The Park Pub & Kitchen Bedford

A singer from The Voice in the garden, impressive decor and a sophisticated ambience but how does The Park Pub & Kitchen Bedford perform in the, er, kitchen?


With November now in full swing, the impending arrival of Christmas and all it ensures is hard to ignore. This week I drove down Stony Stratford High Street to witness a big group of people erecting the Christmas lights high above the pavements of one of MK’s beloved market towns and it did give me a little buzz of excitement. What is prettier on a dark winters night than seeing your local high street alight with the colours from strings of lights and decorations? How about witnessing the official switch on? When hundreds upon thousands of local people flock out in the cold, with smiles from ear to ear  to countdown a very traditional starting point for the festive season.


Here is my guide to the Christmas Light Switch On events in Milton Keynes for 2016:


If you frequent my local area of Milton Keynes then I am sure you have heard of Frosts in Woburn Sands

It is ultimately a garden centre but local peeps know it offers so much more than that. Frosts put on an impressive array of events throughout the year from their infamous Santa’s Grotto, a sandy beach in the summer and a real ice rink in the winter. Then there’s the various hands-on events that can teach you how to make candles, wreaths or flower arrangements. They even advertise special events in their restaurant with various themed afternoon teas. 


But for now it’s October, it’s half term, Halloween is exactly one week away and the circus is in town. Having set up home in a big black striped circus tent at Frosts Woburn Sands, they are promising spooky thrills with a Halloween themed family show. So what does that entail? Keep reading…

CUTEST Christmas shop windows in MK!

A good Christmas window display is the centrepiece for the festive season for retail shops and businesses. They are also an integral part of making your high street feel Christmassy. Adults holding little ones high to see what’s going on in the display, older children picking what they like the most and giving much needed inspiration to us parents. Maybe it’s a fashion or maybe out of sheer laziness but the majority of nationwide high street retailers seem to have lost this magic? In favour of promoting what special offer/discount event they are holding on the run up to Christmas Day. Thankfully Milton Keynes is home to a wonderful array of local shops who haven’t forgotten. Take a look at these…

Shirley’s Thrift Shop
Stratford Road, Wolverton

Shirley’s Thrift Shop


Age UK
High Street, Stony Stratford

Age UK

Waxy Gifts
Weston Road, Olney

Waxy Gifts


No 38 Vintage Emporium
High Street, Newport Pagnell

No 38 Vintage Emporium


Mrs B’s Emporium
Church Street, Wolverton
FullSizeRender (21)

Mrs B’s Emporium (I’m in love with the Star Wars theme!)