodie bag. The fun takes place at Middleton Hall all day. The nearest station is Milton Keynes Central, a bus ride away.

Also in Milton Keynes The Parks Trust is having a Woodland Play session in Linford Wood. Activities will include a zipline, woodland crafts, games, nature trails and more! No booking is required, and the cost is £1 per child. It takes place between 2pm and 4pm, and the nearest station is Milton Keynes Central – a bus ride away.

Starting on Thursday, and running until Saturday, Bedford School are doing a special performance of Oliver! at Bedford Theatre. I’m sure that you know the tale and the music! Performances start at 7:30pm, with an additional performance at 2:30pm on Saturday. Tickets cost £13.50 (there are some concessions) and can be booked online. Performances last for 2 hours, so you can just make the last train back to Bedford, which is within walking distance.

The Parks Trust is also hosting its own kite-flying event today with Let’s Go Fly a Kite taking place at Willen Lake. Come and make your own kite and fly it to it’s highest height at this school holiday event. Pre-booking for this popular event is essential, and you can do it online. It costs £3 per child, and will take place between 10am and Midday. The nearest station is Bow Brickhill, which is either a bus ride or a lovely cycle ride away.

On Friday, the Forest Centre have their second kids event of the week, called Beautiful Butterflies. Find out which butterflies you could see in the Country Park at the moment and make a wonderful butterfly headdress or hat to wear while you’re out looking for them. It costs £2.50 per child and there are a number of sessions from 10am to 3pm that must be booked beforehand. The nearest station is Millbrook, a lovely walk away.

Saturday in Milton Keynes sees Artworks MK host a couple of great workshops. The Hanging Baskets and Forge Building Workshops are both great hands-on workshops for the creative amongst you. Both need to be booked in advance, and costs of the workshops do vary. The Forge Building Workshop starts at 9am, and the Hanging Baskets at 1pm. The nearest station to this event is Wolverton, a bus ride away.

Elsewhere in Milton Keynes there is the MK Handmade and Vintage Weekend Extravaganza at thecentre:MK taking place all day today. You’ll find everything from fashions to furniture, unusual interior design pieces, homewares to home baking, expertly handmade gifts and treats of every kind. The nearest station is Milton Keynes Central, a bus ride away.

Down at Willen Lake, The Parks Trust is hosting its annual Big Doggie Do between Midday and 5pm. Bring your four legged friends and enjoy the dog stalls, dog charities, activities and dog show. Its a free event, but if you want to enter your dog for any event there is a small charge. The nearest station is Bow Brickhill, which is either a bus ride or a lovely cycle ride away.


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