Middleton can still be found, with its thatched pub, village hall, church and
As evidence of undisturbed Bronze Age permanent settlements
was present, before building began a comprehensive archaeological study analysis
took place providing an exclusive observation into the history of a large
sample of the landscape of south-central England. This revealed proof of
Anglo-Saxon, Iron Age, Anglo-Norman, Romano-British, pre -Industrial Revolution
and Medieval colonies.
The oldest remaining domestic formation is in the area, a 14th
century manor house and the Rose and Crown Inn at Stratford is reputedly the
last place the Princes in the Tower were seen alive.
The initial Development Corporation design brief planned for
a "forest city" and from their own nursery in Newlands, the foresters
installed millions of trees in the subsequent years and by 2006 the urban area
had 20 million trees.
The biggest office building to be built in Milton Keynes in
25 years is the Pinnacle MK on Midsummer Boulevard. Other additions to Milton
Keynes include a casino tower opposite to the Xscape Centre and a 20-storey
tower in conjunction with the West End One development.
The open air National Bowl in Milton Keynes is a 65,000
capacity venue for large scale events. The 1,400 seat Milton Keynes Theatre opened
in 1999. The theatre has an unusual feature: to create a more cosy area for the
lesser capacity productions the ceiling can be brought down to obstruct the
Milton Keynes Gallery presents free exhibitions of
international contemporary art. In Wavendon, The Stables venue provides
classical, rock, pop, world music, jazz, folk and blues and is closely linked
with jazz artists John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. The venue also hosts an annual
summer camp for young musicians. The Pitz Club in the Woughton Centre,
Leadenhall features a variation of heavy metal, punk and alternative rock.
There is a literature scene in Milton Keynes with groups
like Speakeasy gathering regularly and presenting performance events. Milton Keynes'
only poetry magazine, Monkey Kettle is released twice yearly. In addition, two
performance poetry groups exist in Milton Keynes - Poetry Kapow - a by-product
of Monkey Kettle (although it now stands independently to its parent
organisation) which is adept in live, multi-discipline, interactive poetry/art/
music events, mainly featuring slams; and a regulated open mic poetry event
called Tongue in Chic.
In July 2010, Milton Keynes' first independent Central Arts
Centre was opened by Radio One DJ Jo Whiley. It is home to the existing
"Buszy" Skate Plaza, which is where the name for the rejuvenated
venue came from. It is managed and operated by Make a Difference - a community
interest company which in 2011 was awarded a "Big Society" award. The
venue presents independent cinema, gigs, dance activity, live performances, art
exhibitions/shows, conference and office facilities, a social enterprise club
and thrift shop.
Whilst hardly coming under the umbrella of music the video
for Cliff Richard's song ‘Wired for Sound’ was filmed in Milton Keynes town
centre in 1981.
In 2009 Milton Keynes was given 'Candidate Host City' status
by the English FA, as part of the English 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bid. Had
England been selected for the tournament, stadium MK would have hosted some
A purpose built centre in Milton Keynes is a key feature of
the New Town vision, with a very large "covered high street" shopping
centre, art gallery, hotels, Borough Council offices, theatre, two multiplex
cinemas, central railway station, business district and ecumenical church. The
Redway system in Milton Keynes consists of a 125 mile (200km) system of
footpaths and cycleways for cyclists and pedestrians. Near the station in
Milton Keynes, the "Planet Ice" ice rink is used for professional and
amateur ice hockey plus leisure skating and amateur figure skating.
The North Lake is a bird refuge and water sports are available
at Willen Lakeside Park. Bletchley is home to The Blue Lagoon Local Nature
Bletchley Park was home to the Government Code and Cipher
School during the Second World War. The first programmable computer called
Colossus was in the building and the notorious Enigma code was decoded there –
a remarkable coup for the British and an essential element contributing to the
war effort. The Bletchley Park museum of wartime cryptography is now situated
in Milton Keynes.