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Mark Simpson

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 Codebreakers, was once Britain’s best kept secret and is now a vibrant heritage attraction open daily for visitors to learn how the Codebreakers’ breath-taking achievements helped shorten WW2 by up to two years.

The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is home to the world’s largest collection of working historic computers. Follow the development of computing: from the Turing-Welchman Bombe and Colossus of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, to the rise of personal computing.

Willen Lake

Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Over one million visitors a year take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing, or hiring a pedalo or bike.

The Hub (restaurants & nightlife)

The Hub enjoys a prime location in the very heart of Milton Keynes. Be it by road or rail there is no excuse not to visit the fantastic variety of bars, restaurants, hotel and lifestyle venues.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

The original and many would still say the best! iFLY Indoor Skydiving Milton Keynes (formerly known as Airkix) is situated at Xscape, directly adjacent to the main Milton Keynes shopping centre, and a few steps from great restaurants, bars, cinema, theatre, and other entertainment. Come and experience the sheer exhilaration of flying in a great fun, super safe environment. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way and once you see what he or she can do, you’ll want to come back for more!

Treetop Extreme

Try an adventurous aerial obstacle course at Treetop Extreme, the biggest and safest high ropes adventure course in the South of the UK. This exciting high ropes course guarantees fun and frights in the form of jumping, swinging, laughing, and screaming. All whilst attached to a state of the art continual belay system, which means the one thing you won’t have to worry about is your safety. There’s plenty of family fun to be had all year round, so whether you’re six or sixty-six, Treetop Extreme has a place for you.

Snowzone

Snowzone Milton Keynes is an outstanding venue for skiing, snowboarding, and sledging indoors on real snow, all year round! There is a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities, from beginner ski lessons to freestyle snowboarding sessions and family sledging fun in the snow! It is also the only indoor operator in Europe to operate our own Disability Snow school which means we can truly deliver ‘Sport for All’.

Rock climbing

Looking for a new and exciting experience that you can try on your own, with your friends, or as a family? Then you have to try this! Big Rock Hub in Kingston, Milton Keynes is a massive indoor arena with hundreds of different color-coded climbs, from easy challenges for anyone new to climbing to mega hard climbs designed to test future champions! The climbing is designed to be fun for everyone and it doesn’t matter what your ability is since the satisfaction from reaching the top is the same whatever your level. It’s social, dynamic, engaging, and fun, and regular practice will improve your body dynamics, suppleness, power, and strength. You can practice at your own pace and all our climbing is difficulty graded and colour-coded, making it really easy to select challenges that are appropriate to your ability. The climbs are even changed regularly throughout the year too, so there are always new challenges waiting for your next visit.

Gulliver's Land Theme Park Resort

Gulliver’s Land is designed especially for families and unlike many other UK theme parks, it is perfect for kids aged 2 – 13. Enjoy a great family day out where you don’t have to pay for parking! Look out for play areas across Gulliver’s alongside amazing rides and attractions. Try the twist n joust rollercoaster or head over to the tiny tots interactive play area. If you want to combine your theme park visit with another family experience then book a session at one of the individual attractions. Jump into the arena and battle it out in Blast Arena or prepare to get soaked in Splash Zone. Dinosaur and Farm Park gives you the chance to meet all your farmyard favourites.

Silverstone

Silverstone Circuit is the Home of British Motorsport, based in Northamptonshire, hosting races such as Formula 1 and MotoGP. The first race was hosted there in 1948 making the circuit 70 years old. The 1950 British Grand Prix of Silverstone was the first race in the Formula One World Championship making the circuit one of the eldest on the Formula One calendar. it is also home to exhilarating driving experiences, where you can go for a whizz around the circuit in one of the world’s most exciting supercars.

Stadium MK

Why not watch a football match whilst in Milton Keynes? Surrounding the stadium are a vast amount of great shops and restaurants

The centre MK

enjoyable and relaxed shopping experience that offers a complete day out for everyone under one roof offering Guests a vast mix of the most loved high street shops and restaurants.

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

This magical tour throws you into the world of Harry Potter, leading you into the Great Hall, down the Diagon Alley and onto Platform 9¾ where you can climb aboard the original Hogwarts Express carriages used in the film. Fans will have the time of their lives checking out every little detail in the costumes like quidditch uniforms, Yule ball attire and the Weasley family jumpers.

Cassiobury Park

Watford’s town park is in the grounds of Cassiobury House, the estate of the Earls of Essex, which was pulled down in 1927. Decked with well-tended lawns, exotic trees like an American pin oaks, scarlet oak and a cedar of Lebanon, some of which date back hundreds of years. Cassiobury Park also has two cafes, two outdoor gyms, two children’s playgrounds and a miniature railway that operates on weekends and during the school holidays in good weather.

Watford Palace Theatre

Even if you don’t plan to watch a show, the Edwardian Watford Palace Theatre (1908) will stop you in your tracks.

After more than a century the Palace Theatre is still a producing theatre, giving a chance to young talent, while also hosting touring musicals from the London’s West End, as well as choirs, orchestras and live screenings of performances from the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in summer.

Bentley Priory Museum

In the Second World War this 18th and 19th-century stately home and deer park in Stanmore was the home of RAF Fighter Command, which coordinated the defence of the country during the Battle Of Britain.

The RAF was based at Bentley Priory until 2008 and although there were plans to construct housing here, the historic house was turned into a museum in 2013. The attraction dives into the history of the house, which has lots of surviving architecture by one of the mainstays of British Neoclassical architecture Sir John Soane. The Battle of Britain exhibition, which has a timeline of the campaign, introduces the protagonists like Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding and has a database of serving aircrew. There’s also a recreation of the Filter Room and a model of the Operations Room.

Watford F.C.

There hasn’t been a better time since the 1980s to watch the local football team play. The newly expanded Vicarage Road holds 21,438 fans and has a stand named after the musician and lifelong fan Elton John, who became chairman in 1976 and oversaw the club’s glory days in the early 80s when they came second in the league in 1983 and almost won the FA Cup in 1984. There’s a feast of sport in winter in Watford as Vicarage Road is shared with the rugby club Saracens, who won the English Premiership in 2017-18 and have a squad crammed with international stars like England fly-half Owen Farrell.

Watford’s Shopping Centre

If you’re after some retail therapy or a fairly leisurely option of what to in Watford, visiting the Watford Shopping Centre (formerly intu Watford) is right up your street!

Featuring a range of retail outlets, from jewellers to shoe shops and tech stores to card retailers, there’s plenty to find, pick up and do during a trip into ‘town’.

TeamSport Indoor Karting

TeamSport Indoor Karting is a thrilling and immensely fun way to spend time with family and friends. The track racers compete on stretches 500 metres, over multiple levels, with the karts reaching a top speed of 40mph.

Featuring a bar plus food and drink, TeamSport Indoor Karting is a fantastic activity to try when in Watford, whether with friends or family.