Half Pint gets an exclusive peek at Frosts’ Easter Hols event…
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…
Who would’ve thought I’d see a fire eating burlesque dancer and a seven-piece Motown band on a quiet night out in Milton Keynes?
On Saturday night, the husband and I were very lucky to be given a few hours off from our parental duties to go out for the evening. Cue the anticipation for some fun!
The bulk of Saturday was a very normal day for us, playing with our little monster and getting house chores done, but when bedtime for our little boy came, his Grandparents came over to babysit and I managed to enjoy some very rare and extremely fun girlie time getting ready to go out. I don’t think men will ever understand that for a girl, getting ready is half the fun of going out. Spending an age in the shower without your child interrupting you, doing your hair up real nice, getting time and space to put on some make-up and the excuse to put on a dress.
We didn’t want to venture too far from where we lived so we decided on the Theatre District and more specifically, Electric Social to at least start our evening. This is what I already know about Electric Social. Although they recently changed their name from MK Social to Electric Social, it’s still the same bar and restaurant with the same staff. As a classy, modern eatery-come-late-night-venue, they didn’t want people to assume it was related to a working man’s club and Electric Social was born.
When I walk into Electric Social the first thing that always grabs my attention is how bright and airy this chicly decorated bar is. Polished wooden floors, top hat shaped lighting and faux-antique paintings of people like Tom Jones is just genius.
I cast my eye over the cocktail menu which is reassuringly concise and ordered a ‘Dark & Stormy’. A rum cocktail with ginger beer, sugar syrup and fresh lime which was promptly and professionally created by one of their friendly bar staff. Cocktails are one of those things that are found everywhere but more often than not they are thrown together by someone who hasn’t had an ounce of mixology training and you end up with some very strange tasting drink that you paid a lot of money for. An experience like that convinces you that you don’t like cocktails and are better sticking with a simple spirit and mixer. NOT HERE.
First sips of delicious rum cocktail and a glance towards the end of the bar I realised that the music we heard upon arrival was in fact a live band who were playing on the stage. I am going to let the band speak for themselves as I had to grab my phone and take a couple of videos.
They are called Motown Gold and lived up to their namesake. Two singers, one male, one female, supported by five very talented musicians on piano, drums, guitar, bass and saxophone. They played all of Motown’s greatest hits and some added bonuses.
With cocktail in hand and great live music I thought, this is pretty darn good for a free entry venue in MK. When the band announced an interval break my disappointment was cut short when an elegant looking lady made her way into the middle of the crowd (see video below).
Wow, wow, wow. What was that I hear you say!? After the initial shock my first thoughts was how did the fire alarms not get set off?!
How many bars in Milton Keynes can boast of free live music and entertainment all under one roof?
With so much happening, the night was over so, so fast. But, most importantly Mr LouBou and I had a wonderful night off together. As we left we realised the snow had been falling steadily whilst we had been tucked up inside. Outside was a winter wonderland. We then travelled safely home and sat warming ourselves with tea and toast, whilst feeling so excited for the morning to come so we could introduce our son to his first snow day.