Ok, you knew that we had to start here.... but there really is so much more to MK than these famous concrete bovine beauties, including over 300 kilometers (that’s about 185 miles in old money) of redways through and around the city in the form of dedicated walk and cycle paths, along with an unusually large amount of open spaces including lakes, woods, canals and rivers offering an amazing amount of photo/artistic opportunities and access to both stunning flora and fauna, all within the city’s postcodes.
This is perfect for anyone who wants to slow down a bit from the rat race and have a little more ‘me’ time enjoying quality pursuits inside and out, following relaxing pastime's and taking in the environment.
A few facts about Milton Keynes;
Believe it or not, but the 'NEW' city of Milton Keynes has over 2000 listed historic buildings and structures such as Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 code-breakers; many ancient coaching inns up and down the old Watling Street; along with historic landmarks and the likes of the Bradwell Windmill & Iron bridge at Newport Pagnell to name but a few.
The amazing Tickford Bridge at Newport Pagnell was built in 1810 and is thought to be the oldest fully functioning Iron constructed bridge to still carry traffic on a daily basis in the world. Only just a few hundred metres further up Tickford Street is the birthplace of the iconic British sports car manufacturer - Aston Martin.
This is Bradwell's historic, second windmill that was originally erected in around 1805, now fully restored to working millstone condition. It's open to the public on selective days every year and just a short walk from the Grand Union Canal and the amazing Milton Keynes aqueduct that spans one of the main carriageways.
More Milton Keynes;
Code breaking Bletchley Park is credited to shortening World War 2 by at least two years with its incredibly secretive, deciphering work and is now a world renowned heritage site, learning centre and visitor attraction.
Woburn Abbey & Safari park, just a few minutes outside of MK, offers both historic collections of artefacts and paintings, along with 28 acres of inspired landscaped gardens, plus an amazing safari and rare animal experience.
MK has over 200 works of public art;
‘The Whisper’ installation, located outside Central Milton Keynes library produced by Andre Wallace (see top of page) and other distinctive populist works, along with a number of abstract geometric displays, have given MK the bold status as a ‘New Town / City’ supporter of the importance of art.
Interestingly, due to the obscure positioning of some of these public works of art it means that many installations go relatively unnoticed until you come across them, almost by accident!
One of the famous MK landmarks, built in 1980, that has a foot in both the ‘buildings & artistic' camps, is the Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake North, which was the first Buddhist monument built anywhere in the western world, and promotes unity and peace for everyone!
All in all we have plenty of opportunities to get out and about in MK with regards to healthy pastimes and enjoyment of our environment...….
There is the MK IF; International Festival every year that offers the best International comedy, cabaret, live music and circus throughout a number of unusual and obscure locations in Milton Keynes
Plus all the local community based Fairs, festivals, gigs & events that are part of the MK Calendar.
Making Milton Keynes a great place to live, and pursue arts and crafts and have inspiration for new work, and getting involved!
In fact, it is all here if you really want to find it!
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